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As part of the Open Collections Program, Harvard University offers a wealth of texts and images related to voluntary immigration to the United States from 1789-1930. The collection’s strongest offerings are from the nineteenth-century, when successive waves of immigrants from all over the world flocked to the U.S. to reap the benefits of the new urban industrial order. Materials illuminate the perspectives of immigrants and native-born Americans and highlight both the benefits and the challenges faced by a nation during a phase of rapid immigration.
This digital project provides an overview of early American approaches to psychiatry. Using primary source documents and photographs, the site features pioneering practitioners, institutions, and activists concerned with mental health care. Based on the nineteenth century, the project also traces the emergence of state intervention in the treatment of the mentally ill.
The digital collections hosted by Miami University showcase about 16,000 primary sources including photographs, newspapers, videos, and interviews. While much of the collection pertains to the history of the university and the region, certain materials, such as the collection of Victorian trade cards, reveal broader trends in the economy and culture of nineteenth-century America.