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Jacksonville State Hospital

1851

Other Names:

  • Jacksonville Developmental Center
  • Eastern State Hospital for the Insane
  • Illinois State Hospital for the Insane
  • Illinois Central Hospital for the Insane
  • Jacksonville Mental Health and Developmental Center


Jacksonville State Hospital for the Insane


RECORD GROUP 252.000 - JACKSONVILLE MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER
[Source: Illinois State Archives]
The General Assembly provided for the establishment of the first state hospital for the insane in Illinois in 1847. A nine-member board of trustees, named in the original act, was empowered to appoint a superintendent, purchase land, and construct facilities in Jacksonville for the Illinois State Hospital for the Insane (L. 1847, p. 52). The first patient was admitted on November 3, 1851. All patients were to be maintained at state expense. However, patients or their counties were expected to pay for clothing, travel, and incidental expenses. In 1869 the board of trustees was reduced to three members and the newly created Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities was given authority to investigate and report to the Governor on conditions at the hospital (L. 1869, p. 63). As additional hospitals for the insane were established, the state was divided into districts and the Jacksonville institution, renamed as the Illinois Central Hospital for the Insane, assumed primary responsibility for patients from counties of central Illinois (L. 1875, p. 83).

The board of trustees was abolished in 1909 when executive and administrative control of all state charitable institutions passed to the newly created Board of Administration. As part of the reorganization the institution was renamed the Jacksonville State Hospital (L. 1909, p. 102). The Civil Administrative Code of 1917 transferred jurisdiction of the hospital to the Department of Public Welfare.

For 1944-1974 the hospital participated in a departmental affiliation program for psychiatric nursing which provided instruction in psychiatric nursing to students from general hospital nursing schools. The Psychiatric Nursing Affiliation Program offered two-, three,- and four-month terms of classroom instruction and practical training at Jacksonville State Hospital.

In 1961 the Department of Mental Health assumed responsibility for Jacksonville State Hospital and in 1974 expanded the hospital's duties to include treatment for the developmentally disabled (L. 1961, p. 2666). To reflect this change in function the institution's name became the Jacksonville Mental Health and Developmental Center in 1975 (P.A. 79-581, p. 1895).



These are the types of records housed at the Illinois State Archives for this Institution:
Access to some of these records is restricted according to the provisions of the Mental Health Code and the State Records Act of 1957 as amended.

252.001
MINUTES OF BOARD MEETINGS. July 1901-July 1909. 1 vol. No index.
Minutes of quarterly and special meetings of the board of trustees concern the approval of expenditures, coal supply bids, and construction contracts. Minutes also include superintendent's quarterly reports on institutional operations which list the number of patients admitted, discharged, and transferred; treasurer's reports; and architect's progress reports on construction projects.

252.002
CASE RECORDS. June 21, 1854-March 30, 1870; March 11, 1872-October 29, 1873; September 17, 1875-May 7, 1907. 40 vols. Index, 1 vol.
Each case record includes case/admission number; date of admission; patient's name, age, county of residence, marital status, birthplace, and physical description; duration and cause of insanity; family background and medical history; record of prior institutionalization; whether supported privately or by county; and dated notes on treatment, discharge, or death. Patient's occupation and religion occasionally are given.

252.003
COMMITMENT PAPERS. Ca. 1851-1943. 49 cu. ft. No index.
Papers and documents submitted or issued in county courts during the commitment process of patients at Jacksonville include copy of jury's or commission's answers to interrogatory concerning patient's mental condition, copy of jury's verdict or commission's report of findings in case, and warrant of commitment. Occasionally included are copies of medical examinations of patients, copies of superintendent's acknowledgment of receipt of patients, and bonds posted for patients' expenses. Information provided on various papers includes patient's name, age, sex, race, marital status, occupation, birthplace, and town and county of residence; lengths of residence in the United States and Illinois; parents' names, birthplaces, and ages at time of death, if dead; description of patient's educational background including level of literacy; description of any serious diseases or mental illness patient or immediate family has had; assigned cause of insanity and description of current attack; physical and mental condition of patient at time of judicial inquiry; statement of financial ability; names of jurors or commissioners; name of presiding judge and date of hearing; date papers filed with clerk; and the name of individual or official transporting patient to the hospital. A small number of commitment papers for 1872-1906 concern patients initially admitted to state hospitals at Anna, Elgin, Kankakee, Peoria, and Watertown and subsequently transferred to Jacksonville.

252.004
REGISTER OF PATIENTS. November 3, 1851-July 19, 1897. 2 vols. No index.
Register entries for each patient include register number, name, age, sex, marital status, number of children, birthplace, county of residence, occupation, religion (occasional), date of admission, duration of insanity before admission, number of attacks, supposed cause, and date and reason for discharge. Remarks on prior institutionalization, subsequent admissions, and family background occasionally are included.

252.005
ADMISSION BOOK. February 12, 1870-September 18, 1905. 3 vols. Index.
Partial listing of admissions for 1870-1905 includes patient's name, age, marital status, city and county of residence, case/admission number, and date of admission.

252.006
ADMISSION RECORD. February 1870-May 1898; January 1921-March 1928; October 1936-March 1952. 15 vols. Partial index, January 1921-March 1928.
Entries include the patient's name, county of residence, admission date, name and address of guardian or correspondent, and occasional indication of prior institutionalization. For the period February 1870-January 1896 only female admissions are provided. After that time both male and female admissions are given. The patient's age, marital status, cause and duration of insanity, and indication of private or county financial support are shown also for the years 1870-1898. And for 1921-1952 the name of the individual escorting the patient to the institution, the diagnostic unit within the institution to which the patient was sent, and either court ordered or voluntary admission status are provided as well.

252.007
COUNTY REGISTER. August 1874-1942. 2 vols. Partial index, 1877-1942.
Register of patients admitted from each Illinois county includes name of county; name of each patient admitted; dates of admission and discharge; and occasional remarks on transfer, discharge, death, and whether supported privately or by county.

252.008
CENSUS OF NORTH WARDS AND INFIRMARY. September 24, 1929-October 22, 1930. 1 vol. No index.
Daily census of patients in the north wards and infirmary lists the number of beds available, the number of patients assigned, the number of patients above or below ward bed capacity, and the names of patients transferred to the hospital or requiring treatment.

252.009
STAFF RECORD. March 1950-November 1950. 1 vol. No index.
Record includes daily staff notations on treatment and condition of patients. Each entry includes patient's name, diagnosis or suggested treatment, and staff member's name.

