TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1. Predecessor Institutions 1863-1919

Series 2. Board of Trustees 1917-1974

Series 3. Administration circa 1891-1987

Series 4. Mansfield Training School Foundation 1972-1991

Series 5. Civil Defense 1943-1955

Series 6. Residents 1884-1986

Series 7. Personnel 1912-1989

Series 8. Finances 1916-1981

Series 9. Reports 1917-1990

Series 10. Facilities 1888-1992

Series 11. Photographs and slides circa 1927-1991

Series 12. Scrapbooks 1946-1956

Series 13. Artifacts circa 1949-1975, undated

Series 14. Training circa 1968-1984, undated


RG 170:001, Mansfield Training School

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Juliane Silver.

Copyright © 2010 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Mansfield Training School (Mansfield Depot, Conn.)
Title: Mansfield Training School records
Dates: 1863-1992
Quantity: 122 cubic feet
Abstract: The Mansfield Training School opened on July 1, 1917 as a home for persons with mental retardation. It closed in 1993.
Identification: RG170_001
Accession: 1991-072; Series 6 also includes 1992-055
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The Mansfield Training School was established in 1917 with the merging of two institutions, the Connecticut Colony for Epileptics and the Connecticut Training School for the Feeble Minded (previously known as the School for Imbeciles) "to provide for the care, custody, education and employment of mental defective (feeble minded) and epileptic persons."1 On its opening on July 1, 1917 there were 402 students in residence.

The population and campus steadily expanded for the next fifteen years. By 1932, there were 1,070 residents, 559 males, 511 females.2 However, the next decade was a trying time as the depression and World War II affected Mansfield Training School. Even as the institution reached and maintained its projected maximum population, the waiting list for entry increased to over a thousand prospective people, prompting the state to open Southbury Training School in the 1940s. Cuts in the operating budget, no construction on urgently needed buildings, the lack of adequate maintenance on contemporary equipment and buildings and insufficient staff strained the quality of the services.

The next few decades following the war were marked by changes at the school. The 1950s saw an increase in construction, which included the Longley School and four new dormitories with 152 beds each. However, chronic overcrowding continued to be a problem. The number of residents and the types of education and training increased. Residents worked in the print, wood working, weaving, and industrial shops.3 As the number of people who worked outside of the school increased they were also provided with more realistic job training.4

A change in the attitude towards the mentally challenged became increasingly evident in the 1960s. There was an increase of the ratio of the number of staff to residents. In 1969 there were 1,609 residents and 875 full time staff.5 The size of the campus reached 1,000 acres and had 85 buildings. The administration sought to lessen the institutional aspects of life at the school and increase activity in things like the Special Olympics.6 The objective of the school also reflected this change, "1. to rehabilitate as many retarded persons as possible so that they can return to the community as self-supporting citizens and 2. to assist other retarded persons …who do not have the capacity to return to the community, to become as happy and self sufficient as possible."7 However, the staff was always challenged to provide quality care for such a large number of residents.

The next two decades continued the trend towards a less institutionalized attitude concerning the care and services for the mentally challenged. Cottages were created on campus and more people moved into group homes located in communities around the state. In 1976 the number of residents had dropped to 1,106.8 The facilities were old and the quality of care was questioned by family members of residents in a 1978 lawsuit, CARC v. Thorne that would eventually result in the closing of the school in 1993. However, the number of residents had been dropping steadily for years. Since 1984, an average of 80 men and women left the school each year. By 1991 there were 141 residents remaining.9 In 1993 the last buildings were closed as the last residents left for other accommodations. Some buildings were so dilapidated by this time that they were knocked down, other buildings were transferred to the use of other institutions such as the University of Connecticut and still others were abandoned.

Endnotes
1Annual Report, 1948-1949, 2.
2Governor's Digest, 1932, 5.
3Annual Report, 1951-1952, 7.
4Annual Report, 1953-1954, 5.
5Annual report, 1968-1969, 2.
6Ibid, 13.
7Ibid, 1968-1969, 2.
8Annual Report 1976, 5.
9Kathleen Megan, "Mansfield: End of an Institution Memories of Mansfield, Closing After 76 Years", Hartford Courant, January 31, 1993, A1.

See also the Mansfield State Training School agency description.

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Scope and Content

Series 1. Predecessor Institutions, 1863-1919, includes the records of two institutions that merged to form the Mansfield Training School: the Connecticut School for Imbeciles, located in Lakeville, Connecticut, and the Connecticut Colony for Epileptics, located on the grounds of what became the Mansfield Training School. The Connecticut School for Imbeciles records, 1863-1917, include resident commitments, admission and attendance, personnel and financial information. The Connecticut Colony for Epileptics records, 1911-1919, 1931, consist of research notes, resident commitments, admission and attendance, personnel, financial and facility and land information.

Series 2. Board of Trustees, 1917-1974, includes minutes, superintendent's reports, and Parole Board minutes that reflect the changing attitudes towards the mentally challenged during the beginning decades of the twentieth century through the first few years of the 1970s.

Series 3. Administration, circa 1891-1987, Superintendents' Files, 1919-1971; Joint Committee of State Mental Hospital minutes, 1947-1951, 1968-1969; appointment books, 1956-1957, 1962-1963, 1981; donation records, 1963-1965; and various publications.

Series 4. Mansfield Training School Foundation, 1972-1991, includes the Board of Directors minutes and correspondence. The Foundation was a non-profit organization, comprised mostly of family and friends of residents at the school, to raise money for equipment and programs for the school.

