Subseries TG 1.6 - Special Events and Ceremonies

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Special Events and Ceremonies

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CA ON00343 TG fonds-TG 1-TG 1.6

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  • 1911-1981 (Creation)
    Toronto General Hospital. Board of Trustees

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6 cm 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 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.

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Sub-series consists of various materials relating to special events and ceremonies associated with the TGH and organized by the Board of Trustees, including invitations, event programs and commemorative publications, guest lists, statements by event organizers and participants, correspondence.

File 1.6.1 contains materials deposited in a cornerstone box in April 1911 during a ceremony marking the start of the building of the College St. site of the TGH, including lists as of April 11, 1911 of TGH House Medical Staff, nursing staff (including student nurses), and honorary governors of the Board of Trustees; “A Brief Historical Sketch of the Toronto General Hospital, its Origin and its Progress…1818 to 1911”, a manuscript by A.F. Miller, TGH Secretary and Treasurer 1876-1917; a “List of Special Grants and Subscriptions to the new TGH Building Fund” 1905-1911; and an “Original Estimate of Cost of the new Buildings of the TGH” adopted by the Board of Trustees March 2, 1910.

File 1.6.11 contains a sketchbook commissioned by Toronto General Hospital and presented to Sir John M Gibson, Lt. Governor of Ontario, to mark the opening of its new buildings, designed by Darling & Pearson at 101 College Street, June 1913 to January 1914. Gold-stamped leather binding design, title page inscription, and six black-and-brown ink drawings by J.E.H. MacDonald depicting various TGH buildings.

File 1.6.12 contains a booklet on the Private Patients Building printed by Grip Limited, Toronto for W.G. Macfarlane Ltd. With decorative borders and cover by J.E.H. MacDonald and line drawings by Tom Thomson. Undated, but probably to commemorate opening of new TGH buildings, June 1913 to January 1914.

File 1.6.13 contains the menu and program for a dinner in honour of W.E. Gallie on the occasion of his retirement from the chair of surgery at the University of Toronto, 1947. Includes illustrations designed and drawn by Mabel Gill with the aid of R.I. Harris.

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File 1.6.11 was transferred to the Archives from the President's Office on September 25, 1991.


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Last Updated: February 22, 2012. Added to Archeion March 5, 2012.

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