Primary Sources

12 December 22, 2016

Holidays at OSH

12, 22, 16|Events, Primary Sources, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Date Unknown. Dancing at OSH holiday gathering. OSH Museum Collection. Celebrating holidays at the Hospital has always involved a variety of activities for patients and staff. In December, OSH in the past has [...]

10 October 14, 2013

Fairview Produces Own History, circa 1990’s

10, 14, 13|Fairview, History, Primary Sources|0 Comments

Cover page. "Fairview Training Center: History in the Making". Rev 7/93. After my most recent visit to the Oregon State Archives, I finally stumbled across something I have been desperately searching for since [...]

07 July 30, 2013

Clothing Allowance Policy, 1970

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The following is a transcription of the Oregon State Hospital Clothing Allowance Policy as updated Feburary 1, 1970. OREGON STATE HOSPITAL CLOTHING ALLOWANCE POLICY February 1, 1970 Three to six complete sets of washable clothing.  [...]

07 July 15, 2013

Admissions Procedure, 1969

07, 15, 13|History, Primary Sources, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The following is a transcript of the "Admissions Procedures" as found in the Aide Nursing Procedures Handbook updated September, 1969. Admission Procedure Purpose: To acquire needed information and record it correctly; to make the patient [...]

07 July 4, 2012

Watchman, 1908

07, 04, 12|History, People, Primary Sources|0 Comments

The following is the description of duties of the watchman and watchwomen employed by the Oregon State Hospital as spelled out in the Rules and Regulations for the Government of the Oregon State Insane Asylum, [...]

06 June 25, 2012

New Quarters for school, 1961

06, 25, 12|History, Primary Sources|0 Comments

The following is an article published in the BOSH: Bulletin of the Oregon State Hospital, on September 11, 1961. NEW QUARTERS FOR SCHOOL Miss Dixie McKay is joining Mrs. Janice Stein in teaching our OSH [...]

06 June 20, 2012

The Matron, 1908

06, 20, 12|History, People, Primary Sources|0 Comments

The following was published in By Laws of Trustees Rules and Regulations for the Government of the Oregon State Insane Asylum,revised April 15, 1908. Article V. MATRON Section 1:  The matron shall, under the direction [...]

04 April 23, 2012

State Hospital Patients’ “New Look”, 1965

04, 23, 12|History, Primary Sources|0 Comments

The following is an excerpt from an Oregon Journal newspaper article published on Tuesday, April 20, 1965.  The changes described would not last long.  By 1969, patient clothing reappeared in the news. Articles in the Capital Journal (May 8th) and Oregon Statesman (May 10th) describe phasing out uniforms at the State Hospital. By Marge Davenport Journal Medical Writer There’s a new look at the State Hospital in Salem. It’s a bright, cheerful look and the patients are going to have it. About a year ago, a consultant was asked to make an evaluation on the Oregon mental hospital. He was Dr. Hugh Caven of Eastern State Hospital at Medical Lake, Wash. After surveying the institution he said, “The grounds are beautiful, the buildings are well kept and painted, but why don’t you paint the patients as well?” HE EXPLAINED to puzzled State Hospital Administrator Dr. Dean Brooks that he thought nice looking, bright clothes for patients would go a long way towards improving morale, and helping the mental patient’s attitude. Dr. Brooks agreed, but wondered how this could be accomplished on a yearly clothing budget of $9.79 per patient, the amount allowed for each person for the 12 month period. […]

03 March 12, 2012

Bakery Report, 1926

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This report was published in the 22nd Biennial Report of the Oregon State Hospital to the Oregon State Board of Control for the years 1924-1926. Bakery This department is operated by one employe [...]

02 February 20, 2012

Charges Against State Mental Hospital, 1949

02, 20, 12|Primary Sources|0 Comments

The following is a transcription of an editorial published in The Oregon Daily Journal, on Thursday, October 6, 1949. The Citizens Action committee and the Central Club council of Portland and local representatives of the American Equity association have made some sensational charges of brutality and neglect in Oregon state hospital for the mentally ill. They told the state board of control Tuesday that they have information indicating that several “murders” had been committed in recent years, that patients were kicked and beaten and that patients were forced to work in violation of the 13th amendment. […]