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Mental Hospitals and Special Schools

Mental hospital clinical case records, 1843-1995, include voluminous records of Buffalo, Matteawan, St. Lawrence, Utica, and Willard State Hospitals; and of Craig Colony for persons with epilepsy. Access to the clinical records is restricted by state and federal law. Inter-agency memoranda of understanding (MOUs) allow access to qualified researchers under certain conditions. 

Mental Health in New York

Many New York State colleges, universities, health care facilities, and non-government organizations hold and provide access to records on health care topics.

The State Archives has worked with people and organizations active in mental health issues and services to identify the issues, people, organizations, and events relating to mental health that are most critical to document in New York State. Through the New York State Mental Health Documentation Project we have produced:

Dunham Hall, Utica Psychiatric Hospital, 1960s