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Record Group Number: 000841
Series/Collection Number: .S 1062
Creator: Florida State Hospital.
Title, Dates: Commitment records, 1893-1973.
Amount: 321.00 cubic ft.
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Organization/Arrangement: Alphabetical by last name, then chronlogical by date of commitment. Later records are numerical by case number.
Restrictions: Restricted by Florida Statutes Chapters 394.4615.  The restriction holds for any records under 50 years old, per section 257.38(2), Florida Statutes: "All public records transferred to the custody of the division shall be subject to the provisions of s. 119.07(1), except that any public record or other record provided by law to be confidential or prohibited from inspection by the public shall be made accessible only after a period of 50 years from the date of the creation of the record."
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Summary:     The series contains commitment records which document the procedure by which persons were committed to the Florida State Hospital and its predecessor, the Florida Hospital for the Insane. The records begin in 1893 and continue until 1973 when the "Baker Act" was passed eliminating the need for a separate commitment record.  At this time, the commitment papers were included in a patient's medical record (See Series 1063).
    Early commitment records usually contain a copy of the official court record entitled "Insanity.  Commitment to Asylum."  This document contains information on a patient including the cause of illness, the patient's condition as a result of the illness, and any correspondence regarding commitment.  Later records contain mostly routine court documents committing an individual, but in some cases relevant correspondence is also present.
Finding Aids: Box listing available. 0
Partial MS Access database index to patient records (in process): see Reference staff. #
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Subject Access Fields: Psychiatric hospitals Florida
State hospitals Florida
Insanity Jurisprudence Florida
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Added Entries Florida Hospital for the Insane.