Records of Oakdale Sanatorium
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Acquisition and Processing Information: The records were transferred from Oakdale Hall to the University Archives in 2001. Finding aid released May 2010.
Photographs: Box 1
Scope and Contents
The Records of Oakdale Sanatorium include photographs, newsletters, and patient council meeting minutes. The collection does not include patient records; these are maintained by University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
The Oakdale Sanatorium was established in 1907 by the State of Iowa in response to a growing tuberculosis epidemic. Over the next 70 years the facility was used to house patients in need of a variety of treatments.
Edwards, J.A. and Sadie Seagrave. "A Brief History of the State Sanatorium at Oakdale, Iowa." Unpublished typescript, n.d. 18 pp. Archives, in Historical Papers Collection (RG 01.01.03)
Spear, Mrs. William and Basil Waddington. "A Brief History of Oakdale." Unpublished typescript. 7 pp., addenda. Oakdale Sanatorium. Archives, in Historical Papers Collection (RG 01.01.03)
Spear, William. "Early History of State Sanatorium of Iowa." Unpublished typescript, n.d. 2 pp. Oakdale Sanatorium. Archives, in Historical Papers Collection (RG 01.01.03)
Swaim, Ginalie. "Tuberculosis: The White Plague in Iowa." Iowa Heritage Illustrated 86, no. 2 (summer 2005): 72-73, illus. Notes Oakdale Sanatorium.
Walsh, Tom. "Community Health." Iowa Alumni Quarterly 50, no. 1 (spring 1997): 34-37, illus. Oakdale tuberculosis sanitarium.
Box Contents List
Building summary prepared June 30, 1991, including articles and newspaper clippings
Binder 1: Photographs of campus, social events. 1927-1963
Binder 2: Photographs of staff. 1950-1960
Binder 3: Photographs of campus, staff; includes 1998 history of Oakdale, no author. 1950-1998
Binder 4: Photographs. 1920-1940
Binder 5: Photographs. 1945-2001; bulk 1945-1960
Binder 6: Photographs. 1945-1953
Binder 7: William Spear, M.D., retirement album. 1968
Patient Council meeting minutes. 1949-1955
State Sanatorium Annual Report. 1943
The Stethoscope newsletter. 1930, 1958-1969 (incomplete)
Oversize boxes 1-14
Unprocessed; include employee payroll records