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University of Toronto - Robarts Library

The John P. Robarts Research Library, commonly referred to as Robarts Library, is the main humanities and social sciences library of the University of Toronto Libraries and the largest individual library in the university.

Opened in 1973 and named for John Robarts, the 17th Premier of Ontario, the library contains more than 4.5 million bookform items, 4.1 million microform items and 740,000 other items.

The library building is one of the most significant examples of brutalist architecture in North America. Its towering main structure rests on an equilateral triangular footprint and features extensive use of triangular geometric patterns throughout.

It forms the main component of a three-tower complex that also includes the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and the Claude Bissel Building, which houses the Faculty of Information. The library's imposing appearance has earned it the nickname of Fort Book.

Comprising fourteen storeys, plus two underground floors, the brutalist and futurist structure features raised podia and a suspended fourth floor. A mezzanine level physically connects Robarts Library to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library building at its southeastern side, and to the Claude Bissel Building, housing the Faculty of Information, at its northeastern side.

The concrete waffle slab floor plates are adorned with triangular-patterned tessellation. A hexagonal central circulation atrium is enclosed at the core of the building and through the middle of the mezzanine level. The gross area of the building is over 1,036,000 square feet.


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Topics: United States -- Genealogy, England -- Emigration and immigration, United States -- Biography,...
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Topics: Palatines -- United States, Huguenots -- New York (State), Salzburgers -- Georgia, Names, Personal...
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Topics: Quinte, Bay of (Ont.), Ontario -- Genealogy, Canada -- Genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Cox, J. Charles (John Charles), 1843-1919
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Great Britain, Privately printed books -- Bibliography, Registers of...
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
Some vols. called "Royal edition" (varies)
Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain, Knights and knighthood -- Great Britain, Nobility -- Great Britain...
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Topics: Berwick-upon-Tweed (England), Durham (England : County) -- History, Newcastle upon Tyne (England),...
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Topics: Lundy family, Lundy, Benjamin, 1789-1839, United States -- Genealogy, Ontario -- Genealogy
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Topics: Jarvis family, United States -- Biography, United States -- Genealogy, Canada -- Genealogy, Canada...
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Society of Genealogists; Sherwood, George F. T. (George Frederick Tudor), b. 1867
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Topics: Genealogy -- Periodicals, genealogy
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by Society of Genealogists; Sherwood, George F. T. (George Frederick Tudor), b. 1867
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Topics: Genealogy -- Periodicals, genealogy
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Topics: Somerset (England) -- History Bibliography, Somerset (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Phillimore, William Phillimore Watts, 1853-1913; Ruston-Harrison, C. W
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Cumberland, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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Topics: Staffordshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Staffordshire (England) -- Genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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Topics: Great Britain -- History Lancaster and York, 1399-1485, Great Britain -- History Henry VIII,...
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Topics: Ethnology -- Sudan, Arabs -- Sudan, Manuscripts -- Sudan, Sudan -- History Sources, Sudan --...
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by Convention internationale d'héraldique; Bernau, Charles A. (Charles Allan)
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Topics: Genealogy -- Directories, Heraldry -- Congresses
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Topics: Dost Muhammad, Amir of Afghanistan, 1793-1863, Eastern question (Central Asia), Afghanistan --...
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Folklore -- Channel Islands Guernsey, genealogy
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by Smith, James, 1855-
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Topics: Smith family, Chalmers family, Scotland -- Genealogy
Suspended July-Dec. 1903, July 1905-Mar. 1913
Topics: Gloucestershire (England) -- History Periodicals, Gloucestershire (England) -- Antiquities...
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Topics: Wiltshire, Eng. -- History, Wiltshire, Eng. -- Genealogy
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by Harvey, William, d. 1567; British Museum. MSS (Harleian 1103); Cook, Robert, d. 1593; Raven, J. E. (John Earle); Metcalfe, Walter Charles
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Topics: Heraldry -- England Suffolk, Visitations, Heraldic -- England Suffolk, Suffolk (England) --...
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Bibliographical introduction: p. [7]-38
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Topics: Bible, genealogy
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Topic: Albany County (N.Y.) -- Genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Thoroton Society; Kingsbridge History Society
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Vols. for issued in collaboration with: Kingsbridge History Society, Devon
Topics: Nottinghamshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
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Topics: Manningham, Eng. (Yorkshire) -- History, Heaton, Eng. (Yorkshire) -- History, Allerton, Eng....
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by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
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by Burke, Bernard, Sir, 1814-1892; Burke, Ashworth P. (Ashworth Peter), 1864-1919