252.010
DEATH CERTIFICATES. 1902-1910; 1920-1943; 1954-1957. 2.75 cu. ft. No index.
Record includes copies of death certificates filed by physicians with the Department of Public Health for patients who died while at Jacksonville. Entries on each form include deceased patient's name, age, sex, race, birthplace, occupation, and marital status; number of years resident in Illinois; date, time, place, and cause of death; date and place of burial; undertaker's name; and physician's signature. For 1920-1942 forms also include deceased patient's birth date; permanent residence; length of residence at place of death; length of residence in United States; name and age of spouse, if married; father's name and birthplace; mother's maiden name and birthplace; and the name and address of informant. For 1954-1956 forms also list deceased patient's Social Security number and whether or not patient was a member of the armed services.

252.011
REPORTS OF VENEREAL DISEASE. September 1922-April 1939. 1 cu. ft. No index.
Record includes copies of physicians' reports of venereal disease among Jacksonville patients submitted to the Department of Public Health. Each report includes date of report; case or key number; patient's name, age, address, race, sex, and marital status; laboratory results; stage of disease; probable date and source of infection; dates of treatment; and final laboratory results.

252.012
PSYCHIATRIC NURSING AFFILIATION PROGRAM ANNUAL REPORTS. 1944-1974. 1 vol. No index.
Annual reports submitted by the director of the program to the Departments of Public Welfare or Mental Health contain information on the administration and history of the program, enrollment statistics, program goals and objectives, names of nursing schools affiliated with program, lists of staff members and their positions, names of guest instructors, and plans for recruitment programs and curricula revisions. Beginning 1960 detailed monthly reports on staff activities and program changes accompany annual reports.

252.013
PSYCHIATRIC NURSING AFFILIATION PROGRAM STUDENT FILES. 1944-1974. 29 cu. ft. No index.
File for each nursing student includes an application for affiliation, medical health record, and final record or evaluation. Entries on forms vary slightly before 1960 but usually include student's name, birth date, sex, marital status, nationality, religion, home address, and telephone number; name and address of person to notify in emergency; name of home nursing school; description of general education and nursing training received prior to admission to program, including school names, dates attended, and degrees earned; description of previous clinical experience; dates affiliation with Jacksonville began and ended; date certificate issued; detailed listing of classes enrolled in and hospital units assigned to while in affiliation program, including course titles, hours earned, and grades received; and evaluation of nursing ability and performance in program. Health record outlines student's and family's medical history and gives student's height and weight, description of any physical handicaps or illnesses, and immunization record.

252.014
PSYCHIATRIC NURSING AFFILIATION PROGRAM SCRAPBOOK. 1944-1974. 1 vol. No index.
Scrapbook contains photographs of nursing students, faculty, employees, and patients involved in the psychiatric nursing program; newspaper clippings concerning the establishment of the program; photographs of speakers and state officials at dedication ceremonies in 1944 and 1962; articles on the administration and history of the program; and copies of departmental newsletters dealing with Jacksonville State Hospital and the nursing program.

252.015
PSYCHIATRIC NURSING AFFILIATION PROGRAM CURRICULUM GUIDE. 1953-1955; 1960; 1963-1974. 0.25 cu. ft. No index.
Nursing students' curriculum guide to the psychiatric nursing affiliation program includes a description of the philosophy and objectives of the program, a course schedule, and an outline and reading list for each course.

252.016
PSYCHIATRIC NURSING AFFILIATION PROGRAM CLASS PICTURES. 1944-1973. 171 photographs. No index.
Black-and-white group photographs show nursing students who completed the affiliation program. Noted on each photograph are the number of students in each group and the program term dates.

252.017
BIENNIAL REPORTS. 1847-1862. 1 vol. No index.
Biennial reports of the trustees, superintendent, and treasurer to the General Assembly include narratives on the construction and renovation of facility structures and sanitation systems; funding and expenditures; patient admissions, treatments, recoveries, and deaths; farm and garment shop production; legislation affecting the mentally ill; and personnel matters. Attached to narratives are listings of institution officers; copies of the institution's articles of incorporation, bylaws, and general rules; and statistics concerning admissions, recoveries, discharges, funding, expenditures, and farm and garment shop production.

252.018
CENSUS BOOK. April 1917-July 1924. 1 vol. No index.
Monthly census includes the patient's case or admission number, county residence, method of support (i.e., private or county), date of admission, and dates of discharge, escape, parole, or death. Indication that the patient was returned to the institution is noted occasionally.

252.019
ILLINOIS CENTRAL HOSPITAL FOR THE INSANE RULE BOOK. 1907. 1 vol. Index.
Rule book defines the responsibilities and functions of each job classification within the institution and outlines conduct requirements for all institutional officers and employees.

252.020
WEST WARDS ADMISSION RECORD. August 1925-February 1932; October 1933-March 1936. 3 vols. No index.
Entries include the patient's name; admission date; level of patient resistance; the patient's height, weight, eye and hair colors; distinguishing characteristics; the levels of the patient's body and clothing cleanliness; and a list of the patient's possessions.
 

Chicago State Hospital
1869

Other Names:

  • Chicago Read Mental Health Center
  • Cook County Institution at Dunning
  • Dunning Farm
  • Dunning Asylum
  • Dunning Mental Institute
  • Read Mental Health Facility
  • Charles F. Read Zone Center

Visit our Cook County site for more information on this, and other, hospitals

Dunning Hospital offices
Chicago State Hospital
"Old Postcard"

RECORD GROUP 264.000 - CHICAGO STATE HOSPITAL
On July 1, 1912 Cook County transferred the land, buildings, and equipment of the Cook County Institution at Dunning to the Board of Administration (Board of Administration, Second and Third Annual Reports [Springfield, 1913] p. 931). This institution, opened in 1869, had formerly housed the indigent, tubercular, and insane of Cook County. After the Board of Administration assumed control in 1912 the institution was used solely for the treatment and care of the insane and was renamed Chicago State Hospital.

The hospital opened a training school for nurses in 1912 and established the first state psychiatric nursing affiliation program in 1918. The Psychiatric Nursing Affiliation Program provided instruction in psychiatric nursing to students from general hospital nursing schools throughout the country.

The Civil Administrative Code of 1917 transferred control of Chicago State Hospital to the Department of Public Welfare where it remained until the creation of the Department of Mental Health in 1961 (L. 1961, p. 2666). In 1970 Chicago State Hospital merged with the Charles F. Read Zone Center to become the Chicago-Read Mental Health Center (P.A. 76-2016, p. 73).



These are the types of records housed at the Illinois State Archives for this Institution:
264.001
PSYCHIATRIC NURSING AFFILIATION PROGRAM STUDENT FILES. 1919-1968. 32 cu. ft. No index.

