The Miss Margaret Robins Archives of Women’s College Hospital

As a national historic site, Women’s College Hospital (WCH) is committed to preserving its unique history. The Miss Margaret Robins Archives of Women’s College Hospital acquires, maintains, preserves, and makes available the historical records and artifacts of the institution. 

Named in honour of its founder, the Archives’ collection consists of historic records, photographs, audio and video recordings, medical equipment, and textiles.

In addition to preserving the historical records of WCH, the Archives also is home to the records of the WCH School of Nursing, the Alumnae Association of the WCH School of Nursing, and the WCH’s Association of Volunteers. The Archives also collects records and artifacts documenting the rich history of women in medicine and medical research, the history of nursing, and early hospitals in Canada.

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

To learn more about the Archives and its collection, or to book an appointment, please contact the Archives at: or 416-323-6400 x4076.

Please note: The Archives does not maintain patient records. For historical patient records requests, please contact our Health Information Department at: or 416-323-6098.

The following online projects were developed with funding and support from the Digital Museums Canada investment program.

black and white photo of a line of walking nurses in white aprons

From 1915-1975, over 1,250 young women came to the Women’s College Hospital School of Nursing with the dream of becoming a nurse. For two to three years, these students trained, lived, and worked together. Graduates left with a nursing diploma in hand, but more importantly for most of the young women, they left with cherished memories and friendships that would last a lifetime. Memories of the Women’s College Hospital School of Nursing is the story of the school as told by its students through their writings, spoken words and photographs.

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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.

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Explore the challenges faced by trailblazing women from Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and learn more about their contributions to medical research during the first half of the 20th century. Through archival photographs, documents, film and audio interviews, the Women in Medical Research – A History of Innovation exhibition examines their achievements, and presents a new generation of female scientists, while also encouraging young women to consider careers in STEM.