2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 2, 2020 11:04 AM by Michael J. Hancock

    Seeking medical records from St. Elizabeth's Hospital

    Sheryl Hunt Newbie

      Is it possible to access medical records from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. for a patient who died there in 1912?

        • Re: Seeking medical records from St. Elizabeth's Hospital
          Susannah Brooks Navigator

          Records from St. Elizabeth Hospital are available at the National Archives in Washington DC (once they re-open for research).  The following is from the Guide to Federal Records



          418.4.1 Records of the Medical Records Branch


            Textual Records: Records of cases, 1855-1941. Register of female patients, 1866-1933. Case files of patients, 1855-1981 (bulk 1855-1950). Records relating to Garcia antiluetic treatments, 1937-38. Case files relating to metrazol and insulin therapy, 1937-39, with index. Clinical notes relating to the serpasil geriatric project, 1954-55. Conference record books, 1920-22, 1929-30, 1936-38.

          • Re: Seeking medical records from St. Elizabeth's Hospital
            Michael J. Hancock Wayfarer

            Dear Ms. Hunt,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located two series titled Registers of Cases, 1855 - 1963 which is digitized; Case Files of Patients, 1855 - 1950; and Records Pertaining to Investigations in the Records of St. Elizabeths Hospital (Records Group 418) that may contain the records you seek. For access to the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!