Resource Links

Need some extra help in your research endeavors? Check our list of resources for more information! Please contact us if you would like to be added to our directory or if a link is broken. Some of the “paid” resources linked below are available at many public libraries for free so always check your local library first.


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Photo by Wendel Moretti


State and Local Resources


State Hospitals
(Please note that Central State Hospital does not currently have a website.)

ARH Psychiatric Center – Hazard

Eastern State Hospital

Western State Hospital


How to Request Copies of Records

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Service, Office of Vital Statistics

Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

Kentucky Digital Library

Kentucky Historical Society

Kentucky Virtual Library

Kenton County Public Library

Lexington Public Library

Louisville Free Public Library

The Filson Historical Society

United States Narcotic Farm


National and Other Resources


History of 19th-Century Psychiatry

Ancestry.com (Free and Paid)

Asylum Projects

Digital Collection at the University of Virginia Medical Artifacts Collection

Google Scholar

Hathi Trust Digital Library

Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Internet Archive (Digital Library)

JSTOR (Free and Paid)

Library of Congress

NewsBank (Paid)

Newspapers.com (Paid)

Project Gutenberg

United States Census Bureau

United State Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division

United States National Archives

Using Primary Sources Guide