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St. Michael's Hospital Archives

St. Michael's Hospital Archives

About us

The St. Michael’s Hospital Archives opened on Dec. 1, 1974. We collect and preserve a permanent record of the work and activities of St. Michael’s according to archival standards.

Our collections

The archives houses a rich collection from the hospital’s corporate and historical records. In addition, we hold the records of the former St. Michael’s Hospital School of Nursing, including graduation photographs, student uniforms and transcripts. We also hold partial records for the Wellesley Central Hospital.


We offer services to hospital staff, students, and the public. More details


Archives Awareness Week 2014

The first full week of April marks Archives Awareness Week in Ontario! This year we are celebrating by sharing the following exhibit on the history of education at St. Michael’s, prepared by a fourth-year History undergraduate student from York University as part of her practicum placement in the Archives. We hope that this project will serve as the foundation for a larger project on the same topic in the months to come!

Online gallery of archival photos

Take a look back at the early years of St. Michael's Hospital in the online gallery of archival photos on Flickr.

Bond Lobby archival exhibit

An archival exhibit celebrating St. Michael's 120th anniversary is on display in our historical Bond Lobby at 30 Bond Street. The exhibit highlights some of the significant milestones and medical firsts carried out at St. Michael’s since its founding in 1892. Street access to the Bond Lobby is available Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

At Home/Chez Soi

Archives posters

The St. Michael's Hospital Health Sciences Library and Archives celebrated Halloween by requesting staff write-in with their own spooky St. Michael's ghost stories. The following poster, Spirits of St. Michael's: Ghost Stories from Hospital Staff, reports on our findings. Click the link to view the poster…if you dare!

The latest archives poster, Tracing traditional hospital spaces: a photo exhibit, was presented at Doors Open Toronto 2013. It outlines how three hospital units at St. Michael's - the emergency ward, the maternity ward and the operating theatre - have developed over the years.

Building St. Michael’s: three early architects, 1895-1950, was produced for Doors Open 2012. It describes three significant Toronto architects (Albert A. Post, J.P. Hynes and William Lyon Somerville) who contributed greatly to the building design and development of our hospital.

St. Michael’s north of Shuter: then and now is a poster that was developed by the St. Michael’s Hospital archives for Doors Open Toronto 2011. It provides a photographic comparison of the new, state-of-the-art Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and the former nurses’ residence, which resided in the same location.