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State Hospital Records Request

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The State Archives of the Minnesota Historical Society Library preserves historical state and local government records, including records from the health institutions. Records vary from facility to facility, but may include admission and discharge registers and commitment papers.

Research Prices

  • $25.00 per request (for MN residents)
  • $30.00 per request (for non MN residents)
  • Pre-payment is required.

State Hospital Record Research (usually ships in 30 business days)

The State Archives of the Minnesota Historical Society Library preserves historical state and local government records, including records from the health institutions. Records vary from facility to facility, but may include admission and discharge registers and commitment papers.

Important note: The majority of patient records that are found in the collections of the state hospitals are not the “medical case files” of the patient. For most institutions, the records that have been transferred to the Minnesota Historical Society are the admission/discharge registers that include general information regarding each patient, such as name, residence, date of admission/discharge, date of death (if the death occurred at the state hospital), and diagnosis upon admission to the state hospital. Medical case files are destroyed pursuant to an approved records retention schedule for state hospital patient records.

Restrictions for access

Patient records are restricted for 50 years from admission date.

Records are held for the following state health institutions:

Hospitals:

  • Anoka State Hospital (opened 1900)
  • Faribault State School & Hospital (opened 1879)
  • Fergus Falls State Hospital (opened 1890)
  • Gillette State Hospital (opened 1897)
  • Hastings State Hospital (opened 1900)
  • Moose Lake State Hospital (opened 1938)
  • Rochester State Hospital (opened 1879)
  • St. Peter State Hospital (opened 1866)
  • Willmar State Hospital (opened 1912)

State/County Tubercular Hospitals:

  • Ah Gwah Ching, Cass County (opened 1907)
  • Buena Vista, Wabasha County (opened 1917)
  • Glen Lake, Hennepin County (opened 1916)
  • Lake Julia, Beltrami County (opened 1916)

Information about what types of records the Society holds for each institution listed above is available on the health and welfare records web page.

Research Prices

  • Library staff will search for one name in one institutional record group. Depending upon the age of the record, an application for permission to access a record may be required. Library staff will determine whether or not an application form is required when the research request is made.

$25.00 for MN residents
$30.00 for non-MN residents

Researchers who visit the Library may conduct research within this record group with any necessary assistance from Library staff, request records, flag documents within a record and request individual copies of these documents at a cost of .25 cents per page. This option is not available to off-site researchers.

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Patient Name
Birth Date (mm/dd/yyyy):
Date of Death (mm/dd/yyyy)

Admission Date
Discharge Date

State Hospital Records Request