The Archivist's Bulldog

Vol. 10 No. 11, Newsletter of the Maryland State Archives, June 7, 1996

PRESS RELEASE: MARYLAND STATE ARCHIVES TO HOLD PRESERVATION WORKSHOPS FOR INSTITUTIONS

Annapolis, MD, May 16, 1996 --- The Maryland State Archives will hold two workshops for institutions which have printed or manuscript collections aimed at preventative care and storage. Designed for historical societies, libraries, archives and other organizations with valuable collections, the workshops will provide basic guidance to institutions which do not yet have preservation strategies.

The one-day workshops, which are scheduled for June 21 and September 13, will have identical programs for staff with responsibility for books, documents, letters, photographs, newspapers and maps. The program will include: Aspects of preventative maintenance and environmental monitoring; storage design and furniture; materials recommended for storage of different kinds of paper and objects; basic enclosures for collections; and in-house treatment options.

Leading each workshop will be Hanna Szczepanowska, Supervising Conservator at the Maryland State Archives. Ms. Szczepanowska is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and worked as a conservator in the United States and Europe. Also leading the workshops will be Betty Seifert, Chief Conservator at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum; Stephen Collins, a private conservator working on projects at the Archives; and Andrea Beard, Conservation Technician at the Maryland State Archives.

Each workshop will be limited to 20 participants. They will be held at the Maryland State Archives' building in Annapolis and the hours will be from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The fee for each workshop is $75 which includes lunch and materials.

RECORD TRANSFERS
by Kevin Swanson

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMMISSION (Case File) var.d. [MSA T1260]
COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS (Miscellaneous Papers) 1991 [MSA T1327]
COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS (Opinions) 1991 [MSA T1328]
COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS (Post Conviction Papers) 1981 [MSA T1329]
COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS (Violation of Parole Opinions) 1991 [MSA T2756]
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (Annual Reports) 1993 [MSA T289]
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AIR AND RADIATION MANAGEMENT ADMINISTRATION (General File) 1968-1995 [MSA T2452]
DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, AIR AND RADIATION MANAGEMENT ADMINISTRATION (Premise File) 1979-1995 [MSA T2729]
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE, DIVISION OF VITAL RECORDS (Birth Record, BC) 1876-1890 [MSA T310]
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE, DIVISION OF VITAL RECORDS (Divorces and Annulments) 1992-1993 [MSA T312]
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE, DIVISION OF VITAL RECORDS (Marriage Certificates) 1987 [MSA T315]
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE, DIVISION OF VITAL RECORDS (Birth Record, Counties) 1898-1913 [MSA T1886]
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE, DIVISION OF VITAL RECORDS (Death Record) 1982-1985 [MSA T1890]
GOVERNOR (General File) 1995-1996 [MSA T2685]
CARROLL COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Releases) 1837-1968 [MSA T2746]
CARROLL COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Letters of Administration Applications) 1898-1980 [MSA T2747]
CARROLL COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Administration Bonds) 1837-1980 [MSA T2748]
CARROLL COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Certification of Publication) 1900-1974 [MSA T2749]
CARROLL COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Certification of Publication, Original) 1900-1954 [MSA T2750]
CARROLL COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Releases, Original) 1837-1937 [MSA T2751]
CARROLL COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Orders, Original) 1902-1930 [MSA T2752]
CARROLL COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Letters of Administration Applications, Original) 1898-1952 [MSA T2753]
CARROLL COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Administration Bonds, Original) 1837-1932 [MSA T2754]
CARROLL COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Inventories, Original) 1837-1861 [MSA T2755]
HARFORD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Estate Papers) 1774-1994 [MSA T2757]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Administration Bonds) 1840-1967 [MSA T1283]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Estate Docket) 1870-1908 [MSA T1290]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Guardian Bonds) 1840-1930 [MSA T1292]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Guardian Docket) 1833-1853 [MSA T1294]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Inventories) 1860-1973 [MSA T1295]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Orphans Court Proceedings, Index) 1862-1870 [MSA T1305]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Accounts of Sale) 1840-1976 [MSA T2730]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Accounts of Sale, Real Estate) 1867-1963 [MSA T2731]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Accounts of Sale, Index) 1840-1927 [MSA T2732]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Administration Accounts, Index) 1840-1927 [MSA T2733]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Administration Accounts) 1840-1971 [MSA T2734]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Administration Proceedings) 1971-1979 [MSA T2735]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Debt Lists) 1865-1934 [MSA T2736]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Guardian Accounts) 1844-1978 [MSA T2737]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Guardian Accounts, Index) 1840-1927 [MSA T2738]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Guardian Bonds, Index) 1840-1927 [MSA T2739]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Indentures) 1840-1913 [MSA T2740]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Inventories, Real Estate) 1867-1975 [MSA T2741]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Inventories, Index) 1840-1927 [MSA T2742]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Orphans Court Proceedings) 1840-1976 [MSA T2743]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Releases) 1864-1976 [MSA T2744]
HOWARD COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Small Estate Record) 1945-1974 [MSA T2745]
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Wills, Unprobated) 1985-1995 [MSA T585]
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Estate Papers) 1980-1995 [MSA T698]
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Small Estate Papers) 1991-1995 [MSA T751]
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS (Automobile Transfers) 1991-1995 [MSA T2121]


FEBRUARY 10, 1995
by Lee Evans

a glance of sunlight upon
the venetian blinds,
lifting
th'illimitable Universe of Things
outside of Time.
Was it David Hume?
I cannot remember
what he said of causation--
my Tabula Rasa is nought
but
the traffic on Rowe Boulevard,
the Empty Lobby
at the Maryland State Archives--
lifted--
so to speak--beyond
causation:
"Unborn, Undying"
.....simplicity
of the Pink Poinsettia
setting near the Registration Desk:
a leftover from Christmas Past
this almost Valentine's Day.....

lifted beyond causation: hmmm...
"and when I am Raised
Up, I will draw
All Men unto Me".....
What does this mean?
a literary Socrates
pulls at the cord of the blinds;
sometimes revealing more
sometimes less
of the Measureless Light:

the Lankavatara Sutra
reveals
the Unborn Receptionist's
Name: no Tetragrammaton,
This--but a glance
of sunlight
upon the venetian blinds.....


GRAND JURY INSPECTIONS OF STATE HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS
by Pat Melville

[Continuation of analysis of ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT (Grand Jury Reports) 1933-1966 [MSA C2137] and ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION (Grand Jury Reports) 1969-1981 [MSA CM1178].]

The Anne Arundel County grand juries inspected the state hospitals and schools in the county. The committees looked at both the physical plant and the administration of each facility. The institutions included Crownsville State Hospital, Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital, and Barrett School for Girls.

Crownsville State Hospital was established in 1910 to house and care for insane persons among the African American population within the state. It was desegregated in 1949. Throughout the 1940s the grand jury lamented the practice of placing criminally insane and older, senile people in the hospital. In the 1950s the grand jury reports referred to periodic riots which were blamed on operating the facility both as a mental hospital and a penal institution. Overcrowding necessitated the mixing of the two types of patents. In 1955 the patent population reached 2600. Some buildings were jammed full of beds and others contained individual bedrooms and commodious day rooms.

As with the penal facilities, the grand jury of the April 1965 Term conducted a very thorough examination of the Crownsville State Hospital and reported their findings in detail. By then most of the patients were coming from a specific geographical area, specifically southeast Baltimore, Anne Arundel County, and Southern Maryland. A Community Psychiatric Center provided out-patient treatment of mental disorders. An Alcoholic Rehabilitation Unit treated alcoholics who admitted themselves or had been committed by a judge, family, or friends. The unit experienced a high return rate because community based out-patient clinics were unavailable. The grand jury inspection included training opportunities for patients which involved home economics, manual arts, upholstery, shoe repair, cosmetology, clerical work, reproduction and duplication, custodial services, food services, sewing, painting, nurses aide, and horticulture. The jurors presented several recommendations for the hospital, such as recruitment and inducement pay for psychiatric aides, removal of some geriatric patients to nursing homes, improved methods for treatment of alcoholism, means to transport visitors without cars, and private offices with air conditioning for doctors.

In 1976 the grand jury reported that "patient care appeared inadequate, facilities seemed in disrepair and in need of replacement or refurbishment..., the number of personnel on duty seemed limited [with] a very low level of morale on the part of the patients." A formal inquiry was deemed unnecessary since a consultant had already been hired to investigate hospital management. By 1981 the jury was pleased to note immense improvement at the hospital.

The Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital was established in 1959 as a maximum security facility for mentally ill prisoners and other psychiatric patients needing secure confinement. The grand jury devoted few resources to this facility, and in 1966 described it as a small hospital with few problems.

The Barrett School for Girls began as a private school in 1882 and was purchased by the State in 1931 for African American female juvenile delinquents. The school seemed to average between 60 and 70 residents. Periodically the grand jury would criticize the operating expenses, especially personnel. In 1953 the teacher to student ratio was one to seven, contributing to an annual cost of $3000 per resident. The equivalent cost at Crownsville was $1000 per inmate and in the county schools was $175 to $225 per pupil. In 1955 the jury called attention to physical problems at the school, such as worn floor coverings, old kitchen sinks, missing or damaged screen doors, peeling paint, and battered dining room furniture. Three years later repairs were completed. In 1963 the Barrett School merged with and moved to the Montrose School for Girls.

At the local level the grand jury intermittently inspected the Anne Arundel Hospital between 1933 and 1941 and health centers in 1948 and 1957-1958, and usually adjudged them in good condition. The 1933 report noted the upcoming elimination of student nursing classes at the former facility because of a surplus in the profession and insufficient experience garnered at a small hospital.



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