University Health Network Archives

Identity area



Authorized form of name

University Health Network Archives

Parallel form(s) of name

    Other form(s) of name

    • UHN Archives


    • Medical Organization
    • Healthcare Institution

    Contact area

    Ani Orchanian-Cheff Primary contact



    Street address

    Eaton North 1-418, 200 Elizabeth Street





    Country name


    Postal code

    M5G 2C4


    416-340-4800 ext. 3429




    Please note, there are multiple archive locations across our hospital sites. All visits must be prearranged.

    Description area


    In April 1999, The Toronto Hospital officially changed its name to University Health Network. Within the Network, each hospital (Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital) retained its identity and base of support as well as their distinct areas of specialization.

    The phrase "Health Network" was chosen to signal that as a whole the organization was much greater than the sum of its parts. The word "University" was chosen to represent the organizations primary commitment to research and teaching, as well as its affiliation with the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine.

    The Network originally included the Toronto Medical Laboratories, and three foundations: the Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Centre Foundation (AARC), the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, and the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. Toronto Rehabilitation Institute also joined UHN effective July 1, 2011.

    Geographical and cultural context

    Mandates/Sources of authority

    Administrative structure

    The organizational structure of the University Health Network includes both corporate departments, which are completely consolidated, as well as site-specific programs and departments. Physicians, staff, services and resources are grouped into Focus of Care areas and Core Clinical Services. A "Focus of Care" is an area of patient care, research, and education that meets the needs of a specific group of patients.

    There are seven program groupings at UHN:
    • Krembil Neuroscience Centre (KNC)
    • Medical and Community Care (MCC)
    • Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (MHA)
    • Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Program (PMHCP)
    • Peter Munk Cardiac Centre
    • Surgical and Critical Care (SCC)
    • Transplantation.

    Records management and collecting policies

    All administrative records created, captured and managed within University Health Network (UHN) and its predecessor bodies which have been designated as archival in the Records Retention & Disposal Schedule and/or through appraisal by the UHN Archivist and which have been transferred to the archives are made available to staff and the public.

    The Corporate Archives does not actively collect patient or health records. The focus of the collection is on administrative records acquired through internal transfer, though on occasion donations of archival material will be accepted if they are from, or relate to, staff or students of one of our hospitals.



    The Archives’ collection documents the historical development and achievements of our three hospitals, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital. In addition to our current hospitals, records also document our nursing schools, Grace Hospital, Toronto Homeopathic Hospital, the Ontario Cancer Institute, and the work of noted cardiovascular surgeon W.G. Bigelow.

    Our records are in a wide variety of formats, including textual documents, photographs and architectural drawings.

    Finding aids, guides and publications

    Access area

    Opening times

    UHN’s corporate archives are open to the public as well as staff, by appointment only. Appointments are generally made for Mondays. As there are multiple locations, please book early to avoid disappointment.

    Access conditions and requirements


    Services area

    Research services

    Reproduction services

    Photocopies and scans of archival material are available for a fee. Same-day service is not available. A Copy Request form is available for this purpose. A request for photocopies or reproductions may be denied if the condition or size of the material would prevent safe copying.

    Public areas

    Control area

    Description identifier

    Institution identifier

    CA ON00343

    Rules and/or conventions used



    Level of detail


    Dates of creation, revision and deletion

    Last updated July 28, 2017


    • English



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