Founded in 1982 and incorporated in 1988 as a not-for-profit, charitable institution, the Friends of the CAMH Archives (FoCA) promotes, encourages and facilitates research and public engagement relating to the history of mental health services and the archival collections of CAMH, including its pre-merger institutions. The primary focus is the Canadian historical experience.
As a separately incorporated volunteer organization, the FoCA is managed by a board of directors elected from its subscribed membership, and is recognized as such by CAMH’s Volunteer Services and Education Departments.
Through an annual, juried competition, the FoCA Board grants awards to provide financial assistance to students, faculty members, and others not necessarily associated with an academic institution, who propose to undertake archival research on an aspect of the history of mental health, including addictions and substance abuse in Canada. The Board approves awards to a maximum of $5,000.
The FoCA’s semi-annual Newsletters support attainment of these aims. Past editions from 2008 may be enjoyed as links from the online index, below.
Friends of the Archives
1001 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1H4