Series 5, Civil Defense, 1943-1955, contains the functional and organizational plan, and forms and informational brochures for the Civil Defense Organization that was based at the Mansfield Training School in case of a threat against the United States, particularly a nuclear attack.

Series 6.Residents, 1884-1986, which comprises the bulk of the collection, includes birth certificates, death certificate receipts, commitment orders, admission and discharge/transfer information, roll call books, register cards, medical records at department levels and for individual residents, charts and files related to residential life, recreational, social and religious activities. The separate accession of 1992 -055 consists of 24 boxes of the case records of discharged residents compiled by the Social Service Department of the Mansfield Training School covering the time period 1920-1959. In addition the series contains outpatient files, circa 1929-1959.

Series 7. Personnel, 1912-1989, complements the resident records. They provide not only information on the administrative side of the operations but also the care and training of residents and the size and variety of staff needed to support the residents and to carry out the mandate of the institution. Records include employment agreements, employee information and departure/transfer index cards and binders, time cards, dismissal and legal action, meeting notes, notices and procedures and newsletters.

Series 8. Finances, 1916-1981, contains various expense and payroll records.

Series 9. Reports, 1917-1990, shows the number and variety of reports required both internally and externally at the school and the importance of statistical data. Population/attendance reports in different formats and medical reports comprise a large segment of this series. Annual reports provide information about what the school accomplished over a given year, major events, admissions, needs, financial statements, statistics, and departmental reports. Reports done by outside agencies are also included, such as the Connecticut Study of Known Retarded Persons that documented all the residents' functional, self-care, social competence, behavior and physical status on a scale.

Series 10. Facilities, 1888-1992, includes real estate deeds and leases, land and building information, maps and blueprints, and proposed construction and land uses.

Series 11. Photographs and slides, circa 1927-1991, depicts the routines and daily life of residents and staff including the training residents received, work residents did on the farm and throughout the campus, and recreational, social and religious activities. Special events are also documented such as theatrical productions, holiday celebrations and excursions. In addition to the aforementioned, training demonstrations and presentations comprise a large segment of the slides. Facilities and educational and entertainment slides represent a much small proportion of the slides.

Series 12. Scrapbooks, 1946-1956, includes one scrapbooks that contains newspaper clippings related to issues and events of the mentally challenged in general and in Connecticut, particularly Southbury and Mansfield Training Schools and another about events and people associated with Mansfield Training School.

Series 13. Artifacts, circa 1949-1975, includes items related to residents and staff.

Series 14. Training, circa 1968-1984, includes audio tapes, video cassettes, films, LPs, and manuals produced both internally and by outside parties.

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Arrangement

Arranged into fourteen series as follows:

Series 1. Predecessor Institutions, 1863-1919; Series 2. Board of Trustees, 1917-1974; Series 3. Administration, circa 1891-1987; Series 4. Mansfield Training School Foundation, 1972-1991; Series 5, Civil Defense, 1943-1955; Series 6.Residents, 1884-1986; Series 7. Personnel, 1912-1989; Series 8. Finances, 1916-1981; Series 9. Reports, 1917-1990; Series 10. Facilities, 1888-1992; Series 11. Photographs and slides, circa 1927-1991; Series 12. Scrapbooks, 1946-1956; Series 13. Artifacts, circa 1949-1975; and Series 14. Training, circa 1968-1984.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

New Exemption: Public Act 11-242, section 37 amends subsection (b) (10) of Conn. Gen. Stat. sec. 1-210 and adds to the exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act any records created as a result of a doctor-patient or a therapist-patient relationship. This closure applies to all records listed below as Restricted.

Residents: Files continue to be made available to residents themselves upon reliable proof of identification which may be a current copy of a Connecticut driver's license with a photograph or current credit card with the patient's name on it.

Families: Section 52-146c of the Connecticut General Statutes allows "next of kin" the right to view records of a deceased patient who was also a relative.

Relatives of deceased residents should e-mail or send a letter to the State Archivist Mark Jones with the following information:

- Full name of the resident.
- Approximate years resident was at Mansfield Training School.
- Name, e-mail, and telephone of the requestor.

The State Archives will search for the folder and will report the results of the search to the requestor. If a file is found and the requestor wants to view or receive copies of the file, the following information must first be presented to the State Archivist:

- Proof of identity through a copy of a current Connecticut driver's license with a photograph or a copy of a current credit card with the requestor's name on it.
- Proof that the patient is deceased through a copy of a death certificate or obituary.
- Proof that the requestor is a "next of kin" to the deceased patient through a copy of a birth certificate, obituary with the name of the requestor mentioned as a survivor, or a signed and dated notarized statement of relationship to the resident.

Other Parties: According to the new exemption, medical records are closed to other parties.

Record Series Listed Below: Records listed below labeled as non-restricted or unrestricted are open to all researchers who have read the rules of use and signed the registration forms. Since these records are stored off site, they may not be available on the same day.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

RG 170, Dept. of Developmental Services, Series 2, Commissioner, Legal files, CARC v. Thorne

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Connecticut Colony for Epileptics
Connecticut School for Imbeciles
Mansfield Training School (Mansfield Depot, Conn.)

Places:

Mansfield Conn.)
Salisbury (Conn.)

