Anciens membres de l’équipe de soins de l’Hôpital général juif

Écrit par Janie Tremblay, Stagiaire aux Archives de l’Hôpital général juif. J’ai eu le plaisir d’examiner une collection de 50 portraits d’anciens docteurs et infirmières de l’Hôpital Général juif. Répartis en trois boîtes, les portraits sont environ tous de la même grandeur avec un cadre laqué en noir, un passe-partout blanc ainsi qu’une plaque identificatrice. La photographie en elle-même est protégée par une vitre.

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La photo est une gracieuseté de Linda Lei.

J’ai d’abord procédé à l’inventaire des portraits, notant soigneusement les noms et les dates apparaissant sur la plaque. Puis, armée de gants, d’une pair de lunette et d’un masque, j’ai affronté la poussière accumulée par les années. J’ai soigneusement déballé chacun des portraits de leur enveloppe de plastique pour les examiner de près. J’ai essuyé le cadre avec mes gants puis nettoyé les vitres les plus sales. En effet, quelques cadres ont été rangés avec des tâches de café. Bien que le breuvage ait seulement atteint la vitre, il était impossible de songer à une numérisation sans d’abord laver celle-ci avec un peu d’eau. Par ailleurs, il est bien important de noter que l’eau n’est jamais appliquée directement sur la surface, mais sur un linge propre. Heureusement, la collection est en bonne condition. Les cadres sont parfois abîmés, mais la vitre a tenu lieu de protection aux portraits. Placées dans les boîtes et rangées dans un environnement assez bien contrôlé, les photographies n’ont pratiquement pas jaunies. Après un long débat sur la façon de procéder, ma superviseure et moi avons décidé de ne pas sortir les photographies du cadre. En effet, la procédure aurait été trop invasive, car il aurait fallut détacher le papier arrière afin d’y accéder. Nous avons donc envoyé la collection à l’équipe de numérisation en laissant les portraits tel quel. Rapidement, nous avons reçu les images digitales. Après l’ajout d’un filigrane sur chacune des photographies, j’ai joint les 50 portraits au 13 existantes d’anciens chefs de département afin de constituer une seule et même collection. Puis, j’en ai fait la description dans la base de données. Je suis maintenant fière d’en présenter les résultats. Cliquez ici pour visionner la galerie.

Anciens membres de l'équipe de soins de l'HGJ

Anciens membres de l’équipe de soins de l’HGJ

Vous remarquerez que deux docteurs demeurent non identifiés. Si jamais vous avez des information n’hésitez pas à contacter Linda Lei, archiviste, au (514) 340-8222 poste 3277 ou par courriel. Il est important pour nous de redonner à un nom à ces gens qui ont consacré leur carrière à l’Hôpital général juif de Montréal. Janie Tremblay est finissante à la maîtrise en Library and Information Studies à l’Université McGill. Elle a commencé un stage de 3 mois au début de l’année.

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JGH Archives’ Newly Processed Fonds: Henri Elbaz

Written by Janie Tremblay, Archives Assistant Intern, JGH Archives.

The JGH Archives has recently processed 3 boxes of material belonging to former Executive Director Henri Elbaz (1992-2008). After a good inventory and a bit of intellectual arrangement, the administrative history of the JGH during his term comes to life. The fonds encompasses textual records and sound recordings. It has been divided in 5 series : (1) Administrative records (2) Documentation relating to Architecture, Properties and Space (3) History of the Hospital and the Health Services within the Jewish Community (4) Research records and (5) Government records

The core of the newly accessible fonds is composed of administrative records, such as minutes of various committees, annual reports, proceedings of conferences and even cassettes. That alone takes more than 2 boxes out of 3!

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Henri Elbaz signs an agreement to purchase the neighbouring convent of Les Soeurs des Sainte-Croix, 2005.

During his Executive mandate, Henri Elbaz was deeply concerned with renovation and expansion projects. The acquisition by the JHG of the neighbouring convent of Les Soeurs de Sainte Croix in 2005 was one of his major accomplishments. The positive effects of that decision are felt long after his departure, as the brand new Pavilion H, converted from the original convent, provides space for the Cardiovascular Prevention Centre,  the expanded Herzl Family Practice Centre, a hemodialysis unit, as well as the Women’s Health Centre. Plans are also being considered to relocate more hospital departments there. Henri Elbaz’s interest is reflected in the series Architecture, Properties and  Space, which contains colorful high definition photographs and floor plans. 