File for each nursing student affiliated with Chicago State Hospital contains a final record form which lists student's name and birth date; name and address of nearest relative; name of home nursing school; names of schools attended; dates affiliation with Chicago State Hospital began and ended; date certificate issued; detailed listing of classes enrolled in and hospital units assigned to while in program including course titles, hours spent, and grades received; and an evaluation of nursing ability and performance in the program. For 1964-1968 files also contain an application for affiliation and a health record. These forms additionally include student's sex, marital status, nationality, religion, home address and telephone number; description of general education including school names, dates attended, and degrees earned; and a description of previous clinical experience. The health record outlines student's and family's medical histories and gives student's height, weight, description of any physical handicaps or illnesses, and immunization record

   

Elgin State Hospital
1872

aka Northern Illinois Hospital and Asylum for the Insane

Located 1 ½ miles from Elgin, on the west side of the Fox River and originally built on the CHISHOLM farm

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
RECORD GROUP 256.000 - ELGIN MENTAL HEALTH CENTER
In 1869 the General Assembly appropriated funds for the location and establishment of the Northern Illinois Hospital and Asylum for the Insane. Nine commissioners were appointed by the Governor to choose a suitable site on which to locate the institution. After selection of a site in Elgin a board of three trustees, appointed by the Governor, was empowered to supervise planning and construction, choose a superintendent, and operate the institution, subject to inspection by the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities (L. 1869, p. 24).

Elgin State Hospital
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The hospital opened on April 3, 1872 and received some of its first patients from the hospital for the insane at Jacksonville. In 1906 the hospital opened a training school for nurses. The board of trustees and the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities were abolished in 1909 when all state charitable institutions came under the control of the newly created Board of Administration. As part of this reorganization the institution became the Elgin State Hospital (L. 1909, p. 102).

From 1917 to 1961 the Department of Public Welfare administered Elgin State Hospital. In 1956, while under the Department of Public Welfare, Elgin State Hospital began to participate in a departmental affiliation program in psychiatric nursing. The Psychiatric Nursing Affiliation Program provided instruction in psychiatric nursing to students from general hospital nursing schools.

The hospital remained part of the Department of Public Welfare until the creation of the Department of Mental Health in 1961 (L. 1961, p. 2666). Elgin State Hospital became Elgin Mental Health Center in 1975 (P.A. 79-581, p.1895).



These are the types of records housed at the Illinois State Archives for this Institution:
256.001
MEDICAL CASEBOOK. March 16, 1897-February 9, 1898. 1 vol. Index.
Casebook entries include patient's name, age, sex, marital status, number of children, town and county of residence, birthplace, occupation, religion, and education; case/admission number; type of commitment; admission date; whether supported privately or by county; number of previous admissions; number of attacks; duration and assigned cause of insanity; form of insanity; name and address of correspondent (occasional); information on family background and use of tobacco, alcohol, and narcotics; names of any insane relatives; and date and cause of discharge. Each medical history also has a superintendent's report which outlines patient's general physical condition, including patient's height, weight, and eye and hair colors.

256.002
OFFICER AND EMPLOYEE CENSUS. October 1877-March 1879. 1 partial vol. No index.
Daily census of officers and employees gives only total number present each day and the names of individuals added to or discharged from staff.

256.003
FARM ACCOUNTS. 1872-1876. 1 partial vol. No index.
Record of expenditures and receipts for farm account includes date of each transaction, name of supplier or description of farm items purchased or sold, and amount of receipt or expenditure.

256.004
GENERAL ACCOUNTS. 1897. 1 partial vol. No index.
Accounts for improvement of grounds, repairs, painting, and ordinary and cash expenditures include date of each transaction and the amount paid or received.

256.005
SCHOOL OF NURSING STUDENT RECORD. 1911-1933. 1 vol. Index.
Record of students in nurses' training program includes student's name, address, age, birthplace, birth date, religion, and previous occupation; names of schools attended and degrees earned; dates entered and completed program; physical condition; name and address of nearest relative; names of courses, hours spent, and grades received in classwork; and hospital units assigned to, hours spent, and grade received for practical work. Student's affiliation with other nursing programs occasionally is noted.

256.006
PSYCHIATRIC NURSING AFFILIATION PROGRAM STUDENT FILES. 1956-1965. 1.5 cu. ft. No index.
File for each nursing student affiliated with Elgin State Hospital includes either a record of affiliation or a final record form which lists student's name; name and address of home school; dates affiliation began and ended; names of courses taken, hours spent, and grades received in classwork; hospital units assigned to, hours spent, and grades received for practical work; evaluation of nursing ability and performance in program; scores on achievement test in psychiatric nursing; and date certificate issued. Files also include a course outline for the affiliation program.

256.007
PSYCHIATRIC NURSING AFFILIATION PROGRAM GRADE BOOK. 1962-1965. 1 vol. No index.
Record of grades given each term to students in psychiatric nursing affiliation program includes student's name, name of home hospital, scores and grades received on tests, final academic grade, final clinical grade, and score received on state board examination. Included for each class is a student roster which lists the dates term began and ended along with the names of nursing students and their home hospitals.

Access to some of these records is restricted according to the provisions of the Mental Health Code and the State Records Act of 1957 as amended.
 

Anna State Hospital
Opened 1875

Other Names:

  • Choate Mental Health Center
  • Southern Illinois Hospital for the Insane
  • Anna Mental Health and Developmental Center
  • Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center

 
Southern Illinois Hospital for the Insane, Anna

Southern Hospital for the Insane, located at Anna, Union county, founded by act of the Legislature in 1869. The original site comprised 290 acres and cost a little more than $22,000, of which one-fourth was donated by citizens of the county. The construction of buildings was begun in 1869, but it was not until March 1875, that the north wing (the first completed) was ready for occupancy. Other portions were completed a year later. The Trustees purchased 160 additional acres in 1883. The first cost (up to September 1876) was nearly $635,000. In 1881 one wing of the main building was destroyed by fire, and was subsequently rebuilt; the patients being, meanwhile, cared for in temporary wooden barracks. The total value of lands and buildings belonging to the State, June 30, 1894, was estimated at $738,580 and, or property of all sorts, at $833,700. The wooden barracks were later converted into a permanent ward, additions made to the main buildings, a detached building for the accommodation of 300 patients erected, numerous outbuildings put up and general improvements made. A second fire on the night of Jan 3, 1895, destroyed a large part of the main building, inflicting a loss upon the State of $175,000. Provision was made for rebuilding by the Legislature of that year. The institution has capacity for about 750 patients.
from Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, 1901
 

Kankakee State Hospital
Opened 1879


1908
Source of Pictures: "Library of Congress American Memories"

Exterior view of the main building of the Kankakee State Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois. The hospital, called an insane asylum, was established in 1877. Before 1909 the hospital was known as the Illinois Eastern Hospital for the Insane. It was reorganized and renamed in 1909.


