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Includes: patient care procedures, patient statistics, causes and treatments of mental illness, physical plant improvements, budgets and financial transactions; post-1880 reports include medical research records.
Includes: patient histories, causes of mental illness, diagnoses, treatments, county of residence, education level, religion, birthplace, by whom committed and supported, effectiveness of treatment, when admitted and discharged.
Records from the county circuit courts giving legal authorization for committal, including statements of insanity from relatives or friends; physicians' diagnoses; extensive information on patient's health, physical appearance, and drug use; patients' personal histories; and certificates of the justice of peace.
Includes: acceptance and discharge letters from CSH medical superintendent to patients, county courts, and patients' guardians, 1848-1900; correspondence exchanged between CSH medical superintendents' and county courts; physicians' correspondence to patients and Legislative Visiting Committee, 1890-1937; bulk of 20th-century correspondence dates from 1950-1994 and includes departmental and administrative correspondence.
Includes: patient admission and discharge dates, organized by county and township.
Discharge Papers: date of discharge, county discharged, under whose care.
Subpoena Papers: addressed to relative or friend summoned to testify that the individual in question was indeed insane.
Clothing Requisitions: level of personal hygiene, clothing patient arrived in, and clothing needed.
Daily reports detailing patients' complaints and disruptive behavior.
Includes: investigations of misconduct and patient abuse.
Women's Medical Ward (Sick Hospital): 1914-1915
Men's Medical Ward (Sick Hospital): 1912-1914: Includes: physicians' instructions detailing drug treatments to be administered by overnight medical attendants; attendants' morning reports to physicians.
Includes: patient diagnosis, admittance and discharge dates, marital condition, occupation.
Small photo collection, primarily of the medical staff and hospital buildings from the early 1900s and 1960-1990. The Archives and the State Library have several lithographs of the original hospital structures. A much larger collection of Central State Hospital photographs, including patient photographs, are housed at the Indiana Medical Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana
Includes: patient histories, diagnoses, treatments, including drug prescriptions.
Includes: correspondence, course outlines, student handbooks, CSH nursing program for Depauw students, surveys.
Books document transfers to Central State's "Sick" hospital for treatment of physical ailments; includes date of transfer and removal, and description of ailment and treatment.