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Butler Hospital records

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Title:Butler Hospital records
Date range:1840-1892
Creator:Butler Hospital
Extent:3 Linear Feet
Abstract:The Butler Hospital records contain many of the hospital's records from its founding in 1841 to approximately its 50th anniversary in 1891. These records document the changing attitudes toward the mentally ill in Europe and the United States in the early 19th century as well as communal responsibility for the less fortunate, the responsibility of the wealthy for sharing both their wealth and their expertise, the financial practices of the period, detailed specifications on the construction of the first hospital of any kind in Rhode Island, the hospital's expansion, and the day-to-day expenses of such an institution.
Language of materials:English
Repository:John Hay Library , Special Collections
Collection number:Ms.2007.033