Series 2.4 - Photographs

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CA ON00343 RG 1-TH 2-2.4

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  • 1986-1999 (Creation)
  • 18 - -1999 (Accumulation)

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ca. 3.2 m photographs ; 20.3 x 25.4 cm or smaller.
1 cm textual records.

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Custodial history

With the various changes in management structure since the time of David Allen, records were originally kept in the office of David Occipinti, A/V Technician. In anticipation of the demolition of the Bell Wing, the file cabinets of photographs were passed onto Kathryn Rumbold, Manager of the Artifact Collection, and then eventually to a storage room in the administrative buildings (R. Fraser Elliot), before being transferred to the Archives. Some photographs from the University Health Network era (post-1999) seem to have been inserted into this series. Additional files not in the original file list have also been added, some out of order.

Scope and content

Series consists of photographs taken and collected by the Department during the time of David Allen as part of the Public Relations Department’s Photo and Slide Library. Files include photographs of Administration (former and current) of The Toronto Hospital, Trustees, Auxiliary, Dignitaries and Celebrities, Medical Staff, Residents, and so-called “historical archive files” referring to photographs of buildings, sites and past events. Some of the files also include newspaper clippings, enlargement and usage notations, speeches or programs, cataloguing information, consent forms, and mock-ups or samples of publications for which the photographs were used. Photographs were used for publications and other activities of this Department. Some of the material may also have been produced or used by IMS Creative Communications, a sub-department reporting to the Toronto General Hospital’s Public Relations Department.

Original consent forms are not part of this series. The original file list can be found in file 2.4.1. Subject files are arranged alphabetically. Staff and students are listed by their surname and then their given name. Headings have been included in the file list to indicate index tabs. Handwritten changes and additions to original file titles have been included as part of the file title.

File 2.4.52 includes correspondence from A. Hudson.

File 2.4.78 is of a patient who lived in the Toronto General Hospital for approximately 30 years of her life.

File 2.4.146 includes a ribbon-cutting photograph from the official opening of the Fraser M Fell Pavilion.

File 2.4.155 includes a photograph of American actor Mickey Rooney.

File 2.4.228 includes a photograph of American actor Mary Tyler Moore.

File 2.4.403 includes a biographical statement from Mr. Mickevicius.

File 2.4.426 includes a reproduction of an etching of Burnside Hospital in 1878.

File 2.4.428 includes a photograph of TB Outdoor Treatment, 1912 and the medical records department.

File 2.4.447 includes 4 photographs entitled “Fall of Burnside-June 1980” and 1 contact sheet entitled “Burnside demolition”.

File 2.4.450 includes photographs of Dunlap Building demolition.

File 2.4.455 includes photographs of early ambulances.

File 2.4.497 includes portraits of Drs. Rob Inman, Carl Laskin, Darrell Ogilvie-Harris, Rod Davey, Wayne Marshall, and John Craven.

File 2.4.521 includes images depicting cardiac rehab patients undergoing exercise therapy; name of patient removed from file title.

Files 2.4.522 to 2.4.525 were labeled file folders not listed in the departmental file list that came with the initial record transfer. Original order has been maintained.

File 2.4.508 contains a portrait of Dr. Augusta Stowe Gullen.

Files 2.4.596 and 2.4.596b contains historical images of Toronto General and Wellesley Hospitals from photographers Herb Knott & Co. Ltd.

File 2.4.599 contains images of the TTH Mascot, Shuttlebug.

File 2.4.607 includes images from the dedication of the Percy R. Gardiner Coronary Unit in June 1968.

File 2.4.616 seems to include images from Cardiovascular Research Day 1991, though there is no indication as to why; it could be misfiling from the office of origin.

File 2.4.620 includes images of Dr. Anthony Lane.

File 2.4.641 includes the OCI news release from 1985 regarding the Zeiss EM902 electron microscope and images of Dr. Ottensmeyer.

File 2.4.716 includes images of house staff; residents; Drs. R.M. Janes, Banting, Best, C.L. Starr, Morley, Botterell, Aikens, Beaumont, and Gordon Richards; Louise Eastwood, Charles O’Reilly, Mary Agnes Snively, Miss Balmer, Rev. John D. Strachan, and the original image of TGH nursing students observing an operation ca. 1895. This original image includes the names of the nurses and physicians on the verso.

File 2.4.723a includes images of the Burnside Lying-in Hospital / Maternity Building, TGH on Gerrard, the layout of the 1855 building, historical interiors, and an image of Dr. Don Wilson performing a heart transplant in the TWH OR.

