General Information

Lakeside HospitalFinding aids for these collections are not available online at this time. Please contact Jennifer Nieves ( for further information.

The Medical Institutions of Cleveland: 1813-1910; dates, names, locations, and relationships
This PDF includes information on hospitals, medical schools, dispensaries, asylums, clinics and other institutions with a medical purpose. It is available upon request.

Major collections

These collections are large enough to be housed in record storage boxes, click major collections for more information on each of these topics.

  • Forest City Hospital, an institution founded by Black physicians to serve Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, opened in 1957. This community hospital was the result of decades of advocacy, fundraising, and planning by the Forest City Hospital Association as well as the work of earlier African American community groups. Community leaders and physicians saw a need to create opportunities for Black clinicians to receive advanced training, obtain hospital privileges, and lead departments, opportunities in particularly scant supply for Black physicians. Forest City Hospital served the Glenville community for 20 years, closing in 1978 due to the rapidly changing healthcare landscape and the financial difficulties faced by many inter-city hospitals during the 1970s. This collection has been digitized and is available through Digital Case.
  • Health Systems Agency of North Central Ohio (formerly Metropolitan Health Planning Corporation)
  • L.D. Beaumont Memorial Research Laboratories, Mt. Sinai Hospital of Cleveland
  • Woman’s General Hospital

Minor collections

These collections vary in size. Some are contained in a single file folder, others in one or more acid free boxes. The collection includes newspaper clippings, public relations brochures, short histories of local hospitals collected by Kent Brown, MD, editor of Medicine in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, 1810-1976.
The links below go to hospitals own web sites for more historic information contact our Archivist at;

Homeopathic Hospitals

Huron Road Hospital includes two published histories of Huron Road. Information can also be found under Homeopathy-Cleveland.
Nottingham Hospital See Cannon, James Carl, box 2.


General Hospitals

Cleveland City Hospital Several patient record books, 1873-1884, regulations governing Cleveland City Hospital, 1884

Cleveland Clinic Foundation Newspaper accounts of the 1929 Clinic disaster, witness testimony of the fire, 3 vols. Typed, carbon copy. For more complete archival records, contact the Cleveland Clinic Archives

Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Newspaper articles, pamphlets on nutrition for children distributed by the Babies Dispensary, historical articles.

St. Vincent Charity Hospital Newspaper clippings, Constitution and Bylaws, 1937, Centennial Report, 1865-1965, Biennial report, 1898-1900 Other materials are housed in the Bunts Family papers.

Southwest General Hospital Newspaper article “Flu disaster of 1919 gave hospital its start.”

University Hospitals of Cleveland In 1925, Babies and Childrens Hospital, the Maternity Hospital and Lakeside Hospital joined to form University Hospitals. Babies and Childrens and Maternity opened new buildings in University Circle that year, and were joined by Lakeside in 1931.

The Lakeside Unit: Cleveland Medicine in World War I  The first contingent of the United States Army to see active duty in Europe during the First World War came out of Cleveland, OH. The Lakeside Unit, a group of surgeons, nurses and enlisted stewards, provided medical care to allied troops from 1917-1919. In fact, the organization of the Lakeside Unit began nearly two years before the US entered the war… more information


Psychiatric Hospitals

Cleveland State Hospital (Newburgh Asylum) The Northern Ohio Lunatic Asylum was opened in 1855 and operated as a facility for the long-term care of those considered insane. The state began to close the hospital in 1972 and the building was demolished in 1977. The collection includes newspaper and journal articles about the history of the Asylum. Please contact the Ohio Historical Society with questions regarding patient records.

Windsor Hospital Dr. Christian Sihler established the Windsor Hydriatic Institute Co. in 1898 on Windsor Avenue in Cleveland. Dr. Sihler promoted the method of immersing typhoid patients in baths, which was later adapted to the treatment of mental illness. Hydrotherapy played a major role in the services offered at Windsor Hospital. The Hospital moved to Chagrin Falls, Ohio in 1927 and closed shortly after the stock market crash of 1929. It reopened in 1932 as a psychiatric hospital for private patients. Information about the hospital can be found in the Personal Files under Pillersdorf, Louis.

Woodruff Hospital Established as Ingleside Hospital in 1935 by Mabel Woodruff, a psychiatric social worker at City Hospital. Her dream was to found a hospital to bring kindness and good psychiatric care to people of limited means. Ingleside operated until 1969 when it was closed due to conflict between administration and labor and later reopened under new the name Woodruff Memorial Institute. A pamphlet telling the history of the hospital can be found in the Personal Files under Ferreri, Raymond.

For related articles visit The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History-Hospitals and Health Planning.

To see postcards of Cleveland Hospitals visit the Cleveland Memory Project’s Postcards of Cleveland.

Access to museum collections is by appointment only

The Center does not hold patient records in its collections.

Please contact Jennifer Nieves to make an appointment.

Archivist and Museum Registrar
Jennifer Kane Nieves, M.A.
Phone: (216) 368-3648
Fax: (216) 368-0165