Subjects:

Children -- Institutional care -- Connecticut -- Mansfield
Children with mental disabilities -- Education -- Connecticut
Connecticut Colony for Epileptics -- Records and correspondence
Connecticut School for Imbeciles -- Records and correspondence
Developmentally disabled -- Institutional care -- Connecticut -- Mansfield
Developmentally disabled children -- Education -- Connecticut
Mansfield Training School (Mansfield Depot, Conn.) -- Records and correspondence
Mental retardation facilities -- Connecticut -- Mansfield
People with mental disabilities -- Institutional care -- Connecticut -- Mansfield

Document Types:

Audiocassettes
Blueprints (reprographic copies)
Correspondence
Journals (accounts)
Ledgers (account books)
Lists (document genres)
Manuals (instructional materials)
Medical records
Minutes
Newsletters
Pamphlets
Personnel records
Photographs
Reports
Slides (photographs)
Videocassettes

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Most of this material was acquired during the summer and fall of 1991. The Mansfield Training School staff transferred the remainder as the institution closed out the buildings during the winter and spring of 1992. The University of Connecticut transferred the outpatient files in the spring of 2010.

Processing Information

In the summer of 2008, accessions 1991-035, 1995-078, 1996-002, 1999-009, 1999-034, T000737, T000934, T000944, T000945 and T000948 were processed into a single accession 1991-072. Accession 1992-055 remains separate. Allen Ramsey added the outpatient files and other materials to the records in spring and summer 2010.

In November 2011 further processing was done to separate restricted from unrestricted material.

