Section I, Series
5. Patients, 1752-1967.
State law 50 P.S. 7111 prohibits the use of all patient
mental health records.
The Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Collections is currently
revising it’s 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.
Book of Patients, 1781 - 1788, 1791 - 1796, in two volumes.
Brief summary of admissions, including discharge date.
Admission forms, roughly sorted by year, 1752 - 1856.
Admissions and Discharges,
1804 - 1927, in 44 volumes. Daily lists of patients in
both categories, chronological and concurrent. Admission data,
1864-1825, include name, diagnosis, security, pay or poor
patient, but not discharge date. In 1825, country of origin
was added, and in 1829, occupation, age, ethnicity, and marital
status. Discharge data, 1804-1852, include name, result of
treatment, and whether the patient was paying or poor. Beginning
1853, discharge date is added to admission information, to
provide complete case history in each entry. Prior to 1804,
most of this admission and discharge data is available from
the Managers' Minutes and the Annual Accounts.
Brief summary of each admission, April 27, 1811 - Dec, 31,
1852, in 2 volumes. Data include only name, serial number,
diagnosis, result of treatment, discharge date, pay or poor
patient; entries arranged chronologically by date of admission,
From 1811 - 1834, an Abstract of Cases is added at the end
of April in each year. Discharges go through 1853.
Patients' Treatments and Results, 1872 - 1873, in two volumes.
Admission data of each patient, diagnosis, brief history,
summary of treatments and results.
Alphabetical listing of patients in Hospital, circa 1816
- 1926, in 17 volumes. In each volume, all names beginning
with same initial are grouped together but kept in admission
order. Each group begins with names of patients admitted earlier
but remaining in Hospital or discharged during period covered
by volumes. Formats vary somewhat: e.g., some include diagnosis
and discharge date, while others include only admission date.
- Alphabetical listing, circa 1816- May
- Alphabetical listing, 1826 - April 1833.
- Alphabetical listing, 1833 - April 1841.
Contains number of entries for transfers to newly built
Hospital for the Insane.
- Alphabetical listing, 1841 -April 1848.
- Alphabetical listing, 1848 - Dec. 1852.
- Alphabetical listing, 1853 - Nov. 1866
- Alphabetical listing, 1866 - 1880.
- Alphabetical listing, 1881 - 1891.
- Alphabetical listing, 1891 - 1898.
- Alphabetical listing, 1899 - 1900.
- Alphabetical listing. 1899- 1903.
Admissions Book, 1882 - 1884. Patients listed chronologically
by admission number. Data include name, age, date, occupation,
birthplace, diagnosis, and physician's progress notes.
Pennsylvania Hospital, Record of Patients, Dec. 1947- Aug.
1948. Lists admission and discharge dates, ward number, home
Admissions and Discharges, 1922 - 1924, Number of patients
admitted and discharged each day, and totals--i.e, a census
Receiving Ward admissions. Index, 1898 - 1930, 1933 - 1937,
in 16 volumes.
Alphabetical List of admissions and discharges.
Hospital for the Insane, 1841 - 1860, At end: List of persons
employed, 1846 - (1848). Institute of Penna. Hospital.
Pennsylvania Hospital. Patient accounts and receipts, 1915
- 1920, thumb-indexed, five volumes.
Pennsylvania Hospital. Receipts, 1915 - 1921. One volume.
Patients' Bills, 1912 - 1917, in two volumes.
Patients' Expenses, 1921 - 1923, 1930 - 1935, in three volumes.
Patient Ledger Book, June 1922 - Sept. 1923. Lists all charges
for each patient.
Account Book, 1912 - 1918. Patient accounts.
Accounting--Patient Charges and Payments (Debit and Credit)
Records, 1916 - 1917.
Accounts of Collector of the Port and Agent for Marine Hospital,
for care of U.S. seamen, 1818 - 1897, in five volumes. For
earlier records, see Steward's Ledgers, Series 3, and admission
forms, 1800 - 1809.
Admissions for U.S. seamen, 1800 - 1809, rough-sorted by
year, in four boxes.
Accounts of pay patients, 1752 in one volume.
Accounts of House of Employment and Overseers of the Poor
with Hospital, 1784 - 1789, in one volume. With miscellaneous
loose papers concerned mainly with suit of Hospital against
House of Employment, 1789 - 1791.
Immigration Bureau. Record of Immigrants sent to Pennsylvania
Hospital, 1909 - 1910, in one volume.
Report of the Officer of Hygiene, Dr. Frank Woodberry, 1874
- 1875, in one volume.
Clothing Book, May 1, 1813 - Feb. 26, 1829, in one volume.
Bills and receipts for clothing for patients, ca. 1800 -
1825, not arranged, in two boxes.
Deposit Book, 1891 - 1908, 1915 - 1918, in 8 volumes. Records
of patients' belongings deposited upon their entrance to the
Hospital. -- Not Filmed
Patients' Articles, 1931 - 1934, in three volumes. Articles
received by patients by mail or delivery.
Scrapbook of Mortality tables and related material compiled
by Thomas C. James, including Philadelphia tables from 1807
to 1837, in two volumes.
The two volumes are duplicates, but with some varying inserted
information. Inserted information includes unique items of
assorted statistical data, including cities other than Philadelphia,
for example, Statistical Chart, London, 1701 - 1776.
Autopsy Records, Oct. 3, 1853 - Sept, 10, 1861, in one volume.
At end: extracts from texts or lectures on bandages, salivation,
aneurysm and German synonyms.
Collection of cases, ca. 1803 - 1834 in two volumes ("Hospital
Record of Accidents, 1852 - 1854, 1866 - 1883 in three volumes,
For later records, see Casualty Books.
