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The Retreat Archive

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  • [late 18th century-21st century]

Three aspects of the Retreat archive make it important to the history of medicineFirst, it reflects the special character of the Retreat. It is impossible to underestimate the significance of the archive for an understanding of the development of ...

The Retreat, Yorkshire, hospital

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...

Directors Minutes

Minutes up to September 1800 are of the Quarterly and General Meetings of Friends and Subscribers. On 26 June 1800 forty Friends were nominated as Directors, and minutes from 25 September 1800 in this and subsequent volumes are of Quarterly and Ge...

Minute Book

Some printed Annual Reports are included, which also give yearly accounts and lists of subscribers (see also set of Annual Reports RET 1/2)Rules are included with the 1798 Report; there are also printed Rules for June 1808 and June 1815 (see also ...

General Ledgers

The General Ledger was the main financial record of the Retreat, under the double entry bookkeeping system, showing all its financial transactions under the various account headings, with cross references between the folios showing the debit and c...


In the system of double entry bookkeeping, the Journal was one of the books of prime entry which recorded financial transactions as they occurred; they were then entered (or 'posted') into their respective General Ledger accounts. As tim...

General Cash Books

In the system of double entry bookkeeping, cash books are books of 'prime entry' recording financial transactions as they occurred before being 'posted' ie entered into the General LedgerThe General Cash Books of the Retreat re...

General Cash Book

This volume records cash receipts, on left hand page, and cash expenditure on right hand page. Receipts and payments are entered chronologically under date of occurrence. Included are donations and subscriptions, patients fees, payments to persons...

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