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Collection Descriptions

The Alberta Health Services historic collection was formally established in 1997. The Archives acquires, maintains, organizes, and provide access to the archival records of Alberta Health Services and its predecessor regions. It preserves documents, images, and artifacts, and its document collections are organized by the institution or function that created the records.

The collections contain over 3000 medical artifacts, upwards of 10,000 rare and historic photographs, and hundreds of historic documents, ledgers, notebooks, and personal correspondence related to nursing and medical practice in Alberta.

Early records of the Calgary General Hospital Fonds and the Royal Alexander Hospital Fonds (Edmonton) have been formally arranged and described through project funding from the Archives Society of Alberta, Library and Archives Canada, and the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation.  The resulting finding aid can be viewed online – Calgary General Hospital Fonds, Finding Aid #1, Royal Alexander Hospital Fonds, Finding Aid #3.

Basic inventory control has been applied to the following collections, and they are accessible through the Archives.

Alberta Children’s Hospital Fonds

Extent: 6.0 metres of records; 0.5 metres of photographs
Scope and Content: administrative records, annual reports, correspondence, Communications files, manuals, policies and procedures from 1920s-1990s. The ACH fond also contains historic photographs of Brickburn House, the First Red Cross Children’s Hospital, and the children’s hospitals of the 1930s and 1950s.

Calgary Board of Health Fonds

Extent: 0.5 metres of records; 1 photograph
Scope and Content: Many of the Calgary Board of Health records are minutes and attachments from Board meetings following the 1973 provincial restructuring of public health boards. Also included are administrative records from the operational arm of the Board, and records related to public health programs. Most records date from 1988-1995.

Calgary District Hospital Group Fonds

Extent: 54.0 metres of records; 1.0 metres of photographs
Scope and Content: The archival records of the Calgary District Hospital Group, including the Holy Cross Hospital, the Rockyview General Hospital, and the Colonel Belcher Hospital. These include administrative records and minutes, manuals, reports, publications, medical records, and hospital policies, procedures, and standards dating from 1910s-2000. The CDHG fond also contains historic photographs of the Holy Cross Hospital, Rockyview Hospital, and Colonel Belcher Hospital.

Calgary General Hospital Fonds

Extent: 6.12 metres of records and other material
Scope and Content: The archival records of the Calgary General Hospital include governance records, business management / administration records, financial records, legal records, records of the medical superintendent, patient registers, records of the school of nursing, nursing alumnae association records, and miscellaneous materials regarding the history of the institution.

Capital Health Board and CEO Fonds

Extent : 10.75 metres of textual records and other materials(CEO’s office)
9.5 metres of textual records and other materials (Board Office)
Scope and Content: Fond consists of administrative minutes and records, committee reports, policies and procedures, correspondence, Most records date from 1994-2007
Access: Restrictions will apply. Access will be granted upon request to and approval from the CEO’s office.

Foothills Hospital Fonds

Extent: 20.0 metres of records; 0.75 metres of photographs.
Scope and Content: The archival records of the Foothills Hospital containing administrative records and minutes, annual reports, correspondence, publications, Communications files from 1960-1996. Photographs in this fond feature the construction phases, opening events, interior shots, and staff portraits.

Mistahia Health Region Fonds

Extent: 15.0 metres of textual records, 1.0 metres of photographs
Scope and Content: Fond consists of executive committee minutes and reports, committee minutes and reports, agendas and minutes, Financial records, reports and minutes related to external councils, boards and agencies, general correspondence., as well as miscellaneous materials related to the history of the institution Materials date from 1959-2004

Peace Health Region Fonds

Extent: 3.8 metres of textual records, 0.5 metres of photographs
Scope and Content: Fond consists of board meeting minutes and agendas, executive committee minutes, medical staff meeting minutes, financial reports, accreditation records,as well as miscellaneous materials related to the history of the institution. Materials date from 1959-2006.

Royal Alexandra Hospital and Charles Camsell Provincial General Hospital Fonds

Extent: 15.6 metres of textual records and other materials
Scope and Content: Fond consists of governance records, facilities and assets management records, communications records, information management records, risk management records, as well as miscellaneous materials related to the history of the institution. Materials date from 1878-1993

Salvation Army Grace Hospital Fonds

Extent: 11.0 metres of records; 0.25 metres of photographs
Scope and Content: The archival records of the Calgary Salvation Army Grace Hospital containing administrative records and minutes, annual reports, correspondence, medical records, manuals, Communications files from 1910-1996.

The AHS Archives & Historic Collections is still in the process of locating historic & vital records of the legacy organization records so that future projects can be funded and greater access provided.  Any staff holding or having knowledge of the location of legacy historic vital records, photographs and artifacts are asked to contact the RIM Intake Line at rim@ahs.ca