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From: Tessi <>
Subject: Re: [NORCAL] Stockton Insane Asylum Register moved from San JoaquinHistorical Society to State Arhcives of CA
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 23:03:07 -0400
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On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 10:44 PM, Juliana Mulroy <> wrote:

> Sometimes things get straightened out!
> Anyone who remembers my long saga on Norcal list about trying to get
> legible
> records about a female inmate 1874-1892 will remember the catch-22 of the
> San Joaquin Historical Society having possession of an 1883-1900 ledger
> from
> the asylum that was listed as "available by appointment" on the wonderful
> list of California archives and finding aids but in fact (I was told) was
> not available to *anyone *at the SJHS* *because insanity records can only
> be
> released by the State. Reason has triumphed; it is now in possession of
> the
> State Archives in Sacramento. They also have an earlier ledger.
> I was able to get very hard to read copies of the Monterey County
> commitment
> papers (not available from the county itself because of the law mentioned
> above) and a copy of the relevant page from microfilmed records at the
> Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa, CA. The intake record looked
> exactly like what I was shown in the State Archives, except that I think
> the
> latter had a burial number and the microfilm copies had date and cause of
> death but no burial information. The archive staff were aware of the SJHS
> ledger situation, and when I wrote asking for a clear copy of the page I
> had
> seen at the archives, they volunteered that they now had the ledger
> previously held by SJHS. I'm sure that's a great relief to both
> institutions.
> I was told also that the 75 year rule (need to show proof of
> descent/relationship(?) unless 75 years has passed; after that the records
> are open to non-family members) only applies to the State Archives.
> I've asked about state institutions like Fairview and will report.
> I haven't checked to see if the wonderful list of CA archives and finding
> aids has been updated.
> Julie
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