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Quote:Soldat251 Sat 5th 10:20 pm
I have never met any former patients of Byberry.

I had two relatives who were in Byberry. One was shellshocked in WWI and developed schizophrenia. The other believed he was Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind and the book was written about him.

I cannot remember which but one of them was in Byberry when the family moved. They left a forwarding address and told the people who bought their house that if he escaped or were released he would probably come there and to give him their address. One day he showed up but when he did not recognize the new owners when they answered the door he ran off. We don't know what happened to him.


Thank you. I was hoping to meet someone just to see how they are surviving. I was there in 1971. I really appreciate the response.

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Getting Records - if your living
I don't know where Byberry is, but I live in NYS and I got all my records from BSH (buffalo state) progress notes and all the other crazy stuff they had to say about me. I went through a non profit mental health advocacy place that has lawyers for mental patients signed some forms they sent the records to the lawyer who in turn gave them to me. The legal service was free, non-profit. So I don't know if that might help you get your records. If your still receiving any services from them I don't know if you could do it, but finding a client advocacy place might be the place to start. I think I would look for the county mental health association where you live they are non-profits and may offer legal services. Good luck.

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My grandfather was in Byberry and I am looking for information on him and I am having difficulty locating what happened to him after 1940. I can't even locate a death record.

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Curious about the By-Line
I'm writing a book about Byberry and am currently collecting stories and photographs to include. If you're interested in sharing please email me at HannahKJones10@yahoo.com. Not enough people know about/remember Byberry, so this is a great opportunity to help keep the memories--good or bad--alive. You'll get full credit in the book!

On a side note, does anyone know who uploaded/has the rights to the By-Line newsletter? I'd love to include it in the book and give appropriate credit where due!

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Quote:108.35.151.107 Tue 24th 5:24 am
I'm writing a book about Byberry and am currently collecting stories and photographs to include. If you're interested in sharing please email me at HannahKJones10@yahoo.com. Not enough people know about/remember Byberry, so this is a great opportunity to help keep the memories--good or bad--alive. You'll get full credit in the book!

On a side note, does anyone know who uploaded/has the rights to the By-Line newsletter? I'd love to include it in the book and give appropriate credit where due!


I'm the guy who emailed you the other day. Sorry I have not got back to you, just been really busy with school. I'll get with you in the next couple days.

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Quote:108.35.151.107 Tue 24th 1:24 am

On a side note, does anyone know who uploaded/has the rights to the By-Line newsletter? I'd love to include it in the book and give appropriate credit where due!


I am the one who uploaded it and also I own the original. You may use it only in your book. Also please give full credit to Asylum Projects where you got the images.
Edited On 9:39:22 AM - Tue, Apr 24th 2012 by M-Explorer

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Do you have any photographs of either of those relatives? I'm writing a pictorial history book for Arcadia Publishing about Byberry and would be interested in including both your relatives' photographs and their story. You'd be given full credit in the published book!

Hannah

PS: For all those who own pictures of Byberry, worked at Byberry, or had a relative who was a patient at Byberry, please contact me at HannahKJones10@yahoo.com. I'd love to include all of your interesting stories and photographs! (My deadline is November 2012, so please get back to me before then.)



Quote:Soldat251 Sat 5th 10:20 pm
I have never met any former patients of Byberry.

I had two relatives who were in Byberry. One was shellshocked in WWI and developed schizophrenia. The other believed he was Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind and the book was written about him.

I cannot remember which but one of them was in Byberry when the family moved. They left a forwarding address and told the people who bought their house that if he escaped or were released he would probably come there and to give him their address. One day he showed up but when he did not recognize the new owners when they answered the door he ran off. We don't know what happened to him.

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Thank you, I'm so excited to include the newsletter in the book! If you don't mind me asking, how did you acquire the newsletter? Did you find it at Byberry itself, when it was still explorable? Just curious :]

If you don't mind, could you please send me an email stating that you grant permission to HannahKJones10@yahoo.com, when you get a chance? My publisher is really strict about the legal issues. I'll make sure to credit the images as "Courtesy of AsylumProjects.org"

Thank you again!

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Quote:108.35.151.107 Tue 24th 1:24 am

On a side note, does anyone know who uploaded/has the rights to the By-Line newsletter? I'd love to include it in the book and give appropriate credit where due!


I am the one who uploaded it and also I own the original. You may use it only in your book. Also please give full credit to Asylum Projects where you got the images.

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Quote:Hannahkarena Wed 6th 11:21 am
Thank you, I'm so excited to include the newsletter in the book! If you don't mind me asking, how did you acquire the newsletter? Did you find it at Byberry itself, when it was still explorable? Just curious :]

If you don't mind, could you please send me an email stating that you grant permission to HannahKJones10@yahoo.com, when you get a chance? My publisher is really strict about the legal issues. I'll make sure to credit the images as "Courtesy of AsylumProjects.org"

Thank you again!

