A Poorhouse Trilogy: Questions Relating to Poorhouses, Hospi…



The Museum of disABILITY History and People Ink Press have combined three historic publications to create “A Poorhouse Trilogy,” These three reprints include: “Questions Relating to Poorhouses, Hospitals and Insane Asylums” by John Ordronaux M.D. (State Charities Aid Association Publication No. 3), 1874; “Handbook for the Visitors to the Poorhouse (1888)” by Frederick Law Olmsted; and “He’s Only a Pauper, Whom Nobody Owns!” by James Oppenheim, written for the American Magazine, June 1910. We hope that this unique pairing of publications from the collection of the Museum of disABILITY History will provide a window in time to better understand the historical treatment of individuals with disabling conditions.

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