Inpatient histories, 1879-1899

Danvers Insane Hospital (Mass.).


10 cubic ft. (38 v. in 8 record center cartons).
10 microfilm reels (1 partial) ; 35 mm.
Arranged chronologically In two subseries: (1) Female patients (2) Male patients (see below).
Under the supervision of the Dept. of Mental Health, since 1878, Danvers State Hospital and its predecessors were responsible for providing residential care and treatment of mentally ill persons in northeastern Massachusetts since 1878. Inpatient histories were created to record information about about patient commitment and personal history as well as periodic reports on condition.
Information includes name, inpatient registration no., means of support, year no., residence, place of birth, age, occupation, and marital status of patient; place of birth of parents; previous attacks and admissions; alleged causes of attacks and diagnosis; date of admission; date of discharge/death (and autopsy no. if applicable); time in hospital; result of treatment; cause of death; address of relatives; summary of physician's certificate describing physical and mental condition at commitment; and periodic notes and observations throughout patient's stay. In some cases, autopsy reports, correspondence, or photographs are tipped in.
Related information may be found in: Inpatient case files, 1878-1930 ((M-Ar)253).
The State Lunatic Hospital at Danvers, established in 1877, opened in 1878 as Danvers Lunatic Hospital. It was renamed Danvers Insane Hospital in 1898 and Danvers State Hospital in 1909. It was closed in 1992.
Includes vols. 5, 7-8; female: 9-25; male: 9-26.
Microfilm (GSU 483-492) available in Archives reading room; source: Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84150; order no.: 2107795-2107796, 2107938-2107942, 2108014-2108016.
Internal index by name.
Index and status of patient registers, 1878-1940 ((M-Ar)257X).
Container/reel list.
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0197-A/(OCoLC)82694587 describes the history and functions of the Danvers State Hospital, an agency successor to the Danvers Insane Hospital.

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