The old mental hospital, established in 1876, is located in Dustons. The three-story Gothic Revival building followed a Kirkbride design, separating patients by gender and severity of illness in crooked wings that spanned outward from the central administration core. The second type of record is registration information. Kim Caisse interviewed Lynn Blanchard (one of the authors above) for the Worcester State University News, Several independent organizations perform education and reform advocacy around the issues for which people were institutionalized. We know that a person lived from a birth year to a death year, for example 1815-1865, but we also say that the real story is in the dash. 1856, Northampton, Lunatic Hospital at Northampton. { Reflecting an increasing pessimism in medical circles about the possibility of ameliorating mental illness, Earle dismissed the high rates of cure reported by some institutions by noting that patients who suffered from recurrent illness were often counted as having been cured at the end of each episode. The Northampton Lunatic Hospital opened in 1858, two years after construction had begun. In a few cases, these public records are stored in private or local public collections where access is restricted according to the best understanding of the librarians and archivists. 60 pages ; 21 cm Not to be confused with the Northampton General Lunatic Asylum in Northampton, Massachusetts Consists of a list of officers of the institution, the report of the Committee of Management (Geo. For example, here are the two request portals for modern records from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health: 1852, Tewskbury, State Almshouse at Tewksbury, later called Tewksbury State Hospital, Gravestones at the hospital (also known as The Pines Cemetery): 1884, Concord, Massachusetts Reformatory, later called M.C.I. Lunatic Asylum Records. In Massachusetts, many institutional registers are accessible to genealogists. Abandoned Asylums of Massachusetts. It is surrounded by a stone wall, and the mansion is used as a convalescent asylum in connection with St Andrew's Lunatic Hospital, Northampton. Volume 3 (1898-1905), first part, FHL DGS 8093554. The policy there is to allow access after a period of time, generally 75 years, but this archives period is not set in the Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L.). Jill Morelli, “Finding the Records of the Mentally Ill,” NGS Magazine, vol. City Insane Asylum Record of Patients, 1882-1884; 1888. Jill Morelli, “Finding the Records of the Mentally Ill,” NGS Magazine, vol. The records that we access are under the authority of the Massachusetts Secretary of State through the Massachusetts State Archives at Columbia Point in Boston. During the first half of the nineteenth century, asylums were a growth industry in the United States. Volume 1 (1886-1891), FHL DGS 8093554, item 3, Volume 2 (1891-1898), FHL DGS 8093554, item 4, Volume 3 (1898-1905), first part, FHL DGS 8093554, item 5, Volume 3 (1905), second part, FHL DGS 8073427, item 1, Volume 5 (1910-1915), FHL DGS 8073427, item 2, Volume 6 (1915-1918), FHL DGS 8073427, item 3, Volume 16 (1886-1891), first part, FHL DGS 7833945, item 8, Volume 16 (1891-1902), last part, FHL DGS 8093555, item 1, Volume 17 (1902-1907), FHL DGS 8093555, item 2, Inpatient commitment registers, 1886-1926, Massachusetts State Archives, record group HS7.04/1115X*, Inpatient case files, 1886-1960, 1970-1977, Massachusetts State Archives, record group HS7.04/173X*, Inpatient histories, 1886-1892, Massachusetts State Archives, record group HS7.04/278X, Post Office Box 5393, Cochituate, MA 01778. It is important to distinguish the many types of records kept by institutions. Accessing these records means that we should understand two things: (1) the historical context of these illnesses, disabilities, and treatments because they differ so much from those of today, and (2) the laws and regulations pertaining to our ability to access these records. With the Lunacy Commission pushing for every county to have their own asylum and not send paupers out to other Asylums, this arrangement was deemed unworthy and the county encourage to build their own premises. 1884, Westborough, Westborough Insane Asylum, later called Westborough Lunatic Asylum, Westborough State Hospital, and the Massachusetts State Hospital. 1800, Boston, Boston Female Asylum, later called Boston Society for the Care of Girls, the Boston Children’s Aid Society, Boston Children’s Services, and the Home for Little Wanderers. S. Robinson, chairman, Wm. “Book Shows Remains of Sad Time in Mental Health Care”, Parallels in Time: A History of Developmental Disabilities, http://mastatelibrary.blogspot.com/2017/03/old-massachusetts-hospital-records-and.html, https://www.ngsgenealogy.org/index.php?pda_v3_pf=/_pda/Magazine-Archives/101018-pm-NGSMag-2018Q3_secured.pdf, https://fletcherfamilytree.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/record-spotlight-massachusetts-department-of-health-institutional-registers-1854-1918-on-familysearch-org/, https://passagetothepast.