19th-century documents from the Peruvian asylum el Manicomio del Cercado (EAP1402)

Aims and objectives

This project aims to digitise the valuable yet damaged 19th-century collection of medical documentation from the Cercado asylum (Manicomio del Cercado), once located in center Lima and now hosted by the Larco Herrera mental hospital’s museum. The asylum’s archival documentation covers a period from 1859 to 1917, and consists of admission and administrative records, accountancy and correspondance. Besides this 4,000 page material, we hope to survey the hospital’s central archive in order to add clinical files to the project. We thus hope to contribute to enriching the history of psychiatry, which recent historiographical work has started to enlarge.