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Galt Papers (II)

Identifier: Mss. 78 G13 (II)

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1840-1862, of John M. Galt II concerning his work at the Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia. Includes correspondence, reports, clinical notes, medical diaries, financial papers, and printed material.

Two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings were added to the collection in 2011 and are in Box 17. The subject matter is mental health with topics such as insanity, murder, suicide and criminal behavior.  Some clippings are about Eastern State Hospital (Virginia Lunatic Asylum) and other asylums.  Headlines include "The Maniac and the Infant" and "Unfortunate and Melancholy Occurances." Loose papers include Doc. No. 30 "General Table of Patients in the Eastern Asylum...1844;" circular about "Virginia Lunatic Asylum at Williamsburg, Va.;" a 1860 permission slip to visit the Eastern Lunatic Asylum; 1858 letter from Butler Hospital about a lecture; book plates of mammals, fish and insects; hand drawn horse's head; a page with attached items:   newspaper article on women, a bird, a hand painted drawing of a woman and a handpainted drawing of Eastern State Hospital; two pencil rubbings of plants; a note naming the publications by Galt and a partial letter with questions and answers about the activities of the insane.

For a detailed box and folder inventory of this collection, plus digitalized images from the collection, please see the On-line Images/Records section below.


  • Creation: 1840-1862


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. John Minson Galt was the superintendant of Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia.


12.00 Linear Feet

Related Materials:

See also Galt Papers (I), (III), and (V), Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary, and the Galt Family Papers (MS 78.3), Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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Revision Statements

  • May 24th, 2018: Box 17 (2 scrapbooks) added to collection by Anne Johnson in 2011.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository