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CAMH Archives

Founded in 1982, the mandate of the theme Archives for the History of Canadian Psychiatry and Mental Health Services is to preserve, and make available for study, material concerning the history and development of psychiatry and other mental health and addiction services in Canada, especially Ontario. In 2000 that original mandate was broadened to start a phased evolution as the Corporate Archives for the permanent records of CAMH.

Prospective researchers should make enquiry beforehand on the nature of their interests, by mail, phone or e-mail, and to arrange for an appointment.

Contact: John P.M. Court, Archivist, (416) 535-8501, ext. 32159

Contact: Fax (416) 583-1355; E-mail

Open Monday to Friday, by appointment.

Friends of the CAMH Archives​
This is a separately incorporated volunteer organization associated with the CAMH Archives. The Friends of the Archives Newsletter is availble.

The Archives Association of Ontario includes the following in its listing for the CAMH Archives:

  • Archives' holdings: Material relating to the history of psychiatry, other mental health and addiction services in Canada, especially Ontario; and selective administrative/ operational records of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and its pre-merger (pre-1998) institutions.
  • Books available for sale through the Archives:
    • A Century of Learning, A Century of Caring: Centenary History of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, publ. 2008, $15.00
    • A Century of Medicine at Western, by Murray Barr, publ. 1977, $15.00
    • Psychiatry in Canada: Fifty Years (1951 to 2001). publ. 2001, $15.00
    • The Provincial Asylum in Toronto, publ. 2000, $25.00
    • The City and the Asylum, 1993, $5.00
    • History of the Toronto Psychiatric Hospital, 1996, $15.00
    • A Classified Bibliography of the History of Psychiatry and Mental Health Services in Canada, by Geoffrey Reaume, 1998, $15.00
    • The Father of Canadian Psychiatry: Joseph Workman, by Christine Johnston, publ. 2000, $20.00
    • From Vision to Legacy: CAMH's Four Pre-merger Institutions, publ. 2000, $15.00
    • Remembrance of Patients Past: Patient Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, 1870-1940, by Geoffrey Reaume, publ. 2000, $30.00
  • Additional information: Disabled access. Reproduction services available.

Descriptions of the archival holdings are available in ARCHEION , Ontario's Archival Information Network.

To access the relevant descriptions,

  1. visit ARCHEION.
  2. In the "Search" field, key in Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and select any fonds or records series of interest to you by clicking on its individual link in the drop menu.
  3. To view any of the actual materials listed within these finding aids (other than those that are restricted in accord with privacy/ confidentiality provisions), contact the CAMH Archives as outlined above to arrange for scheduling your visit.
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