1908
View of the entrance to the asylum in Kankakee, Illinois, showing the main building of the asylum in the background.

Other Names:

  • Shapiro Developmental Center
  • Illinois Eastern Hospital for the Insane
  • Kankakee Mental Health Center
  • Kankakee Developmental Center
  • Governor Samuel H. Shapiro Developmental Center

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
RECORD GROUP 258.000 - KANKAKEE DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER
In 1877 the General Assembly established the Illinois Eastern Hospital for the Insane and empowered the Governor to appoint a seven-member commission to select a site within northeastern Illinois on which to locate the institution. After selection of a site in Kankakee, three trustees were appointed by the Governor to supervise planning and construction, choose a superintendent, and operate the hospital, subject to inspection by the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities (L. 1877, p. 21).

The hospital opened on September 4, 1879 and began to operate a training school for nurses in 1886. The board of trustees and the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities were abolished in 1909 when control of all state charitable institutions passed to the newly created Board of Administration. As part of this reorganization the institution became Kankakee State Hospital (L. 1909, p. 102).

In 1917 the Department of Public Welfare assumed responsibility for Kankakee State Hospital and retained control until the creation of the Department of Mental Health in 1961 (L. 1961, p. 2666). In 1975 the institution became a center for the care and treatment of the developmentally disabled only. All other patients were transferred to other mental health facilities and the institution became Kankakee Mental Health Center (P.A. 79-581, p. 1895).


These are the types of records housed at the Illinois State Archives for this Institution:

Access to some these records is restricted according to the provisions of the Mental Health Code and the State Records Act of 1957 as amended.

258.001
SCHOOL OF NURSING STUDENT FILES. 1880-1940. 1 cu. ft. Index.

File for each nursing student variously includes application for admission, medical record, transcript of courses and grades, educational statement, evaluation sheets, summary card, and record of affiliation with other nursing schools. Admission application and other forms provide such information as student's name, address, age, sex, race, nationality, birthplace, birth date, marital status, number of children, religion, height, weight, and general physical condition; names of schools attended and degrees earned; dates entered and completed nursing program; and date diploma granted.

258.002
PATHOLOGICAL REPORTS. May 1, 1893-July 1, 1895. 1 vol. Index.
Autopsy reports on 192 patients are arranged by the type of diagnosed mental condition (e.g., senile dementia, chronic mania, organic brain disease). Reports include the patient's admission number, age, and sex, cause of death, and comments regarding the conditions of vital organs. Occasionally provided are the duration of the mental condition, the length of institutionalization, and comments on the patient's behavior. Also included are summaries of autopsy observations, photographs and drawings of the brain and other vital organs, and closing remarks of the staff pathologist concerning overall observations.

 


Chester State Hospital

1891
Chester State Hospital for Insane Criminals
Located on the Mississippi River with the Southern Illinois Penitentiary
Picture c. 1900 from Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois

  • Asylum for Insane Criminals
  • Illinois Security Hospital at Menard
  • Chester State Hospital for Insane Criminals

Asylum for Insane Criminals
Entrance to Penitentiary
Picture c. 1900 from Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois

"Located near Chester, on the Mississippi River. Its erection was rendered necessary by the overcrowding of the Northern Penitentiary. The law providing for its establishment required the Commissioners to select a site convenient of access, adjacent to stone and timber, and having a high elevation, with a never failing supply of water. In 1877, 122 acres were purchased at Chester, and the erection of buildings commenced. The first appropriation was of $200,000 and $300,000 was added in 1879. By March 1878, 200 convicts were received, and their labor was utilized in the completion of the buildings, which are constructed upon approved modern principles. The prison receives convicts sent form the southern portion of the State, and has accommodation for some 1200 prisoners. In connection with this penitentiary is an asylum for insane convicts, the erection of which was provided for by the Legislature in 1889." from Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, 1901

Chester Mental Health Center is the state's maximum security forensic hospital, located in Chester, Illinois.
Originally co-located with the Menard prison on the Mississippi River. The present hospital opened on April 19, 1976.

 


Western Hospital for the Insane

Watertown, Rock Island County
1898
Watertown State Hospital
Western Hospital for the Insane, Watertown
from Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, 1901


Closed in 1979

  • East Moline Correctional Center
  • Homeopathic Asylum
  • Western Hospital for the Insane
  • East Moline State Hospital


ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES:
RECORD GROUP 262.000 - EAST MOLINE MENTAL HEALTH CENTER
In 1895 the General Assembly established the Illinois Western Hospital for the Insane. A board of three trustees, appointed by the Governor, was instructed to select a suitable site within the northwestern part of the state on which to locate the institution. The board also was empowered to initiate construction plans and after completion oversee the administration of the institution subject to the inspection of the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities (L. 1895, p. 18).

The trustees purchased land five miles east of Moline in an area known as the Watertown site. The hospital was opened in May 1898 and received its first patients from the Illinois Central Hospital for the Insane at Jacksonville.

The board of trustees and the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities were abolished in 1909 as control of all state charitable institutions passed to the newly created Board of Administration. The institution's name then became Watertown State Hospital (L. 1909, p. 102).

The Civil Administrative Code of 1917 transferred jurisdiction of the institution to the Department of Public Welfare. When the Department of Public Welfare was abolished in 1961 the Department of Mental Health assumed responsibility for the hospital (L. 1961, p. 2666). In 1975 the institution's name, which had been changed to East Moline State Hospital in 1927, was again altered to East Moline Mental Health Center (P.A. 79-581, p. 1895).


These are the types of records housed at the Illinois State Archives for this Institution:

Access to some of these records is restricted according to the provisions of the Mental Health Code and the State Records Act of 1957 as amended.

262.001
ADMISSION RECORD. May 1916-September 1923; October 1941-June 1945. 2 partial vols. Index, 1916-1923.
For each patient admitted to East Moline State Hospital entries include date of admission, patient's name and county of residence, name and address of individual bringing patient to hospital, and name of staff member receiving patient and ward assigned to. Beginning in 1917 entries expand to include patient's age, sex, race, occupation, religion, marital status, and birthplace; type of commitment; and name and address of correspondent. For 1941-1945 record also notes the number of years the patient resided in Illinois and whether the patient was a new admission or a readmission. Listed for 1944 and 1945 are patients refused admission because they needed medical care or were not "psychotic."

