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Lifetime Achievement Award winner Peter Mansbridge poses backstage at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on March 11, 2018.Peter Power/The Canadian Press

The University of Toronto has acquired the career archive of Peter Mansbridge.

The U of T Libraries’ Media Commons says the meticulous collection spans nearly five decades of his career as a journalist and includes press passes, letters and photos.

The school calls it a “treasure trove” that depicts not just Mansbridge’s career at the CBC but also the news industry and current events throughout the decades.

The 19 storage boxes of material will be housed in U of T’s Downsview library.

An article on U of T’s website says the school asked Mansbridge to donate his records to the library.

Mansbridge, who holds an honorary doctorate from U of T, will host an event for students at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy in April.

The former anchor and chief correspondent of CBC’s flagship news program The National stepped down from his role in July, 2017 after nearly three decades with the newscast.

His work since has included freelancing on documentary projects for the CBC.