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Container List

Series 1. Predecessor Institutions, 1863-1919
Boxes 1, 4-5, 7 and items 2-3, 6 are RESTRICTED.
Boxes 1A and 8 are UNRESTRICTED.
Box Folder
Connecticut School for Imbeciles, 1863-1917
Death certificate stubs, 1909 August 4-1917 November 30 1 1
RESTRICTED
Commitment orders
RESTRICTED
B-C, 1897-1913 3
D-F, 1904-1909 3
G-H, 1887-1911 4
J-L, 1904-1912 5
M, 1887-1911 6
O-P, 1884-1913 7
R, 1896-1911 8
S, 1900-1913 9
W, 1888-1911 10
Correspondence, 1917 June 1A 1
Employees' departure/transfer records
A-D, 1914-1916 2
E-L, 1913-1916 3
M-O, 1913-1916 4
P-Z, 1913-1916 5
Admissions book, 1863 January-1915 October, 1 volume Item 2
RESTRICTED
Connecticut Training School for Feeble Minded admissions book, 1915 October-1917 January, 1 volume Item 3
RESTRICTED
State patients register
RESTRICTED
1862 May-1903 November, 1 volume 4
1903-1913, 1 volume
1906-1913, 1 volume
1912, 1 volume 5
1912-1913, 1 volume
1913-1915 October, 1 volume
Connecticut Training School for Feeble Minded, 1915 October-1917 December, 1 volume Item 6
Connecticut Training School for Feeble Minded daily attendance register, 1914 October-1917 December, 1 volume 7
RESTRICTED
Weight register, 1911 August-1912 March, 1 volume
RESTRICTED
Financial reports, 1913-1917, 1 volume
RESTRICTED
Connecticut Colony for Epileptics, 1911-1919, 1931
Admissions register and daily census, 1914 May-1919 February, 1 volume + loose papers 1 11
RESTRICTED
Commitment orders
RESTRICTED
A-B, 1913-1917 1 12
C-F, 1913-1917 13
G-H, 1913-1915 14
L-O, 1913-1916 15
P-W, 1913-1917 16
Annual reports, 1911-1914 1A 6
Treasurer's annual reports, 1915-1916 7
Contracts and bids for construction and equipment, 1910-1913, undated 8-10
Spur track
Bids and letters, 1911 11
Contract, letters and specifications, 1912, 1931 12
Notes, 1911 13
Employees' time records, 1914 May-1919 February 8
Cash receipts and disbursement ledger, 1914 June-1917 September, 1 volume
Series 2. Board of Trustees, 1917-1974
This entire series is RESTRICTED.
Box Folder
Legislative act of 1917 establishing Mansfield Training School; Supporting information for Board of Trustees, 1917 9 1
Minutes
1917 2
Includes some correspondence.
1918-1942 3-9
Trustee's confidential bulletin, 1942 August-November 10
1943-1945 10 1-11
1946-1948 June 11 1-16
1948 August-1950 May 12 1-12
1950 July-1952 January 13 1-10
1952 March-1953 November 14 1-11
1954 January-1955 September 15 1-11
1955 October-1956 December 16 1-13
1957 17 1-12
1958 January-1959 February 18 1-13
1959 March-1960 May 19 1-11
1960 July-1961 September 20 1-9
1961 October-1962 October 21 1-9
1962 November-1964 February 22 1-13
1964 March-1966 March 23 1-18
1969-1973 24 1-20
1974 September-December 25 1-4
Series 3. Administration, circa 1891-1987
Boxes 26-27, and 29 are RESTRICTED.
Boxes 28, 30-34, 72, and 143-144 are UNRESTRICTED.
Box Folder
Joint Committee of Training Schools minutes, 1947-1951, 1968 June 11, 1969 October 21 26 1-6
RESTRICTED
Superintendents' Files, 1919-1971
General correspondence, 1942-1944 26 7
RESTRICTED
Outgoing correspondence
RESTRICTED
1959, 1962 December-1963 8-22
1970-1971 27 1-18
Reference binders 1 and 2, 1920-1941 19-23
RESTRICTED
Correspondence regarding literature on courses for mentally retarded children in junior high school, 1941 July-September 28 1
Assistant superintendent position, 1919 February-March 2
Sonne (Dr. Hardy), 1942 May-August 3
Salvation Army, 1942 March-April 4
Stenographer (Grade III), 1942 July 5
Sterilization, 1919, 1944 6
Strecker, Edward A., 1945 October-November 7
Sullivan, Francis T., 1943 October-November 8
Opinions of Attorney General binder, circa 1941 9-17
This is from Massachusetts. Coverage dates are 1895-1941.
Appointment books 29
RESTRICTED
1956, 1 volume
1957, 1 volume
1962, 1 volume
1963, 1 volume
1981 January 1-June 26 1-3
Christmas cards, 1951 4-7
RESTRICTED
Publications
A cursory review of issues related to sexuality education / MTS ad hoc Sexuality Information Committee, circa 1970 30 1
Increasing cooperative interaction in the institutionalized retarded / Pritchard, Michael F., 1973 2
Family members' handbook, circa 1987 3
A copy is available at [CSL call number StLib Conn Doc M75 fame]
Information booklet, circa 1960-1969 4
A copy is available at [CSL call number StLib Conn Doc M317in 1960]
Informational brochure, 1970 November 10 5
A parent's guide to Mansfield Training School, 1977 January 6
A copy is available at [CSL call number StLib Conn Doc M75man pagu]
The menace of the feeble-minded in Connecticut, circa 1912-1915, photocopy 7
A copy is available at [CSL call number StLib Conn Doc F33m]
Table of organization, Mansfield Training School, 1967 8
Telephone directory, 1969 February 9
The Albany Academy bulletin, Annual catalogue of the Albany Academy, Albany, New York, 1931-1932, Vol.II No. 3, 1932 March 10
American Association on Mental Deficiency informational brochure, undated 11
American Association on Mental Deficiency. The Connecticut State Chapter fourth annual conference brochure, undated, 1973 November 17 11
Class log / edited and published by graduating class of the Connecticut School for Boys, 1946, 1949-1950, 1952, 4 items 12
Congenital syphilis in mental defectives / Benda, Clemens E. and Henry A. Tadgell, 1942 September 13
Mental hygiene news / Connecticut Society for Mental Hygiene, 1941-1942 14
Additional issues are available at [CSL call number StLib Stacks RA790.65.C8 C6]
High spots in accomplishments / Connecticut Society for Mental Hygiene, circa 1940 14
A directory of private foundations in the state of Connecticut / John Parker Huber, editor, 1973 15
A copy is available at [CSL call number StLib Stacks HV98.C8 H8 1973]
Hello world! / United States. President's Committee on Mental Retardation, circa 1969-1973 16
A copy is available at [CSL call number StLib Federal Documents HE 23.102:H 36]
