Open House for new archives space!

The St. Michael’s Hospital Archives has officially moved to its new location on the second floor of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.  You are invited to help us celebrate with an Open House tomorrow, on International Archives Day!  We will offer tours of our new space, with posters, slides and archival artifacts on display.  Please join us for a light lunch on:

Thursday, June 9, 2016

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Click here for the PDF: SMH Archives Open House Invite Flyer

The St. Michael’s Hospital Archives opened on December 1, 1974, holding records compiled by Grace Murphy, a retired director of nursing at St. Michael’s.  Sister Camilla Young served as archivist for the first 14 years, and is responsible for organizing and describing all the documents in our general collection.  The archives collects and preserves a permanent record of the functions and activities of St. Michael’s; this includes corporate and historical material dating from the hospital’s founding in 1892, to present.  Come see for yourself what the Archives is all about!

Miss Grace Murphy, RN, 1964

Miss Grace Murphy, RN, in 1964, is responsible for founding the St. Michael’s Hospital Archives.

On this date…

In June 1893, Dr. Robert Dwyer, Medical Superintendent, found himself in the position of defending the new St. Michael’s Hospital against criticism made at a city council meeting, the main concern being that St. Michael’s was not deserving of financial support from the city.  Dr. Dwyer’s letter to the editor of The Globe was published on June 3, 1893:

Dr. Dwyer Letter to the Editor, 1893

“…To all these charges I give an absolute denial, as follows –

First: I am a graduate of Toronto university, and am, and have been, the resident medical superintendent of St. Michael’s hospital since its inception.

Second: We have a competent staff of nurses…

Third: The students of the Women’s Medical college have had clinics all winter, and the same liberty has been given to Toronto university…

Fourth: Patients are not given work to do after being cured…

The fifth charge [that patients are not properly attended] may be characterized as entirely untrue.”

To find out more interesting historical facts and stories about St. Michael’s, please come out to our Open House:

Thursday, June 9, 2016

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Click here for the PDF: SMH Archives Open House Invite Flyer

Send any questions to: Teruko Kishibe, Archivist (x77542 or

Rare opportunity to see three of the oldest St. Michael’s archival artifacts on display!

Come to the St. Michael’s Hospital Archives Open House on June 9th, and you will have the chance to view first-hand three artifacts dating from the earliest days of St. Michael’s history.

Artifact #1: A financial ledger book from 1892, describing what supplies were needed to run a hospital at the turn of the century and how much they cost

Artifact #2: A patient register from 1892-1899, showing who our earliest patients were and what ailed them

Artifact(s) #3: Photos of St. Michael’s when it opened in 1892, of the first group of interns, and of the first graduating class of nurses from the former School of Nursing

These original documents are not typically used for exhibit purposes due to their fragile nature, so do take this rare opportunity to view them!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Click here for the PDF: SMH Archives Open House Invite Flyer

Send any questions to: Teruko Kishibe, Archivist (x77542 or

Congratulations to our costume contest winners! Halloween Spooktacular 2014

The judges have spoken, and we are pleased to announce the winners of the Halloween Costume Competition at the 2014 Library Spooktacular. Congratulations go out to:

Best Individual Costume:

Lucy Borges,  Patient Transport Assistant, Environmental Services – for Princess Devil


Best Medically Related Costume:

Joyce Grandy, Clinical Nurse Educator, Perioperative Services – for Bad Bug – Ebola

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Best Group Costume:

Carol Flewelling and the Telemedicine team –  for Telemedicine Teletubbies


Check out more great costumes on Flickr!

This party’s going to be Spooktacular!

Back by popular demand, the Health Sciences Library invites you to the 2nd annual Halloween Spooktacular. Check out these party events that are sure to be frighteningly fun!


1) Halloween Photobooth/Costume Contest – Pam Richards, Information Specialist and our resident photographer will once again lead this year’s photobooth. Strike a pose and automatically enter our contest for a chance to win prizes for the best single, best group, and best medically related costume. Don’t have a costume? We’ll have some on hand.

2) House of Horrors – Are you afraid of the dark? Then you’ll want to steer clear of our House of Horrors. This year prepare to be truly terrified.

3) Trick-or-Treat! Go door-to-door collecting candy as you learn about what’s new in library and information services.

4) Cake, candy, prizes, & games – Test your knowledge of medically related horrors, load up on sugary treats, and enter our trivia contest for a chance to win a fully loaded Halloween gift basket.

Date: October 31st (Halloween)

Time: 11am – 1pm

Where: LKS 353 Information Commons & Library


Walking through the labyrinth

As part of the Inter-Hospital Health Challenge the Healthy Science Librarians team and guests set out to enjoy the sunshine and camaraderie last week at the Trinity Park Labyrinth.

Manager Sandy Iverson says, “Walking labyrinths is a meditative activity and I thought it would be a great group activity during the Inter Hospital Health Challenge.  Having done it once in a spirit of group fun, I think I might try it one of these days as a more individual meditative endeavor.”

Submitted by, Pam Richards, Team Leader