With An Eye to the Past - Index of Documents

STATE INSTITUTIONS DOCUMENTS: State Institutions by Institution

Fergus Falls to Willmar

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This index contains documents related to specific institutions from Fergus Falls to Willmar. See the Annex for Defective Delinquents to Cambridge and Fergus Falls to Willmar Faribault indexes for additional documents related to specific institutions. The general category includes articles and speeches by institution staff, system-wide reports, and, chronologically, other documents relating to the state institutions in general. State Institutions: Future Planning includes individual proposals and reports and documents from joint planning efforts regarding future use of the state institutions. Welsch Documents includes orders in that action in the federal district court and related documents.

Year Title Author/Source File Name
Fergus Falls
1900 Excerpts from the By-Laws and Rules and Regulations Governing the Minnesota Hospitals for the Insane GBP 00-ERM-GBP.pdf
1965 Building Commission – Fergus Falls October 20, 1965 Robert Hoffman, Administrator 65-BCF-RHA.pdf
1967 Annual Personnel Report R. Joseph Lucero 67-APR-RJL.pdf
1976 Evaluation of the MR Group Home Project Marilyn Moen, Dennis Bogen, David Aanes 76-EMR-MNM.pdf
1982 Fergus Falls State Hospital: Impact of Additional State Hospital Closures Department of Public Welfare 82-FFSH-IS.pdf
1982 MN Hospital Future: Fergus Falls MN Department of Public Welfare 82-mn-dpw-mn-hosp-future-fergus.pdf
1984 Fergus Falls Town Meeting Publicity in Local Newspapers   84-ddc-fergus-falls-twn-mtg-pub.pdf
1987 Correction Order – Fergus Falls Charles Schultz, Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services 87-COF-CSD.pdf
Gillette
1897 The Duty of the State to Its Indigent Cripple Children Arthur J. Gillette 97-DSI-AJG.pdf
1915 A Chart of Mental Examinations Maud A. Merrill 15-CME-MNM.pdf
1915 Hosptial for Cripples and its Patients – A Clinical Study Arthur J. Gillette 15-HCP-AJG.pdf
1920 Minnesota's Work for Crippled Children Elizabeth McGregor 20-MWC-ENM.pdf
1926 A Partial Survey of Children Treated for Infantile Paralysis at Gillette State Hospital Elizabeth McGregor 26-PSC-ENM.pdf
1928 The State's Care of Crippled Children C.C. Chatterton 28-SCC-CCC.pdf
1929 Comments on Admission to Gilette Elizabeth McGregor 29-CAG-ENM.pdf
1932 Ambulatory Apparatus W.H. Von der Weyer 32-AMB-WHW.pdf
1932 Apparatus as Used Pre-Ambulatory G.A. Williamson 32-AUP-GAW.pdf
1932 Demonstration of Surgical Results in Infantile Paralysis of the Lower Extremities Wallace H. Cole 32-DSR-WHC.pdf
1932 General Outline of Treatment, Demonstration of Surgical Methods used for Extremities and Spine and Results C. C. Chatterton 32-GOT-CCC.pdf
1932 History of Gillette State Hospital Blanch La Du 32-HGS-BLD.pdf
1932 Physiotherapy Department – Gillette State Hospital M. Denny 32-PDG-MND.pdf
1947 Shift Away from Polio Patients Edwin J. Simons 47-SAP-EJS.pdf
1998 We Hold This Treasure: The Story of Gillette Children's Hospital Steven E. Koop, MD 98-SGH-WHT.pdf
Gillette: Superintendent's Biennial Reports
1908 Superintendent's Report Arthur B. Ancker 08-SUP-ABA.pdf
1909 Superintendent's Report Arthur B. Ancker 09-SUP-ABA.pdf
1912 Superintendent's Report Arthur J. Gillette 12-SUP-AJG.pdf
1914 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 14-SUP-ENM.pdf
1916 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 16-SUP-ENM.pdf
1922 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 22-SUP-ENM.pdf
1924 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 24-SUP-ENM.pdf
1926 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 26-SUP-ENM.pdf
1928 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 28-SUP-ENM.pdf
1930 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 30-SUP-ENM.pdf
1932 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 32-SUP-ENM.pdf
1934 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 34-SUP-JMM.pdf
1936 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 36-SUP-ENM.pdf
1938 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 38-SUP-ENM.pdf
1940 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 40-SUP-ENM.pdf
1942 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 42-SUP-ENM.pdf
1944 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 44-SUP-ENM.pdf
1946 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 46-SUP-ENM.pdf
1948 Superintendent's Report Elizabeth McGregor 48-SUP-ENM.pdf
1950 Superintendent's Report Jean D. Conklin 50-SUP-JDC.pdf
1952 Superintendent's Report Jean D. Conklin 52-SUP-JDC.pdf
Hastings
1900 Excerpts from the By-Laws and Rules and Regulations Governing the Minnesota Hospitals for the Insane GBP 00-ERM-GBP.pdf
1952 Report of the Superintendent of the Minnesota School and Colony E.J. Engberg 52-SUP-EJE.pdf
1965 Hastings Question: Building Program David J. Vail M.D., Medical Director, Department of Public Welfare 65-HQB-DJV.pdf
1965 Hastings State Hospital Utilization Committee, September 30, 1965 David J. Vail M.D., Medical Director, Department of Public Welfare 65-HSH-DJV.pdf
1965 Hastings State Hospital Utilization Committee, October 6, 1965 John R. Malban, Administrator, Department of Public Welfare 65-HSH-JRM.pdf
1965 Hastings State Hospital Utilization Meeting, November 4, 1965 Sheldon, R. Schneider 65-HSH-SRS.pdf
1965 Study of Hastings State Hospital David J. Vail M.D., Medical Director, Department of Public Welfare 65-SHS-DJV.pdf
