Welcome to Kentucky Historic Institutions!

Please check this post for important information. The mission of Kentucky Historic Institutions is to preserve memories, advocate for the forgotten patients and employees and to educate the public about the individual history of Kentucky’s asylums, hospitals and institutions. Written, visual, and oral histories will be provided for the various institutions so please check our…

Kentucky’s Historical Lunacy Laws

The following is a compilation of lunacy laws that were established in the Commonwealth of Kentucky up to the year 1883. Please remember to keep these laws in a historical context when reading them. The book, in its entirety, is in the public domain and can be viewed freely online. To view the book online,…

Hamilton’s Types of Insanity

In the 1880s, Dr. Allan M. Hamilton developed a series of illustrated plates that highlighted his posited theory on the physiognomy of insanity. Today, Dr. Hamilton’s work is largely disregarded as “quackery.” If you’re interested in reading Dr. Hamilton’s entire book, then click here to check it out. It is a public domain book available…