In the cataloguing process last week we came across an interesting little leather-bound book with an ink scrawled title: “OSIA Invitations to Dances and Entertainments.” Inside the book are guest lists for dances held at the Oregon State Insane Asylum (OSIA) from 1900-1907. While interesting to think about formal dances being held at the Asylum, some of the names listed caught my eye. Chauncey Bishop, future founding partner of the Pendleton Woolen Mills and the son of prominent Salem clothier C.P. Bishop and Fannie Kay (daughter of Thomas Lister Kay of Thomas Kay Woolen Mill renown) is listed as a guest for a “Special Dance” in April of 1900. The register lists Bishop as the invited guest of a Miss Calbreath, who, a little bit of digging reveals, was the daughter of Dr. John Calbreath-Superintendent of OSIA (presumably the elder daughter Helen, as the younger daughter Eveline is listed a few lines later).¹ Another name listed, Miss Althea Lee, appears to be the daughter of J.D. Lee, a postmaster and store owner in Dallas, Oregon and Eliza Alice Witten Lee who prior to her marriage in 1872 taught courses at the University of Washington in Seattle.² It is a fascinating look into a time where the community of Salem and the community (of staff at least) at the OSIA came together. It is unclear whether patients were invited to these festivities, although patient dances and other entertainment programs have also been a part of life at the Oregon State Hospital.