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Community (Red Cross) Hospital records

Collection : Community (Red Cross) Hospital records
Date/Extent : 1907-1976; 45.5 linear ft., 1 reel microfilm
Description : The Red Cross Hospital was founded in 1899 by a group of African American physicians in order to have a place to treat African American patients in segregated Louisville, Kentucky. In 1972 it was renamed Community Hospital. Due to financial difficulties, the hospital closed in 1975 and filed for bankruptcy in 1976. The collection contains correspondence, minutes of the board of directors and its committees, minutes of medical staff meetings, financial records, and patient records. Additional material relates to administration, fund drives, professional achievements of staff, and the eventual integration of Louisville hospitals. Community Hospital social service records contain files from 1973 to 1975, including out-patient referrals and services, patient folders, Mini-Home Project patient forms, lists of social workers and their addresses, volunteer work, River Region Elk Center patients' files. Also included is one reel of microfilm documenting the period from 1945 to 1952. Scrapbooks contain clippings and some correspondence, as well as documentation of fund drives in 1945 and 1948 and dedicatory exercises for a new addition to the hospital in 1951.
Repository : University Archives

Child with nurse at the Community Red Cross Hospital in Louisville, 1920. Photograph by Caufield and Shook.