262.002
CASEBOOKS. May 16, 1898-May 8, 1912. 9 vols. Index, January 1899-April 1903.
For each patient admitted to East Moline entries include: patient's name, county of residence, age, nationality, marital status, occupation, education, religion, physical condition, and register/admission number; date of admission; whether supported privately or by county; history of mental illness in patient's family including names of any insane or epileptic relatives; diagnosis of mental illness; periodic notes on treatment, improvement, or deterioration of mental and/or physical condition; and dates of parole, discharge, or death. From May 16, 1898 to June 1, 1898 casebook includes only patients transferred to East Moline from other state hospitals. Entries for these patients include name and county of residence, register/admission number, date of original admission, date of transfer, history of mental illness and cause of insanity, and physical and mental condition at time of admission to East Moline.

For patients admitted after 1912 see CASE FILES, RS 262.003.
262.003
CASE FILES. Ca. 1915-1959. 334 microfilm rolls and 139 cu. ft. No index.
Case files, arranged alphabetically by patient surname, contain a wide range of material such as statistical data sheet, results of physical and psychiatric examinations, staff meeting summaries, anamnesis, supervisor's reports, progress notes, commitment papers, reports from other institutions (if previously institutionalized), record of death or discharge, and correspondence with family and friends. Statistical data sheet usually includes patient's picture; patient's name, age, birth date, birthplace, race, marital status, number of children, Social Security number, and residence; date and time of admission; father's name; mother's maiden name; and family history with economic condition.

Beginning in 1967 files on adolescents are included. Files include admission sheet showing student's name, age at admission, birth date, date admitted, academic level, test results, subject areas of study, and relationship with peers; progress reports on school work and attitude; special education program evaluation report showing teacher's name, evaluation date, behavior adjustment, and academic achievement; and daily academic effort record.

For patients admitted before 1915 see CASEBOOKS, RS 262.002.
262.004
RECORD OF PAROLES AND ESCAPES. November 1917-August 1923; November 1941-June 1945. 2 partial vols. Index, 1917-1923.
For each parole or escape entries include patient's name, date and hour of escape or parole, name and address of individual returning patient to hospital, name of staff member receiving patient and ward assigned to, and remarks concerning reason for patient's return from parole.

262.005
ANNUAL REPORTS. 1926-1978. 0.25 cu. ft. and 2 vols. No index.
Reports show total patient population and patient population movement, medical service rendered (i.e., number and types of staff, staff changes, research conducted, drug administration), dental work completed, therapy given (i.e., hydro, shock, recreational, biblio), use of beauty care facilities, social services provided, farm production (i.e., garden produce, livestock, canned goods), farm improvements, occupational therapy production (i.e., tin, clothing, industrial shops), laboratory productivity, and fire protection and safety measures taken.

262.006
SUPERINTENDENT'S CORRESPONDENCE FILES. 1976-1980. 1 cu. ft. No index.
Files include correspondence between the superintendent of the East Moline Mental Health Center and the Department of Mental Health, other state departments and agencies, the Office of the Governor, and the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Subjects concern physicians' evaluations for state hospital permits, agreements for purchase of equipment, in-service training programs for professional staff, regional planning meetings, appointments of medical personnel, departmental policies and procedures, legislation concerning mental health care, regional administrators' and supervisors' meetings, agreements with other hospitals, revisions to the Mental Health Code, Environmental Protection Agency site inspection reports, data for Medicaid and Medicare eligibility requests (i.e., numbers of admissions, discharges, transfers, readmissions, and out-patients), personnel problems, approval of travel vouchers, staffing plans, fiscal planning, monthly fire prevention reports, state's attorney legal opinions concerning court decisions involving the center and the department, work requests for repairs, reports on escapes, and proposed conversion of facilities into a maximum security prison and a work release center by the Department of Corrections (1979).

262.007
EXECUTIVE MANUAL. November 1978. 1 vol. No index.
Manual contains guidelines for patient care and treatment, provision of services, and administrative procedures. Included are organizational charts of the institution and each department, objectives in care and treatment of patients, rules and regulations, description of fiscal administration, agreements with other hospitals and nursing schools, descriptions of committees, a description of each department and program (i.e., adult psychiatric program, activity therapy, nursing, psychology, social services), and a directory of medical staff.

262.008
SCHOOL OF NURSING STUDENT FILES. 1930-1952. 1 cu. ft. No index.
Files for each student include an application for admission, a report of preliminary course work, a report of practical work, a health record, the results of intelligence tests, a registration certificate, references, reasons for entering nursing school, and related correspondence. Information shown includes student's name, address, place and date of birth, race, marital status, number of children, religious affiliation, employment history, nursing training and experience with the names of schools attended and the dates of graduation, courses taken, and credit hours earned. Filed with these records is a certificate which authorizes East Moline State Hospital to operate as a school of nursing.

262.009
SCHOOL OF NURSING STUDENT RECORD. 1908-1964. 1 vol. Index.
Record shows the student's name and address, the date instruction began, a record of practical work completed, student's temperament, courses taken and grades earned, and the date diploma was granted or student resigned. Also included are correspondence about transcripts and lists of graduates.

262.010
GENERAL ACCOUNTS JOURNAL. 1898-1954. 2 vols. No index.
Journal itemizes institutional receipts and expenditures. Entries show the date, the account number and title, a description of the transaction, and the amount debited or credited to each account.

262.011
PHOTOGRAPH FILES. 1898-1962. 0.25 cu. ft. No index.
Files include twelve photographs of former superintendents of the facility and six photographs of the grounds prior to the construction of the East Moline Mental Health Center building.

262.012
SCRAPBOOK. 1953-1964. 1 cu. ft. No index.
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings concerns staff appointments, visitation days, mental illness panel discussions, volunteer programs, therapy projects, legal cases, facility improvements, operations of the hospital farm, recognition of personnel, Mental Health Week activities, hospital conditions, and fund drives.

 

Peoria State Hospital
1902
Peoria State Hospital
Closed in 1973, This is one of the last structures remaining of the Hospital complex's many buildings
This picture is property of Foxie Hagerty and is used here with permission



Located on Ricketts Ave. and U.S. 24

Also Known by these Names:

  • Peoria State Hospital for the Incurable Insane
  • Illinois General Hospital for the Insane
  • Bartonville State Hospital
  • Bartonville Asylum



Original Asylum for the Incurable Insane, Bartonville (Peoria)
Source: Historical Encyclopedia of IL

In 1902, the first patients entered what was then known as The Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane. In a 1920s book titled simply "The Bereft", Dr. George A. Zeller, facility superintendent from 1902 to 1913 and from 1921 to 1935, chronicled mysteries associated with the institution he headed. The book also tells of the four cemeteries there, burial sites for the 4,132 who died at the hospital.
At its peak in the 1950s, Bartonville housed 2,800 patients. When closure was announced in 1972, patient census had dropped to 600.