1966 Legislative Building Commission Meeting: Hastings State Hospital Legislative Building Commission 66-LBC-LBC.pdf
1967 Converting Hastings State Hospital into an Institution for the Mentally Retarded John R. Malban, Administrator, Department of Public Welfare 67-CHS-JRM.pdf
1976 A Plan for Ceasing Operations at Hastings State Hospital MN Department of Public Welfare 76-mn-dpw-ceasing-op-hastings.pdf
1976 Report to the 1976 Minnesota Legislature Department of Public Welfare 76-RTT-DPW.pdf
1980 Impact of Closure of Hastings State Hospital Gordon Olson 80-olson-impact-closure-hastings.pdf
Lake Owasso
1956 Juvenile Court Issues (May 23, 1956) E.J. Engberg 56-JCI-EJE.pdf
1956 Sauk Centre Children's Home and Lake Owassso Childrens Home (Feb 27, 1956) E. J. Engberg 56-SCC-EJE.pdf
1962 Legislative Building Commission Meeting: Cambridge State School and Hospital (Lake Owasso Children's Home) Legislative Building Commission 62-LBC-LOR.pdf
Moose Lake
1965 Legislative Building Commission Meeting: Moose Lake State School and Hospital Legislative Building Commission 65-LBC-MLH.pdf
1966 Minutes of Cambridge-Moose Lake Project Committee Department of Public Welfare 65-MCM-DPW.pdf
1981 Impact of Additional State Hospital Closures: Report from Moose Lake State Hospital Minnesota State Planning Agency 81-MLH-IAS.pdf
1982 MN Hospital Future: Moose Lake MN Department of Public Welfare 82-mn-dpw-mn-hosp-future-mooselk.pdf
1984 Moose Lake Town Meeting Publicity in Local Newspapers   84-ddc-moose-lake-twn-mtg-pub.pdf
1984 Moose Lake Town Meeting Transcript Minnesota State Planning Agency 84-ddc-moose-lk-twn-mtg.pdf
1987 Correction Order – Moose Lake William T. Fink, Ph. D., Division of Licensing 87-COM-WTF.pdf
Owatonna
1914 Two Hundred and Fifty State Public School Children Measured by the Binet-Simon Scale of Intelligence Maud A. Merrill 14-THF-MAM.pdf
1945 Schedule for New Institution M.R. Vevle 45-SNI-MRV.pdf
1945 Transfer of Residents to Owatonna Mildred Thomson 45-TRO-MNT.pdf
1946 Superintendent's Report M.R. Vevle 46-SUP-MRV.pdf
1948 A Report on the Organization of a School M.R. Vevle 48-ROS-MRV.pdf
1948 Sterilization for Residents Leaving Owatonna Mildred Thomson 48-SRL-MNT.pdf
1948 Superintendent's Report M.R. Vevle 48-SUP-MRV.pdf
1950 Superintendent's Report C.M. Henderson 50-SUP-CMH.pdf
1952 Superintendent's Report C.M. Henderson 52-SUP-CMH.pdf
1954 Comments and Recommendation: Owatonna State School Dr. Harlan L. Paine, M.D. 54-CRO-Paine.pdf
1962 Visit to Owatonna and Faribault Institutions Gerald F. Walsh, Executive Director, MARC 62-VOF-GFW.pdf
1964 Summary Report on Special Project A Study of the Effectiveness of the Program at the Owatonna State School as Determined by the Community Adjustment of Placements Harry Halliday, Instructional Supervisor and Albert C. Mahling, Special Teacher, Owatonna State School 64-SRS-HHI.pdf
1965 1965 Legislation David J. Vail, M.D. Medical Director, Minnesota Department of Public Welfare 65-LEG-DJV.pdf
1966 Excerpt From Legislative Building Commission Meeting Minutes – Visit to Owatonna State School and Hospital  Legislative Building Commission 66-EFL-LBC.pdf
1967 MDTA Service Worker Classes – 1966-67 Berle F. Bowen, Manpower Coordinator 67-MDTA-BFB.pdf
1969 Closing of Owatonna State School - Interim Report Ardo Wrobel 69-COS-AMW.pdf
1970 Program Planning Report: Minnesota Learning Center  MN Department of Public Welfare and MN Department of Education 70-PPR-MDP.pdf
1971 Closure of Owatonna State School – Follow-up Study MN Department of Public Welfare, Shirley Bengston 71-mn-dpw-bengtson-closure-owatonna.pdf
2004 Minnesota State Orphanage in Owatonna Operated for 60 Years M.K. Watson 04-MSO-MKW.pdf
Rochester
1900 Excerpts from the By-Laws and Rules and Regulations Governing the Minnesota Hospitals for the Insane GBP 00-ERM-GBP.pdf
1968 Proposal for Rochester State Hospital David J. Vail, M.D. 68-PRS-DJV.pdf
1981 Appraisal of Rochester State Hospital Cushman Appraisal Company 81-apraisal-roch-st-hosp.pdf
1981 Department of Public Welfare Time Table: Closure of Rochester State Hospital MN Department of Public Welfare 81-DPW-RSH.pdf
1982 Closure Impact on Staff at Rochester State Hospital Julie Chamberlin, Department of Public Welfare 82-chamberlin-closure-impact-roch.pdf
1982 Study and Recommendations: Governor's Task Force on Use and Disposition of the Rochester State Hospital Site MN Department of Public Welfare 82-DPW-SAR.pdf
1982 Use & Disposition of Rochester State Hospital: Building and Site Report Governor's Task Force 82-gov-taskforce-roch-bldng-site.pdf
1982 Use & Disposition of Rochester State Hospital 3: Financial Implications of Closure Governor's Task Force 82-gov-taskforce-roch-financial-imp.pdf
1982 On the Use & Disposition of Rochester State Hospital 2: Provider Survey Report Governor's Task Force 82-gov-taskforce-roch-provider-svy.pdf
1982 Rochester State Hospital Governor's Task Force 82-gov-task-force-roch-st-hosp.pdf
1982 Economic Impact of Closing Rochester State Hospital Mary Rieder 82-rieder-econ-imp-closing-roch.pdf
1982 Closure Of Rochester State Hospital Robert Rosenthal 82-rosenthal-closure-roch-hosp.pdf
1982 Impact Study – Closure Willmar State Hospital MN Department of Public Welfare 82-WSH-ISC.pdf
Sandstone
1956 Sandstone State Hospital (November 1, 1956) MN Dept. of Public Welfare 56-SSH-DPW.pdf
Sauk Centre
1954 The Sauk Center Home for Children Dr. Harlan L. Paine, M.D. 54-TSC-Paine.pdf
Shakopee
1966 Shakopee Home for Children David J. Vail, M.D. 66-SHC-DJV.pdf
St. Peter