File 2.4.732 includes images of: TGH nurses graduation 1969; clerical staff; early ambulances; cardiovascular surgery; medical equipment; opening of the Donald R. Wilson Centre for Research in Education; Black History Month; original image of neuropathology rounds with Dr. Eric Linell and Drs. Hyland, Tom, Lloyd, Woolen, and Wong; group shot from the retirement party for K.G. McKenzie with all staff identified; diabetic diet kitchen, college wing ca. 1930; group shot of Capt. Boddington, Major Hyland, Colonol Crass, Major Botterell, Capt. Richardson and Capt. McCormick taken by the Department of Pathology and Bacteriology, University of Toronto, September 1940; Burnside Lying-In Hospital; undated original photograph of TGH house staff with babies ca. 1920s; TGH Emergency Department; patient-model reading “Our Bodies Our Selves”; The Toronto Hospital Auxiliary Annual General Meeting 1998; Angela Ash posing with her drawings; Toronto Western Hospital Auxiliary 100th Anniversary tea 1997; opening for the Arthritis Centre of Excellence 1998; and “Hats Off” promotional shot for Project 2003.

File 2.4.732c has a group picture of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, Toronto, Canada, November 1958.

File 2.4.836 includes pictures of the facilities in the Private Patients’ Pavilion.

File 2.4.894a includes a letter from Dr. B.S. Goldman regarding the origins of the TGH Pacemaker Club.

File 2.4.915 includes portraits of Drs. John Craver and Colin Shapiro.

File 2.4.920 includes pictures of the unveiling of a plaque and dedication for the John David Eaton Building and the Dunlap Radiological Centre by Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario Hon. John Black Aird, November 1980 and a historical plaque unveiling with Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario Hon. Pauline McGibbon, June 1980.

File 2.4.923a includes a picture of Dr. S. Herman with radiology residents.

File 2.4.934 has pictures from the nurses’ residence building.

File 2.4.991 includes pictures of Drs. Scott Adams and Luc DeNil.

File 2.4.992 includes pictures of Dr. Ruth Martin.

File 2.4.993 includes pictures of Drs. Ruth Martin and Nick Diamant.

File 2.4.999 includes a group picture of a staff baseball team ca. 1925, as well as pictures of teams from the 1970s-1990s.

File 2.4.1015 includes a pre-1960 picture of the TGH Switchboard.

File 2.4.1023 includes pictures of Drs. K.G. McKenzie, Gordon Murray, Charles Tator, W.G. Bigelow, J. Callaghan, Botterell, J.W. Scott, R. Tasker, J. Mann, Tak Mak, G. Davidson, and Augusta Stowe Gullen.

File 2.4.1025c has a prop-up display for the “Strengthen the hands that heal” fund campaign.

File 2.4.1098b has a picture of patients doing crafts.

File 2.4.1108 includes photographs in which actors are portraying patients. No actual patients are in the images.

File 2.4.1109 includes photographs of Mary Tyler Moore and James Garner while filming at the hospital.

File 2.4.1110 includes sheets of slides from May 3, 1989 of Italian and Canadian flags photographed by Gary Beechey, and a sheet of slides for the Sign up for Life organ donation campaign photographed by Toronto General Hospital Photography.

File 2.4.1127 includes two slides of the first operation conducted in Max Bell.

File 2.4.1133 includes some slides of the transplant operating room and operations.

File 2.4.1149 includes images of the exterior of the Toronto Institute of Medical Technology from 1976 as well as images of early computers used in the hospital.

File 2.4.1167 includes pictures of Dr. Charles Tator, the opening of the Kensington Market Clinic in 1987, and the 1st birthday celebrations for The Toronto Hospital in 1987.

File 2.4.1178 includes images of Philip C. Hassen, CEO and Senior Vice President, 1987

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Immediate source of acquisition

Records in this series were transferred to the Archives in July 2003 from the Department of Public Affairs and Communications.


Files have been kept in the arrangement in which they were received. Index tab separations have been included as headings within the file list. Files 2.4.140b to 2.4.140d were in separate labeled envelopes within file 2.4.140. Files 2.4.1160 to 2.4.1211 were not in the original file cabinets. File 2.4.1012 was out of sequence. According to the original file plan it should have been found after “Recognition Awards”. It has been left where it was and has not been rearranged according to the original file plan.

Patient names in file titles have been replaced by initials.

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Restrictions on access

Access to photographs depicting identifiable patients is restricted for 120 years from date of creation to ensure compliance with Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA). Restrictions are noted in the file list.

File 2.4.732b includes images of Ward B rounds 1937 and graphic images of psoriasis, eczema and other dermatological conditions of patients from the TGH Skin Clinic ca. 1905. To ensure compliance with PHIPA, images of Ward B rounds are restricted until 2057; Skin Clinic images may be accessed as of 2025.

File 2.4.1164b contains a list of all chaplaincy staff and residents, their affiliations, and personal contact information and is restricted as personal non-health information until 2089.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright status of most photographs is unknown. Copyright for any images indicating BDS Studios is held by freelance photographer Gary Beechey unless noted otherwise. The copyright for photographs in file TH 2.4.1122 is held by Randy Bulmer. The copyright for photographs in file TH 2.4.1130 is held by Gary Beechey.

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Added to Archeion May 30, 2014. Last updated: January 9, 2017.

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