Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Society fonds
 
        Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Society fonds [textual record, graphic material, architectural, drawing, sound recording]. -- 1881-1997, intermittent.
1.2 m of textual records and other material
 
        Incorporated in 1881, the primary functions of the Nanaimo Hospital Association were to secure land and financing for a hospital building and to oversee general operations. The first Board of Directors included Robert Dunsmuir (President), John Pawson, E. Pimbury and A.R. Johnston (elected) and Marshall Bray (Provincial Government appointee). From 1881 to 1909, the Association acquired, by purchase and gift, 5 lots on the 300 block of Kennedy Street. The first hospital building on the site was erected in 1881 and an extension was added in 1883. In the late 1890s, a Maternity Patient building was completed and a Nurses' Home was built shortly after. A Nurses Training School operated on the site from 1906-1926. By the early 1920s, these facilities were inadequate and plans were developed for a new building. Financing difficulties delayed the completion of the building until 1928. The Women's Auxiliary and Western Fuel Employees Hospital Association were important fund raisers for the hospital building project. In 1953, the Hospital Board determined again that a new facility was needed. Planning for a larger, more modern facility began in 1954. Once more, funding was a problem and, in 1958, the South Central Vancouver Island Improvement District was created to broaden the hospital's tax base which had previously been drawn from Nanaimo only. In 1963, the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital was completed on a 15 acre site in the Woodlands area. The old Kennedy Street hospital was sold to K. G. Wall in 1968. It served as Malaspina Community College's first campus and later as a private long term care facility. On March 31, 1997, the Hospital Board was dissolved and governance of the hospital was taken over by the Central Vancouver Island Regional Health Board.
        Materials were in the custody of Gordon Frith, former Hospital Administrator until his death. His widow, Joyce Frith, transferred them to Gene Freeborn, Chief Executive Officer of the of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, in August 1996. Materials were transferred to the Nanaimo Community Archives in November 1996. A second set of materials was donated by Joyce Hardcastle in 1997 when the Board dissolved.
        Fonds consists of records which document the activities of the Hospital Society's board of directors, committees, staff and members. Fonds is arranged in 7 series: 1) Constitution and Bylaws; 2) Administration; 3) Financial Records; 4) Personnel and Human Resources; 5) Planning; 6) Reference; 7) Architectural Plans and Specifications (discarded Aug 2016) and, 8) Photographs.
        Title based on the contents of the fonds Series descriptions and file lists available.
        Some item level descriptions available for Series 8: Photographs.
 
Series 1.
 
        Constitution and Bylaws [textual record]. -- 1946, 1968, 1979, 1987, 1990.
6 cm of textual records (3 v.)

        Series consists of the constitution and by-laws of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Society (1968, 1979) and the by-laws for Ladysmith Medical Services (1946).
       Title based on content of series.
        File list available.
 
Series 2.
 
        Administration [textual record, sound recording]. -- 1902-1996.
26.5 cm of textual records
1 audio reel
 
        Series consists of records relating to the activities of the Board and the general administration of the hospital. The correspondence of Hospital Administrator, Gordon Frith, is also included. Series comprises correspondence, minutes, reports, annual reports, contracts, certificates and audio recordings of speeches.
        Title based on the contents of the series File list available.
 
Series 3.
 
        Financial Records [textual record]. -- 1881-1958.
12.5 cm of textual records

        Series includes financial statements (1881-1882, 1927-1949), cash book (1892-1904), insurance reports, land indentures from 1884, and an account of bad and doubtful debts (1935).
        Title based on contents of series.
        File list available.
 
Series 4.
 
        Personnel and Human Resources [textual record]. -- 1957-1997.
10 cm of textual records

        Series consists of correspondence, lists of employee, retirements, Chiefs of Staff, Presidents, Chairmen and Board of Trustees, and information and reports relating to personnel and labour relations issues at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
        Title based on content of series.
        File list available.
 
Series 5.
 
        Planning [textual record, graphic material]. -- 1950-1959.
5 cm of textual records
4 photographs : b&w

        Series consists of an appraisal report (1950) related to facility planning at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and assorted budgets.
        Title based on contents of series.
        Photographs from the Appraisal Report may be viewed by clicking on the "Show Record Images" icon above.
        File list available.
 
Series 6.
 
        Reference [textual record]. -- 1867-1983.
72 cm of textual records

        Series consists of scrapbooks and reference files including histories of the hospital written by William McGirr and Gordon Frith, a published booklet created for the opening of the new hospital (1928), a history of the chaplaincy program by Gordon Frith, correspondence and minutes of the Hospital Centennial Committee, and a survey of the hospital's archival records undertaken by the Public Archives of Canada (1979). Also includes a pamphlet titled the History of Nanaimo's Hospitals.
        Title based on contents of series File list available.
 
Series 7.
 
[Discarded series]
 
 
Series 8.
 
        Photographs [graphic material]. -- [ca. 1900 --1960].
ca. 225 photographs

        Series consists of photographs including exterior and interior views of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, staff members, medical equipment and views of the Nanaimo General Hospital on Kennedy Street.
        Title based on contents of series.
        Selected item level descriptions available on database.