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Latah County Mental Health Association Records, 1959-1975
- Latah County Mental Health Association
- Latah County Mental Health Association Records
- 1959-1975 (inclusive)19591975
- 0.5 c.f.
- Collection Number
- MG089 (collection)
- 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.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
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.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
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.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
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.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series I. Organization Records , 1958-1975Return to Top
Correspondence & Other Papers
Minutes of Meetings
Membership Cards and Lists
Crisis Clinic and Nightline
Non-Profit Organization License
Community Social Service Directory
Series II. Other Mental Health Organizations , 1964-1975Return to Top
Latah-Nez Perce County Mental Health Center
Seattle Crisis Clinic
Spokane Crisis Clinic
Idaho Mental Health Association
National Association for Mental Health
Series III. Government Action , 1968-1970Return to Top
Correspondence and Reports
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Community mental health services -- Idaho -- Latah County
- Idaho Mental Health Association
- Latah County Mental Health Association