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.

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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.

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

Send any questions to: Teruko Kishibe, Archivist (x77542 or kishibet@smh.ca)

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.

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

Send any questions to: Teruko Kishibe, Archivist (x77542 or kishibet@smh.ca)

It’s Archives Awareness Week!

This April 1st to 5th marks Archives Awareness Week in Ontario!  In celebration, the St. Michael’s Hospital Archives has launched a Flickr site hosting a selection of archival photographs taken from our large photo collection.  Each photo contains a date of creation and descriptive caption.  Look for new photos to be added on a regular basis.  You can view our Flickr site here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stmichaelshospital_archives/

Send any questions or comments to:

Teruko Kishibe, Archivist

416.864.6060 x77542

archives@smh.ca