You never know what you will find in a collection of records. The Menninger Archives has a group of records called the Historic Psychiatry collection. Within that group of records are three letters that relate to Dr. Karl Menninger receiving an autographed copy of Robert Frost’s poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," originally written in 1922. In a note written September 1, 1959, Dr. Karl explained how he came by the autographed copy of the poem. He had shared a room with Dr. Merrill Moore at the American Psychiatric Association meeting in May 1940. Dr. Moore was a well-known psychiatrist but also a poet. Dr. Karl and Dr. Moore were sharing a room because the hotel was full. Moore recited the Frost poem and Dr. Karl wrote that he “was entranced.” Apparently, Dr. Karl wrote Dr. Moore after the conference. On June 6, 1940, after sharing niceties, Dr. Moore responded that “Oddly enough the day your letter came Robert Frost was in my office consulting me so as he left I asked him to sign this poem for you. Needless to say, he was delighted to do it.” Enclosed with the letter was a typewritten copy of the poem with Robert Frost’s autograph. He also wrote: “To Dr. Karl Menninger of Topeka Kansas through the thoughtfulness of Dr. Merrill Moore of Boston, 1940."
[Post written by Pat Michaelis (Research Collections Division Director)]