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Guide to the Latah County Mental Health Association Records 1959-1975

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Records
Creator: Latah County Mental Health Association
Dates: 1959-1975
Quantity: 0.5 c.f.
Abstract:Correspondence and financial records; material concerning Nightline telephone crisis service and other crisis centers located in Seattle and Spokane; and some material on the Idaho Mental Health Association.
Identification: MG089
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The material in this Manuscript Group was separated into three series during processing as there was no order to the records when they were received. Any original folder headings were retained.The first series contains the business records of the association and includes the by-laws, correspondence and notices of public meetings, minutes of board meetings, newspaper clippings, and financial statements. There is a separate folder for Nightline which contains the manual, by-laws, and newspaper clippings, and one labeled Dissolution which contains minutes of the final meeting, correspondence, and a tax form. The treasurers' records include a cash book which details all financial transactions of the association, correspondence with the United Fund, and several financial statements.The second series contains brochures and information on other mental health organizations. The material from the Spokane and Seattle crisis centers was sent to the Latah County Mental Health Association in response to requests for assistance in setting up a local clinic. The Idaho Mental Health Association material includes circular letters and minutes from meetings.The final series includes letters from Senator Church, Representative McClure and a legislative report on mental health centers.

Scope and Content

The records of the Latah County Mental Health Association span the years 1958 to 1975, with the bulk of the papers covering the years 1965 to 1975.

The papers include correspondence, financial records and newspaper clippings relating to the association and its many projects. There is information about crisis centers in Spokane and Seattle as well as material from the Idaho Mental Health Association.


The Latah County Mental Health Association was organized in 1958 and the articles of incorporation were filed in July 1959. Its primary purpose was to provide the public with information regarding mental health and to act as a coordinating agency for organizations and individuals requesting services in the field of mental health. Included in topics discussed at meetings were special education, problems of the elderly, and drug and alcohol abuse. Money for the organization was obtained through membership dues and additional funding was provided from the United Way.

Among the projects sponsored by the group were Meals on Wheels and the Nightline telephone crisis service. It also published a directory of community services. By the 1970's members appeared to lose interest and other, newer, organizations performed the same function. On May 1, 1975 a final meeting was held and the board voted for dissolution. The assets, just over $1200, were distributed to the Recycling Center, the Mental Health Center, and Volunteers in Moscow; the final motion of the meeting was to donate the LCMHA records to the University of Idaho Library.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Idaho
Medicine and Health

Idaho Mental Health Association
Latah County Mental Health Association

Community mental health services -- Idaho -- Latah County

Administrative Information

Source

The records of the Latah County Mental Health Association were donated to the University of Idaho Library by the organization in May 1975.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Organization Records 1958-1975
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1/11/1By-laws 1958-1963 2 items
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1/21/2Correspondence & Other Papers 1964-1973 15 items
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1/31/3Minutes of Meetings 1966-1975 16 items
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1/41/4Membership Cards and Lists 1970-1973 14 items
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1/51/5Crisis Clinic and Nightline 1970-1971 25 items
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1/61/6Newspaper Clippings 1965-1972 115 items
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1/71/7Bank Statements 1970-1975 57 items
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1/81/8Treasurers' Records 1970-1975 33 items
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1/91/9Non-Profit Organization License 1973-1976 6 items
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1/101/10Community Social Service Directory 1968-1975 3 items
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1/111/11Dissolution 1975 26 items
Series II. Other Mental Health Organizations 1964-1975
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1/121/12In Moscow 1970-1975 7 items
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1/131/13Latah-Nez Perce County Mental Health Center 1964-1970 4 items
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1/141/14Seattle Crisis Clinic undated 3 items
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1/151/15Spokane Crisis Clinic 1970 12 items
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1/161/16Idaho Mental Health Association 1966-1971 40 items
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1/171/17National Association for Mental Health 1969-1970 5 items
Series III. Government Action 1968-1970
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1/181/18Correspondence and Reports 1968-1970 6 items

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