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Oakdale Sanatorium Records

Identifier: RG27.0020.001

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Scope and Contents

The Records of Oakdale Sanatorium include photographs, newsletters, and patient council meeting minutes. The collection does not include patient records; these are maintained by University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.


  • Creation: 1920-2001


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

The Oakdale Sanatorium was established in 1907 by the State of Iowa in response to a growing tuberculosis epidemic. Over the next 70 years the facility was used to house patients in need of a variety of treatments.


20.00 Linear Feet

Method of Acquisition

The records were transferred from Oakdale Hall to the University Archives in 2001. Finding aid released May 2010.

Related Materials

Edwards, J.A. and Sadie Seagrave. "A Brief History of the State Sanatorium at Oakdale, Iowa." Unpublished typescript, n.d. 18 pp. Archives, in Historical Papers Collection (RG01.0001.003)

Spear, Mrs. William and Basil Waddington. "A Brief History of Oakdale." Unpublished typescript. 7 pp., addenda. Oakdale Sanatorium. Archives, in Historical Papers Collection (RG01.0001.003)

Spear, William. "Early History of State Sanatorium of Iowa." Unpublished typescript, n.d. 2 pp. Oakdale Sanatorium. Archives, in Historical Papers Collection (RG01.0001.003)

Swaim, Ginalie. "Tuberculosis: The White Plague in Iowa." Iowa Heritage Illustrated 86, no. 2 (summer 2005): 72-73, illus. Notes Oakdale Sanatorium.

Walsh, Tom. "Community Health." Iowa Alumni Quarterly 50, no. 1 (spring 1997): 34-37, illus. Oakdale tuberculosis sanitarium.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242