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES:
RECORD GROUP 261.000 - PEORIA STATE HOSPITAL
In 1895 the General Assembly provided for the establishment of the Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane. A three-member commission, appointed by the Governor, was instructed to select a suitable site, initiate construction plans, and operate the institution, subject to inspection by the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities (L. 1895, p. 9). Although a site in Peoria was chosen and construction undertaken in 1895, the institution did not open until February 10, 1902. Patients who were characterized as incurably insane were to be transferred to the institution from other state hospitals and from county almshouses. From 1907 to 1909 the term "incurable" was dropped and the hospital was designated the Illinois General Hospital for the Insane. The board of commissioners and the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities were abolished in 1909 when control of all state charitable institutions passed to the newly created Board of Administration. The same act changed the institution's name to Peoria State Hospital (L. 1909, p. 102). The hospital opened a training school for nurses in 1906 and participated in a departmental affiliation program for psychiatric nursing from 1943 to 1969. The Psychiatric Nursing Affiliation Program provided instruction in psychiatric nursing to students from general hospital nursing schools.

The Department of Public Welfare assumed responsibility for the hospital from 1917 until 1961 when the Department of Mental Health was created (L. 1961, p. 2666). Peoria State Hospital was closed in 1973.


These are the types of records housed at the Illinois State Archives for this Institution:

Access to some of these records is restricted according to the provisions of the Mental Health Code and the State Records Act of 1957 as amended.

261.001
RECORD OF ADMISSIONS, DISCHARGES, ESCAPES, PAROLES, AND DEATHS. October 1907-March 1916. 1 vol. No index.
Monthly record of admissions, discharges, escapes, paroles, and deaths includes patient's name, county of residence, whether supported privately or by county, admission/case number, and date of admission, discharge, escape, parole, or death. Record occasionally notes that a patient was returned to the hospital.

261.002
REGISTER OF VISITORS. January 1919-December 1920. 1 vol. No index.
Register entries include visitor's name and address, date of visit, and patient's name and relationship to visitor.

261.003
INFIRMARY CASE RECORD. 1909-1941. 2 vols. Index.
Record of patients admitted to the hospital infirmary includes: patient's name, age, and register number; date admitted to infirmary; hospital building residing in; diagnosis of illness; treatment and medication prescribed; outcome of case; date of transfer, discharge, or death; and post mortem findings in cases of deaths.

261.004
INFIRMARY RECORD. November 1947-June 1950. 1 vol. No index.
Daily record of patients in the hospital infirmary lists patient's name, date of admission, and temperature, pulse, and respiration readings taken at 8:00 a.m., 12:00, 4:00, and 8:00 p.m.

261.005
PHYSICIAN'S DAILY REPORT. July 1948-October 1948. 1 vol. No index.
Record of patients treated by a staff physician lists date treated, patient's name, diagnosis, and medication prescribed.

261.006
TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH MESSAGES. August 1941-May 1947. 2 vols. No index.
Record of telephone and telegraph messages sent to patients' families by staff members usually concern the physical or mental condition of patients. Each entry includes patient's name, date and time message sent, name and address of recipient, summary of message, and name of staff member sending message.

261.007
ORDER RECORD. December 1895-July 1924. 1 vol. No index.
Quarterly listing of orders issued includes order number and date of issue; name of payee; invoice number; amount of order listed under fund account paid from (i.e., farm, dining room, kitchen, ordinary expenses); and recapitulation which gives amount of orders outstanding at beginning of quarter, amount of orders issued during quarter, amount of orders paid during quarter, and amount of orders outstanding at end of quarter.

261.008
COUNTY LEDGER. June 30, 1902-December 31, 1908. 1 vol. No index.
Accounts with each county for support of patients list date and method of payment, total amount of county payment, and occasionally the name of each county-supported patient.

261.009
CLOTHING LEDGER. 1902-1917. 1 vol. No index.
Record of clothing issued to patients includes patient's name, date of each clothing issue, name of relative or source of support, description and price of clothing, and amount and date of payments.

261.010
CLOTHING JOURNAL. February 1946-December 1947. 1 vol. No index.
Record of clothing issued to patients includes patient's name, date of clothing issue, and description and quantity of clothing.

261.011
EXPENSE LEDGER. July 1896-December 1901. 1 vol. No index.
Accounts for institutional expenditures (e.g., agricultural implements, books and stationery, household supplies, general construction materials, furniture, farm supplies, clothing) include the date, amount, and description of each expenditure.

261.012
APPROPRIATIONS AND EXPENDITURES LEDGER. 1895-1901; 1923-1930. 2 vols. No index.
Ledger of institutional receipts and expenditures for general accounts (e.g., kitchen and bakery, managing officer's payroll, contingent fund, maintenance) includes each account's name, date of transaction, and purpose and amount of receipt or expenditure. State appropriations periodically are listed.

261.013
APPROPRIATIONS AND RECEIPTS. October 1916-December 1923. 1 vol. No index.
Record of state appropriations and money received for support of patients includes date of receipt, name of patient or account received for, receipt number, and name of payee. Amount of state appropriation is listed under payroll or contingent account. Amount of private support is listed under support, trust, or miscellaneous account.

261.014
SCHOOL OF NURSING STUDENT FILES. Ca. 1914-1937. 2 cu. ft. No index.
File for each nursing student variously includes application for admission, medical record, transcript of courses and grades, recommendation forms, record of affiliation with other nursing schools, evaluation sheets, nursing qualifying certificates issued by the Department of Registration and Education, and correspondence dating up to 1970 and concerning admission to the program and requests for copies of records. Admission applications and other forms provide such information as student's name, age, sex, race, nationality, birthplace, birth date, marital status, number of children, religion, height, weight, and general physical condition; names of schools attended and degrees earned; dates entered and completed nursing program; and date diploma granted.

261.015
SCHOOL OF NURSING STUDENT RECORD. 1907-1937. 1 vol. No index.
Record of students in nurses' training program includes: student's name, address, age, birthplace, birth date, religion, and previous occupation; names of schools attended and degrees earned; dates entered and completed program; physical condition; name and address of nearest relative; names of courses, hours spent, and grades received in classwork; and hospital units assigned to, hours spent, and grades received for practical work. Student's affiliation with other nursing programs occasionally is noted.

261.016
SCHOOL OF NURSING STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS. 1909-1937. 0.33 cu. ft. Index.
File for each graduating class contains transcripts for nursing students which include student's name, birth date, age on entrance into program, previous education and occupation; dates entered and graduated from program, if graduated; names of courses, hours spent, and grades received in classwork; and hospital units assigned to, hours spent, and grades received for practical work. Files occasionally include correspondence concerning verification of attendance and requests for copies of grades. Transcripts were compiled on August 1, 1942.

