About this project

The Oral History Project is founded on interviews with more than 100 residents of the Harbord Village, both present and former, who recall life in the neighbourhood between the 1930s and 1980.  All of these interviews are available in two formats: as audio files that you can listen to online, and as transcripts that can be read.

The transcripts include 30-second interval timestamps to facilitate their use. The interviews and transcripts are organized both alphabetically, by the interviewees' names, and according to broad topics covered in the interview.

This website offers you several ways to explore their words and appreciate their experiences.

The Harbord Village Oral History Project was launched in November, 2013 with an exhibition at the Miles Nadal JCC titled Mapping Harbord Village: Stories of a Neighbourhood.

The exhibit, created in partnership with the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, closed on December 15.

Above: Louie Laki on his motorcycle in 1957, with his daughter Rose relaxing on her tricycle, on an empty lot south of where they lived at 91 Lippincott. Louie Laki Lane runs behind their later house on Major Street. Photo provided by Rose Laki Rodrigues. (See a collection of her family photos here.)

   ABOVE: Gerry Sperling is seated at front left of his Grade 5 class at King Edward Elementary School around 1947-8.
   Photo provided by Gerry Sperling. (See a collection of his photos here.)

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