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PAPERS ON THE HISTORY OF THE RETREAT

This section includes both transcripts made of the Retreat archives, and notes on the history of The Retreat. They were all compiled at the RetreatThe transcripts were probably made mid 20th centuryMost of the papers and notes (unless specified ot...

PATIENTS' PAPERS

BackgroundThis section comprises papers by or relating to patients, covering four distinct time periods: the early 19th century, the 1850s to 1870s, the early to mid 1880s, and the early 20th century.The relatively small number of early nineteenth...

PENSIONS

At public asylums, pensions were available for officers and servants under legislation passed as early as 1853. However, private institutions like the Retreat were not covered by this and subsequent statutory provision. The Lunacy Commissioners re...

PUBLICATIONS AND PUBLICITY BY THE RETREAT

This is not a comprehensive collection of the many publications about the Retreat during its long history. The publications listed here were all produced for a particular publicity purpose: some were officially issued by the Retreat to publicise i...

Papers relating to York Lunatic Asylum

These papers all relate to the controversies at York Lunatic Asylum in the early 19th c. Samuel Tuke was one of the reforming party who eventually effected reform in the asylum's staffing and management, and he subsequently became closely inv...

Papers relating to other asylums

These include some manuscript and some printed material. Some of these items are here because of the connections of Retreat staff; others must have been sent to, or acquired by, The Retreat, in some cases for comparative purposes. Other asylums ha...

Papers relating to the Society of Friends

Some of these are papers found loose among various assortments of other papers. Some relate to individuals with some connection with The Retreat, some relate to topics of interest to, or about, Quakers. They include an original file of papers on Q...

REGISTERS OF DISCHARGES, TRANSFERS AND DEATHS

These registers were introduced under 8 & 9 Vict. Cap 100, and they contain information on date of discharge or death, date of last admission, name, sex, class, whether discharged recovered, relieved or not improved, or died, with cause of dea...

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