Memorial sketch of Henry Martin Knight ... late superintendent of the School for Imbeciles at Lakeville, Conn.. / Russel, Gurdon Wadsworth, 1891 17
A copy is available at [CSL call number StLib Conn Doc F33ru]
A Communication Guide for the Mansfield Training School, 1978 18
A Manual for Foster Parents, 1970 19
Connecticut Special Olympics, 1969 20
Miscellaneous, 1970, undated 21
Project Challenge - Residential Service Plan, Objective II, Tasks E and F, draft report, 1978 October 1 22
A copy is available at [CSL call number StLib Conn Doc M75 proj II]
Trip - Europe, 1970 23
Miscellaneous - publications, circa 1967-1970 24
Grants -- Application for inservice training, 1963 25
Grants -- Breaking A Vicious Cycle: Prerequisite for Successful Deinstitutionalization, undated 26
Donations, 1963 January 7-October 30 31 1-44
Donations, 1963 November-1964 September 15 32 1-52
Donations, 1964 September 21-1965 June 4 33 1-59
Donations, 1965 June 7-23 34 1-6
Donations -- Christmas 1963, 1963 November 17-1964 January 4 7-22
Donations -- Christmas 1964 -- Individuals, 1964 November 14-1965 January 8 23-30
Donations -- Christmas 1964 -- Organizations, 1964 September 23-1965 January 6 31-37
Chart presentation of administrative and functional relationships of the personnel organization for the Southbury Training School, undated, 1 volume 72
Drug information index cards A-H, undated 143
Drug information index cards I-Z, undated 144
Series 4. Mansfield Training School Foundation, 1972-1991
This series is UNRESTRICTED with the exception of some documents that have been separated and placed in envelope 36.
Box Folder
Board of Directors minutes and correspondence, 1972 December 13-1991 April 6 35 1-36
Board of Directors correspondence, 1973, 1985, 1987 37
Agreement and check for van, 1989 February 38
Camp Coventry sidewalk, 1982 July-September 39
Certified public accountants compilation reports, 1987 December 31 40
Christmas appeal list, 1988 December-1991 January 41
Membership drive list, 1987 December-1988 June 42
Restricted documents Envelope 36
RESTRICTED
Series 5. Civil Defense, 1943-1955
This entire series is UNRESTRICTED.
Box Folder
Civil defense organizational and functional plans, 1953 January 35 43
Air raid warden forms, 1943 August 12 44
Barnes-Norling 44
O"Donnell-Wladkowsky 45
State Office of Civil Defense application (blank), circa 1950 46
Connecticut civil defense organization oath, circa 1950 47
Facts about the H bomb that could save your life / Federal Civil Defense Administration, 1955 48
A copy is available at [CSL call number StLib Federal Documents FCD 1.2:B 63]
Survival under atomic attack; the official U. S. Government booklet, 1950 49-52
Multiple copies, each with a name inscribed on the front cover.
A copy is available at [CSL call number StLib Federal Documents FCD 1.2:P 12]
Series 6. Residents, 1884-1986
This entire series is RESTRICTED.
Box Folder
Admission and discharge records, 1884-1986
Parole and discharge book, 1944 December 24-1963 June 30, 1 volume Item 37
Discharge book, 1963 July 1-1986 June 30, 1 volume Item 38
Transfer/parole diaries
1944 October 1-1958 December 31, 12 volumes 39
1959-1964, 6 volumes 40
Roll call books
Section A, 1966 September-1973 June, 4 volumes 63
Section B, 1963 July-1974 March, 6 volumes
Section C, 1963 December-1965 February, 1 volume
Section D, 1969 March-1973 August, 2 volumes
Birth certificate forms and receipts, 1917-1940 66A 1
*CLUSTR manual, 1983 August-1984 February 2-7
Death certificate stubs, 1917 December 2-1944 April 22 8-19
Orders of commitment from Probate Court to Mansfield Training School, 1917-1919 20
Transit Permits, 1927 December 24-1944 July 14 21-25
Admission index cards 132
Female, A-Mai, 1884-1961
Female, Mal-Z, 1884-1961 133
Male, A-Carl, circa 1884-1961
Male, Car-Pau, circa 1884-1961 134
Male, Pav-Z, circa 1884-1961 135
Discharge/Transfer/Death index cards
Female, A-Hoa, 1918-1948
Female, Hol-Z, 1918-1948 136
Female, A-Z, 1947-1952
Male, A-Z, 1947-1952
Registration cards, circa 1920-1939 137
Resident admission index cards, 1933-1949 138
Case records of discharged residents, 1920-1959, Accession: 1992-055
Compiled by the Social Services Department.
Acato-Bakula 1
Balfour-Bingham 2
Birmingam-Brown, E. 3
Brown, F.-Carp 4
Carpenter-Coppola 5
Corbett-DiMauriac 6
Dini-Foster 7
Fowler-Gionfriddo 8
Glass-Guy 9
Hadden-Hine 10
Hitchcock-Jewett 11
Jodoin-King, N. 12
King, R.-Lankton 13
LaPlante-Malicki 14
Malnyk-Montagno 15
Montgomery-Natuenwicz 16
Nejelski-Payne, Ea. 17
Payne, Ev.-Rand 18
Ranney-Sands, R. 19
Sands, W.-Smythe 20
Snedeker-Strigess 21
Succio-Tucker 22
Turner-Wilson 23
Wing-Zysek 24
Medical records, 1941-1981
Doctor books
1956-1968 May 30, 20 volumes 41
1968 June 1-1976 April 23, 13 volumes 42
1970 January 17-1979 July 6, 12 volumes 43
Daily logs
1941, 14 volumes 44
1941-1957, 11 volumes 45
1958-1960, 13 volumes 46
1961-1962, 11 volumes 47
1963-1965, 15 volumes 48
1966-1968, 14 volumes 49
1969-1970, 13 volumes 50
1971-1973, 16 volumes 51
1974-1976, 11 volumes 52
1977-1979, 18 volumes 53
1978-1981, 16 volumes 54
Female/male clinic books, 1975-1978, 1980, 7 volumes 55
Resident files
A-Calh, circa 1956-1981 56
Call-Fac, circa 1956-1981 57
Far-Hoe, circa 1956-1981 58
Hof-Mil, circa 1956-1981 59
Mim-Row, circa 1956-1981 60
Row-Wal, circa 1956-1981 61
Wan-Z, circa 1956-1981 62
Anecdotal records, 1981 February-August
Diabetic charts, 1969-1974
Forced fluids daily charts, 1970 January-March
Height and weight charts, 1962-1969
Seizure charts, 1966-1970
Patient attending clinic forms
Section A, 1970 December 1-1971 May 28
Section D, 1969 March-1973 June
1969 March 3-1971 September 30
Bowel movement books
Section A, 1969 September-1971 March, 1 volume 63
Section B, 1965 February-1973 March, 3 volumes
Section C, 1963 January-1964 March, 1 volume
Section D, 1972 January-1973 August, 1 volume
Catamenial records
