Source Information

California State Archive
Ancestry.com. California, State Hospital Records, 1856-1923 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data:

Stockton Hospital Commitment Registers, 1856–1934. MF8:10. 34 volumes. Dept. of Mental Hygiene—Hospitals. California State Archives, Sacramento, California.

Sonoma Hospital Case Books and Descriptions, 1885–1920. F8:11. 10 volumes. Dept. of Mental Hygiene—Hospitals. California State Archives, Sacramento, California.

Mendocino Hospital Commitment Registers, 1893–1923. MF8:11. 6 volumes. Dept. of Mental Hygiene—Hospitals. California State Archives, Sacramento, California.

About California, State Hospital Records, 1856-1923

This collection contains case books and descriptions, commitment registers, and indexes for patients admitted to or discharged from mental hospitals in the state of California for the years 1856–1923. They are both personal and sometimes tragic records that can offer an intimate glimpse into the life of your ancestor.

The forms in this collection vary widely. Some are indexes, while others will provide more extensive details, including:

  • name
  • age
  • birth date
  • birthplace
  • record date
  • race
  • gender
  • hospital location

They may also provide information about the patient’s family, history, and illness.