Arkansas State Hospital records

MS.000619

Repository: Arkansas History Commission
Title: Arkansas State Hospital records
Date: 1873-1980
Quantity: 2.07 Cubic feet
Call number: MS.000619
Language: Materials entirely in English.


Bigraphical/Historical Note

The Arkansas Lunatic Asylum was established by the Arkansas General Assembly in 1873. In 1905, the name changed to Arkansas State Hospital for Nervous Diseases, then to Arkansas State Hospital in 1933. A facility known as the State Hospital still exists today, but what was historically encompassed by the “State Hospital” is now part of the Division of Behavioral Health Services of the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Today the Arkansas State Hospital is the only state owned and operated facility for the treatment of mental illness in Arkansas. The structure, function, and name of this facility have changed with the development of new technology and more progressive views for treating individuals suffering from mental illness, epilepsy, birth defects, learning disabilities, and the effects of old age.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains records of the Arkansas State Hospital, including reports, business records, minutes, and publications.

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Restrictions
Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

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Administrative Information
Preferred Citation

Arkansas State Hospital Records, Arkansas History Commission, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Unknown.

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  • Legislation

    • Act LXVI of 1873, establishing the Arkansas State Lunatic Asylum (Reel MG05659)

  • Reports

    • Annual reports

      • 1883 (Reel MG05659, MG03182)

      • 1884 (Reel MG05659)

      • 1886

      • 1887

      • 1888

      • 1889

      • 1890

    • Biennial reports

      • 1890-1892

      • 1892-1894

      • 1894-1896

      • 1896-1898

      • 1898-1900

      • 1901-1902

      • 1903-1904

      • 1905-1906

      • 1910-1912 (Box 1)

      • 1912-1914

      • 1935-1936

      • 1937-1938

      • 1939-1940

      • 1940-1942

      • 1942-1944 (Box 1)

      • 1949-1950

      • 1952-1954

      • 1954-1956 (Reel MG05660)

      • 1956-1958

      • 1958-1960

      • 1960-1962

      • 1962-1964

      • 1964-1966

      • 1966-1968

      • 1968-1970

      • 1970-1972

      • 1972-1974

      • 1974-1976

    • Biennial reports, Board of Charitable Institutions (Reel MG05659)

      • 1910-1911 (Reel MG05659)

      • 1912-1913

      • 1913-1915

    • Compilation of reports, 1937-1939 (Box 1)

  • Minutes

    • Minutes, Board of Trustees of the Lunatic Asylum, 1883-1888 (Box 2)

    • Minutes, Board of Trustees of State Charitable Institutions, 1891-1895 (Box 2)

  • Scrapbooks

    • 1958 June-December (Reel MG04485)

    • 1959 January-December

    • 1960 January-December

    • 1961 January-June

    • 1961 July-1964 June

    • 1964 July-1968 May

    • 1968 July-1974 November (Reel MG04486)

    • 1958-1964 (Box 3)

  • Surveys and investigations

    • Report, State Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Little Rock, Arkansas, December 26, 1928-January 6, 1929 (Box 1)

    • Five-year survey, Arkansas State Hospital for Nervous Diseases, 1931-1935 (Box 1)

    • Investigation, State Hospital for Nervous Diseases, November 29, 1956, Volume I (Box 1)

    • Investigation, State Hospital for Nervous Diseases, December 13, 1956, Volume III (Box 1)

  • Business records

    • Engineering report, "Arkansas State Hospital, 1882-1960, dangerous obsolete" (Box 1)

    • Request for bids for medical supplies for Arkansas State Hospital, Little Rock; Arkansas State Penitentiary, Gould; Confederate Home, Sweet Home; Training School for Girls, Alexander; Negro Boys' Industrial School, Wrightsville; Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Booneville; Wildcat Mountain Branch Sanatorium, Fort Smith (Box 1)

    • Proceedings of the convention of honorary boards and commissions held at the State Hospital Farm Colony, Benton, July 28, 1937 (Box 1)

  • Publications

    • Rules and regulations, Arkansas State Lunatic Asylum, 1883 (Reel MG03182)

    • "The problem of the State in the care of the Insane" by Adolf Meyer, M.D., reprint from American Journal of Insanity, Volume LXV, Number 4, April 1909 (Box 1)

    • "The Arkansas State Hospital: Its Concept and Function" (Box 1)

    • "The Triangle," Arkansas State Hospital newsletter

      • 1937 December (Box 1)

      • 1938 January

      • 1938 February

      • 1938 March

      • 1938 April

      • 1938 May

      • 1938 July

      • 1938 August

      • 1938 September

      • 1938 October

      • 1938 November

      • 1957 March

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