The records of the Alumnae Association of the School of Nursing, Toronto General Hospital are remarkably complete, and provide a vivid portrait of the Association’s activities from its inception in 1894.


The members of the Alumnae recognized very early that an important part of their mandate was to maintain contact with graduates wherever they may live and work.

Through the numerous anniversaries and reunions organized by the Association, they ensured that connection spanned generations.

But they also realized the importance of their own history. In 1929, as shown in the meeting minutes to the right, they decided they needed an archivist.

Page from 1929 minutes
Page from 1929 minutes
City of Toronto Archives
Series 863, File 2


Their archivist was drawn from the Alumnae membership, and she took on the task of organizing, maintaining and preserving the records of the Association. There have been numerous archivists over the years and, largely as a result of their efforts, the Association amassed a sizeable collection of material.


Schedule "C" Archivist's Report 1935
Schedule “C” Archivist’s Report
City of Toronto Archives
Series 863, File 12


In 1993, the executive of the Alumnae Association realized that this collection contained materials of historical significance to the history of nursing, both locally and across North America. Consequently, it was decided to enlist the part-time services of a professional archivist to organize the collection and produce a finding aid.

This work began in the summer of 1993 and the finding aid was completed in 1995. Updates were made in 1997 and 1999.

The Alumnae Association records, now part of collection of the City of Toronto Archives, were created between !892 and 2008. They form fonds 234 and are comprised of 4.5 metres of textual records, publications, photographs, graphic records and artifacts. The records constitute very detailed evidence of the personal and professional lives of those many women who were educated by and/or worked for Toronto’s largest hospital.


Some examples of the records included are:

  • The Constitution
  • Complete meeting minutes
  • Committee Reports
  • Financial information
  • Information about anniversaries and Annual General Meetings
  • Directories containing graduates’ contact information.
  • The publication: Quarterly News Bulletin
  • Numerous photographs
  • A variety of student notebooks
  • History of the School For Nurses, Toronto General Hospital – Commemorating the Fiftieth Year of its Establishment 1881-1931, edited by Margaret Isabel Lawrence
  • History of the School For Nurses, Toronto General Hospital – Commemorating the Fiftieth Year of its Establishment Volume 2 1932-1967, written by Mary E. Macfarland
  • Miscellaneous news clippings and publications
  • Miscellaneous memorabilia


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The Alumnae Association, School of Nursing, Toronto General Hospital fonds


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