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Napa Asylum1889 records?

Napa Asylum1889 records?

Posted: 2 Apr 2006 5:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 21 May 2006 5:20PM GMT
I have an ancestor who was commited in Jan. or Feb. 1889 to the Napa State Asylum were she resided till her death at age 72 on May 3, 1926. She was a prior resident of San Francisco. Her husband George Lazarovich died 1-2 months prior to her commitment in Dec. 1888 in San Fran at age 56. She appears to have had no children, born in 1854, and was named Gustava Beck Lazarovich, although the death certificate spells her name "Lazarowitch".
I am hoping to learn why she was commited and her illness, maybe learn how George died in the process, and gain some medical background. Her death certificate states she died of Gall Bladder illness, but I was hoping to learn more about why she was commited in the first place.
Does anyone know of a reference, book, resource available that gives insights into the records available on the Asylum 1889-1926 and how to contact them? Any assistance or ideas would be appreciated. Thank you
rharth@comcast.net

Re: Napa Asylum1889 records?

Carole Fisher (View posts)
Posted: 4 Apr 2006 3:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
The Napa Asylum is in existence today as Napa State Hospital. Their medical records are not available to the public. Your relative was cremated upon death and removed from the grounds for burial in a mass grave at Napa Memorial Gardens.

Sorry I cannot give you any more information.

Carole Fisher, Volunteer
Napa Genealogy Society

Re: Napa Asylum1889 records?

Lisa Schmeling (View posts)
Posted: 6 Apr 2006 1:30AM GMT
Classification: Query
You can get individual records. I just faxed in a request on a relative who died in 1955 and was buried in the mass grave. The fax # is 707-253-5085. If you want more information you can call 707-253-5000 and ask to be connected to the records department. Good luck

Re: Napa Asylum1889 records?

Posted: 20 Apr 2006 5:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 21 May 2006 5:20PM GMT
I was told directly from Napa State Hospital there are no records on file from 1889-1927, other than possibly a brief death detail (which can be found on the death certificate) noted on a card in the Hospital system. There are no paper records for this time frame in existence. My ancestor was commited in 1889, per the death certificate, and resided in San Francisco prior to Napa Hospital. If anyone has any ideas on where to find commitment papers for San Francisco residents of 1889, other than the Napa State Hospital which have none, it would be great to hear their ideas. Thanks Robin
e-mail<rharth@comcast.net>

Re: Napa Asylum1889 records?

Posted: 20 Aug 2013 11:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
It won't help you find a particular record, but if you want a disturbing but interesting read "So Far Disordered of Mind: Insanity in California 1870-1930" by Richard Fox. It was a dissertation he did on San Francisco detentions and committments to Napa State Hospital. It is a sad chapter in our history....

Mary
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