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This film was recorded in 1937 for Kentucky Governor Albert Benjamin “Happy” Chandler, Sr. The purpose of this film was to show the deplorable conditions in Kentucky’s state mental institutions. Much of the footage you will see was filmed at Eastern State Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky. Audio was not recorded with this film.


Contributed by: Phil T.


Some newspaper images are from historical archives of The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky). Some photos are provided from former annual reports of the hospital to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. All other photos were obtained, donated, or copied from state and hospital archives or personal collections. “ESH Today” photos are courtesy of Phil T. Please contact us before using any photographs or images on this website. We do not own the copyrights to all photos and those photos we do own require written permission before any use.

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