David Birnbach New York State Dept. Of Mental Hygiene Oral History Records,1983-2002.

Collection Number: 6821

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
David Birnbach New York State Dept. of Mental Hygiene Oral History records, 1983-2002.
Collection Number:
6821
Creator:
Birnbach
Quantity:
3.2 cubic feet.
Forms of Material:
Audio tapes, correspondence, transcripts
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Audio recordings and transcriptions of interviews David Birnbach conducted with former staff of New York State mental hospitals.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

David Birnbach worked at New York State's Suffolk Developmental Center from 1977-1979 and at Willard Psychiatric Center from 1979-1983.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Audio recordings and transcriptions of interviews David Birnbach conducted with former staff of New York State mental hospitals including Willard, Gowanda, St. Lawrence, Rochester, Sunmount, Pilgrim, and Rockland in 1983 and 1984. The interviews from Gowanda were the most comprehensive. Also particularly important are interviews from St. Lawrence, the first state hospital in the nation to open all its locked wards, and Rochester with its focus on leadership and integration in an urban setting. Also included are research materials on the subject and a draft of Birnbach's research results finished in 2002 and titled "Before, during, and shortly after the custody, care and treatment revolution: An oral history of the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene, 1928-1983."
SUBJECTS

Names:
Birnbach, David.
Gowanda Psychiatric Center (N.Y.)
New York (State). Dept. of Mental Hygiene.
Rochester Psychiatric Center (N.Y.)
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center (Ogdensburg, N.Y.)
Willard Psychiatric Center (N.Y.)
Willard State Hospital (N.Y.)

Subjects:
Mental retardation facilities -- New York (State).
Psychiatric hospitals -- New York (State) -- History.

Form and Genre Terms:
Audiocassettes.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
This collection may only be used for consultation. No reproductions can be made without permission of the archivist. No publication of information within this collection can be made without permission of the archivist. Use of names from this collection anywhere may only be done with permission of the archivist. A name index of the interviewees is available offline. Researchers may request confirmation of inclusion of individuals in the collection by name. The complete list of names can be accessed with the permission of the archivist.
Cite As:
David Birnbach New York State Dept. of Mental Hygiene Oral History records, #6821. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Binghamton Psychiatric Center
1973, 1981-1983
Salary list from 1887, History Pamphlets, Journal Article, Transcript of tapes 2-6 (Box 6)
Box 1 Folder 2
Binghamton Psychiatric Center
1983
Correspondence, Transcript of Tapes 9-10 (Box 4)
Box 1 Folder 3
Gowanda State Hospital
1983
Synopses, Transcript
Box 1 Folder 4
Gowanda State Hospital
1983
Synopsis, Correspondence, Transcript of Tape 6 (Box 3)
Box 1 Folder 5
Gowanda State Hospital
1983-1984
Two checks, Synopsis, Consent and Release form, Transcript of Tape 5 (Box 3)
Box 1 Folder 6
Gowanda State Hospital
1984
Correspondence, Transcript of Tapes 11-12 (Box 3)
Box 1 Folder 7
Gowanda State Hospital
1983-1984
Synopsis, Correspondence, Consent and Release Form, Transcript of Tape 1 (Box 4)
Box 1 Folder 8
Gowanda State Hospital
1983-1984
Synopsis, Consent and Release form and check, Transcript of Tape tape 4 (Box 3)
Box 1 Folder 9
Gowanda State Hospital
1983-1984
Synopses, Transcripts of Tapes 5-6 (Box 4), Consent and Release Forms, Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 10
Gowanda State Hospital
1983-1984
Correspondence, Synopsis, Transcript of Tapes 2-4 (Box 4)
Box 1 Folder 11
Gowanda State Hospital
1983-1984
Synopsis, Consent and Release Forms and checks, Correspondence, Transcript of Tapes 9-10 (Box 3)
Box 1 Folder 12
Gowanda State Hospital
1983-1985
Synopsis, Consent and Release Forms and Checks, Correspondence, Transcript of Tapes 7-8 (Box 3)
Box 1 Folder 13
Gowanda State Hospital
1983-1985
Synopsis, Consent and Release Forms and Checks, Correspondence, Previous Work Experience, Transcript of Tape 13 (Box 3)
Box 1 Folder 14
Gowanda State Hospital
1983, 2006
Synopsis, Consent and Release Forms and Checks, Correspondence, Transcript of Tape 1 (Box 3)
Box 1 Folder 15
Gowanda State Hospital
1983
Consent and Release Forms and Checks, Correspondence, Transcript of Tapes 2-3 (Box 3)
Box 1 Folder 16
Gowanda State Hospital
1983
Synopsis, Correspondence, Transcript of Tapes 7-8 (Box 4)
Box 1 Folder 17
Pilgrim State Hospital
1983
Correspondence, Work History, Articles, Bibliography Transcript of Tapes 11-13 (Box 4)
Box 1 Folder 18
Rochester Psychiatric Center
1984
Transcript of Tapes 3-5 (Box 9)
Box 1 Folder 19
Rochester Psychiatric Center
1984
Transcript of Tapes 5-6 (Box 9)
Box 1 Folder 20
Rochester Psychiatric Center
1983
Transcript of Tapes 6-7 (Box 9)
Box 1 Folder 21
Rochester Psychiatric Center
1983
Transcript of Tapes 12-14 (Box 10)
Box 1 Folder 22
Rochester Psychiatric Center
1984
Transcript of Tapes 8-9 (Box 10)
Box 1 Folder 23, 25
Rochester Psychiatric Center
1983, 1987
Correspondence, Transcript of Tapes 7-8 (Box 10), Articles
Box 1 Folder 24
Rochester Psychiatric Center
1984
Transcript of Tapes 10-12 (Box 9)
Box 1 Folder 26
Rochester Psychiatric Center
1984
Transcript of tapes 7-9 (Box 9)
Box 1 Folder 27
Rockland Psychiatric Center
1983
Newspaper Article, Transcript of Tapes 6-7 (Box 8)
Box 1 Folder 28
St. Lawrence
1983
Floppy Disk, Transcript of tapes 4-5(Box 10)
Box 1 Folder 29
St. Lawrence
1983
Transcript of Tapes 9-11 (Box 7)
Box 1 Folder 30
St. Lawrence
1983
Transcript of tapes 14-15 (Box 7)
Box 1 Folder 31
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center
1983
Transcript of Tapes 15 (Box 7) and 1 (Box 10)
Box 1 Folder 32
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center
1981
Transcript of Tapes 11-12 (Box 7)
Box 1 Folder 33
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center
1983
Transcript of Tapes 13 (Box 7)
Box 1 Folder 34
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center
1983
Transcript of Tapes 7-8 (Box 7)
Box 1 Folder 35
St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center
1983
Transcript of Tapes 2-3 (Box 10)
Box 1 Folder 36
Sunmount Psychiatric Center
1983
Transcript of Tapes 12-14 (Box 8)
Box 1 Folder 37
Willard Psychiatric Center
1983
Transcript of Tapes 10-11 (Box 10)
Box 1 Folder 38
Willard Psychiatric Center
1983
Transcript of Tapes 13-14 (Box 5)
Box 1 Folder 39
Willard Psychiatric Center
1983
Transcript of Tapes 5-7 (Box 5)
Box 1 Folder 40
Willard Center
1983
Transcript of Tapes 3-4 (Box 5)
Box 1 Folder 41
Willard Psychiatric Center
1983
Transcript of Tape 10 (Box 5)
Box 1 Folder 42
Willard Psychiatric Center
1983
Transcript of Tapes 15-16 (Box 5)
Box 1 Folder 43
Willard Psychiatric Center
1983
Transcript of Tapes 11-12 (Box 5)
Box 1 Folder 44
Department of Mental Hygiene
1983
Transcript of Tape 1 (Box 8)
Box 1 Folder 45
Department of Mental Hygiene
1983
Correspondence, Articles, Transcript of Tapes 11-12 (Box 7)
Box 1 Folder 46
New York State Psychiatric Institute
1983
Transcript of Tape 3 (Box 8)
Box 1 Folder 47
Transcript
1983
Transcript of Tape 1 (Box 6)
Box 1 Folder 48
Transcript
1983
Transcript of Tapes 1-2 (Box 8)
Box 1 Folder 49
Book Correspondence
2001-2002
Articles, Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 50
History of Willard Asylum for the Insane and the Willard State Hospital
1978
Box 1 Folder 51
Bibliography
1981, 1995-1996
Articles
Box 1 Folder 52
Bibliography
1954-1955, 1975
Articles: History of the Department of Mental Hygiene, State Hospitals for the Mentally Ill
Box 1 Folder 53
Bibliography
1981,1991, 1999
Articles on Mental Health, Questionnaire, Notes
Box 1 Folder 54
Bibliography
1982-1983
Newspaper Articles pertaining to mental health
Box 1 Folder 55
Bibliography-Willard Asylum for the Insane
1982, 2007
Newspaper Articles
Box 1 Folder 56
Bibliography
1981, 2000
Book Search Records, Articles
Box 1 Folder 57
Bibliography
1980-1985
Miscellaneous articles
Box 1 Folder 58
Statistics
1978-1982
Correspondence, Various Hospital Patient and Staff Statistics
Box 2 Folder 1
Albert Deutsch "The Mentally Ill in america"
1952
Box 2 Folder 2
Interview Question Cards
Box 2 Folder 3-4
Notebooks
1982-1986
Annual Reports and Outline,Various Hospitals
Box 2 Folder 5
Willard State Hospital Annual Reports
1966-1970
Box 2 Folder 6
Working Book Draft
2002
CD copies, Printed Draft
Box 2 Folder 7
Handbook of the Department and State Hospitals
1906
Box 2 Folder 8
Willard State Hospital Annual Records (Book)
1916-1931
Box 2 Folder 9
Pictorial Album of the Willard Asylum, 1869-1886
1990
Box 2 Folder 10
Laws Relating to Willard Asylum for the Insane and Rules and Regulations of Said Asylum
1870-1881
Box 2 Folder 11-12
Hospital and Community Psychiatry
1976,1981
Box 2 Folder 13
Charles Mercer "Lunatic Asylums: Their Organisation and Management"
1894
Box 2 Folder 14
Twenty-Seventh Annual Report of the Trustees of Willard State Hospital (Book)
1895
Box 3-10
Interview Tapes
1983-1984
Alphabetic listing of names of interviewees is available offline. Patrons may request confirmation of inclusion of individuals from staff.
Box 3
Gowanda
September 1983
Box 4
Gowanda
October 1983
Box 5
Willowbrook
April, June 1984
Box 6
Binghamptom, Pilgrim
October - November 1983
Box 7
Pilgrim, St. Lawrence
November - December 1983
Box 8
Albany, Rockland, Sunmount
September 1983, April 1984
Box 9
Rochester, Willowbrook
April, June 1984
Box 10
Rochester, St. Lawrence
December 1983, January 1984
Box 11-15
Interview Tape Copies
1983-1984
Alphabetic listing of names of interviewees is available offline. Patrons may request confirmation of inclusion of individuals from staff.