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/52-ancestors-week-29-update-of-the-insane/, https://blog.genealogybank.com/researching-ancestors-who-were-committed-to-asylums-using-old-newspapers.html, Department of Mental Health’s FOIA request page, Department of Mental Health’s medical records request page, https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/91769/memorial-search, https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2436248/memorial-search?page=1#sr-99092702, http://goodoldboston.blogspot.com/2011/03/industrial-school-for-crippled-and.html, Reminiscences of the Boston Female Asylum, Annual Report of the Trustees of the State Lunatic Hospital at Worcester, October 1867. Reading a novel, depression, allergies, etc. With the Comprehensive Mental Health and Retardation Services Act of 1966, Massachusetts moved haltingly toward a new model for care of the mentally ill, centered around deinstitutionalization and the development of community mental health centers. When we can’t trace family members beyond a particular point in time, one possibility is that the family member was institutionalized. It’s this story that has so much meaning when we share it with our family. The Northampton State Hospital was opened in 1858 to provide moral therapy to the “insane,” and under the superintendency of Pliny Earle, became one of the best known asylums in New England. Closure year. The hospital, if you can call it that, first opened in 1868 and was one of the smaller district asylums. The mentally ill in the early colonial period could be treated as witches or as felons or in the system developed for treating the destitute. Where Found. He stayed a free man at home for a little while, but was back in the asylum by mid-1841, his wife having called for help from them between Christmas and the New Year of 1841. Digitized by Librarian Leonard Adams, the following annual reports of the Northampton State Hospital (previously State Lunatic Hospital at Northampton) reflect the evolution of mental health care in the Commonwealth from its opening in 1858 until the eve of the Second World War. These are often used to locate. Previous location. The reports appeared annually from 1856 until 1924 and irregularly from then until 1939. To request access to an item, use this Ask Countway Form, providing box and file information from the catalog entry. Kim Caisse interviewed Lynn Blanchard (one of the authors above) for the Worcester State University News, “Book Shows Remains of Sad Time in Mental Health Care”. 1884, Concord, Massachusetts Reformatory, later called M.C.I. Two cemeteries were used for the burials of Worcester hospital patients, Hillside West Cemetery and Hillside East Cemetery. The State and the Mentally Ill: A History of Worcester State Hospital in Massachu­setts, 1830–1920, The earliest Worcester hospital records — although they are Massachusetts state records — are held in a private library’s offsite storage. Massachusetts led the national movement to provide more humane treatment in the 1800s, developing massive hospitals with what was then considered advanced treatment. The state reform schools were ordered shut in 1969, and the Mental Health Reform Act on 1970 added restrictions on the admittance of new patients to state mental hospitals. Clare was sent to the Northampton General Lunatic Asylum, where he lived out the rest of his life. Located on Thompson’s Island. In the early period, people facing challenges often remained at home under the care of family members. Boston: Eastburn’s Press, 1844. Harding, later Medfield State Hospital) 1896, 1898 (3 copies), 1899, 1900, 1901, 1922 Metropolitan State Hospital at Waltham 1931, 1933 Monson Massachusetts Hospital for Epileptics (post office Palmer) 1898, 1899 Northampton Lunatic Hospital (later Northampton … The Hospital is set in its own extensive grounds to … includes language to limit access to the records of the modern human services departments. Concord, cemetery stones: 1904, Boston, Industrial School and Home for Crippled and Deformed Children, later called Massachusetts Hospital School; today the Cotting School in Lexington. Massachusetts has over 400 years of European settlement. KINDRED LINES: Lunatic asylum records Published in Features, Issue 1 (January/February 2017), Volume 25. A native of Leicester, Mass., and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Earle had almost twenty years of experience in asylums in Pennsylvania and New York when he answered the call to Northampton. For example, the Industrial School for Crippled and Deformed Children was later called the Massachusetts Hospital School. 1876, Dedham, Temporary Asylum for Discharged Female Prisoners, later called Dedham Temporary Home for Women and Children by 1910. Business records tend to be more complete in the modern era, but the older printed annual reports are a great source of information about old institutions. New Orleans (La.) Volume 21 (1849-1902), last part, FHL DGS 7833946, For information on its closure in 2010, see Lee Hamel, “. The Hospital Records database is no longer being updated. St Crispin Hospital is remarkable for being a complete lunatic asylum complex with both buildings and parkland surviving intact. 