261.017
PSYCHIATRIC NURSING AFFILIATION PROGRAM STUDENT FILES. 1943-1969. 21 cu. ft. No index.
File for each nursing student affiliated with Peoria State Hospital includes application for affiliation, medical record, final record or evaluation, intelligence quotient test, and correspondence. Entries on forms vary slightly before 1960 but usually include: student's name, birth date, sex, marital status, nationality, religion, home address, and telephone number; name and address of individual to notify in emergency; name of home nursing school; description of general education including school names, dates attended, and degrees earned; description of previous clinical experience; dates affiliation began and ended; date certificate issued; names of courses taken, hours spent, and grades received in classwork; hospital units assigned to, hours spent, and grades received for practical work; and an evaluation of nursing ability and performance in the program. Health record outlines student's and family's medical history and gives student's height, weight, description of any physical handicaps or illnesses, and immunization record.

 


Alton State Hospital
1916

Alton State Hospital
Located in Madison County
"Old postcard"


ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES:
RECORD GROUP 263.000 - ALTON MENTAL HEALTH CENTER
In 1909 the General Assembly made provisions for the state to assume all responsibility for the care and treatment of the public insane (L. 1909, p. 102). To meet the resulting need for more state-operated facilities the General Assembly appropriated funds in 1911 to the Board of Administration for the establishment of another state hospital for the insane (L. 1911, pp. 20, 128). Although construction was not completed at the Alton site until July 1917, forty patients were transferred from Anna State Hospital in December 1916 and housed in temporary quarters until the formal opening of Alton State Hospital.

The Civil Administrative Code of 1917 abolished the Board of Administration and transferred control of Alton State Hospital to the newly created Department of Public Welfare. A training school for nurses was opened in 1921. The Department of Mental Health assumed control of the hospital in 1961 and changed its name to Alton Mental Health Center in 1975 (L. 1961, p. 2666; P.A. 79-581, p. 1895).


These are the types of records housed at the Illinois State Archives for this Institution:

263.001
SCHOOL OF NURSING STUDENT FILES. 1931-1936. 0.5 cu. ft. No index.
File for each nursing student variously includes application for admission, course completion records, letters of recommendation, record of affiliation with other nursing programs, transcript of high school record, and qualifying certificate issued by the Department of Registration and Education. Information provided on forms include: student's name, address, birth date, birthplace, nationality, marital status, height, weight, and general physical condition; name and address of individual to notify in emergency; previous employment or nursing training; names of schools attended and dates of graduation; and names of courses taken, hours spent in laboratory and lecture, and grades received.

263.002
SCHOOL OF NURSING STUDENT RECORD. 1923-1937. 1 vol. No index.
Record of students in nurses' training program includes: student's name, address, age, birthplace, birth date, religion, and previous occupation; names of schools attended and degrees earned; dates entered and completed program; physical condition; names of courses taken, hours spent, and grades received in classwork; and hospital units assigned to, hours spent, and grades received for practical work. Student's affiliation with other nursing programs occasionally is noted.

263.003
SCHOOL OF NURSING ENROLLMENT RECORD. 1923-1938. 1 vol. No index.
Enrollment record lists the names of nursing students in each graduating class for 1926-1931 and for 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, and 1938. For the classes of 1933, 1934, 1937, and 1938 record also lists, for each student, the names of courses taken, hours spent, and grades received in classwork; dates entered and completed program; and a record of affiliation with other nursing programs.

 

Dixon State Hospital
1918
Dixon State Hospital

  • Jack Mabley Developmental Center
  • Dixon State School
  • Illinois State Colony for Epileptics
  • Dixon Developmental Center


RECORD GROUP 265.000 - DIXON DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER
In 1899 the General Assembly instructed the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities to prepare plans for the establishment of the Illinois State Colony for Epileptics and to report to the Governor on their activities (L. 1899, p. 8). However no funds for construction and operation were appropriated until 1913 (L. 1913, pp. 17, 131).

A site in Dixon was chosen and construction began under the supervision of the Board of Administration which had succeeded in 1909 to the responsibilities of the Board of State Commissioners of Public Charities (L. 1909, p. 102). The colony opened on May 1, 1918. Since the Board of Administration had been abolished by the Civil Administrative Code of 1917, the new institution came under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Welfare.

Although the institution originally was designed for the care of epileptics only its duties soon expanded to include care for the feeble-minded. To reflect this change, the colony was renamed Dixon State Hospital and later Dixon State School. A school for practical nursing also was opened in 1927. The Department of Mental Health assumed control of Dixon State School in 1961 and changed its name to Dixon Developmental Center in 1975 (L. 1961, p. 2666; P.A. 79-581, p. 1895).


These are the types of records housed at the Illinois State Archives for this Institution:

Access to some of these records is restricted according to the provisions of the Mental Health Code and the State Records Act of 1957 as amended.

265.001
ADMISSION RECORD. January 2, 1921-November 29, 1936. 1 vol. Index.
For each patient admitted to Dixon State Hospital entries include patient's name and county of residence; date and time of admission; names of individuals accompanying patient to hospital; name and address of correspondent; name of staff member receiving patient and ward assigned to; and notations of type of commitment, whether new or readmission, and characterization of patient as feeble-minded or epileptic. Beginning February 1924 entries also include patient's age, birth date, sex, nationality or race, birthplace, marital status, religion, occupation, and education; father's name and birthplace; mother's maiden name and birthplace; duration of illness; and means of support (i.e., home, county, state). Between 1921 and 1924 record contains frequent listings of groups of patients transferred to Dixon from Lincoln State School, Chicago State Hospital, Watertown State Hospital, Peoria State Hospital, and Elgin State Hospital.

265.002
CASE FILES. 1918-1950. 448 microfilm rolls. Index, 2 vols.
Case file for each patient includes material such as statistical data sheets, results of physical and psychiatric examinations, anamnesis, laboratory results, commitment papers, nursing records, staff meeting summaries, progress notes, death certificate or discharge record, and correspondence with family and friends. Statistical data sheet usually includes patient's picture; entries for patient's name, age, sex, marital status, occupation, race, religion, birthplace, education, and residence; results of mental and intelligence quotient tests; parents' birthplaces; numbers of brothers and sisters; and other family history.

265.003
SCHOOL OF PRACTICAL NURSING STUDENT FILES. 1928-1967. 3 cu. ft. Index.
File for each nursing student variously includes application for admission, transcript of high school record, letters of recommendation, summary of classroom and clinical experience, results of physical examinations, attendance record, and qualifying certificate issued by the Department of Registration and Education. Files for students who did not complete program usually contain correspondence concerning withdrawal from the program. Admission application and other forms provide such information as student's name, address, age, birth date, race, nationality, marital status, number of children, religion, and physical condition; name and address of individual to notify in emergency; names of schools attended and degrees earned; and names of courses taken, hours spent, and grades received in classwork and practical training.