Quote:M-Explorer Tue 24th 9:34 am
Quote:108.35.151.107 Tue 24th 1:24 am

On a side note, does anyone know who uploaded/has the rights to the By-Line newsletter? I'd love to include it in the book and give appropriate credit where due!


I am the one who uploaded it and also I own the original. You may use it only in your book. Also please give full credit to Asylum Projects where you got the images.


I'll send you an email next week when I get back from vacation.

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Byberry Records
The records are in Harrisburg at the state archives. http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/sd/r23phisd.htm here's a list of what they have if anyone is interested...

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Records needed from bybrrry . Is there anyone that knew one of the woman that died in the cold ????

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Are you still working on your research from byberry? Interested!! Related
Quote:Hannahkarena Wed 6th 3:11 pm
Do you have any photographs of either of those relatives? I'm writing a pictorial history book for Arcadia Publishing about Byberry and would be interested in including both your relatives' photographs and their story. You'd be given full credit in the published book!

Hannah

PS: For all those who own pictures of Byberry, worked at Byberry, or had a relative who was a patient at Byberry, please contact me at HannahKJones10@yahoo.com. I'd love to include all of your interesting stories and photographs! (My deadline is November 2012, so please get back to me before then.)



Quote:Soldat251 Sat 5th 10:20 pm
I have never met any former patients of Byberry.

I had two relatives who were in Byberry. One was shellshocked in WWI and developed schizophrenia. The other believed he was Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind and the book was written about him.

I cannot remember which but one of them was in Byberry when the family moved. They left a forwarding address and told the people who bought their house that if he escaped or were released he would probably come there and to give him their address. One day he showed up but when he did not recognize the new owners when they answered the door he ran off. We don't know what happened to him.

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I'm married to Carmella R . Grandson . Which makes my sons great grandsons
I'm married to the grandson of one of the woman left on the grounds in January. Our sons are the great grand sons which carry her name and bloodline

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Quote: Fri 14th 10:15 pm
There are supposed to be records at the state level. I used to work in a mental hospital so I know what is "supposed" to be done. I know they closed and were demolished. I have read many things on Byberry. The records I am seeking go back to early 1900's. They are probably not available anywhere. I didn't find out till today that they would have gone back that far. The person I was looking for died between 1910/1915. Thanks for responding.


I am also looking for records for a distant cousin who was there for over 50 years. Post information if you find anything. or email designitkl@gmail.com

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Relative at Byberry
Just wondering if anyone has found a good source for records from Byberry. My aunt died there c1946; I have her death certificate, but would like to find records.
Thanks!

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Relative at Byberry
I am the daughter to a patient who resided at Byberry 1060's early 70's looking for medical records

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Great Grandfather at Bay View Asylum
I am seeking more information on Joseph L. Tall who is listed in the 1900 Federal Census as an inmate at Bay View Asylum , Highlandtown, Md.(outside of Baltimore). He is listed as 71 yrs old and born November 1828.

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Uncle who was a patient at Byberry
My mother's brother was admitted to Byberry in the late 1920s. We learned he died in 1972. My mother was forbidden to see her brother when she tried to get him out in the mid 1940s. She never pursued him after that and we learned in recent years he died in 1971 or 1972 and was buried in a mass grave because he had no known next of kin. What a horrific place and sad story of three siblings who were separated upon the death of their parents; two sisters who were raised at Mt St Vincent Home in Philadelphia and a younger brother who was committed to Byberry because two old aunts couldn't handle him! We will never know the true story.

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Uncle - Addendum
My uncle's name was Leonard Calhoun...  :-(

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Seeking records of my grandmother who died in Byberry!
Italic texthas anyone been able to get the records of their relatives who were sadly placed in Byberry?

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Seeking records of my grandmother who died in Byberry!
Italic texthas anyone been able to get the records of their relatives who were sadly placed in Byberry?

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Quote:Soldat251 Sat 5th 10:20 pm
I have never met any former patients of Byberry.

I had two relatives who were in Byberry. One was shellshocked in WWI and developed schizophrenia. The other believed he was Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind and the book was written about him.

I cannot remember which but one of them was in Byberry when the family moved. They left a forwarding address and told the people who bought their house that if he escaped or were released he would probably come there and to give him their address. One day he showed up but when he did not recognize the new owners when they answered the door he ran off. We don't know what happened to him.


Thank you. I was hoping to meet someone just to see how they are surviving. I was there in 1971. I really appreciate the response.


Hi Soldat251
My mother was a patient around that time hopefully you are still on this forum
I am looking for information about my mother and of coarse medical records

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Getting medical records
I am trying to get medical records about my aunt. She was in Byberry from the 40's to mid 70's and released to a community home. My mother and her sisters would never say why my aunt was committed to the hospital. I am interested because I have a couple of nieces and a nephew with mental issues. I would like to know if their issues are inherited.

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Most of the surviving records would be found here :

Records of the Department of Public Welfare, Pennsylvania State Archives, 350 North Street, Harrisburg, Pa.

http://www.phmc.pa.gov/archives/Pages/default.aspx


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