Date of Award

Spring 3-20-2018

Document Type




First Advisor

Stacey Berry


Perhaps because of the nature of the asylum and the relatively short length of time in which it was open, documents and records pertaining to the Canton Asylum for Insane Indians are hard to come by.

Approximately 1,000 files have been gathered and are in the process of being edited and published online. My participation is part of a Capstone project for Dakota State University’s General Beadle Honors Program. During my work with the Honoring the Dead digital archive project, I have edited, uploaded, transcribed, and gathered metadata for 6 documents. In addition to digitizing, I analyzed the documents for instances of abuse and neglect. The documents revealed poor living conditions, nonexistent medical and psychological care, heavy use of restraints and isolation, and inadequacy in records relating to patients and practices.


This is a capstone project for the General Beadle Honors Program.