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Department of Health, Division of Student Mental Hygiene, Yale University, records

Call Number: RU 109
Scope and Contents
The research strengths of these records include gay and lesbian studies, as the documents assembled within cover the medicalization and diagnosis of homosexualityas a psychological disturbance, and writings, reports (including division personnel reactions to the Kinsey Report), and comments on homosexuals engaged in military and other public service. Another potentially rich area exists for those who study the psychology of war. Correspondence in the Project Files tracks the department's efforts to aid and advise the selection of men for military service, particularly officer candidates; psychiatric rejections in military screening; projects with multiple government offices to track the military careers of previous Yale and Harvard psychiatric patients; and statistics on psychological trauma to deployed troops. Many of the findings of these projects may be found in published reports issued separately by the department or the U.S. military. More obvious directions for potential research include the historical administration of university psychiatric services, and context material for related published works such as the division's 1942 book Mental Health in College. Monthly reports included in the Administrative Records furnish clinical statistics on the numbers and types of cases and diagnoses of student patients in the aggregate, a good source for the student of the history of psychiatric diagnoses and nomenclature.

There are no case files among the records. All references to individual patients in correspondence were edited prior to being transferred to the archives. While detailed descriptions of various psychological disorders exist in reports and correspondence, they are largely absent.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research, with the exception of budget and payroll records, which are restricted until January 1, 2044.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were transferred from the Health Services Center, 1993.
The records are arranged in three series: I. Administrative Records, 1926-1969. II. General Files and Correspondence, 1926-1964. III. Project Files, 1929-1956.
9.5 Linear Feet
Related Names
Yale University. Dept. of University Health
Language of Materials