It’s HERE! The Morningside Hospital Patient Database

Carlson, Gustave-1When the Lost Alaskans blog went online five years ago, we began to hear from people who were searching for friends and relatives who were committed to Morningside Hospital, some as long as one hundred years ago. We hope the Morningside Hospital Patient Database will make their search easier and answer their questions.

There are three types of records available. The Quarterly Reports have diagnoses and other information on patients, the Death Certificates are those who died while at Morningside, and the court records document the commitment process. There are gaps in all of the record sets so the search continues.

The database will be formally announced in January. In the meantime, give it a try and send comments and recommendations. Click on Search Patient Records and then enter at least three consecutive letters of the patient’s last name and, optionally, any part of the patient’s first name. The database searches both the name as entered as well as alternate spellings found in the records.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority for their long-term support, especially over the past six months. The Trust made it possible for our volunteer researchers to get to record archives in Maryland, Alaska and Oregon. The entry of 45,000 records would not have been possible without Trust support.

And thanks to the volunteers who collected the information in the database. Volunteers by type of record are Meg Greene and Niesje Steinkruger (Court Records), Eric Cordingley, David Anderson and Sally Mead (Death Certificates) and Marylou Elton, Karen Perdue, Ellen Ganley and Robin Renfro (Quarterly Reports), and Deborah Smith (Alaska State Archives).

Many thanks to Doug Toelle, our project manager at Access Alaska And last, but not least, thanks to database programmer Don Kiely, web designer Jana Peirce, and data entry queen Nancy Lowe, all of whom are hugely talented and extremely patient.

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6 Comments

  1. Janet Seitz
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Hello:
    My sister spent some time in Morningside in the mid 1960s but doesn’t appears to be on any of the lists so far. Is this due to patient privacy or are the records from the mid 1960s (1962 to 1966) unavailable?

    Thanks

  2. Posted December 31, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    The records are the least complete from 1948 through the 1960s. Unfortunately, we haven’t found any of the Quarterly Reports from that period. The records will be added if we ever find them.

  3. Jean Walter
    Posted April 1, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the time and energy put into this project. I did find my mother’s name in the records. Any information that is available pertaining to her would be appreciated. Her name was Genevieve Rogers and spent time at the hospital in 1956 and 1958 as far as I know. Again! Thank you from my family.

  4. RiverLady
    Posted April 5, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I just found the website and discovered a lot of people who came from the same area my Scandinavian great grandfather met my Russian/Native greatgrandmother in during 1891. At least one name on the list was a relative.
    I want to know what was the definition of “criminal” and “insane” in the eyes of the doctors?

  5. Posted April 8, 2014 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    There’s an earlier post on the blog that talks about the legal process people went through before they were sent to Morningside.
    http://www.morningsidehospital.com/2009/05/arrest-and-adjudication/

  6. Posted April 10, 2014 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Jean, all of the records we’ve found so far are part of the online database. We’ll keep looking for the mother lode (the actual patient records) but I think they were destroyed, either in Portland or Alaska.

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