The nine volumes are only a fragment of the original patient records of the hospital. There are six volumes of general in-patient records and three volumes devoted to cataract surgery. Contents vary over time but usually include patient name, residence, and age; date of admission; diagnosis; treatment; and outcome. The early volumes often include sketches of the eye in the patient history while later volumes use pre-printed diagrams of the eye. The 20th century records almost always include temperature charts and sometimes have photographs. Patients in the early years of the hospital tended to be German or of German descent, though non-Germans were not uncommon.
Access allowed only under the terms of Archives and Special Collections' Access Policy to Records Containing Protected Health Information.