The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

Lucas County Home/Infirmary Historical Records


Size: 8 linear feet

Provenance: UT Health Science Campus Historical Records

Access: Open

Related Collections: Toledo Insane Asylum Maps, MSS-221, & Toledo Mental Health Center Clippings, MSS-198

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

Completed by:  Kimberly Brownlee, October 2011



Historical Sketch

In Toledo, early care of the mentally ill fell to the Lucas County Poor Farm. The poor farm was an idea dating back to the founding of the state, when township trustees were authorized to appoint an “overseer of the poor” to provide “outdoor relief” to the needy.  In January 1838, the Lucas County commissioners located and acquired a site for a county poor farm at the southeast corner of Detroit and Arlington.  This later became known as the Lucas County Home and Infirmary.

Scope and Content Note


This collection contains register books of employees of the Lucas County Home and Infirmary covering the period from 1913-1939.








Documents and correspondence, 1937, 1971, & undated



Record of Employees, January 1913-1923



Sketch of hospital in 1869



Record of Employees, February 1923-April 1927



Record of Employees, May 1927-July 1930



Record of Employees, October 1934-July 1936



Record of Employees, August 1936-March 1938



Record of Employees, April 1938-October 1939



Record of Employees, December 1932-October 1934

Last Updated: 6/27/22