Central State Hospital collection
Scope and Contents
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
In 1926, the facility was rebranded a second time as Central State Hospital as other psychiatric hospitals had opened in Evansville, Logansport, Madison, and Richmond to redistribute some of the burden from the Indianapolis institution. During the 1960s and 1970s, the number of patients diminished as the push for deinstitutionalization began in the mental health field. In the 1960s, the Pathology Department closed and the building reopened as the Indiana Medical History Museum in 1969. The nation’s oldest surviving facility of its kind, the Old Pathology Building holds an amphitheater; laboratories for bacteriology, clinical chemistry, histology, and photography, an autopsy room, and an anatomical museum, while the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Central State Hospital finally closed in 1994 by order of Governor Evan Bayh, following allegations of patient abuse and chronic funding issues.
Items in the colleciton.
Indiana Archives and Records Administraiton. "Introduction." Central State Hospital Collection Index. Accessed August 12, 2015. http://www.in.gov/iara/2653.htm.
Indiana Medical History Museum. "About the Indiana Medical History Museum." Accessed August 12, 2015. http://www.imhm.org/page-403598.
Ksander, Yael. "Central State Hospital." Moment of Indiana History. Accessed August 12, 2015. http://indianapublicmedia.org/momentofindianahistory/central-state-hospital/.
2.3 Cubic Feet (2 cubic foot boxes; 1 manuscript box)
Language of Materials
- Annual reports
- Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane
- Central State Hospital (Indianapolis, Ind.)
- Indianapolis (Ind.)
- Mental health
- Mental illness
- Mentally ill
- Newspaper articles
- Psychiatric hospital care
- Psychiatric hospital patients
- Psychiatric hospitals
- Central State Hospital collection
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script