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What the heck is in a hospital archive? The JGH Archives Collection By Linda Lei, MLIS, Archivist/Librarian, JGH Archives at the Association of Jewish.

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1 What the heck is in a hospital archive? The JGH Archives Collection By Linda Lei, MLIS, Archivist/Librarian, JGH Archives at the Association of Jewish Libraries' 46th Annual Convention June 20, 2011

2 Agenda Misunderstanding of a hospital archive Hospital archive vs. Medical records Meanings behind the JGH Archives Nature of the JGH Archives Highlights of the holdings What services do we provide? Digitization Vision

3 Misunderstanding of a Hospital Archive Medical Records Department at the JGH, 1980s. Medical archive? Hospital archive? Medical records?

4 Hospital Archive vs. Medical Records Mandate Who are the users? Preservation & retention schedule Publicity

5 Meanings Behind the JGH Archives Unique reasons for building a Jewish Hospital in the 1930s From a mainly community hospital into a world- class university teaching hospital and research center Preserving and making the 76-year history accessible to the staff and the public One of the capital campaign billboards, Phillips Square, Montreal, Jewish General Hospital, 1930s.Jewish General Hospital, 2009.

6 Nature of the JGH Archives The JGH Archives, subsidized by the JGH Health Sciences Library and staffed by two part-time archivists, preserves the institutional memory of the Hospital dating from early 20 th C-present Contains 40 linear feet of archival materials: textual materials graphic materials And artefacts and audiovisual Examples of the JGH Archives collection

7 Highlights of the Holdings Original pledge and childrens brick cards from 1929 Establishment of the Hospital (1910s–30s, predominantly 1929–1934) Construction collection illustrates the expansion of the JGH building over the past 76 years Herzl Family Practice Centre ( , predominantly 1970s) School of Nursing ( ) Auxiliary of the JGH (1937–2003, predominantly 1930s–80s)

8 What services do we provide? Reference questions Support departmental and hospital-wide publicity activities Exhibits (physical & digital) Appraisal advice

9 Digitization jgh.ca/archives jgh.ca/en/archivesedupro

10 Vision: ongoing projects & plans Ongoing digitization More outreach and publicity Involved in decision-making process regarding document life cycle Collaboration with fellow archivists by participating in professional events

11 THANK YOU!


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