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.  Works Cited Kentucky State…

Book Giveaway!

At this time the contest is over and the winner has been contacted. Thanks to everyone who participated! Hello, everyone! To start the new year off on a positive note we have decided to do a book giveaway. One person will win a brand new copy of the book, This Way Madness Lies by author…

CSH: John Perkins Gallery

On July 22, 1997, Kentucky photographer John Perkins took several photographs during a walk through of Central States remaining buildings. Included in these are rare interior images of the Administration building prior to full demolition. Note: All photographs on this pages are used with explicit permission from, and are courtesy of, John Perkins.   Important…

Dorothea Dix: Crusader for the Insane

The beginnings of Dorothea “Dolly” Lynde Dix were shrouded in mystery for many years. Miss Dix, even in her later years, always remained secretive about her early life. In fact, many of her friends didn’t even know her date of birth. Eventually, it was uncovered that Miss Dix was born on the fourth of April,…

Madness: Treatments for Insanity

This is a very brief historical review of common methodologies for treating mental disorders. In the latter half of the 20th century, a number of non-invasive methods were used as well. The proceeding information should not be construed as medical advice. Please contact a physician or a licensed mental health practitioner if you have medical questions…

Hamilton’s Types of Insanity

In the 1880s, Dr. Allan M. Hamilton developed a series of illustrated plates that highlighted his posited theory on the physiognomy of insanity. Today, Dr. Hamilton’s work is largely disregarded as “quackery.” If you’re interested in reading Dr. Hamilton’s entire book, then click here to check it out. It is a public domain book available…

Cemetery Indexes Now Live for All State Hospitals

We have added cemetery indexes for patients buried at Central State Hospital (Louisville/Lakeland), Eastern State Hospital (Lexington), Frankfort State Hospital and School (Frankfort), Kentucky State Hospital (Danville) and Western State Hospital (Hopkinsville). Remember that we are actively updating these indexes so this is a work in progress. We also encourage you to check back frequently for…

Have a Story or Memory You’d Like to Share?

We are currently seeking former employees (or patients) who are willing to assist us by sharing stories, photos and memories of Kentucky’s state hospitals and institutions. If you, or someone you know, is interested then please consider contacting us! Our goal is to develop comprehensive histories of these hospitals and institutions in order to preserve for future generations. Remember that…