1867 Check, Signed, James H. Weeks

Welcome to the 1st artifact post! Artifact posts will be used to highlight individual items. I will try to include a historical background for the items shown to give them context. Comments are always welcome if you’d like to share additional information. I will attempt to upload detailed images of even the smallest artifacts but if you’d…

1880 Voucher, Signed, James M. Cleaveland

Carriage vouchers were used to transport patients and staff of Hudson River State Hospital to and from the hospital grounds. As noted on the form, venders, were unable to claim a charge against the hospital for service unless the voucher was hand signed by Superintendent James M. Cleaveland. James M. Cleaveland was the first superintendent of…

Patients’ Store

Below are examples of patient money used to purchase items in the patient’s store. I have also included a sample of the offerings of The Community Store, which was located in the ground floor of South Wing directly behind the central Administration Building block. Patient money was printed in strips of 5 and measure approximately…