Topeka State Hospital Records
The Topeka State Hospital, a publicly funded institution for the care and treatment of the mentally ill in Topeka, Kansas, was in operation from 1872 to 1997. For some, the grounds of the hospital became their final resting place. Below is a searchable index to the 1,157 individuals buried in the hospital cemetery. With only a few exceptions, individuals were buried without a headstone.
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Patient case files from 1872 until the 1960s were filmed and given to KSHS. The originals were destroyed. Only familial relations of deceased patients and living former patients can request information from these records. Kansas Statute 65-5603, specifies the information that can be released for family history research. Examples include: dates of birth and death, dates of stay, names and addresses of family members. Medical information, including the DIAGNOSIS, is not open. To obtain copies from these records, please fill out and submit our request form to the reference staff along with payment for our reference fee.