Section A, 1966 July-1970 January, 1 volume
Section B, 1962 December-1973 August, 3 volumes
Section C, 1964 October-1971 July, 1 volume
Section C, 1963-1970 62
Section D, 1963-1972
Merritt, 1965-1971
1965-1976
1971-1974 March 63
Height and weight books
Section A, 1969 January-1970 January, 1 volume
Section B, 1969 April-1973 September, 1 volume
Section D, 1965 June-1969 April, 1 volume
Temperature books
Section A, 1970 February 4-1971 December 31, 2 volumes
Section B, 1970 December 6-1974 March 8, 2 volumes
Section C, 1970 February 4-1971 May 12, 1 volume
Dental records
Females, 1944-1949 64 1-19
Males, 1944-1949 20-36
Females and males, 1950-1951 37
Blank examination forms, undated 38
Notes, 1949 39
List of patients, 1949 May-1950 March 40
X-rays, 1947-1950 137
Outpatient files, circa 1929-1959
M-S 66A 26-33
Residential life, circa 1944-1982
1. Absentee from Hospital or Institution Form; 2. Request for Change in Resident's Building; 3. Resident Lists, 1969 August 21; undated 64 41
Activities, 1981 March 42
Activities of daily living and bathing check list, 1981 March 43
Activity logs, 1981 March-1982 March 44
The Catholic Hymnal Volume 1, 1968 45
The Catholic Hymnal Volume 2 for Christmas, Lent Easter, 1968 46
Classification forms, undated 47
Clothing inventories
A-K, circa 1944-1973 48-59
L-Z, circa 1944-1973 65 1-15
Dining skills observation forms, undated 16
Packages received list, 1967-1971 17
The Press, 1946 August-1950 July 18-21
Recreation center menu, 1981 July 1 22
Recreational, religious and social activities, 1946-1947, 1950, 1967 23
Residents' background and behavioral difficulties, circa 1945 24
Residents' background information, 1973 January 25
Residents' family contact information, undated 26-27
Residents' placements, 1970 March 1 28
Visitor slips
Female residents, A-L 29-41
Female residents, M-W, 1957-1964 66 1-9
Male residents, A-Malb, 1957-64 10-26
Male residents, Malt-Z, 1957-64 66A 34-44
Visiting information, 1963 June 7, undated 45-48
Series 7. Personnel, 1912-1989
Box 69A is RESTRICTED.
Boxes 67-69, and 139-143 are UNRESTRICTED.
Box Folder
Employment agreements, R-Z, 1931-1943 67 1-4
Employees' departure/transfer records binder 1, 1916-1918 5-15
Employees' departure/transfer records binder 2, 1918-1922 16-30
Employees' departure/transfer records binder 3, 1923-1926 31-42
Employees' departure/transfer records binder 4, 1926-1933 43-53
Employee time cards, 1980 54
Residential care department supervisors' meeting, 1969 September 24 55
Supervisory training workshop, undated 56
Employee notices, 1941-1982 57-75
Employee notices book, 1941-1947 76-82
Standard procedures and notices binder, 1941-1952 68 1-14
Standard procedures and notices withdrawn from binder, 1948-1949 15
Standard procedures and notices book, 1941-1946, 1949 16-18
Cleaners, undated 19
Dining routine, undated 20
Laundry items and equipment, 1964 May 20 21
Miscellaneous, 1969-1970 22
Personnel procedures regarding evacuation of Goddard Hall and absenteeism, 1979-1980 23
Positions, 1942-1956 24
Psychotropic medication, undated 26
Restraints study teams, 1974 October 7 25
Routines and responsibilities, 1974 27
Time schedules covering pay periods, 1969 October 31-1970 December 24 28-31
The Mansfield Weekly Volumes 1-749, 1966 March 13-1980 October 17 32-71
Issues for 1966-1975 available at [CSL call number StLib Conn Doc M317mw]
Award ceremonies programs, 1971-1980 69 1
Correspondence - The Mansfielder, 1970-1971 2
Correspondence - Mirsky, Arlene C., 1971 3
Employee guidebook, 1981 4
Employment application, undated 5
Music festival fall show program, 1971 6
Policies and Guidelines for the Behavior Management of Clients of the Mansfield Training School, 1975 7
A copy is available at [CSL call number StLib Conn Doc M75man poL]
The Mansfielder Volume I, Numbers 5-13; Volume II Number 1 - Volume III Number 1, 1972-1975 8-9
A copy is available at [CSL call number StLib Conn Doc M317mans (1962-1963] and [CSL call number StLib Conn Doc M317mans (1964-1965, 1970-1975)]
The Mansfielder layout, 1970-1975, undated 10-28
The Mansfielder layout - clippings, 1971-1972 29
The Mansfielder layout - miscellaneous, circa 1970-1972, undated 30-33
Dismissal and legal action regarding Elly C. Fischer, Florence M. Nicols, James P. Purcell and Dr. Helen T. Warner, 1942-1946 34-43
Employees' departure/transfer diaries, 1943-1948, 6 volumes
Greeting cards - Mirsky, Arlene C., circa 1970, undated 69A 1
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List of employees, 1987-1989 2-3
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Unit E minutes, 1979 May 24-October 11 4-6
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Employee information cards, 1912-1941 139-140
May include beneficiary, contact, departure and state service information.
Personnel quota index cards
1954-1957 June 141
1957 June-1960 142
1960-1963 143
Series 8. Finances, 1916-1981
Box 70A is RESTRICTED.
Boxes 70-73, 75-76, 144, and item 74 are UNRESTRICTED.
Box Folder
Addition to payroll slips, 1941-1956 70 1
Drop from payroll slips, 1942-1957 2-3
Miscellaneous payroll change slips, 1941-1957 4-11
Requisitions for drugs and medical supplies, 1969, 1973 12-17
Transfer from payroll slips, A-S, 1941-1956 18
Dental bill, price list and requisitions, 1950-1951 70A 1
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Requisitions for drugs and medical supplies, 1980-1982 2-7
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Residents' accounts receipts, 1963-1965 8
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Appropriation accounts, 1923-1929 71
Sales and miscellaneous accounts, 1919-1940
Inventory and business statements, 1919
Bank statements, 1923 December-1924 March 72
New construction accounts, 1916-1918, 1 volume
Building accounts, 1921-1923
Cash journal, 1916 October-1918 July, 1 volume 73
Expense journal, 1919 July-September, 1 volume
Purchase ledger, 1919-1923, 1 volume Item 74
Cash receipt register & activity fund ledger, 1944-1952, 1 volume 75
Expense ledger, 1954-1958, 1 volume
Farm account, 1918 October-1920 June, 1 volume
Farm reports, 1953 July-1955 June, 1 volume
Farm reports, 1958 July-1961 April, 1 volume
Gas and oil reports, 1957 March-1958 June, 1 volume
Gas and oil reports, 1959 May-1960 January, 1 volume
General ledger, 1919-1923, 1 volume
Meal data, 1953-1961, 1 volume
Pay roll sheets, 1917 June-1918 June; 1918 July-1919 June, 1 volume 76
Pay roll sheets, 1917 July-1918 June; 1919 July-1921 June, 1 volume
Pay roll check book, 1928 April 28, 1 volume
Expenses for equipment index cards, 1942-1949 144
Series 9. Reports, 1917-1990
Boxes 77-87, and items 99-102 are RESTRICTED.
Boxes 76A, and 88-98 are UNRESTRICTED.
Box Folder
Annual reports, 1955-1990 76A 1-16
A copy is available at [CSL call number StLib Conn Doc M317] and [CSL call number StLib Conn Doc M317 (1949-1953,incomplete )] and [CSL call number StLib Conn Doc M317 (1966-1967)]
Auditors' report for fiscal years ended June 30…, 1974-1976, 1988 17-19
Capacity and population reports, 1960 September-1964 November 20-25
Digest of departmental reports, 1965-1966 26
Final Report of the Mansfield Training School Task Force to Governor William A. O'Neil, 1990 April, photocopy 27
A copy is available at [CSL call number StLib Conn Doc G747mts fire]
Governor's digest, 1967-1971 28-29
Items discarded, 1958 30
Miscellaneous, circa 1976-1987, undated 31
Program assessment, 1971 December 32
Progress reports
Hospital improvement program, 1969 33
1. John F. Kennedy "Flames of Hope Inc., Candle Project" 2. Mansfield social adjustment project, 1969 34
Proof of population reports, 1955-1962 35-41
Report on Site Visit to Mansfield Training School, 1980-1982 42
Respite Care Provided by the Department of Mental Retardation by Cote, Terry, Program Development Coordinator, Connecticut Department of Mental Retardation, 1987 February 43
Tables to unidentified reports, 1956 July-1964 October 44-47
Accountability sheets, 1980 December 8-1982 February 19 77 1-4
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Census, 1927-1961 5-44
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Census data, 1963-1964 January 78 1-12
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Commissioner's reports
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1955 January-1961 March 79 1-63
1961 April-December 80 1-9
Connecticut study of known retarded persons
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Purpose and instructions, 1958 May 19 10
Mental defectives and epileptics females
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Baker Hall, 1958 11-18
Binet Hall, 1958 19-25
Goddard Hall, 1958 26-31
Hospital Ward III, 1958 32-33
Hospital Ward IV, 1958 34-35
La Moure Hall, 1958 36-40
Matthews Hall, 1958 41-49
Merritt Hall, 1958 50-60
Thomson Hall A-C, 1958 61-68
Thomson Hall D-Z, 1958 81 1-2
Tregold Hall, 1958 3-9
Wallace Hall, 1958 10-19
Mental defectives and epileptics males
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Campbell Hall, 1958 20-32
Fernald Hall, 1958 33-43
Hospital Ward I, 1958 44-45
Hospital Ward II, 1958 46-47
Johnstone Hall, 1958 48-57
Marvin Hall A-R, 1958 58-65
Marvin Hal S-Z, 1958 82 1-5
Rogers Hall, 1958 6-16
Seguin Hall, 1958 17-25
Storrs Hall, 1958 26-32
Thomson Hall, 1958 33-37
Consolidated census reports
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1958 January-1960 April 38-65
1960 May-1961 December 83 1-20
Dentist's daily reports, 1949 July-1951 February 21-34
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Draft data, 1952, 1957 35
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Lists and classifications, 1937-1951 36
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Monthly population reports, 1948 July-1964 October 37-53
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Monthly population report transmittal letters, 1948-1949 54
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Movement of patient population reports, 1955 July-1964 October 55-59
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Officer of the day reports, 1969 September 5 60
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Master restraint sheets, undated 61
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Therapeutic restraint and seclusion reports
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1963 December 1-1964 May 9 84 1-27
1964 May 10-October 31 85 1-30
1964 November 1-1965 June 5 86 1-38
1965 June 6-October 31, 1974 87 1-27
Boys' and girls' dormitories resident and staff information, 1926-1927 28
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Operative and medical data binder, 1944-1945 29-33
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Daily reports
1962 December 30-1963 January 18 88
1963 January 19-February 5 89
1963 February 7-24 90
1963 February 25-March 15 91
1963 March 16-31 92
1963 May 1-18 93
1963 May 19-May 31 94
1963 June 14-30 95
1965 January 21-February 10 96
1965 February 11-28 97
1965 March 1-8 98
Monthly attendance reports
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1917 July-1918 October, 1 volume Item 99
1917 August-1933 December, 1 volume Item 100
1934 January-1951 June, 1 volume Item 101
1941 July-1961 February, 1 volume Item 102
Series 10. Facilities, 1888-1992
This entire series is UNRESTRICTED.
Box Folder
Transmittal letters with enclosed deeds and other related real estate documents, 1888-1927, 1959 103 1-6
Real estate deeds, 1906-1926 7-11
Real estate deeds and notes on real estate, 1927, undated 12
Central Vermont Railroad agreements, leases and payments, 1931, 1983-1991 104 1
Connecticut Department of Correction's use and occupancy agreement, 1988 June 14 2
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History use of Mansfield Training School, 1988-1989 3
