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 1923…

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.  

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…