Tuesday, January 07, 2014

HC&A receives records of Mindfreedom International

Late in 2013, HC&A became the repository for the records of Mindfreedom International, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to human rights in mental health. Inspired by the civil rights movement, Mindfreedom was founded by self-described psychiatric survivors who sought social change in the mental health field. Based in Eugene, Oregon, the organization unites grassroots organizations in activism around a group of campaigns for human rights and alternative mental health care.

The records we received include correspondence, publications, photographs, posters, and more, focused on the leadership of former Executive Director David W. Oaks. Mindfreedom staff prepared the records in Eugene and delivered them to Portland, where they were ushered into the archives by Jeff Colby:

Above photograph via davidwoaks.com

You can read more about the collection, as well as the group's interest in preserving it in an archive, on David W. Oaks' blog. It was gratifying to see notes and comments about similar collections held in other institutions. We are proud to be able to preserve and provide access to Mindfreedom International's records as part of our commitment to documenting the full spectrum of the history of health care in the Pacific Northwest.

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