The Montana Center for the Aged was built on a 40 acre site overlooking the city of Lewistown by the State of Montana. It was first occupied in October of 1952.
Today it functions as the Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center under the Department of Public Health and Human Services. The facility is a licensed 191-bed long term care facility established for persons who have a mental disorder, require a level of care not available in the community, but who cannot benefit from the intense psychiatric treatment available at the Montana State Hospital.
This collection is composed of five series:
Correspondence (1958-1980): Including incoming and outgoing correspondence between various organizations and departments dealing with the center.
Subject files (1953-1980): Including records on construction, additions to the facility, emergency plans, a manual on procedures, and dispatch books.
Meeting minutes (1976-1994): Including meetings of directors, supervisors, nurses, food service workers, and other staff.
Mayme “Maime” Matson’s Files (1912-1930): Mayme Matson was a patient at the Center for the Aged. She was born in Montana in 1896 and died in the Center for the Aged in 1981. Presumably staff at the center retained her personal belongings and that is why they were included with this collection. Included are Pratt institute annuals, a sketch book, and a photo album with the bulk of the records related to the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where she studied dress design and pattern drawing (1916-1917).
Maps: Including maps of the facility and surrounding area.
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.Restrictions on Use :
The Montana Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any reproduction use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.Preferred Citation :
Item description and date. Collection Title. Collection Number. Box and Folder numbers. Montana Historical Society Research Center, Archives, Helena, Montana.
This collection is arranged by series.
Detailed Description of the Collection
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Montana Historical Society Archives catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search under these terms.