Riverview Mental Hospital

Riverview Mental Hospital


Title Proper Riverview Mental Hospital
Date(s) 1937-1968
General material designation
This fonds contains 30 textual records.
Scope and content
This fonds contains thirty patient files for Japanese Canadians who were admitted to Essondale Mental Health Hospital. These records were reviewed by archivists under the Provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act before review and description by the LOI team.
Name of creator
British Columbia. Mental Health Services created this archive which were transferred to the BC Archives from 1987 to 2000.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.




Riverview Mental Hospital
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