CSH: Memories

A visual look into the history of Central State Hospital. This album contains letters, photographs and mementos. 


 The act of the Kentucky General Assembly establishing the Fourth Kentucky Lunatic Asylum. – April 21, 1873
Cover letter to the first annual report for the Asylum to the Governor of Kentucky. – November 28, 1873.
Letterhead from the Asylum. – 1880.
A colorized version of the 1884 photograph of the asylum. Courtesy of our webmaster, Shawn.
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Original architectural drawing of what would later be named the Pusey Bldg. – Circa 1896.
Postcard from Central State. – Circa 1920’s.
A letter from Asst. Superintendent C.B. Dunn to Dr. Edward Davenport of Eastern State Hospital. – 1925
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Letter to Central State superintendent Dr. J. Ernest Fox, from the superintendent of Eastern State concerning an incoming transfer patient. – 1931
Letter from Superintendent W.A. Quinn to Dr. Elijah Maggard of Eastern State, who would succeed Quinn as Central States Superintendent later that year. – 1933
An issue of the Lakeland Echo, an in-house publication written by the patients at Central State. – December 1943
Another colorized photo of Central State courtesy of our Webmaster Shawn, The Administration building. – Circa 1953.
Newspaper advertisement for 1988 auction. *
1988 Patient quilt
Quilt crafted by Central patients in an art therapy class. – 1988
Memorial brick from the old administration building. Celebrating Central States 125th anniversary in 1998.
A view of the western first floor of the Oaklawn building (Amusement Hall) from it’s opening in 1903 and right before it was demolished in 1997.
The stain glass portrait of Jesus in the Auditorium from 1940, and the portrait in 2005. It was removed prior to demolition.
A view of the Auditorium in the Oaklawn building (Amusement Hall) from a 1940 concert and from 1997 before demolition.
Dedication plaque for Dr. Edward Colman Frank Library. – 2005
Example of restraints and straight jacket once used at Central State. – 2005
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The new Gymnasium during construction in 1963 and in 2005.
Comparison photos of the front lawn facing Lakeland Road from 1913 and 2016.


Comparison of the location for the African-American wards. 1921 to 2017.
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Comparison of the location for the Amusement Building. 1902 and 2017.

– Contributed by Jay Gravatte

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