413.545.SCUA (413-545-7282), University Libraries | UMass Amherst154 Hicks Way | Amherst, MA 01003 | V. 413.545.SCUA (413-545-7282) Email an archivist, Highway indexes (Hampshire Council of Governments), University's site on the coronavirus outbreak, Special Collections and University Archives. Although patient records after 1948 are not listed on the Hospitals Records Database (you can access this via the National Archives using ‘Discovery’), there is a … These records were sometimes updated with discharge information or death dates. Volume 18 (1877-1906), FHL DGS 8093555, item 3, Volume 19 (1843-1876), FHL DGS 8093555, item 4, Volume 20 (1840-1892), FHL DGS 8093555, item 5, Volume 21 (1849-1902), first part, FHL DGS 8093555, item 6, Volume 21 (1849-1902), last part, FHL DGS 7833946, item 1, Volume 22 (1902-1907), FHL DGS 7833946, item 2, Research studies, 1910-1944, Massachusetts State Archives, Record Group HS7.11/1955X. A Mirror OF HOSPITAL PRACTICE, BRITISH AND FOREIGN. "'Bloom' was a four-day installation by Anna Schuleit Haber at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston, the former Boston Psychopathic Hospital, for which twenty-eight thousand potted flowers in bloom were brought together from all around the country, as well as 5,600 square feet of live sod. 1907, Westfield, Westfield State Sanatorium, later called Western Massachusetts Hospital. Records of the Lunacy Commission, Board of Control and Special Hospitals relating to responsibilities for the hospital care of the mentally ill and detention of the criminally insane. To make it easier for you to find the exact register you need to study, click on the link to that register as an item in the digital database for the microfilm. document.imageform.search_collectiontitle_name.value="All"; Closed 1995. The originals are housed at the Five Colleges depository and are catalogued in the UMass Amherst Online catalog. General View, State Hospital, Westborough, Mass., from DigitalCommonwealth.org. Volumes 1 and 2 (1800-1864) original records, FHL DGS 7943178 (image may only be viewed at a Family History Center or Affiliate Library. The following table contains links to Family History microfilms which have scanned images online. For a history of the state’s first hospital for the mentally ill, see Gerald Grob. The same movement that in the 1800s moved the mentally ill into what was then considered more humane institutionalized treatment moved those with disabilities into hospitals, schools, and later large institutions. Berrywood Foundation Year. A public forum of former patients and a symposium of former doctors accompanied the project. Starting Tuesday, August 25th, SCUA will be open to UMass Amherst faculty, students, and staff (with valid UCard), Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm. Format of each entry: Year Established, Town Where Originally Established, Name When Established, Subsequent Names. Engraving of Northampton General Lunatic Asylum, 1849 The facility was founded by public subscription for "private and pauper lunatics" and opened as the Northampton General Lunatic Asylum … Concord, cemetery stones: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2436248/memorial-search?page=1#sr-99092702. Massachusetts Department of Mental Health’s medical records request page. The Northampton Lunatic Hospital was opened in 1858 in the moral spirit of Tuke and Rush, designed to accommodate approximately 250 patients on its bucolic campus. Massive hospitals were dismantled or repurposed, often to house smaller programs for specific health issues such as opioid addition. Massachusetts General Law often prohibits providing patient information for patients in the modern department system. The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, Kaitlin Connolly, “Old Massachusetts Hospital Records and Patient Files,” posted 13 March 2017, State Library of Massachusetts Blog (. Genealogists will want to find cemetery records linking these stones to the names and dates of the people interred there. A member of my family died in the County Lunatic Asylum, Northampton and I would love to know more about it - I can't seem to find much on the web. In addition to U.S. HIPAA regulations, Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L.) The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, Parallels in Time: A History of Developmental Disabilities, provides resources and a history of treatment. This issue is available online to those with membership in the National Genealogy Society; https://www.ngsgenealogy.org/index.php?pda_v3_pf=/_pda/Magazine-Archives/101018-pm-NGSMag-2018Q3_secured.pdf . Volume 16 (1886-1891), first part, FHL DGS 7833945. The state has been at the forefront of treatment options. DMH will not release the names of those interred here. Indeed, the farm Is thought to be the only remaining example of that type of facility in Britain. Operated 1905-1920, fire in 1910 destroyed records. An annual report often contains much of use to genealogists. "The child above was boarded out by the Boston Children's Aid Society because her mother was ill." Placing-out, The Adoption History Project, Department of History, University of Oregon, Eugene. 