Inpatient case files, 1893-1919

Norfolk State Hospital (Mass.).


67.5 cubic ft. (54 record center cartons and 1 doc. box).
0.33 cubic ft. (1 v.)..
In two subseries: (1) Case files (2) Postcards, 1906-1919; arranged within each subseries alphabetically by patient.
When Foxborough State Hospital was designated as an institution for the mentally ill in 1914, Norfolk State Hospital received all its patients not judged insane (i.e., male inebriates and drug addicts) and records relating to them and to such inmates admitted since Foxborough's inception. Inpatient case files were created to provide a record of the commitment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients committed by the court or voluntarily to these institutions. Also included are case files of women inebriates transferred from Westborough State Hospital in 1918-1919.
Files may contain some or all of the following: application for commitment, medical certificate, order of commitment of dipsomaniacs or inebriates, voluntary patient application, copy of voluntary commitment notification sent to the State Board of Charity in accordance with law, correspondence with or about patient, receipts for articles and clothing, home reports, progress reports while in hospital and after discharge or release to family care, outpatient registration card if patient was monitored by outpatient department upon release, and discharge card. Information includes personal information such as name, age, sex, marital status; family and social history; and length of present and previous illnesses;.
Postcards are from discharged patients to hospital superintendent to inform on whereabouts and condition. Locations include United States, Canada, Great Britain, and France; types include photographic views, holiday greetings, and mottoes.
The Massachusetts Hospital for Dipsomaniacs and Inebriates was established in 1889 and opened in Foxborough in 1893. It was renamed Foxborough State Hospital in 1905. Norfolk State Hospital was established in 1912 as a colony of Foxborough State Hospital. It acquired its own board of trustees in 1914, receiving Foxborough inebriate patients. The Norfolk facility was not used as a state hospital after 1919.
Mental health client information restricted by statutory provision; for conditions of access consult repository;.
Alphabetical by location and structure name/type on cards in Archives reading room.
Container list.
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0200-A describes the history and functions of the Foxborough State Hospital.
Agency history record (CStRLIN)MASVAH0201-A describes the history and functions of the Norfolk State Hospital.

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