Introduction – St. Peter State Hospital Documents

The first persons with developmental disabilities in Minnesota who were sent to a state institution were sent as children to the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane at St. Peter.  From the time that institution opened in 1866 through November 31, 1879 there were 56 persons admitted, most of them children, who were labeled "idiots" or "imbeciles." A few of these children were sent home or, as was done to a girl in 1868, carried back to the county they came from on the basis they were not fit subjects for an insane asylum. 

In his annual reports in 1869 and 1875 the Superintendent objected to the practice of committing these children to the institution. His report and statements by the Superintendent of the School for the Deaf and by the State Board of Health prompted the Legislature to appoint a commission to examine the patients there and to determine whether they were appropriately placed.  Minnesota Laws 1877, chapter 42. https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/data/revisor/law/1877/0/1877-042.pdf  That commission identified 70 persons who should be sent back to their home counties, including adults who did not require treatment as well as children variously described as idiots, imbeciles, or feebleminded.  Most of these persons were not actually removed from the institution, for the Legislature did not require that action for counties "where the crops have been seriously damaged or destroyed by grasshoppers, until one year after the grasshoppers shall have disappeared from such counties" and permitted counties which had "no proper facilities for the care of such weak minded or demented patients" to keep these persons in the institution at county expense. The Commission further recommended that a separate school be established for the "feebleminded" children. 

In 1879, the Legislature appointed a second commission to identify the children who should be sent to a new school to be established at Faribault. Minnesota Laws 1879 chapter 31.  https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/data/revisor/law/1879/0/1879-031.pdf  That Commission identified 14 children, who were transferred to the new school on July 25, 1879. Six more children were sent from the Hospital for the Insane to the Faribault school later that year.