1876 . 1905, Penikese Island, Gosnold, Penikese Hospital. See: J. Michael Moore, The Life and Death of Northampton State Hospital (Northampton, 1993). Images of Modern AmericaSeries, Arcadia Publishing, February 1, 2016. The Harvard catalog entry for the Worcester Lunatic Asylum patient records is here. For example, the digital collection 8093555 has six different register books recorded on one microfilm and now a part of one digital image database. That library is the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard University School of Medicine, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115. Although the names of individual patients are not presented, summaries of gender, race, ethnicity, and religion are sometimes available. This article explores the dynamics that resulted in the Northamptonshire authorities' successfully evading their responsibility to build a county asylum. In the colonial period, the destitute were sent to live with unrelated families while the town’s board of selectmen paid their room and board. For a detailed finding aid to these manuscripts, download the 208-page pdf here. The old state institutions have been dismantled or repurposed. To inform ourselves, we read about sailing across the ocean in steerage class, about cooking in a fireplace, or about building log cabins. Still later the state built large almshouses and workhouses. Gena Philibert-Ortega, “Researching Ancestors Who Were Committed to Asylums, Using Old Newspapers,” posted 6 May 2013, GenealogyBank (https://blog.genealogybank.com/researching-ancestors-who-were-committed-to-asylums-using-old-newspapers.html). See blog post at http://goodoldboston.blogspot.com/2011/03/industrial-school-for-crippled-and.html. Each microfilm as one or more items on it. The main Norfolk County Asylum has been refurbished into luxury housing. Digital, Disability, Massachusetts (West), Medical, Science & technology. Increasingly, the hospital housed only the destitute, the isolated, and those deemed incurable, and conditions declined precipitously. Genealogists can access older patient or institutional registers. 1930, Waltham, Metropolitan State Hospital, In 1955, William C. Gaebler Children’s Unit opened, renamed the Gaebler Children’s Center in 1969. Today people with these challenges live in their local communities, often with support services. St Crispin Hospital, Duston formerly Northampton County Lunatic Asylum. We continue to make this information available for inspection and reuse but can no longer guarantee its accuracy. 1904, Boston, Industrial School and Home for Crippled and Deformed Children, later called Massachusetts Hospital School; today the Cotting School in Lexington. With the advent of medications, patients became able to live within communities. The finding aid has links to the digitized items. For a contemporary account, see Reminiscences of the Boston Female Asylum. aka State Lunatic Hospital (Northampton, Mass.) Medfield Insane Asylum (Medfield, P.O. If you have difficulty accessing records that you feel should be open, please contact the MGC Massachusetts Records Director at staterecords@massgencouncil.org. This means the information placed in a register at the time of admittance, such as name, residence, age, next of kin, etc. annual report Worcester State Hospital 1837, annual report board of charities massachusetts. For example, the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health looks at System Reform. Moulton Park, formerly an extra-parochial tract, now a parish, in Northamptonshire. Countway has “the first eighty years of operation of the institution through patient registries, admission record books, reports, and case books split into male and female volumes.” The Harvard catalog entry for the Worcester Lunatic Asylum patient records is, Two cemeteries were used for the burials of Worcester hospital patients, Hillside West Cemetery and Hillside East Cemetery. 1882, Baldwinsville, a neighbor­hood of Tem­ple­ton, Hospital Cottages for Children. I was surprised, when looking at Irish census records, to see that my mother's grandparents, Thomas and Honora Moroney Coote worked at the District Lunatic Asylum, known as Our Lady's Hospital, in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. 15. Jake Fletcher, “Record Spotlight – Massachusetts Department of Health, Institutional Registers, 1854-1918 on FamilySearch.org,” posted 28 May 2016, FamilySearch (https://fletcherfamilytree.