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Patients' Disbursements Books

These record expenditure on patients, item by item. Totals were later entered in the Ledgers, RET 3/2/1 (Patients' Ledgers from 1816, RET 3/2/2)

Papers on Kitchen Equipment

There is some overlap in the content of these Kitchen Files with the Housekeeping Files, RET 4/3/1 and the Food Files, RET 4/3/4. The Housekeeping Files have correspondence on kitchen equipment of all types; there are a few additional papers on eq...

Beer Books

These are small 19th century notebooks, recording the dates and quantities of beer given to named patients. Notebooks are for specific galleries [ie wards]

Staff Councils

Staff Councils were instituted in February 1919. Their establishment may have been linked to the reconstruction after the First World War of the male and female nursing staff, although the reports on this matter in the Retreat Committee minutes fo...

Correspondence Files arranged by name of Patient

The bulk of the correspondence files on patients are contained in this series: these comprise individual folders for patients, which include the correspondence of the Medical Superintendent and his medical assistants with patients' relatives ...

York Lunatic Asylum Statistics

These were probably compiled by John Thurnam for his Observations and Essays on the Statistics of Insanity (1845) (See copy at RET 1/6/1/4)

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