Primary Source Spotlight: Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Lynde Dix

Dorothea L. Dix (1802-1887) was an actively engaged citizen who tirelessly advocated for help for the less fortunate, particularly the mentally ill. Use the resources below to learn more.

Dorothea Lynde Dix portrait

Dorothea Lynde Dix to Abraham Lincoln, Monday, June 17, 1861 (transcription)

To the Legislature of Massachusetts [protesting against the confinement of insane persons and idiots in almshouses and prisons] Dorothea Dix 1843

Memorial soliciting a state hospital for the insane Dorothea Dix 1845

Daughters of the Puritans; a group of brief biographies (including Dorothea Dix) 1905

Dorothea Dix brief biography U.S. National Library of Medicine

Dorothea Dix: Mental Health Reformer and Civil War Nurse Smithsonian Institution Archives

Miss Dorothea L. Dix” The Tri-Weekly Standard. (Raleigh, N.C.), 06 April 1867

More Dorothea Dix historical newspaper coverage

A Walking Tour of St. Elizabeths Hospital In Custodia Legis blog June 27, 2014

Bryce Hospital images