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/record-spotlight-massachusetts-department-of-health-institutional-registers-1854-1918-on-familysearch-org/). One type are medical records. Tammy Rebello, L.F. Blanchard. Chapel Hill: UniVolume N. C. Press, 1966, pp. 1830, Worcester, Worcester State Lunatic Hospital, later called Worcester State Hospital, Worcester State Hospital and Women’s Lunatic Asylum, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital. The Lunatic Asylum at Northampton Few places hold the power to chill the spine more than an abandoned mental institution. A Brief History of the Northampton State Hospital. There is … 1907, Lakeville, Lakeville State Sanatorium, later called Lakeville Hospital. Its a vast complex arrangement of traditional H shaped buildings all linked with a straight trunk corridor. 1902, Gardner, State Colony for the Insane, later called North Central Correctional Institution. TAUNTON State Lunatic Hospital at Taunton (Mass.) For example, here are the two request portals for modern records from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health: Massachusetts Department of Mental Health’s FOIA request page. For information on its closure in 2010, see Lee Hamel, “Westborough State Hospital Set to Close,” Telegram and Gazette, Worcester, Mass., Sunday, 11 April 2010. }, Special Collections and University ArchivesUniversity Libraries | UMass Amherst, 25th Floor, Du Bois Library154 Hicks Way | Amherst, MA 01003V. A 1997 DMH study from existing records confirmed 181 burials with 413 more possible (disposition "Northampton" or left blank). Two cemeteries were used for the burials of Worcester hospital … We figure out how our ancestors built up their lives in the U.S. to bring us to where we are today. You can search Discovery to find records held here at The National Archives and in other UK archives. ", https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCydCs0WWtkjNz2kA5sdzRlg. No matter what the reason, we want to find out what happened to them because all relatives have a part in our stories. Later, workhouses were developed in towns. Here is a list of some helpful resources to use when communicating these historical contexts to our familes. 1902, Shirley, Boys Reform School at Shirley, See also Industrial School for Boys. The affiliated Worcester Farm Colony (Grafton State Hospital) cemetery is here. These records are also open records. 1835, Boston, Boston Asylum and Trade Farm School for Indigent Boys, A private charity, merged in 1835 with the Boston Asylum for Indigent Boys to become the Boston Asylum and Farm School, later the Boston Farm and Trades School. Free Records for Researching Family Trees. 1848, South Boston (Watertown; after 1887, later Waltham), Massachusetts School for Idiotic and Feebleminded Youth, later called Walter E. Fernald State School, Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center. Several bloggers have written about genealogical research focusing on institutional records. When it was opened in 1811, the McLean Asylum in Somerville, Mass., became the first hospital of its kind in New England, and after laws were enacted in Massachusetts in the 1830s mandating the separation of the mentally ill from prisons, others soon followed suit. When it began using physicians from regular medical schools in 1939, it became like other hospitals. Fulfilling both a progressive hope that humanitarian principles and Enlightened reason could resolve even the most refractory social problems and a desire to control “deviancy,” reformers opened dozens of asylums to deal with issues ranging from criminality to poverty, the blind, orphans, and the mentally ill. Early attempts to make medical provision for the mentally ill in Ireland were very disjointed. The hospital was originally known as the Northampton Lunatic Asylum. Find-A-Grave has Hillside West Cemetery. The records of the institution have been deposited at UMass/Boston; the finding aid is here. The Massachusetts State Archives holds records of the Northampton State Hospital under the Health and Human Services division. It is also true that our ability to deliver treatment has never lived up to our ideals. Before the turn of the century, however, the Hospital declined, facing the problems of overcrowding, poor sanitation, and inadequate funding. For a history of the state’s first hospital for the mentally ill, see Gerald Grob. 1854, Lancaster, Lancaster Industrial School for Girls. It was once a royal park. Minutes of meetings of the Lunacy Commissioners and Board of Control are in MH 50 … Digitized by Librarian Leonard Adams, the following annual reports of the Northampton State Hospital (previously State Lunatic Hospital at Northampton) reflect the evolution of mental health care in the Commonwealth from its opening in 1858 until the eve of the Second World War. includes language to limit access to the records of the modern human services departments. Hospital Archives ... Northampton General Hospital Admissions 1774-1846. Volume 21 (1849-1902), first part, FHL DGS 8093555. document.imageform.query.value=""; The State and the Mentally Ill: A History of Worcester State Hospital in Massachu­setts, 1830–1920. The population of Northampton State Hospital continued to swell until by 1900, it housed 600 patients in overcrowded conditions. Muriel Sprott, My Ancestor was a Lunatic: using lunatic