Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Archives

Conservation / Preservation:


Archival collections include,

  • Records of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Queen Street site, including textual records, graphic material including photographs, posters, and art works, architectural records, artifacts, audio-visual recordings, and ephemera, related to the operation of Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Queen Street site, and its predecessor body, the Queen Street Mental Health Centre (QSMHC), as well as the physical evolution of the facility, and the life and work of its staff and patients.
  • Records of the Addiction Research Foundation.
  • Records of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
  • Records of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
  • Records of the Toronto Pyschiatric Hospital / Clarke Institute of Psychiatry.
  • Several private record collections relating to the study and treatment of addiction, mental health, and disability.

Virtual Museum of Canada


Online Exhibitions

Virtual exhibits and interactive learning resources on numerous subjects, created by Canadian museums and galleries. Local history exhibits that capture Canadian community memories, drawn from the collections of small museums and local memories and treasures are also available.  Organized by museum, name or subject, the themes of Aboriginal Art, Culture and Tradition, Arts in Canada, Canada at War, Canadian Musical Traditions, Canadian Women, Science and Medicine and Vancouver 2010 make up the bulk of the collection.

Image Gallery

Showcases thousands of artefacts, photos, paintings and objects from Canadian museums. Amongst others, it contains the works of the Group of Seven, Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Emily Carr, and many other artists. 

Psychiatric Survivor Archives of Toronto

Conservation / Preservation:


  • Over 400 audio tapes and 40 videotapes dating back to the late 1970s
  • Documentation pertaining to psychiatric treatment
  • Objects made by psychiatric survivors such as pottery, clothing, wood-work, stencilled imprints, key-chains, musical instruments, tools used to create objects, political buttons, banners and various forms of art and physical culture
  • Posters dating back to the 1980s by people and groups involved in the psychiatric consumer/survivor community
  • Photographic images of people, places and events related to the history of our community

Public Programming:

Online Programming

Descriptions and links to psychiatric related heritage sites are available on their website, such as the Lakeshore Asylum Cemetery Project, Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, Whitby Psychiatric Hospital and the brick wall made by psychiatric inmates.