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Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene collection

Identifier: L205

Scope and Contents

The records include correspondence of the Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene's secretaries regarding annual meetings and the re-organization of the Society in 1940 (1915–1941). The collection also contains correspondence with the Indiana Federation of Clubs and the Indiana State Library regarding the preparation of a package library of books on mental health (1935–1936). Additionally, there are copies of papers on mental illness presented at the annual meetings in 1920, 1932, and 1940–1941; shorthand notes on the 1920 annual meeting sessions; clippings, programs, and press releases, mostly relating to annual meetings (1932–1941); news bulletins (1949–1950); and a legislative bulletin of the Indiana Association for Mental Health (1959).


  • 1915-1959


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Administrative History

The Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene founded in 1916 to promote education on mental disease and mental deficiency, and to improve the care and treatment of the mentally ill and the mentally handicapped. The purposes of the organization, was “To work for the conservation of mental health; for the prevention of mental diseases and mental deficiency and for improvement in the care and treatment of those suffering from nervous or mental diseases or mental deficiency.” In 1952, the Society became the Indiana Association for Mental Health.


"The Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene: Constitution and Bylaws, Adopted October 17, 1916." accessed at the Indiana State Archives, Indiana Conference on Mental Hygiene files, Box 13-V-5.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2011 August by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created2011 August by Brent Abercrombie.
Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.