The Jewish General Hospital Archives!

Periodically, this blog site will welcome guest bloggers from the JPL-A’s colleagues at other Montreal Jewish heritage organizations.  Our first guest blogger, Shiri Alon, is the archivist at the Jewish General Hospital Archives.

By Shiri Alon, MLIS

Archivist, JGH Archives

The Jewish General Hospital (JGH) Health Sciences Library has recently established the JGH Archives, measuring close to 40 linear feet including textual material, photographs, artefacts and audiovisual resources. The Archives, open to researchers by appointment, has also developed a website ( with a searchable online database.

Previously maintained by volunteers, the JGH Archives existed for many years in an unofficial capacity. Thanks to Sybil Cadloff’s diligence (volunteer Archives Consultant from c.1984 to 2003), the records remained in rather good condition considering some date from the early 1900s and have never been preserved in acid-free envelopes or folders.

Formal arranging, cataloguing and digitizing of our collection began in 2007, as well as the development and population of our database to prepare for its online version. The need for the JGH’s archives to be organized and maintained arose not only from the concern that important documents from the 1934 foundation of the hospital would be forgotten, but also to bring them out of hiding in time for the hospital’s 75th anniversary celebrated last year.

The majority of documents span the 1920s to the 1960s and the archive is actively soliciting various hospital departments in order to fill in gaps in the timeline. Various departments, such as the School of Nursing (now Department of Nursing) and the Women’s Auxiliary (now Auxiliary) have been extremely forthcoming with donations of their archives and most of these materials can now be viewed on the website.

JGH Archives team:

Linda Lei, MLIS

Digital Archives Consultant, Webmaster

Julia Betts, MA

Cataloguer, Archives Technician

3 Comments to “The Jewish General Hospital Archives!”

  1. Joel Trupin says:

    My great grandmother Gussie Denovitch (spelling may vary) lived in Montreal from approximately 1904 to 1907. She came from the United States and returned there. She was a midwife and may have practiced during those years. Do any records exist that might relate to her living in Montreal and practicing midwifery?

  2. Shiri says:

    Our earliest records start in the 1910s, so unfortunately, we do not.

  3. Stace says:

    This article was extremely interesting.