The CCA holds one of the world’s foremost international research collections of publications, conceptual studies, drawings, plans, models, prints, photographs, related artefacts and ephemera, archives and oral histories of individual architects.

The Collection now comprises over half a million examples that testify to the diverse ways in which architecture has been imagined, conceived, observed, and transformed for the past six centuries.

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Researchers may consult the Collection in the Library Reading Room by contacting Collection Reference. For information about reproductions from the Collection, contact Rights and Reproductions.

For information on loans of objects for exhibitions, please see the Policy on Lending CCA Objects for Temporary Exhibitions.

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Phone booths

On this day in 1876 Alexander Graham Bell was granted the patent for the telephone. A few decades later phone booths became common, providing... read more
about photographs

prints and drawings

Perspective drawing for CBC Studios

On this day in 1936, Mackenzie King’s government established the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a crown corporation.  Three years later... read more
about prints and drawings


Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue Church, Louiseville, Québec

This photograph depicts the parvis and façade of the former Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue (St. Anthony of Padua) church (built 1803, demolished... read more
about the archives


Publications about Canadian Architecture and Urbanism

Currently the CCA holds over 12,000 titles with a focus on Canadian architecture, architects and firms, and urban planning. Supplementing... read more
about publications

artefacts and media


Over 3,500 pieces of architectural printed ephemera range from engraved letterheads to admission tickets and date primarily from the 19th... read more
about artefacts and media

selections from CCA collection

In November 1973 Gordon Matta-Clark was invited by curator Paolo Minetti of Galleriaforma to exhibit in Genoa, Italy. Minetti offered him... read more

In 1951 the mayor of Ahmedabad, Chinubhai Chimanbhai, invited Le Corbusier to design a new house for the mayor on a site on the west bank... read more