CSH: Memories

A Visual Look Into the History of Central State Hospital


This Album Contains Letters, Photographs and Mementos 


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Cover Letter of First Annual Report to the Governor of Kentucky (November 28, 1873)

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Letterhead From Asylum (1880)

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Report on Investigation Into Drowning Death of a Patient (1882)

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Colorized Version of the 1884 Photograph of the Asylum.

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Letter from the Asylum, signed by W. F. Boggins (Circa 1884)

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Original Architectural Drawing of Pusey Building (Circa 1896)

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Postcard from the Central Kentucky Asylum for the Insane (Postmarked August 6, 1908)

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Gatefold Photograph, Administration Building (From the 1907-09 Annual Report)

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1907-09 Annual Report

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Superintendents and Assistant Physicians (From a 1914 Annual Report)

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Postcard, Central Insane Asylum, Lakeland, Ky (Circa 1920’s)

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Letter from Assistant Superintendent C.B. Dunn to Dr. Edward Davenport of Eastern State Hospital (1925)

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Leist General Store (The store operated across from Central State on Lakeland Road from about 1892 until 1970 and is now a private residence, Circa 1925)

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Letter to Central State superintendent Dr. J. Ernest Fox, From Superintendent Dr. Fred G. LaRue of Eastern State Hospital Concerning an Incoming Transfer Patient (1931)

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Letter from Superintendent Dr. W.A. Quinn to Dr. Elijah Maggard of Eastern State Hospital, Maggard would succeed Quinn as Central State Hospital Superintendent Later That Year (1933)

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An Issue of the Lakeland Echo, an In-House Publication Written by the Patients at Central State Hospital (December 1943)

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Colorized Photo of Administration Building (Circa 1953)

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A cruise sticker from luggage that once belonged to Mr. George Stevens. Dated September 6, 1956 and addressed to Central State Hospital, Lakeland, Kentucky. This suitcase was purchased by a lady at an antique store, and sent us this photo.

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A group of Kentucky Mental Health professionals on a trip to St. Lawrence State Hospital in New York. – July 1960. Among them, Clarence Barton, the chaplain at CSH (2nd from the left) and Superintendent Dr. Walter Fox. (5th from the right).

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Newspaper advertisement for 1988 auction.*

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Quilt Crafted by Central State Hospital Patients in an Art Therapy Class (1988)

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“Central Kentucky Insane Asylum – 1899” in pencil and crayon by artist Charles Edward Hughs Jr.  (Date unknown)

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University of Louisville students exploring a part of the Administration Building for a Louisville Cardinal newspaper article (October 1996) 

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Memorial brick from the old administration building. Celebrating Central State Hospital’s 125th anniversary in 1998.

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Visitor’s Guide to Central State Hospital (2005)

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Dedication Plaque for the Dr. Edward Colman Frank Library (2005)

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Example of Restraints and Straight Jacket Once Used at Central State Hospital (2005)

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