Fonds MS-419 - Charles Camsell Hospital fonds

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Charles Camsell Hospital fonds

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  • Textual record
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15 cm of textual records. – 9 photographs. – 14 negatives

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(1946 - 1996)

Administrative history

The Charles Camsell Provincial General Hospital operated in Edmonton between 1946 and 1996. Until 1980, the hospital was owned and operated by Indian Health Services. Although primarily utilized as a tuberculosis hospital, the Camsell also provided general care in the form of maternity, pediatric, and medical services.

Although eventually renamed after Dr. Charles Camsell, a former Deputy Minister of Mines and Resources, the original hospital building was built by the Jesuit order for their boy’s college, Francis Xavier Academy, in 1914. The new building was leased to the American military for use as a forward operating base for the construction of the Alaska Highway until 1944.

After its merger with the Royal Alexandra Hospital in 1993, the Charles Camsell Hospital was slowly closed until it served its final emergency room patient in 1994. The Charles Camsell Provincial General Hospital officially closed on March 31st, 1996.

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It is not known how the Provincial Museum of Alberta acquired the records.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of guest books from various Camsell Hospital functions, a hospital visitor's log, Christmas menus and cards, Long Service Award event programs, and photographs. The photographs include images of the hospital buildings throughout its history, portraits of board members of the hospital, and outdoor scenes of Indigenous people.

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The fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by the Provincial Museum of Alberta in 1992.


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  • English

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Copyright may apply.

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File list available online.

Associated materials

  • Provincial Archives of Alberta - PR0383: Charles Camsell Hospital fonds
  • Alberta Health Services Archives - Royal Alexandra Hospital and Charles Camsell Provincial General Hospital fonds


No further accruals are expected.

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Accession number: A92-24

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City of Edmonton Archives

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