Records of persons admitted to the Hospital for the Insane at St. Peter from 1866 through 1881 are in the St. Peter Casebooks in boxes 108.I.18.1B-1, 108.I.18.1B-2, 108.I.18.2F-1, and 108.I.18.2F at the Minnesota Historical Society. 

In 1968 the Minnesota Valley Social Adaptation Center, a unit for persons with developmental disabilities, was established as part of St. Peter State Hospital and continued until 1997.

The documents in With an Eye to the Past are, generally, limited to those from prior to 1881 and after 1968.

1867 By-Laws, Rules and Regulations Minnesota Hospital for the Insane 67-BLR-MHI.pdf
1867 First Annual Report of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Cyrus K. Bartlett 67-FAR-CKB.pdf
1868 Second Annual Report of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Cyrus K. Bartlett 68-SAR-CKB.pdf
1869 Third Annual Report of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Cyrus K. Bartlett 69-TAR-CKB.pdf
1870 Fourth Annual Report of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Cyrus K. Bartlett 70-FAR-CKB.pdf
1871 Fifth Annual Report of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Cyrus K. Bartlett 71-FAR-CKB.pdf
1872 Sixth Annual Report of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Cyrus K. Bartlett 72-SAR-CKB.pdf
1873 First Annual Report of the State Board of Health of Minnesota State Board of Health of Minnesota 73-FAR-SBH.pdf
1873 Seventh Annual Report of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Cyrus K. Bartlett 73-SAR-CKB.pdf
1874 Eighth Annual Report of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Cyrus K. Bartlett 74-EAR-CKB.pdf
1874 Second Annual Report of the State Board of Health of Minnesota State Board of Health of Minnesota 74-SAR-SBH.pdf
1875 Ninth Annual Report of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Cyrus K. Bartlett 75-NAR-CKB.pdf
1875 Third Annual Report of the State Board of Health of Minnesota State Board of Health of Minnesota 75-TAR-SBH.pdf
1876 Tenth Annual Report of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Cyrus K. Bartlett 76-TAR-CKB.pdf
1877 Eleventh Annual Report of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Cyrus K. Bartlett 77-EAR-CKB.pdf
1878 Report of the Commission to Examine the Patients in the Hospital for the Insane at St Peter Charles N. Hewitt 78-RCE-CNH.pdf
1878 Twelfth Annual Report of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Cyrus K. Bartlett 78-TAR-CKB.pdf
1879 Reply of the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Board of Trustees of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane 79-RBT-BTI.pdf
1879 Thirteenth Annual Report of the Board of Trustees and Officers of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Cyrus K. Bartlett 79-TAR-CKB.pdf
1893 Brief History of the Minnesota Hospital for the Insane Cyrus K. Bartlett 93-BHM-CKB.pdf
1900 Excerpts from the By-Laws and Rules and Regulations Governing the Minnesota Hospitals for the Insane GBP 00-ERM-GBP.pdf
1901 Dietary Practices at St. Peter State Hospital H.A. Tomlinson 01-DPS-HAT.pdf
1961 St. Peter State Hospital Elizabeth Seaquist 61-SPS-ENS.pdf
1981 St. Peter Regional Treatment Center MN Department of Public Welfare 81-DHS-SPRT.pdf
1982 MN Hospital Future: St. Peter MN Department of Public Welfare 82-mn-dpw-mn-hosp-future-stpeter.pdf
1984 St. Peter Town Meeting Transcript Minnesota State Planning Agency 84-ddc-st-peter-twn-mtg.pdf
1984 St. Peter Town Meeting Publicity in Local Newspapers   84-ddc-st-peter-twn-mtg-pub.pdf
1986 Report on Therapeutic Services at Three State Facilities in Minnesota: Faribault, St. Peter, & Willmar Lee E. Phillips 86-RTS-LEP.pdf
1987 Correction Order – St Peter Regional Treatment Center William T. Fink, Ph. D., Division of Licensing 87-COS-WTF.pdf
1992 Minnesota History: The Quarterly of the Minnesota Historical Society Minnesota Historical Society 92-MNH-TQH.pdf
Willmar
1967 Confidential Report on Visit to Willmar State Hospital (8-18-67) Russell Barton 67-WSH-RNB.pdf
1982 MN Hospital Future: Willmar MN Department of Public Welfare 82-mn-dpw-mn-hosp-future-willmar.pdf
1984 Willmar Town Meeting Publicity in Local Newspapers   84-ddc-willmar-town-mtg-pub.pdf
1984 Willmar Town Meeting Transcript Minnesota State Planning Agency 84-ddc-willmar-twn-mtg.pdf
1986 Report on Therapeutic Services at Three State Facilities in Minnesota: Faribault, St. Peter, & Willmar Lee E. Phillips 86-RTS-LEP.pdf
1987 Willmar: Historical Review Commemorating A Tradition of Specialty Health Services MN Department of Human Services 87-DHS-WRT.pdf
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