Welcome to Kentucky Historic Institutions!

Please check this post before you get started for updated information and quick tips. Searching for Records? We have a limited number of records available. The majority of these have been transcribed and posted in the appropriate links on this website. If you would like physical copies of records, we can guide you on the…

Insanity: Causes, Types, and Treatments

This is a three-part series regarding the historical causes, types, and treatments of insanity in the 19th and 20th centuries. Though focus is primarily on Kentucky institutions, these apply to other institutions throughout the United States. You can visit this page to read Kentucky’s historical lunacy laws. You can also check our glossary of antiquated…

Kentucky’s Historical Lunacy Laws

The following is a compilation of lunacy laws that were established in the Commonwealth of Kentucky up to the year 1883. Please remember to keep these laws in a historical context when reading them. The book, in its entirety, is in the public domain and can be viewed freely online. To view the book online,…

State Hospital Rules and Regulations

This information pertains to regulations during the middle of the 20th century for state hospitals in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Regulations and laws were subject to change by acts of legislation. Please remember to keep this information in a historical perspective. Patient Care The director will authorize the admission of a legally committed patient so…

CSH: Martin Rollins Gallery

In January 1990, former CSH employees Martin Rollins visited the old campus and took a series of photos of the old CSH buildings. He did not realize at the time that within a few years, all of these buildings would only be a memory. – Contributed by Jay Gravatte Important note: If you would like…

Kentucky School of Reform

Kentucky School of Reform (Lexington/Greendale) Please visit our section dedicated to this school on our website with more information and a photo gallery. In early 1902, there were nearly 300 boys and girls; 120 were white boys and 112 colored boys, 35 white girls and 20 colored girls. In 1902 the colored boys and girls…

1920s State Board of Charitable Institutions Documents and Reports

1923 survey of the Penal and Charitable Institutions by the State Board of Charities and Corrections. This survey examined ways to increase the efficacy of the treatment and care of inmates.   1927 Report of Industries and Character of Work Performed at Each Institution, the Number of Patients at Work, and Plans for the Future….

Disposition of Final Remains at KY Institutions

This is a set of early 1920s documents from the Commonwealth explaining the procedure for the disposition of final remains of those who died in any of Kentucky’s institutions. It does not include a list of patient names. Please note that these documents primarily relate up to and before the 1920s.   Contributed by Phil…

Information About Records

Searching for Records? We have a limited number of records available. The majority of these have been transcribed and posted in the appropriate links on this website. If you would like physical copies of records, we can guide you on the process of obtaining those records. Please remember that not all records are available. KHI…