Archival Repository

The archives tell the nuts and bolts stories of mental health organizations and programs. Here are the letters, proposals, reports, flyers and brochures that explain how the PARTNERS program, the Village, Project Return, NAMI, and MHSA were conceived, developed and grew.

Mental Health Care in Los Angeles Before the County Department of Mental Health

Before the creation of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, mental health services were generally provided in state hospitals. In the 1950s, California also created a few outpatient clinics as well. Beyond these, Los Angeles County provided some of its own services for the mentally ill as far back as 1914. The 1957 Short-Doyle Act helped make it possible for the County to create a more comprehensive outpatient program, which was established with the creation of the Department of Mental Helath in 1960.

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PDF icon 1928 Psychopathic Situation in California and Los Angeles1.19 MB
PDF icon 1938 How Much Should Los Angeles County Pay For Mental Health?4.02 MB
PDF icon 1938 LA County Psychopathic Probation Department Annual Report2.93 MB
PDF icon 1939 LA County Psychopathic Probation Department Annual Report1.96 MB
PDF icon 1944 LA County Psychopathic Probation Department Annual Report7.58 MB
PDF icon 1945 LA County Psychopathic Probation Department Annual Report2.9 MB
PDF icon 1946 LA County Psychopathic Probation Department Annual Report3.73 MB
PDF icon 1947 LA County Psychopathic Probation Department Annual Report4.24 MB
PDF icon 1948 LA County Public Guardian Report2.74 MB
PDF icon 1949 Letter from Pasadena Nurse to Governor Earl Warren790.2 KB
PDF icon 1949 Los Angeles Superior Court Mental Health Department Annual Report6.87 MB
PDF icon 1950 Los Angeles Superior Court Mental Health Department Annual Report4.89 MB
PDF icon 1951 Los Angeles Superior Court Mental Health Department Annual Report2.35 MB
PDF icon 1952 Los Angeles Superior Court Mental Health Department Annual Report4.22 MB
PDF icon 1953 Los Angeles Superior Court Mental Health Department Annual Report6.37 MB
PDF icon 1954 Superior Court Judge Letter to Board of Supervisors842.14 KB
PDF icon 1955 Los Angeles Counselor in Mental Health Report10.13 MB
PDF icon 1957 Board of Supervisors Resolution to Create County Short-Doyle Programs1.19 MB
PDF icon 1957 Los Angeles Counselor in Mental Health Report7.13 MB
PDF icon 1958 American Legion Resolution Opposed to Mental Health System1.37 MB
PDF icon 1958 Board of Supervisors Deliberations on Mental Health Advisory Board and Short Doyle Plan9.21 MB
PDF icon 1958 Board of Supervisors Public Hearing on Short Doyle Plan37.84 MB
PDF icon 1958 Los Angeles Resident Opposed to Creation of Short-Doyle Program386.86 KB
PDF icon 1958 Los Angeles Resident Supporting Creation of Short-Doyle Program1.1 MB
PDF icon 1958 Probation Officers Supporting Creation of Short-Doyle Plan555.4 KB