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Inventory of the Department of Mental Hygiene - Mendocino State Hospital Records
R318, F3886  
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Description
Mendocino State Hospital, originally the Mendocino State Asylum for the Insane, was established in 1889. Major programs over the years have included treatment for the criminally insane, alcoholic and drug abuse rehabilitation, a psychiatric residency program, industrial therapy, and others. As part of a major reorganization by the Reagan administration, the hospital was closed in 1972. Records of the hospital are divided into three groups dating from 1887-1972: Superintendent's Records, Business Manager's Records, and Medical Records Division.
Background
Mendocino State Hospital, originally the Mendocino State Asylum for the Insane, was established in 1889 (Statutes 1889, Ch. 23). By that law the Governor was authorized to appoint a board of directors of five members for a term of four years to select the site and to manage the institution.
Extent
88 bound volumes, 520 file folders, and 217 photographs
Restrictions
For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.
Availability
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.