Preserving the Past

Since the founding of Ridley in 1889, our school has placed emphasis on its traditions and we’ve made it a priority to collect and preserve artifacts to immortalize them. Ensuring these pieces from the past remain in the best condition possible – protected from the elements – is of utmost importance. Our archives serve as a window into the past for our vast alumni population, while also acting as a resource for our current students to draw from in their studies.

We are always adding new and valuable mementos to our dedicated archives on campus and are excited to introduce our new digital archives for you to access online from anywhere around the globe. 

The preservation and digitization of our archives would not be possible without the generosity of our Ridley community and we hope you will consider donating to this essential initiative. We hope you feel the same sense of pride and nostalgia when browsing the collection.

Contact Us

Please contact us if you have questions about our Archives or wish to contribute an artifact.
Mr. Ken Hutton

Digital Archives

With a clear eye towards the future, since its founding in 1889, Ridley has also remained committed to its traditions, and to ensuring that each generation takes its place as part of a well-tended past. The preservation of our Acta Ridleianas, the yearbooks which date back to the school’s opening; our carefully stored artifacts and mementos; and the publication of Ridley: A Canadian School, a history by former headmaster, Richard A. Bradley and archivist, Paul E. Lewis, all contribute to the story of Ridley College—a story now available for alumni to access, wherever they are in the world.
Members of Ridley’s community may request access to the digital versions of these materials by contacting our Development team

View the Tiger magazine & Annual Reports going back to 2014

View the prize list database.
Watch digitized film reels from as early as 1920.

RCFG Legacy Video

Ridley Carries On: Our School During WWII
On September 1st, 1939, WWII broke out. With children too young to serve, many parents made the dire decision to send their children to Canada to escape the devastation creeping across Europe. As part of the Digital Archives Project, Ridley Carries On shares the stories of eight Old Ridleians during their time at Ridley throughout the war years.


Friends of Ridley Archives

Please consider supporting us in our important effort to preserve our school's past by becoming a member of the Friends of Ridley Archives. By giving to the digital archives project, or by donating meaningful items to the school, you will become a member of this essential guild. Please contact the Development Office at (905) 684-1889 ext. 2244 or
P.O. Box 3013, 2 Ridley Road St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7C3 Canada 905 684 1889
With more than 700 students from 60 countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the only   co-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.