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[Bookplate for Hopital Général d’Ottawa]
[Bookplate for Hopital Général d’Ottawa]
Title[Bookplate for Hopital Général d'Ottawa]
Date Created[not before 1845]
Sort Date1845
DescriptionBlack ink on cream paper. The bookplate features a border consisting of thick, black wavy lines with arrows on the ends of each line pointing towards the corner. Each corner has three diamonds shaped in a triangle. Inside the border, there is a circular image with a border of two interwoven black wavy lines. Inside that border is capitalized text printed in bold, black, sans serif front. In the center of the circle is a cross coming out of the ground wrapped in vines. Above and below the cross are two ribbons with mottos printed in capitalized, black, sans serif front. At the bottom of the bookplate, outside of the circular design, but inside the first border, is text printed in capitalized, black, serif font.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 6.3 x 7 cm
SubjectHospitals ; Religious orders ; Nuns
Subject - GeographicOttawa (Ont.)
Personal NamesHopital Général d'Ottawa
TypeStill Image
NotesLes Soeurs Grises de la Croix (The Grey Nuns of the Cross), now known as Les Soeurs de la Charité (The Sisters of Charity) of Ottawa was founded by Élisabeth Bruyère in 1845. They are a charitable ministry that emphasizes hospital ministry, education, pastoral care, and community service. Sister Élisabeth entered the Congregation of the Grey Nuns of Montreal in 1839, taking the habit in 1840. In 1845, Sister Élisabeth founds the religious community in Bytown (now Ottawa). They became autonomous from the Montreal community in 1854. Mother Élisabeth Bruyère was elected the Superior General of the congregation, a position she would be re-elected to until her death on April 5, 1876. In addition to setting up dispensaries, Catholic schools, and orphanages, Sister Élisabeth founded the first hospital of Bytown with the help of several physicians, including Ottawa mayor Pierre Saint-Jean. This hospital became Ottawa General Hospital (now the Ottawa Hospital). Sister Élisabeth purchased the hospital building for $240 in 1845. In 1847, a typhus epidemic in Ottawa leads to the expansion of the hospital. In 1850, Bishop Guigues bought a different building for the hospital so that the Sisters could serve more people. In the 1860s, the hospital moved to a new site and performed its first surgical operation. The General Hospital is associated with D'Youville School, whose first class of nurses graduated in 1902. In 1922, Grace Hospital opened, followed by Civil Hospital in 1924. After a series of expansions and increased services, Riverside, Civic, and General hospital amalgamated in 1998 to become The Ottawa Hospital
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Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN I L658
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_I_L658
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Stanley Binder. BP MUR CAN I L658
Date Available2019-02-08
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
TranslationGrey Nuns of the Cross I was sick and you visited me [I am there for the strong and the weak] Ottawa General Hospital
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