Books, 1884 - 1942, 1953 - 1957, 1959 - 1960, 1962 - 1963,
in 98 volumes. (Later records available.) Men separated
from women and children through 1898, combined thereafter.
Ambulance Records, 1877 - 1881, 1884 - 1928, in six volumes.
Out-Patients attended and supplied from the Dispensary of
the Hospital, April 1797 - April 1817, in one volume. With
Out-Patient Department (OPD), Medical Case Books, 1872 -
1883, in eleven volumes
- OPD Medical Casebook, Nov. 1872 - July
- OPD Medical Casebook, July 1873 - Sept.
- OPD Medical Casebook, Sept. 1875 - May
- OPD Medical Casebook, May 1877 - April
- OPD Medical Casebook, April 1878 - March
- OPD Medical Casebook, March 1879 - Oct.
- OPD Medical Casebook, Oct. 1879 - July
- OPD Medical Casebook, July 1880 - April
- OPD Medical Casebook, April 1881 - Nov.
- OPD Medical Casebook, Nov. 1881 - July
- OPD Medical Casebook, July 1882 - Feb.
Out-Patient Department. Surgical Registers, 1869 - 1875,
1878 - 1881, in six volumes.
- OPD Surgical Register, April 1869 - Feb.
- OPD Surgical Register, Nov. 1872 - July
- OPD Surgical Register, July 1874 - Oct.
- OPD Surgical Register, May 1878 - April
- OPD Surgical Register, April 1879 - March
- OPD Surgical Register, April 1880 - May
- Out-Patient Department. Eye-and-Ear Casebooks,
1881 - 1882, 1885 - 1886, 1892, in three volumes.
- OPD Eye-and-Ear Casebook, June 1881 -
- OPD Eye-and-Ear Casebook, March 1885 -
- OPD Eye-and-Ear Casebook, Jan. - April
Fracture Books, 1854 - 1872, in 2 volumes.
Record of Operations, 1866 - 1873, 1883 - 1967, (43 volumes
in all). From 1866 --1954 (except for the period 1873 - 1883),
there is one record of operations including all surgical services
combined, in chronological order (34 volumes), From 1955 to
1965, the records for different services are separated (general,
ENT, oral, etc.); there are seven volumes for this period.
Then, in 1966, the records for all services are again combined;
two volumes cover the period 1966 -1967.
Record of Operations (all services), 1866 - 1873,1883 - 1954,
in 34 volumes. (New format adopted in Jan. 1923.)
Record of Operations (general surgery), 1955 - 1959, in one
Record of Operations (oral surgery), 1955 - 1965, in 2 volumes.
Record of Operations (eye, block, and lipiodal), 1955 - 1965,
in one volume.
Record of Operations (orthopedics and fractures), 1955 -
1965, in one volume.
Record of Operations (ENT Service), 1955 - 1965, in one volume.
Record of Operations (gynecology), 1964 - 1965, in one volume.
Record of Operations (all services), Jan. 1966 - Oct 1966,
in one volume thumb-indexed by surgical service.
Record of Operations (all services), Nov. 1966 - Dec. 1967,
in one volume.
Lower Surgical Ward. Index, 1893 - 1896 in one volume.
Operation books, ca. 1896 - 1923. Ten volumes in all, with
three different formats.
Statistical Summary of Operations, 1925 - 1926, in one volume.
Statistics of patients, cases, and diseases. Ledgers. In
one box. Including:
- Abstract of the cases, 4 mo. 27, 1878.
- Statistics of the Pennsylvania Hospital, 4 mo. 26, 1879.
- Statistics of the Pennsylvania Hospital, Department of
the Sick. 4 mo. 28, 1888.
- Abstract of the cases of patients treated in the Pennsylvania
Hospital, in the year ending 4 mo. 28, 1888.
- Report of Major Operations performed on patients remaining
in house, tabulated by Dr. Frederick A. Packard. Not dated.
- Undated statistics.
Histories, 1873 - 1927, in 254 volumes. Binder's title:
Pennsylvania Hospital Reports. Detailed patient charts bound
together in order of admission, with some irregularities.
Early volumes include index to diseases, bound in front.
Record of x-ray cases, 1897-1898, in one volume.
Patient case records, ca. 1930 - 1950. Approximately 520
rolls of negative microfilm. stored MED REC M-1 - M-320, in
six cartons. 370 - ca. 569 Positive films were cut up and
filed alphabetically by patient's name with the Medical Records
Office. Includes maternity cases. Patient records are by medical
record # and are interfiled with other records. Difficult
Maternity Department. Roll Books, 1930 - 1933, in four volumes.
Combined records for Philadelphia Lying-In Charity and Maternity
Hospital patients and staff.
Maternity Department. Patient Charts, ca. 1930 - 1932.
Maternity Department. Delivery Books, 1952 -1960, in 9 volumes.
Obstetrics-Gynecology. Surgical Records, 1951 - 1960, in
Miscellaneous general material, loose papers ca. 1752 - 1858:
rules for admission, care of lunatics, lists of out-patients,
correspondence about care of U. S. seamen. These papers include
Benjamin Rush's letter (1810) to the Managers regarding care
of insane patients, as well as an admission from signed by
Rush. In one box, in chronological order except for interment
orders and security forms for patients, filed at end.
Miscellaneous papers relating to individual patients (except
for admission forms), ca.1763 - 1860, in 4 boxes. Arranged
alphabetically by patient's last name and prefaced by typed
list of these names.
General material, ca. 1759 - 1840: on individual patients,
bills for shaving patients, interment orders, bills for making
of coffins, Almshouse correspondence, in one box.
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