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CA ON00343 TG fonds-TG 1-TG 1.9
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- Toronto General Hospital. Board of Trustees
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2.16 m of textual records.
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The TGH Board of Trustees was the Hospital’s governing body. The Board was first legally sanctioned in 1847 when it was incorporated by an Act of the Government of the Province of Canada (10/11 Victoria, C. 57). The purpose of the Act of Incorporation was
<blockquote>to establish a Corporation...for the better management and disposition of the lands and property...held in trust for the...Hospital, and to make...rules and by-laws for the internal management and regulation of the...Hospital.</blockquote>
At Incorporation the Board of Trustees was composed of seven members, jointly appointed by the City of Toronto and the provincial Governor in Council:
<blockquote>the Mayor of the City of Toronto...the President of the [Toronto] Board of Trade...three persons resident in...[Toronto], to be...appointed by the Governor in Council, and also the two Senior Professors of any School of Medicine to be hereafter established in...[Toronto], and in default or until the establishment of such School, any such medical men resident in...[Toronto] as shall be nominated and appointed...by the Common Council of the...City [of Toronto].</blockquote>
The Board of Trustees remained the governing body of the TGH throughout its history, although the Board’s legislated composition, duties and powers were frequently modified. For example, the Toronto General Hospital Act (R.S.O. 1937, C. 396, S. 2) specified that the Hospital
<blockquote>and the property, revenues, business and affairs thereof shall continue to be under the government, management, conduct and control of a board of twenty-five trustees, of whom eight shall be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, five by the Governors of the University of Toronto, and five by the municipal council of the corporation of the City of Toronto, and seven shall be elected by the subscribers.</blockquote>
Throughout its existence the TGH Board of Trustees was headed by a chairman elected from its membership by the Board. W.D. Powell (1822-1843), C. Widmer (1844-1865), W. Gooderham (1866), J. Macdonald (1866-1867; 1872-1875), J. Sterling (1868), A. Wilson (1868-1871), C.S. Ross (1876), W. Elliott (1876), W.H. Howland (1877-1878), C.S. Patterson (1879-1888), W.S. Lee (1889-1901), J.L. Blaikie (1902-1904), J. Flavelle (1904-1921), C.S. Blackwell (1921-1932), MH. Irish (1932-1935), E.C. Fox (1936-1945), N.C. Urquhart (1946-1965), T.J. Bell (1966-1985), A. Powis (1986) chaired the Board of Trustees.
Scope and content
Sub-series consists of documents relating to the lease, mortgage, sale etc. of properties owned, occupied or managed by the Trustees of the Toronto General Hospital and documents relating to the management and disposition of estates endowed to the Trustees of the Toronto General Hospital, including wills and letters probate. Sub-series also includes a ledger of lessees to the Toronto General Hospital.
File 1.9.31 contains original deeds conveying property to the Trustees of the York Hospital (later the Toronto General Hospital) 1822-1850.
Some of the records are heavily creased and/or fragile.
Immediate source of acquisition
Files 1.9.33 to 1.9.199 are from accession 11-003 TG and were transferred to the Archives by the Finance Department, TGH.
Original order for materials contained in files 1.9.1 to 1.9.5, and 1.9.19 to 1.9.31 has been lost. An idiosyncratic system of arrangement was previously imposed, resulting in the near total loss of primary evidence of the provenance and original order of the documents. To avoid compounding this problem, the inherited system of arrangement has been retained. Researchers are advised to consult the original arrangement plan (original file designations appear in the file list), but are cautioned that the plan is both confusing (documents appear to have been sorted and grouped inappropriately) and inaccurate (documents are misdated, listed as present when not present etc.).
Original order for materials contained in files 1.9.1 to 1.9.5 has been lost as the files were transferred to the Archives in a storage container with no discernible order. To facilitate ease of use, these files were arranged in alphabetical order.
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File 1.9.42 is restricted until 2070.
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File list is available.
Related material is found in the correspondence of the TGH Superintendent, 1928 ff. (Sub-series TG 2.2 ff.)
File 1.9.32 contains unprocessed documents.
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- Toronto General Hospital (Subject)
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Last Updated: February 22, 2012. Added to Archeion March 5, 2012.
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