Built in 1862, Hillary House is recognized by the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board as one of Canada’s best examples of Gothic Revival architecture. It is also a fine example of the architectural links between household and medical office. It retains its original layout, which provided for a medical examining room and dispensary at the front, with family living quarters behind. Rather than being incidental to the design, as in other examples of houses built for medical practitioners, the spaces used for the practice of medicine here were very carefully planned to provide convenience and privacy for both patients and family members. See the website for details.
Hillary House contains a significant collection of medical instruments, books, papers, household furnishings, and equipment dating from the early nineteenth to the late twentieth century and is open to the public as Hillary House, the Koffler Museum of Medicine.
Charles Godfrey Library, an outstanding collection of books, journals, and manuscript material relating to the history of medicine and the social and cultural history of early Ontario. This collection is housed temporarily at the Aurora Public Library.
The presentation of artefacts in Hillary House, as well as special exhibitions.
Booklets on the history of Hillary House.
Hillary House offers guided tours, led by knowledgeable interpreters, of its historic home and grounds throughout the year. Special accommodations can be made for large groups.
School tours and programs for Brownies and Scouting earning Heritage Badges.
Seven permanent display cases were held in Bond Street Lobby documenting the milestones and medical achievements of St. Michael’s Hospital. However, these displays have been taken down and are being re-located.
Fonds of doctors, medical students and researchers including, Dr. Donald Henry Cowan (1940 – 2011), Dr. O Harold Warick (2006 – 2008), Dr. W.G. Bigelow (1932 – 1993), Edward Shorter (1978 – 1994), Mary E. Clarke (1937 – 1940).
Toronto General Hospital fonds (1819 – 1986), consisting of administrative records of the administration and numerous medical departments.
Grace Hospital Ephemera Collection (1912, 1919), which focuses on nurse training. It consists of photographs and objects related to Grace Hospital and its predecessor, the Toronto Homeopathic Hospital, and its staff and students including Grace Hospital Training School for Nurses.
Ontario Cancer Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital fonds (1921 – 1997), includes textual records, photographs, architectural drawings, audio and video cassettes.
Toronto Hospital Records (1986 – 2000) and Ephemera Collection (1874 – 2011), includes a wide range of textual administrative records, photographs and drawings.
Toronto Western Hospital School of Nursing (1822 – 1998), Ephemera Collection (1909 – 1976) and Hospital fonds (1894 – 1986), consists of textual records, photographs and architectural drawings.
University Health Network Ephemera Collection (1999 – 2011) and Record Group (1941 – 2015), includes textual records and photographs.
Occasional online or travelling exhibits documenting the history of the hospital.
Participation in Door’s Open, Toronto’s architecture festival.
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 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.
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.
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
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.