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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...

ADMISSION REGISTERS

There are various series of admission registers at different periods. Details are given under individual entries. See also RET 6/22 for similar information in the late 20th century.

LISTINGS OF PATIENTS

Names and details of patients can be found in the admission registers (RET 6/2) the case books and their indices (RET 6/5) as well as in other patients' records. Names and details of patients can also be found in the financial records (RET 3/...

CASE NOTES

Chronological Arrangement of the Case NotesFrom 1796 up to the First World War period, the case notes of patients were, broadly speaking written into case books in chronological order by date of patient's admission. Each case was also given a...

ADMISSION PAPERS

This series initially comprises the handwritten letters received from medical practitioners certifying as to the mental illness of patients admitted. These are filed in chronological order (although sometimes they can be slightly out of sequence)F...

FILES, CORRESPONDENCE AND PAPERS

This section includes general correspondence (mostly about patients) and correspondence on particular topics. There is other correspondence elsewhere in The Retreat archive. Papers on Land and Buildings, RET 2/2, include correspondence. The sectio...

VISITORS REPORT BOOKS

Provision was made by the Managers for the visitation of the Retreat. The Committee and Directors sent representatives to inspect the establishment, and female visitors were also appointed. The visitors entered a dated record of their visits into ...

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