 

Manteno State Hospital
1929


A psychiatric hospital located in rural Manteno Township in Kankakee County, Illinois. The facility was authorized in 1927 by the 55th Illinois General Assembly with its first patients arriving in December 1930. In 1954 the patient population peaked at 8,195. In 1983, the facility was authorized for closure by Governor James R. Thompson and closed on December 31, 1985
On October, 1986 the Illinois Veterans home at Manteno was dedicated and still operates on a portion of the grounds of the original psychiatric facility while numerous other building have been demolished. The site was redeveloped as a VA home, an industrial park and a portion is now the Manento Municipal golf course. A state hospital cemetery is to the east of the site. The grounds are the now the home of numerous housing developments including a residential treatment center called Indian Oaks Academy. Indian Oaks Academy, a member of the Nexus family of treatment programs, provides residential treatment for males and females ages 12 to 21. (wikipedia.org)



Manteno State Hospital,
100 Barnard Road, (now, N. 4000e Rd)
Manteno, IL 60950-9201

The road named "Barnard" is now N. 4000e Rd., and the original address no longer exists.

The institution's campus, on which the hospital wards and other buildings were built, is located two miles east and a mile south of the village of Manteno and totals 389 acres.

The closest named roads bordering this area are as follows:
North: County Highway 900 E.
South: E. 7000n Rd.
East: N. 4000e Rd.
West: N. 3000e Rd.

 Manteno was Illinois' largest state hospital.
Manteno
Administration Building
(Source: National Register of Historic Places)

Original Description:
When first built in 1928, the Manteno State Hospital's main campus consisted of approximately 100 buildings and various facilities on a 389-acre lot. The entire property however, encompassed approximately 1,000-acres. The first of these buildings included, a gate house, roads, sidewalks, tunnels and transmission, sewers, water pipes, a lighting system, a septic tank and gravel pit, 4 water wells, pumps for pump houses for wells, a water tower, a power house, a managing officer's residence; 12 staff houses, approximately 4 employees' buildings, an administration building, a hospital building, 2 receiving ward buildings, 2 infirmary buildings, 2 tubercular patients' buildings, an amusement hall, 38 ward buildings, a kitchen building, a dining hall, a store building, a mechanical shop, garages, a laundry building, and an occupational therapy building .Buildings scattered about the agricultural parts of the total 1,000-acres, included a farm dormitory, a dairy barn, hog houses, farm houses, a horse barn, an implement shed, a pasteurizing plant, green houses, a root cellar, corn cribs, and chicken houses, etc., for farm colonies .An additional 200 acres was purchased in 1936 bringing the total acreage to 1,200. (Source: National Register of Historic Places)

 

Galesburg State Hospital
1949
Galesburg State Hospital
Galesburg State Research Hospital
[This is an old postcard]

  • Mayo General Hospital
  • Galesburg State Research Hospital


RECORD GROUP 267.000 - GALESBURG MENTAL HEALTH CENTER
The Department of Public Welfare opened Galesburg State Research Hospital in 1949. The hospital was to provide care and treatment for the mentally ill and to serve as a center for the study of mental illness, particularly in the area of the aged.
The Department of Public Welfare was abolished in 1961 and Galesburg State Research Hospital came under the control of the newly created Department of Mental Health (L. 1961, p. 2666). In 1964 the hospital began to participate in a departmental affiliation program in psychiatric nursing, which provided instruction to students from other general hospital nursing schools. In 1975 the institution was renamed Galesburg Mental Health Center (P.A. 79-581, p. 1895).

These are the types of records housed at the Illinois State Archives for this Institution:

267.001
PSYCHIATRIC NURSING AFFILIATION PROGRAM STUDENT FILES. January 1965-September 1970. 1.5 cu. ft. Index.
File for each student from Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, affiliated with the psychiatric nursing program at Galesburg, contains an application for affiliation, health record, and final record or evaluation. Applications for affiliation and other forms provide such information as student's name, birth date, sex, marital status, nationality, religion, home address and telephone number; name and address of individual to notify in emergency; name and address of home nursing school; description of general education including school names, dates attended, and degrees earned; description of previous clinical experience; dates affiliation began and ended; date certificate issued; detailed listing of classes enrolled in and hospital units assigned to including course titles, hours spent, and grades received; and an evaluation of nursing ability and performance in program. Health record outlines student's and family's medical histories and gives student's height, weight, description of any physical handicaps, and immunization record.


   

Tinley Park State Hospital
1958

7400 W 183RD ST
TINLEY PARK, IL 60477

  • Tinley Park Mental Health Center
  • William A. Howe Developmental Center at Tinley Park

Updated Information:
Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced the closing of Howe Development Center, 183rd and Harlem in Tinley Park on July 1, 2009 while Tinley Park Mental Health Center, 7400 183rd Street in Tinley Park will be restructured and have privatized services.

The last state hospital built in Illinois.
Originally built to house infirm elderly patients with a capacity or 3,500 and expansion for an additional 1,500. Due to declining patient population nationwide by the mid 1960's, this was never needed. Beginning in 1965 the hospital began receiving inner city patients of all ages. Currently only about 150 patients live at the hospital and is home to the county court to determine mental competency for criminal courts. [Source: Asylumprojects.org]


Population in Illinois State Institutions in 1919:

Institution

City

Population in 1919

Elgin State Hospital

Elgin

2,144

Kankakee State Hospital

Kankakee

3,183

Jacksonville State Hospital

Jacksonville

2,103

Anna State Hospital

Anna

1693

Watertown State Hospital

Watertown

1,603

Peoria State Hospital

Peoria

2,135

Chester State Hospital

Chester

142

Chicago Stale Hospital

Chicago

3.268

Alton State Hospital

Alton

702

Lincoln State School and Colony

Lincoln

2,157

Dixon Colony for Feeble-Minded

Dixon

 

Dixon Colony for Epileptics

Dixon

96

State Psychopathic Institute

Kankakee

 

Illinois School for the Deaf

Jacksonville

346

Illinois School for the Blind

Jacksonville

213

Illinois Industrial Home for the Blind

Chicago

80

Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home

Quincy

1,230

Soldiers' Widows' Home of Illinois

Wilmington

96

Soldiers' Orphans' Home

Normal

405

Illinois Charitable Eye and Ear Infirmary

Chicago

113

State Training School for Girls

Geneva

453

St. Charles School for Boys

St. Charles

828

Illinois State Farm

Lockport

 

Illinois State Penitentiary

Joliet

1,483

Southern Illinois Penitentiary

Chester

1,011

Illinois State Reformatory

Pontiac

959

National Soldiers' Home

Danville

1,201



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