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 to the first annual report for the Asylum to the Governor of Kentucky. – November 28, 1873.
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Letterhead from the Asylum. – 1880.
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A report on the investigation into the drowning death of a patient in 1882.
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A colorized version of the 1884 photograph of the asylum. Courtesy of our webmaster, Shawn.
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A letter from the Asylum, signed by W. F. Boggins. – Circa 1884.
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Original architectural drawing of what would later be named the Pusey Bldg. – Circa 1896.
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Postcard from the Central Kentucky Asylum for the Insane, postmarked August 6, 1908.
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Gatefold picture of the Administration building from the 1907-09 Annual report.
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Another picture from the 1907-09 Annual report.
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A listing of Superintendents and Assistant Physicians from a 1914 report.
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Postcard from Central State. – Circa 1920’s.
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A letter from Asst. Superintendent C.B. Dunn to Dr. Edward Davenport of Eastern State Hospital. – 1925
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The Leist General Store – Circa 1925. The store operated across from Central State on Lakeland Road from about 1892 until 1970. It is now a private residence.
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Letter to Central State superintendent Dr. J. Ernest Fox, from superintendentDr. Fred G. LaRue of Eastern State concerning an incoming transfer patient. – 1931
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Letter from Superintendent Dr. W.A. Quinn to Dr. Elijah Maggard of Eastern State, Maggard would succeed Quinn as Central States 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. – December 1943
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Another colorized photo of Central State courtesy of our Webmaster Shawn, The 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. *
1988 Patient quilt
Quilt crafted by Central 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 States 125th anniversary in 1998.
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Visitors guide to Central State Hospital – 2005.
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Dedication plaque for Dr. Edward Colman Frank Library. – 2005
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Example of restraints and straight jacket once used at Central State. – 2005

 

 

– Contributed by Jay Gravatte

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