FMHI Institute Archives
The FMHI Institute Archive includes published and unpublished materials documenting the formation and evolution of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute and its various units. Collection items include, but are not limited to: administrative records, photographs, departmental pamphlets and brochures, reports and technical publications. The FMHI Research Library currently maintains select records of the institution. Additional items are maintained by the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences.
In 1996, a detailed description of the complete archive was published as A Guide to the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute Archive. The guide is available as part of the FMHI Research Library’s circulating collection: RA790.65.F6 G85 1996.
Florida Mental Health Institute archives, 1970-1990
The Florida Mental Health Institute was established as a regional facility to provide mental health care services that would complement existing state hospitals and community centers. Within 15 years of its inception, institute services were expanded to include a range of client services and educational functions. In 1996, the Institute was renamed the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute. Since then, FMHI has continued to increase its capacity through research, training, leadership, and expertise in treating mental, behavioral, addictive and developmental disorders. Selected papers in the institute archives include departmental files, publications, and official reports.
Edwin Arthur Larson papers
The papers of Edwin Arthur Larson (standing, first on left) document the early years of the Florida Mental Health Institute as well as the larger trends in Florida’s mental health care from the late 1960s to the end of the 1970s. Larson donated four linear feet of manuscripts, typed reports, and memorandum to the Institute in November 1986. A 1958 graduate of the medical school at Chicago’s Northwestern University, Larson gained certification in General Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1965. His primary research interests included forensic psychiatry, drug and substance abuse, adjustment disorders, and adolescent psychiatry.
Larson worked with or consulted with a number of mental health institutions in the state of Florida, serving as an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Florida in Gainesville from 1964 to 1970 and as leader of the Bureau of Training, Research, and Evaluation in the State Division of Mental Health, Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS) from 1970 to 1974. From 1974 to 1975, Larson was Chief of Services at the Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee. After that period, he entered private practice.
The files in this collection contain staff recruitment information, materials on program design and planning, documents related to the construction of the Institute, and similar information. Arrangement is chronological within three series:
- Reading Files (1969-1971),
- Miscellaneous (1970-1977), and
- Reorganization Files (1975).
A small number of items from the collection have been transcribed and made available electronically:
- 1967 – Secretary of State Tom Adams (Acceptance of land deed for new Mental Health Institute)
- 1973 – Institute’s first mission statement, John Ainslie
- 1974 – Opening day speech
JCAHO Papers on the Accreditation of FMHI
The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) began operations as a residential facility and treatment center. The papers in this collection comprise accreditation and regulation procedures for the Institute, as undertaken through the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS), 1985-1996. The project and compilation of papers were overseen by Jini Hanjian, former Quality Assurance Coordinator (FMHI) and Research Coordinator (FMHI Department of Aging and Mental Health).