MG 395 - Lying-In Hospital of Harrisburg Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains a book of minutes of the meetings of a group of prominent Harrisburg women responsible for the organization of a Lying-In Hospital for Worthy Indigent Married Women in Harrisburg; a ledger sheet with the account of the treasurer, Mrs. F. W. Buffington, and nineteen checks from August, 1877 to February, 1878.


The Lying-In Hospital of Harrisburg was organized by a group of women at the request of Doctors C. B. Fager and Frease in January, 1877. A house on Reily Street was rented for the purpose, a matron was hired, and the women donated many of the supplies needed to care for the clients. Monetary donations were also made by Mr. James McCormick, but the hospital seems to have existed for only one year.

Date(s): 1877-1878

Extent: 1 folder, 3 enclosures