Hockanum Industries greenhouse and woodlot leases, 1978-1988 4
University of Connecticut farm, 1968-1975 5
University of Connecticut farm, 1981-1988 6
Land information, 1968-1978 7
1. Letter regarding well 2. Description of base line points, 1945, undated 8
Map of grounds, undated 9
Building closings, 1987-1991 10
Building closings and savings, 1987-1989 11
Building information, 1975-1992 12-16
Day care center, 1987-1990 105 1a-3
Building inventory assessments, 1962-1965 4-6
Equipment inventories, 1962-1964, 1974 7
Work order procedures, 1980-1981 8
National registry of historic places, 1985-1988 9
Mansfield Training School National Register of Historic Places certificate, 1987 December 22 10
Dairy building specifications, undated 11
Proposals and bond for construction and equipment, 1930 April - 1931 September 12
Proposals for construction and equipment, 1932 July 12 13-14
Proposed land agreements, 1931, 1990 15
Recommendations for open spaces/recreational uses, 1989 November 9 16
Towner and Sellew's school plans brochures, circa 1927 17
Conversion of nurses home to building for industrial department; Converting one family into three apartments, 1942 September 4, blueprint, 4 sheets Map case
Kitchen renovations for Merritt Hall, 1990 May 18, blueprint, 6 sheets
Right of way map, 1932 October 31, 4 sheet + 1 letter
Topographical map, 1950 October, 1 sheet
Safety renovations Knight Hospital building, 1973 October 4, blueprint, 15 sheets
Safety renovations Knight Hospital building, 1973 December 5, blueprint, 21 sheets
Blueprint. Remodel Knight Hospital Complex project, 1980 June 9, blueprint, 13 sheets
Series 11. Photographs and slides, circa 1927-1991
This entire series is RESTRICTED.
Box
Photographs and slides 106-116
Detail listing available at History and Genealogy reference desk.
Photographs 145-146
No listing available.
Series 12. Scrapbooks, 1946-1956
This entire series is UNRESTRICTED.
Scrapbook, 1946-1948, 1953-1956, 1 volume Item 117
Includes newspaper articles about the mentally challenged in general as well as specifics to Connecticut, Southbury and Mansfield Training School.
Scrapbook, 1946-1955, 1 volume Item 118
Focuses on newspaper articles relating to Mansfield Training School.
Poster boards for event/exhibit , 15 items Map case
Series 13. Artifacts, circa 1949-1975, undated
Box 120 is RESTRICTED.
Box 119 is UNRESTRICTED.
Box
Canteen ticket book, 1975 119
Wooden ship plaque, calendar and bracket, circa 1949
Mansfield Training School 20 year service pin
Mansfield Training School Foundation corporate seal
Mansfield Training School Nursing Services patches, 2 patches
Gideon's Bible
Resident's comment, 1 page 120
Recorded in "National Diary for 1962".
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"Activity Program for Merritt Hall Day by Day Record of Who Participates and What is Done.", 1966 January 10-25
Recorded in "National Diary for 1964".
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Series 14. Training, circa 1968-1984, undated
This entire series is UNRESTRICTED.
Box Folder
Employee's Basic Guide for Fire Prevention and Safety, 1972 120A 1
Inservice training manual, 1968 2
Proposed outline guide for inservice training, 1975 3
Training for Research and Service in the field of Mental Retardation, Bulletin on, 1966-1967 4
Training guides, undated 5
Basic standards for the residential services of the Mansfield Training School manual, undated 6-7
Basic standards for the residential services daily schedule, 1982 May 8
Mansfield Training School health care manual, 1982 9
Water safety regulations, 1974, 1979, 1980 10-12
Use of manual language dictionary, undated 13
Unidentified film 121
The digestive system of the human body", film strip 122
Gerontology, audio cassette
Mansfield Training School orientation, 1977 April, audio cassette
Moving weak patient up in bed", video cassette
Cassette is super 8 magi-cartridge.
Occupational film ? Assembly, video cassette
Cassette is super 8 magi-cartridge.
Teaching shapes and color, video cassette
Cassette is super 8 magi-cartridge.
Wheelchair: Very weak patient from bed to chair and return", video cassette
Cassette is super 8 magi-cartridge.
Atypical Seminar - evaluation of HIP + operant conditioning program, audio tape 123
Dining skills training: Tape 1 (short version) Utensil use: Definitions; Maladaptive behaviors: Definitions; Training procedures: Training and reinforcement guidelines', video tape
Dining skills training: Tape II (short version) Guidelines for training and maintenance. Example of training token reinforcement maintenance, 1978 September, video tape
Video tape for helical scan video recorders.
Dr. Fonda lecture: Mental age, video tape
First aid. Emergency procedures for non-medical staff: A training guide, video tape
Hartford Chamber Choir in concert -- December 1968. Robert Gronquist conducting (TV presentation - Channel 24), 1968 December, audio tape
MTS/Court tape, video tape
Teaching new skills part 1 VII", video tape
Teaching new skills Part 2 VIII, video tape
Yale on physical therapy hospital improvement program, 1968 March 18, video tape
Unidentified, 3 audio tapes
Unidentified, 3 video tapes
1 video tape for helical scan video recorders.
Ask just for little things, film 124
I'll promise you a tomorrow, film
Meta-orffosis, 2 films
Vital signs: Part II Taking temperature, pulse and respiration, film
Body mechanics, film 125
Mentally handicapped children growing up, film
Pattern for change, film
Somebody waiting, 2 films
Teaching the mentally retarded a positive approach, film
Modern concepts of epilepsy, film (video) Item 126
Genesis, film Item 127
Modern concepts of epilepsy, film Item 128
Grand mal epilepsy: Diagnosis and management, film Item 129
A place among us, film 130
Raising a mentally retarded child at home, 1 sound disc 131
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada.