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Fairfield Hills Hospital records

Identifier: RG021_007

Scope and Content

Series 1. Patients, 1933-1995, includes admission and discharge registers for Fairfield Hills Hospital, as well as for the Berkshire Woods Treatment Center, 1987-1995, which treated substance abuse. The Connecticut State Library does not hold any patient files from Fairfield Hills Hospital. Series 2. Personnel, 1934-1943, contains personnel records of separating employees. Series 3. Medical Staff Records, 1937-1974 includes a record of births, 1951-1975; deportation requests, 1954-1956; autopsies, 1937-1953, and medical examiner cases, 1937-1974.


  • 1933-1995

Language of Materials

The records are in English.

Restrictions on Access

New Exemption: Public Act 11-242, section 37 amends subsection (b) (10) of Conn. Gen. Stat. sec. 1-210 and adds to the exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act any records created as a result of a doctor-patient or a therapist-patient relationship. This closure applies to all records listed below as Restricted.

Patients: Files continue to be made available to patients themselves upon reliable proof of identification which may be a current copy of a Connecticut driver's license with a photograph or current credit card with the patient's name on it.

Families: Section 52-146c of the Connecticut General Statutes allows "next of kin" the right to view records of a deceased patient who was also a relative.

Relatives of deceased patients should contact Assistant State Archivist Allen Ramsey by email at or send a letter with the following information:

- Full name of the patient.

- Approximate years patient was treated at the hospital.

- Name, e-mail, and telephone of the requestor.

The State Archives will search for the folder and will report the results of the search to the requestor. If a file is found and the requestor wants to view or receive copies of the file, the following information must first be presented to the State Archivist:

- Proof of identity through a copy of a current Connecticut driver's license with a photograph or a copy of a current credit card with the requestor's name on it.

- Proof that the patient is deceased through a copy of a death certificate or obituary.

- Proof that the requestor is a "next of kin" to the deceased patient through a copy of a birth certificate, obituary with the name of the requestor mentioned as a survivor, or a signed and dated notarized statement of relationship to the patient.

Other Parties: According to the new exemption, medical records are closed to other parties.

Record Series Listed Below: Records listed below labeled as non-restricted or unrestricted are open to all researchers who have read the rules of use and signed the registration forms. Since these records are stored off site, they may not be available on the same day.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Historical Note

Fairfield State Hospital in Newtown, Conn. admitted its first patients on June 1, 1933. The hospital was administratively transferred to the new Dept. of Mental Health on Oct. 1, 1953. In 1963 the name was changed to Fairfield Hills Hospital. The hospital closed on December 8, 1995 and patients were transferred to Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown.

See also the Fairfield Hills Hospital Agency History.


23.5 cubic feet


Fairfield Hills Hospital operated from 1933 to 1995. Includes admission and discharge registers, personnel records, and medical staff records.


Arranged into three series: Patients, 1933-1995; Personnel, 1934-1943; and Medical Staff Records, 1937-1974.

RG 021:007, Fairfield Hills Hospital
Inventory of Records
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository