Dear Ms. Ferm,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 15 series that contain records from the 1950s in the Records of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (Record Group 418), including the series Registers of Cases, 1855-1963 and Case Files of Patients, 1855 - ca. 1950. Please note that after 1900, the hospital only maintained a sampling of case files in 5 year increments (1905, 1910, 1915, etc.). Case files for individuals who were not admitted to the hospital in those specific years were disposed of by the hospital. The series Historical Records, 1855-1972 in Record Group 418 contains records of births and stillbirths from 1957 to 1972, and the series Monthly Reports, 1906-1967 in Record group 418 contains some information about the status of individual cases. Some of the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. For access to and information about the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, D.C. - Textual Reference at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Additionally, the District of Columbia Vital Records Division (DCVRD) maintains birth certificates dating back to August 1874. FamilySearch also has information online about District of Columbia Vital Records and How to Find District of Columbia Birth Records. Plus, you may wish to explore the website for Adoption Petitions | District of Columbia | United States District Court.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!