The Care Given to the Mentally Ill Prior to the Establishment of the Nevada State Hospital

 Collection
Identifier: 89-05

Scope and Contents

Report on the history of mental health care in Nevada, 1860-1882, includes chapters on early Territorial and state laws, the story of Mrs. Mary Ramshurt and her care in 1866, attitude of the press toward insanity, the role of private facilities and Stockton State Hospital (California) in caring for Nevada's mentally ill, the creation of the Nevada State Hospital in 1882, and names of patients treated by St. Louisa's Hospital in Virginia City, Nevada, from 1876-1897.

Dates

  • 1960

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

Nursing student at the University of Nevada-Reno.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Ramshurt (?-1867) was repeatedly found wandering Storey County with a deceased or dying child in her arms. At first believed to be an alcoholic, she was treated roughly by police forces. Once it was determined she was not intoxicated but was in some way in need of psychological care, her case was referred to the state, which had her committed to the Stockton Insane Asylum in California in December 1866. She died not long after her committal, in January 1867. The cause of death was listed as apoplexy. The records of the asylum are now held at the California State Archives in Sacramento, California.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet (63 leaves)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Report on the history of mental health care in Nevada, 1860-1882, by a nursing student at the University of Nevada-Reno.

Arrangement

Arranged without hierarchy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Report. 89-05

Title
The Care Given to the Mentally Ill Prior to the Establishment of the Nevada State Hospital
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
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