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State Hospital Records Research Request

State Hospital Records Research Request


At this time, only an index search is available. Staff are currently working on a more extensive research service that will be available sometime in the future.














If you do not know the exact dates of birth, death, admission or discharge, please submit your best guesses. The date fields accept numbers or text, so please include any information that you have including broad estimates. The Additional Information box at the very bottom of this form can also be used to add information that you think may be relevant.

If any of the date fields are left blank, we may cancel and refund your order. Library researchers need as much information as possible in searching for your individual.

Restrictions on access: MN State Hospital records contain private information about individuals and access to many of them is restricted.

Patient records contain private information and are restricted for 75 years from the date of the last entry in the record or file. Under specific circumstances, information in the files may be subject to longer and more strict restrictions. Please note: Information in files can stretch well beyond the term of hospitalization and privacy rules apply to any 3rd parties as well as the main subject.

You have indicated that you are requesting your own state hospital record. Because protecting individual privacy is extremely important to us, records for living individuals are virtually always closed to public research. Please complete your order and staff will contact you for information about proving your identity.

For this research service, Library Staff will search for one patient in one institution's records.

State Hospital Records Requests may take 60 business days or more to complete.

Price:
Index Search Only: $5
Extended State Hospital Records Search: Not Currently Available

MNHS Members receive 10% discount at checkout


Turnaround:
Research is usually completed and sent via email within 60 business days.


About this Research Service:

At this time, only an index search is available. Staff are currently working on a more extensive research service that will be available sometime in the future.

Staff will search in the card, ledger/register, and digital indexes for one patient in one specified hospital, and send a digital copy or transcription of the materials found.

We will send the best possible copy, but some items may be illegible due to writing or condition. Some information in indexes was recorded using institutional codes and/or abbreviations.

Index materials of this nature include varying types of information. Most include:
  • Full Name
  • Admission Date
  • Discharge Date
  • Patient Number
Some may include information about:
  • County of admission
  • Health (vaccines, diagnosis, etc.)
  • Death (if the patient died while at the institution)
  • Parole or escape
  • Payment or finances
  • Family contacts
  • Other hospital admissions or transfers
There is an Index Range listed with each hospital's name in the drop-down options. Do not order index searches outside of a hospital’s date range, as there will be no substantive information available and your order will be cancelled upon submission.

Restrictions on access: Patient records contain private information and are restricted for 75 years from the date of the last entry in the record or file. Under specific circumstances, information in the files may be subject to longer and more strict restrictions. Please note: Information in files can stretch well beyond the term of hospitalization and privacy rules apply to any 3rd parties as well as the main subject.

Questions? Email: reference@mnhs.org

Mail: MNHS Library, attn: State Hospital Record Request, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102

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