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 firstname.lastname@example.org