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The Miss Margaret Robins Archives of Women's College Hospital

Explore the history of women’s volunteer organizations through the Cradle Club of Women’s College Hospital. This exhibit tells the story of how our group of young society girls came together in the 1930s with the mission of improving the quality of women’s healthcare in Toronto. Photographs, memorabilia and oral interviews provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes at exclusive fundraising events held in the city’s social landmarks.

Thanks to the support of the Virtual Museum of Canada's Community Stories Investment Program. The Miss Margaret Robins Archives of Women's College Hospital is proud to present Charity and the Society Girls of Toronto – The Story of the Cradle Club of Women’s College Hospital.


Miss Margaret Robins
first came to Women’s College Hospital as a nursing student in 1944. After graduating from WCH’s School of Nursing in 1947, she joined the hospital’s obstetrical department as a nurse before later becoming a clinical instructor and clinical researcher. In 1967, Miss Robins became director of the medical library and began to take an interest in the hospital’s historical records, which she began actively acquiring, maintaining and preserving. Upon retiring from the medical library in 1992, she established the Archives of Women’s College Hospital.

The Archives’ collection consists of textual records, photographs, graphic materials, architectural drawings, cartographic records, audio and video recordings, medical equipment and instruments, textiles, artwork and furniture.

In addition to documenting the rich history of Women’s College Hospital, the collection also consists of archival material related to the history of women in medicine, the history of nursing and early hospitals in Canada.

To search for historical material maintained in the Archives use the Archeion database.

Memories of the WCH School of NursingVirtual Museum of Canada

Come experience life in as a student nurse at the Women's College Hospital School of Nursing. Listen to students talks about their first day on the wards. See the evolution of student nurses' uniforms over the school's sixty year history. Be a part of Miss Sarah Jane Glenn's graduation ceremony in the backyard of the hospital in 1917.

Thanks to the support of the Virtual Museum of Canada's Community Memories Investment Program, The Miss Margaret Robins Archives of Women's College Hospital is proud to present Memories of the Women’s College Hospital's School of Nursing.

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Location & Contact Info

Miss Margaret Robins Archives of Women's College Hospital
Women's College Hospital
76 Grenville Street
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

Phone: 416-323-6400 ext. 4076

Fax: 416-813-4744

e-mail: wch.archives@wchospital.ca

Hours of Service
By appointment only

Accessibility
The hospital is fully accessible. All clinics have wheelchair accessible washrooms.

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  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)