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Library > Collections > Rare Books & Manuscripts > Finding Aid Index > Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene

Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene
1915 – 1959
1 mss box

Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Unknown
Finding Aid by: Brent Abercrombie, August 2011

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Organizational History:

The Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene founded in 1916 to promote education on mental disease and mental deficiency, and to improve the care and treatment of the mentally ill and the mentally handicapped. The purposes of the organization, was “To work for the conservation of mental health; for the prevention of mental diseases and mental deficiency and for improvement in the care and treatment of those suffering from nervous or mental diseases or mental deficiency.” In 1952, the Society became the Indiana Association for Mental Health.

The Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene: Constitution and Bylaws, Adopted October 17, 1916, accessed at the Indiana State Archives, Indiana Conference on Mental Hygiene files, Box 13-V-5.

Scope and Content Note:

The records include correspondence of the Society’s secretaries regarding annual meetings and the re-organization of the Society in 1940 (1915 – 1941). The collection also contains correspondence with the Indiana Federation of Clubs and the Indiana State Library regarding the preparation of a package library of books on mental health (1935 – 1936). Additionally, there are copies of papers on mental illness presented at the annual meetings in 1920, 1932, and 1940 – 1941; shorthand notes on the 1920 annual meeting sessions; clippings, programs, and press releases, mostly relating to annual meetings (1932 – 1941); news bulletins (1949 – 1950); and a legislative bulletin of the Indiana Association for Mental Health (1959).

Correspondents include Amos W. Butler.

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1




Indiana State Conference on Social Work, State Association for Mental Hygiene


Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene, 1915 – 1934


Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene, 1935 – 1936


Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene, 1939 – 1940


Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene, 1941


Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene, May 1941 (Annual Conference Scrapbook)


Indiana Society for Mental Hygiene, 1949 – 1950, 1959

Collection Information

Size of Collection:

1 mss box, 7 folders

Collection Dates:

1915 – 1959



Access :

The collection is open for research use



Reproduction Rights:

Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.


Materials are entirely in English

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