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This postcard features a color illustration of the several of the buildings of the state mental hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. This image of several of the main buildings of the Mississippi State Insane Asylum shows its bucolic setting looking southeast. Work began on the campus in 1848 and opened in 1855. The hospital was long located in current Fondren district on the grounds of the University Medical Center with several trees on the front lawn. The main building had six marble columns and a classic front crowned with a cupola. Wing after wing would be added on both sides of this building. In 1900 the Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum changed its name to the Mississippi State Insane Hospital. In 1926 the word “Insane” was removed from the hospital’s name and by 1935 the hospital moved to Whitfield. The title of the card is printed along the bottom left edge of the image. The back of the card is addressed to Mr. D. M. Sullivan in Chicago, Illinois. The card is postmarked Jackson, Miss., January 28, 1912 and a green, one cent Benjamin Franklin postage stamp is placed n the upper right corner. And inscription is written sideways on the left half of the card. [see transcription field.]


Sunday 8am Father put in a very bad night. M. B. Busy my self up all night can't tell how he is as he is [?] all the time hope you are better now. I [?] for you last night and this a M rain all night and very [?] for two days I hope to night for you tomm Geo [sic]

Publication Date



S. H. Kress and Co.

Time Period



Postcards; Psychiatric hospitals; Insane asylums


psychiatric hospitals; mental hospitals; Jackson, MS

Geographic Location

Jackson, (Miss.)

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Mississippi State University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections, Manuscripts Unit, Lucius Marion Lampton, MD Historical Images Collection, Mississippiana Collection, Postcard/Photographs, Box 4, Mississippi Capitol Region



Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version)


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Insane Hospital, Jackson, Mississippi