History provides a sense of continuity and it is often useful to look to the past in order to better plan for the future. This thought is well represented in the historical series that focuses on the JGH medical services to its primary community. As the institution celebrates its 82nd anniversary this year, it was a true joy to go back in time to read the 25th Anniversary Program found in this series. I have digitized the work and it is now available on line in the form of a searchable PDF.

Henri Elbaz fonds also includes scientific activities reports. Under his direction,  the JGH grew and improved its expertise  in many medical areas, such as oncology, neonatology, geriatrics, obstetrics/gynecology and emergency medicine.

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Inauguration of the newly renovated Jewish General Hospital Health Sciences Library, 2007

As an upcoming archivist, I am sincerely touched by the support of Henri Elbaz to the library and his passion in preserving the hospital’s history. His archival donation serves as a perfect example. During all these years, he worked closely with Arlene Greenberg, the former Chief Medical Librarian. I had the pleasure to meet Arlene in person in my first week here, as all the library staff were celebrating her retirement. I took this time to reflect on all the evolutions of the JGH libraries, from paper to digital, to the installation of an digital archive. On one hand, it is truly a privilege to see the existence of an historical archive in a  medical care facility; on the other, the archivists in these special archives need to be more proactive and creative to justify their values through their daily activities.

For the rest of my practicum, I will continue to uncover and display the rich history of the JGH.  My next project is to process framed portraits of the Former Department Chiefs, conduct digitization and create an online exhibition to make the photographs accessible to the public. So stay tuned.

Janie Tremblay is a graduate student in Library and Information Studies, a Master’s program at McGill University. She began her 3-month internship in the Archives at the beginning of this year.

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Halloween at the JGH

Look what we’ve found in the archives! A small stack of photos and clippings showcasing staff in costumes amusing patients and colleagues on Halloween! Yes, a little levity is good for the soul.

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From the Auxiliary Tray

It can be fascinating to organize the decades-old archives housed in the hospital’s library. Because when you look for one document, sometimes you may discover a little something extra. This time it happened again during the organization of the Auxiliary tray that had been mentioned in the earlier post on this blog.  While I was going over each item in this tray, trying to determine where it fits the best in the intellectual hierarchy of the Auxiliary fonds, I spotted one loose scrapbook page on which there was a leaflet entitled The Jewish General Hospital : A Bulletin Devoted to Publicizing its Importance to the Welfare of the Community. It sounds like one of the many public relations publications by the hospital. However it’s the “Vol. 1 No. 1” on the upper right corner triggered my intuition. Could it be the very first precursor to the current award-winning hospital newsletter JGH News? After verifying with Mr. Henry Mietkiewicz, Senior Editor of the JGH News, this bulletin, unlike my expectation, is most likely a fundraising publication by the hospital during wartime to solicit donations from the community.

The Jewish General Hospital : A Bulletin Devoted to Publicizing its Importance to the Welfare of the Community

The Jewish General Hospital : A Bulletin Devoted to Publicizing its Importance to the Welfare of the Community

Well, I admit this is not as exciting as my bold guess however the bulletin highlights early achievements of the hospital in such an informative and entertaining way that it is also interesting and fun to read today. Not only does it contain stats pertinent to patient care it also contains interesting figures about the Auxiliary and the original farm of the hospital. Besides, it covers other subjects such as the hospital’s membership with professional associations, donations, and the ones that are no longer commonly seen, e.g. ancient prayer, jokes, and origin of the slang “limey”. Please click on the image to open the document in PDF. Note that part of the text on the last page cannot be restored due to some damage from glue.

Till the next serendipity.

Linda Lei
Archivist | Librarian
legacy@jgh.mcgill.ca

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Archives working with McGill Practicum Student

Written by Manda Haligowski, Archives Assistant Intern, JGH Archives.

The Archives itself, while small, has an incredible amount of historical records documenting the growth and development of the Jewish General Hospital. With a focus on digitization and online dissemination, the Archives has prioritized making the Hospital’s history publicly available. This focus is one I share and have developed during my studies at McGill.

Nurses, children and their parents outside of the Hebrew Maternity hospital in 1920s.

Hospital staff, children and their parents outside of the Hebrew Maternity hospital in the 1920s. ID No. OF5.9.1.3

Nurse and Dr. Felix Berstein outside of the Hebrew Maternity hospital in the 1920s.

Nurse and Dr. Felix Berstein outside of the Hebrew Maternity hospital in the 1920s. ID No. OF5.9.1.4

During my first month here, I have already been involved in a number of projects. For instance, I have already digitized early photos of the Hebrew Maternity Hospital and created records within the Archives’ database.

