This collection contains records of the Arkansas State Hospital, including reports, business records, minutes, and publications. Board of Trustees meetings from 1873-1888 are also on microfilm MFNE1673.
The Arkansas Lunatic Asylum was established by the Arkansas General Assembly in 1873. In 1905, the name changed to Arkansas State Hospital for Nervous Diseases, then to Arkansas State Hospital in 1933. A facility known as the State Hospital still exists today, but what was historically encompassed by the “State Hospital” is now part of the Division of Behavioral Health Services of the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Today the Arkansas State Hospital is the only state owned and operated facility for the treatment of mental illness in Arkansas. The structure, function, and name of this facility have changed with the development of new technology and more progressive views for treating individuals suffering from mental illness, epilepsy, birth defects, learning disabilities, and the effects of old age.
Document; 8.5" x 11"
Arkansas State Hospital records, MSNE.0026
Arkansas State Archives
Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives
Arkansas State Hospital records, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.
United States History