asylum / mental hospital records (e.g. Genealogists can access older patient or institutional registers. Kaitlin Connolly, “Old Massachusetts Hospital Records and Patient Files,” posted 13 March 2017, State Library of Massachusetts Blog (http://mastatelibrary.blogspot.com/2017/03/old-massachusetts-hospital-records-and.html). Northampton Mental Hospital Northampton County Lunatic Asylum; Berry Wood Asylum Address. Also known as the State Lunatic Hospital, Westborough State Hospital, and the Massachusetts State Hospital. As a state institution, the Annual Report of the Northampton Lunatic Hospital and Annual Report of the Trustees of the Northampton State Hospital were issued as public documents. With a deeper understanding, we can tell a more complete story to our family. This means the information placed in a register at the time of admittance, such as name, residence, age, next of kin, etc. The social standing of those pushing for an asylum in Northampton was very similar to that of the committee set up in Norfolk to build the Norfolk Lunatic Asylum: see Steven Cherry, Mental Health Care in Modern England: The Norfolk Lunatic Asylum, St Andrew s Hospital, 1810-1998 (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2003), p. 28. c2002 Its Psychopathic Department became the Boston Psychopathic Hospital later known as the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. The treatment of people with intellectual or physical disability also changed over time. With the Government Documents staff, SCUA has digitized the annual reports of the Northampton State Hospital from the beginning until the last published report in 1939. The types of institutions developed over that period is staggering. 1873, Danvers, State Lunatic Hospital at Danvers. Business records and reports were also kept by the institutions. Records such as admission and discharge registers as well as administrative records from institutions established to house the mentally ill. Before the establishment of specialist places, those classified as lunatics were housed in hospitals, jails and workhouses whilst the wealthier used the services of private asylums. Call the Massachusetts State Archives for access guidelines, 617-727-2816. I have visited the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia, where my great grandmother died. The last eleven patients left Northampton State in 1993. As a society, Massachusetts has continually discussed the best approach to aid those in need. To request access to an item, use this Ask Countway Form, providing box and file information from the catalog entry. 1852, Bridgewater, State Almshouse at Bridgewater, later called Bridgewater State Workhouse, Bridgewater State Farm, Bridgewater State Farm Hospital, State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, the Treatment Center for Sexually Dangerous Persons, M.C.I. Re: Northampton Lunatic Asylum « Reply #7 on: Monday 12 June 17 16:03 BST (UK) » In the not too distant past, prior to modern Mental Health legislation, it was all too common for women to be committed to an asylum because of pregnancy. See also the Worcester Farm Colony in Grafton. The variety of records holders and their rules is one of the reasons MGC is gathering in one place available information about research access to the records of state institutions. 1899, Templeton, Templeton Colony of Fernald School. Large institutions had cemeteries. Middlesex Lunatic Asylum records at London Metropolitan Archives). Volume 16 (1891-1902), last part, FHL DGS 8093555, Inpatient commitment registers, 1886-1926, Massachusetts State Archives, record group HS7.04/1115X, Inpatient case files, 1886-1960, 1970-1977, Massachusetts State Archives, record group HS7.04/173X. function clearsea() The second type of record is registration information. Also known as Worcester Lunatic Hospital, Worcester State Hospital and Women’s Lunatic Asylum, Temporary Asylum for the Chronically Insane, Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital; affiliate Worcester Farm Colony also known as the Grafton State Hospital. Countway has “the first eighty years of operation of the institution through patient registries, admission record books, reports, and case books split into male and female volumes.” The Harvard catalog entry for the Worcester Lunatic Asylum patient records is here. See also Templeton Colony of Fernald School. Massachusetts General Law often prohibits providing patient information for patients in the modern department system. The implementation of the best ideas falls short of the intentions. | Volume 110, ISSUE 2820, P391-392, September 15, 1877 NORTHAMPTON GENERAL LUNATIC ASYLUM. This page provides links directly to images of the records available for an institution, or to catalog entries when those records are still only in manuscript form. TWO CASES OF TOTAL … The fourth annual report of the Northampton General Lunatic Asylum (opened August 1, 1838) from July 1, 1841 to June 30, 1842. 1839, South Boston, Boston Lunatic Hospital, later called Boston Insane Hospital, Boston State Hospital.