With this project, it was difficult to determine whether all the photos were taken in front of the Hebrew Maternity Hospital and if they were all taken in the same year. To do this, we, the Head Archivist, Linda Lei, and I, examined the photographs carefully looking to see if aspects of the building façade were different, if there was any difference in clothing worn by the people in the photos, or if there was any indication of a different address. Once we determined that these photographs were taken on different days, in front of different looking buildings, I was able to appropriately describe and catalogue these photos accordingly.

Auxiliary tray of unorganized photos.

Auxiliary tray of unorganized photos.

However, the largest project I have been working on is the arrangement and description of a tray of largely unorganized photographs, documenting the efforts of the Auxiliary (initially the Women’s Auxiliary), dating from the 1930s to mid-2000s. While this tray mainly includes photographs of events (galas, luncheons, anniversaries, etc.); Presidents, members and volunteers; coffee, floral, used clothing and gift shops; and even photographs of the initial Hospital building being constructed. Other items found within it were news clippings, correspondence and scrapbook pages. These photos, since having no semblance of their original order, will be ordered chronologically among the Archives’ current collection of photographs. Until then, certain photographs have been selected for digitization to provide online access, as well as, for an upcoming exhibit.

Ballet Reception staged by the Women's Auxiliary. May 2nd, 1962.

Ballet Reception staged by the Women’s Auxiliary.             May 2nd, 1962.

Having the opportunity to work here has not only provided me with the tools necessary to develop my skills as an archivist, but to also prepare myself for the employment after graduation. So far, it has been an enjoyable and educational experience and I look forward to the future months that I will be working here.

Manda Haligowski is a graduate student in Library and Information Studies, a Master’s program at McGill University. She began her 3-month internship in the Archives at the beginning of this year.

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Faire vivre les documents d’archives : le documentaire From Dockside to Bedside : 100 years of Herzl

herzl2Avez-vous vu le documentaire From Dockside to Bedside: 100 years of Herzl à la chaîne CityTV de Montréal le 21 septembre dernier?

Ce documentaire réalisé par Ezra Soferman raconte l’histoire du centre de médecine familiale de l’Hôpital Général Juif, communément appelé le Herzl. Le Herzl a été l’une des premières cliniques médicales gratuites au Canada. Ses 100 années d’existence racontent une histoire fascinante, tant au point de vue historique que pour le domaine de la médecine familiale.

Pour mener à terme ce documentaire, différentes images du sous-fonds d’archives du Centre de médecine familiale Herzl de l’Hôpital Général Juif ont été utilisées. Les Archives HGJ sont ravies de voir ces documents d’archives être utilisés pour mettre en valeur la riche histoire de l’HGJ!

Pour en savoir plus sur le Centre de médecine familiale Herzl, cliquez ici pour voir le contenu de ce sous-fonds d’archives disponibles en ligne, sur notre site Web.
Pour en savoir plus sur le documentaire et son créateur, cliquez ici.

Vous avez manqué la diffusion du documentaire? D’autres sont prévues à l’automne. Le haut de ce billet de blogue sera mis à jour pour vous faire connaître les prochaines dates de diffusion, tout comme un lien sera ajouté s’il est mis en ligne.

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Jewish Montreal Heritage Week (May 5th to 12th, 2013) : When archives come alive

livingexhibitJGH Archives had the pleasure to attend the living exhibit for the first Jewish Montreal Heritage Weekin Montreal, the 9th of May 2013 at the Cummings Centre. Many colleagues from the archives’ world took part in the event:

The main idea behind this living exhibit, where we displayed some of our archivist work, was to attract young people, primarily, as Shannon Hodge from the Jewish Public Library said to The Gazette. We can add that it was a good way to show that archives are far from dusty and uninteresting material too. The JGH Archives table displayed some photographs, artifacts and a slide presentation about the archivist’s work at the JGH.

An elementary school class came to visit in the morning and it was heartwarming to see them that interested by what was displayed (the representations of old medical tools and nurses uniforms were a huge hit!). It was also really inspiring to see all those dedicated people, brought together under the banner of preserving Montreal’s Jewish heritage, exchanging about their work, their material and their passion.

The JGH Archives wish to thanks all the organizers of this event and look forward to see a second edition of Jewish Montreal Heritage Week.

PS- Please, take a look at the video (English and Français) we recorded about the history of the JGH, as well as the article that Linda Lei wrote for the Jewish Montreal Heritage Week!

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L’exposition est en cours!