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Topics: Great Britain -- Colonies Genealogy, Great Britain -- Colonies Heraldry, Great Britain -- Colonies...
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topics: Redemptioners, Germans -- Pennsylvania History, Pennsylvania Dutch -- History, Pennsylvania Dutch...
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Topics: Annapolis (N.S. : County) -- History, Nova Scotia -- History To 1763, Annapolis (N.S. : County) --...
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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Topics: Wiltshire, Eng. -- History, Wiltshire, Eng. -- Genealogy
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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Topics: Wales -- Genealogy, Wales -- History
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by Forget, J.-U. (Jean-Urgel), b. 1862; Auclair, Elie-J. (Elie-Joseph), 1866-1946
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Topics: Ontario -- History, Saint-Jacques d'Embrun (Ont. : Parish), Ontario -- Biography, Embrun (Ont.) --...
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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Topics: Ayrshire (Scotland), Ayrshire (Scotland) -- Genealogy, genealogy
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by British Museum. Dept. of Prints and Drawings; Stephens, Frederic George, 1828-1907; George, M. Dorothy (Mary Dorothy)
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Topics: Engraving -- England London Catalogs, Drawing -- England London Catalogs, Caricatures and cartoons...
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
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Topics: Wales -- Genealogy, Wales -- Antiquities, Wales -- History Sources, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by U.S. Library of Congress; U.S. Library of Congress. Catalog Division; Gilkey, Malina Anvers, comp. [and] ed
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Topics: United States -- Genealogy Bibliography, England -- Genealogy Bibliography
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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by Record Society for the Publication of Original Documents relating to Lancashire and Cheshire
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Topics: Lancashire (England) -- History Sources, Cheshire (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Preston (Lancashire, England) -- History, Preston (Lancashire, England) -- Genealogy
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by Battle Abbey; Cleveland, Catherine Lucy Wilhelmina Powlett, Duchess of, 1819-1901
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Topics: Names, Personal -- Norman, Great Britain -- Genealogy
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by Hammond, J. L. (John Lawrence), 1872-1949; Hammond, Barbara Bradby, 1873-1961
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Topics: Agricultural laborers -- Great Britain, Labor and laboring classes -- Great Britain History,...
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Topics: Wales -- Genealogy, Wales -- Antiquities, Wales -- History Sources, genealogy
Bibliographical footnotes
Topics: Heraldry -- Scotland, Forfarshire (Scotland) -- Peerage, Kincardineshire (Scotland) -- Peerage,...
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Topics: Wiltshire, Eng. -- History, Wiltshire, Eng. -- Genealogy
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Topics: Wales -- Biography Dictionaries, genealogy
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Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Periodicals
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Yorkshire Parish Register Society
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- England Yorkshire, Yorkshire (England) -- Genealogy Sources, genealogy
Some vols. called "Royal edition" (varies)
Topics: Heraldry -- Great Britain, Knights and knighthood -- Great Britain, Nobility -- Great Britain...
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by Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh
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Topics: Registers of births, etc. -- Scotland, genealogy
Vol. 1. 1689-1702.- Vol. 2. 1703-1720
Topics: Jacobites, England -- History 1603-1714 Stuart, genealogy
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by Kingsford, Charles Lethbridge, 1862-1926
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Topics: London (England) -- History Sources, genealogy
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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, genealogy
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Topics: Upanishads -- Criticism, Interpretation, etc, genealogy
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Topics: Wiltshire, Eng. -- History, Wiltshire, Eng. -- Genealogy
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Topic: Great Britain -- Genealogy Bibliography
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Topics: Hy-Many (Ireland) -- Genealogy, Hy-Many (Ireland) -- History Sources, Hy-Many (Ireland) -- Social...
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Topics: Fraser family, genealogy
University of Toronto - Robarts Library
by Surtees Society, Durham, Eng
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Topics: Yorkshire (England) -- History Societies, etc, Durham (England : County) -- History Societies, etc,...
Title varies: v. 1-4, Northern notes and queries; or, the Scottish antiquary
Topics: Scotland -- Antiquities Periodicals, Scotland -- History Periodicals, Scotland -- Genealogy...
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v. 1. Natural history.- Early man.- Domesday Survey.--v. 2. Religious houses.- Social and economic history.--v. 3. Roman Essex, with index to vols. 1-3.--v. 4. Ongar Hundred.-- v. 5. Waltham Hundred and Becontree Hundred.--v. 6. Becontree Hundred.--v. 7. The Liberty of Havering-atte-Bower.- Chafford Hundred.--v. 8. Chafford Hundred.- Harlow Hundred.--v. 9. The Borough of Colchester.--v. 10. Lexden Hundred (part)
Topics: Natural history -- England Essex (England), Essex (England) -- History, Essex (England) --...
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Topics: Leeds (England) -- History, Leeds (England) -- Genealogy, Yorkshire (England) -- History
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Topics: Wiltshire, Eng. -- History, Wiltshire, Eng. -- Genealogy