Finding aids and Glossary (Temp)

Finding Aids

Finding Aid: Provides a detailed description of the contents of a fonds. It is an essential reference tool for determining what materials are available and in facilitating retrieval.

The finding aids currently available for browsing online are:

Jewish General Hospital Departments

 Auxiliary (previously known as the JGH Women's Auxiliary) 

Child Psychiatry       NEW

 Clinical Ethics Committee (CEC)

 Drazin Memorial Library 

 Herzl Family Practice Centre (now under the name Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre)

 Medical Library (now under the name Health Sciences Library) 

 School of Nursing


 Cohen, Samuel 

 Davis, Sir Mortimer B. 

 Elbaz, Henri 

 Garfinkle, Philip 

 Kaplan, Taube 

 Mendels, Amy 

 Rosen, Harold 

Other Institutions

 Hebrew Maternity Hospital

 Montreal Clinical Society

 Montreal Neurological Institute 

Royal Victoria Hospital 

By clicking on these links you will be able to access the finding aids for these collections in a hierarchical display which also includes series-level descriptions. Please note that more finding aids will be added as respective collections are processed and arranged.


The following are some key archival terminologies which will be useful in your research.

Fonds: A French term, a fonds refers to all the material created and/or accumulated, used and retained by a person, family or an organization in the course of normal, day-to-day activities.

Sous-fonds: Similar to a series. The sous-fonds is a discrete group of records clustered under the umbrella of a fonds. The papers of various individual family members, for example, would constitute sous-fonds within the larger fonds.

Series: A group of records which is organized as a unit and documents a specific activity or function. Within a fonds, there may be several distinguishable series of records.

File or item: the lowest level of description, including files of documents or individual documents that might come in a variety of forms and media. These might include: a letter, a film, a photograph, a map, a journal, an architectural plan.

Scope and Content: Abstract or summary of the range and topical coverage of the material described in the finding aid.

For a more detailed list of archival terms,  please visit:

 Glossary of Archival Terms (Simon Fraser University) 

 Society of American Archivists

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