Mon dernier communiqué vous entretenait de l’exposition du centenaire du Centre Herzl. Après un retard d’un mois, l’exposition a enfin été inaugurée le vendredi 1er juin, juste à temps pour la Journée clinique, une activité éducative organisée par le Centre en marge des célébrations qui se déroulent tout au long de l’année. L’exposition rétrospective présente des documents et des photographies historiques illustrant les débuts modestes du Centre Herzl en 1912 et son évolution intimement liée aux besoins sans cesse changeants de la communauté. L’exposition témoigne aussi du rôle précurseur et didactique joué par le Centre au sein du système de santé de Montréal et, plus particulièrement, au niveau de la médecine préventive. Vous pouvez visiter l’exposition jusqu’au mois de novembre dans le hall d’entrée principal de l’Hôpital, sur la Côte-Sainte-Catherine. L’exposition virtuelle qui offre encore plus de matériel est par ailleurs disponible sur
www.jgh.ca/fr/archivescentenaireherzl

Joyeux centième anniversaire au Centre Herzl!

Galerie de photos de l’exposition virtuelle du centenaire du Centre Herzl

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The Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre Centenary Exhibition (1912-2012)

Exterior of the Herzl Hospital and Dispensary at 832 St Dominique. 1910s

Since January, I have been busy preparing a historical exhibit to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre (GHFPC) with help from Antonio Lanza, my practicum student in the Archives Studies Stream from the School of Information Studies, McGill University.

Founded in 1912, the Centre, originally named as Herzl Hospital and Dispensary, is recognized as one of the pioneer Canadian institutions for preventive medicine as well as one of the first public clinics providing much-needed health care at little or no cost in Montreal. As one of the forerunners of the Jewish General Hospital (JGH), it helped pave the way for the founding of the hospital in 1934 and in 1974, it merged with the JGH and became the Herzl Family Practice Centre, offering a full range of family health services to a diverse community.

The selection for the exhibit is based on the Herzl fonds housed in the JGH Archives and materials from the administrative office of the Centre, the Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee National Archives (CJCCC National Archives) as well as the Jewish Public Library Archives (JPL-A).  The exhibit will showcase some rarely seen textual materials such as the report of the first annual meeting 1913, the expenditure report 1920, and medical records of the 1940s and 50s from the Centre’s Pediatric Clinic during and after the World War II, just to name a few. A book dedicated to the Centre’s history entitled “Our History of Family Medicine” by Michael Regenstreif originally published in 1994 will also be digitally available for the first time to the public. Et bien sûr, photographs that depict some milestone moments of the Centre’s evolution over the past century will also be included.

The exhibit will be available in April in two ways: a physical display located in the main lobby of the hospital, and a new page from the archives’ website (www.jgh.ca/archives) that will allow concurrent access to the full content of some materials that would otherwise be too difficult to display physically. It will be a great opportunity for the JGH Archives to bring to light the century-long history of the Centre’s dedication to family well-being and make it more accessible to the public, physically and online.

As many Montrealers are talking about the fluctuating weather of this week, the Archives is in the heat of the preparation of the exhibition. While this post is being written, exhibit captions are being translated; exhibit poster is being designed; Herzl-related records are being added into a database to make online searchable by the time of the exhibit. Spring is just around the corner. The physical and web exhibits will soon be launched. So stay tuned.

For more information about the centennial celebration of the GHFPC, visit News from the JGH .

Tremendous thanks to Dr. Michael Malus, Chief of the GHFPC, Geneviève Grenier, Assistant to Chief, Janice Rosen, Director of the CJCCC National Archives, and Shannon Hodge, Archivist at the JPL-A, for their generous archival contribution to enrich the collection and make possible my intention to provide the public with a more complete picture of the Centre’s 100 years of history.

Linda Lei
Archivist | Librarian
legacy@jgh.mcgill.ca

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We need your help to identify hospital memorabilia badges!

The selected badges from a recent donation to the JGH Archives. Click the image to enlarge.

This set of badges (as shown in the photo) contains most of the items from a recent donation to the Archives by the Public Affairs and Communications Department. Badges are usually issued to mark special occasions. They are humble and sentimental pieces of history. The badges featured in the picture were issued to coincide or promote the launch of various past events or campaigns at the JGH and they each carry important message that the hospital wanted or helped to deliver to its community. Before their meaning gets lost over time, we hope to identify, with your help, the occasions for which they were issued or awarded and produce articles along the way. Please contact the Archives at extension 3277 or post a comment here to help us unfold the stories behind these fun collectibles so that the pieces of JGH history that they signify can become known to an even wider audience.

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