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General Note


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Revised, 2007

The collection is arranged in three sections:

  • Section I. Records of Pennsylvania Hospital, Department of Sick and Injured at Eighth Street
  • Section II. Records of the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital (or Department of Psychiatry in West Philadelphia)
  • Section III. The Historic Image Collection

It should be noted that some early Institute records will be found in the first part of the finding aid. Each section is subdivided into series of related papers. Particular note should be made of Section I, Series 8 ("Affiliates"), which includes material pertaining to the charitable organizations which have been merged with the Pennsylvania Hospital: the Philadelphia Dispensary, the Preston Retreat, the Southern Dispensary, the Philadelphia Lying-In Charity, the Maternity Hospital, the Nurse Charity, and the Humane Society.

State law 50 P.S. 7111 prohibits the use of all patient mental health records.

The Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Collections is currently revising itís patient record access policy for all medical patient records held in the Archives. As of right now, ALL patient records are closed to the public. Our new policy will be posted here as soon as possible. We truly regret the inconvenience this causes. All non-patient related material is closed for 75 years from its creation. Certain restrictions might still apply on specific records.

Section I: The Pennsylvania Hospital Archives, 1724 - 1978

Section II: The Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital Archives, 1826 - 1997 + [n.d.]

Section III: The Historic Image Collection, Photographs and Visual Materials


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