Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
Per Resolves 1846, c 117, the governor of Massachusetts appointed three commissioners to inquire into the condition of idiots (contemporary term for the mentally retarded) in the Commonwealth and what could be done for them. The commission's report, written by Samuel G. Howe of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind, led to an experimental school being funded for three years by the state (Resolves 1848, c 65). This report, based on a survey completed by municipal clerks (Returns of the survey of idiots in Massachusetts, 1846 ((M-Ar)1516X)), consisted of a written narrative (Massachusetts. Office of the Secretary of State. Passed resolves ((M-Ar)228, Resolves 1848, c 65)), and a tabular data set compiled by Howe as a followup to the survey (Table of the physical and mental condition of idiots in Massachusetts, 1847 ((M-Ar)1517X)). The tabular report was based on field notes taken by Howe and transcribed in the form of this series. For a description of their ... Read More
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
Per Resolves 1846, c 117, the governor of Massachusetts appointed three commissioners to inquire into the condition of idiots (contemporary term for the mentally retarded) in the Commonwealth and what could be done for them. The commission's report, written by Samuel G. Howe of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind, led to an experimental school being funded for three years by the state (Resolves 1848, c 65). This report, based on a survey completed by municipal clerks (Returns of the survey of idiots in Massachusetts, 1846 ((M-Ar)1516X)), consisted of a written narrative (Massachusetts. Office of the Secretary of State. Passed resolves ((M-Ar)228, Resolves 1848, c 65), and a tabular data set compiled by Howe as a followup to the survey and based on his field notes (Field notes on the survey of idiots in Massachusetts, 1847 ((M-Ar)1827X)), consisting of this series
Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
Per Resolves 1846, c 117, the governor of Massachusetts appointed three commissioners to inquire into the condition of idiots (contemporary term for the mentally retarded) in the Commonwealth and what could be done for them. The commission's report, written by Samuel G. Howe of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind, led to an experimental school being funded for three years by the state (Resolves 1848, c 65). The survey on which the report was ultimately based was addressed to municipal clerks -- Information in returns includes number of idiots in municipality, number of male idiots, and, for each person, name, age, guardianship status, self-support, property, other means of support, confinement, details of condition, condition of relatives, whether parents blood-related, whether ever considered lunatic, educability. Returns are often annotated by clerk with further detail
Minnesota Historical Society
Submitted to the department by the state institutions; most are running tallies of the daily resident population at each institution unless otherwise indicated. Institutions represented are the Anoka, Brainerd, Cambridge, Faribault, Fergus Falls, Hastings, Moose Lake, and Rochester state hospitals; the Minnesota School for the Deaf and the Minnesota Braille and Sight Saving School, both in Faribault; the Minnesota Learning Center; and the Minnesota Social Adaptation Center

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