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Ask a Genealogist: Annual Reports of the Worcester State Hospital

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Question:

I understand that patient records for the Worcester State Hospital located in Worcester, Massachusetts are not available.  I would like to know how I can locate some of the annual reports that were issued from that institution?  Thank you always for your help.

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Reply by David Allen Lambert, NEHGS Chief Genealogist

The reports that you are seeking do exist.  In fact they were recently digitized by the Massachusetts State Library in Boston, Massachusetts.  You can utilize reports for the 1850's online, as well as other years.  The collection online spans 1832 until 1953.  The name of the hospital has changed over the years - State Lunatic Hospital (1832, 1833); State Lunatic Hospital at Worcester (1834-1884); Worcester Lunatic Hospital (1885-1898); Worcester Insane Hospital (1899-1908); and the Worcester State Hospital (1909-present).

To search the annual reports online go to the following website: http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/worcester-state-hospital.html

 

 

Posted by David Lambert at 11/07/2013 11:55:03 PM | 


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