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Anna Freud correspondence

Anna Freud correspondence
Creator: Freud, Anna, 1895-1982
Date: 1936-1971
These are handwritten and typed letters, mostly outgoing, from Anna Freud to Karl Menninger, Rudolph Ekstein, May D. Lee, and other Menninger Foundation staff. Anna Freud was the youngest child of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Topics include publishing and requesting reprints, visits (or apologizing for not visiting), professional organizations and conferences, comments and critiques on writings, family deaths, and greeting cards. Anna Freud came to the Menninger Clinic in Topeka on multiple occasions during the 1960s. These papers are part of the historic psychiatry material in the Menninger Archives.


Anton T. Boisen papers

Anton T. Boisen papers
Creator: Boisen, Anton T. (Anton Theophilus), 1876-1965
Date: 1915 - 1965 (bulk 1930s-1940s)
These papers include correspondence with Professor Seward Hiltner of Princeton Theological School, hand-illustrated poetry written by various individuals, newsletters from the Elgin State Hospital, manuscripts, and course lectures. Boisen spent time in Wabaunsee, Kansas while surveying rural churches, including the Congregational Church. Boisen was secretary of the Wabaunsee Neighborhood Association and wrote about the "Health Conditions in the Wabaunsee Community." Also included are annual reports (1933-1935) to the directors of the Chicago Council for the Clinical Training of Theological Students which include several photographs of students at the Elgin State Hospital, where Boisen was the chaplain from 1932-1954.


Benjamin and Richard Rush papers

Benjamin and Richard Rush papers
Creator: Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813
Date: 1791-1856
Originals and copies, sometimes also with typed transcripts, of letters written either by Benjamin Rush or his son Richard Rush, Esq. Topics include yellow fever epidemics in Philadelphia, news about family and friends/acquaintances, current reading, real estate and other property matters, religion and church, advice on health matters, legal and fiscal matters, publishing and writing, the American Revolution, the 1848 revolution in France and Major Poussin, politics and political careers, etc. Also with the papers are some court and legal documents from Richard Rush, engraved prints of Benjamin Rush, articles and other writings (often reprints) by Benjamin Rush or about Benjamin Rush, including an elegiac poem upon his death, and other related materials. Correspondents include Benjamin's wife Julia, former pupils, businessmen and lawyers, and other individuals.


Clifford W. Beers papers

Clifford W. Beers papers
Creator: Beers, Clifford Whittingham, 1876-1943
Date: 1903-1955
Beers' papers, largely, consist of handwritten and typed incoming and outgoing letters, as well as some correspondence about Beers. Correspondents include some family members, such as his wife Clara's parents and Clifford's brother George, but mostly include friends and acquaintances, such as Erua Geuil Perriu, Marie O.Ley, Paul "Mac" McQuaid, Elizabeth Warner, Louise Gaffney, Dr. and Mrs. Toulouse, Mary Louise Bok, William and Alice James, and others. The subjects of the letters mostly concern Beers' efforts toward bettering the lives of patients with mental illnesses and the publication of his book, A Mind that Found Itself. The materials also include Beers' courtship letters to Miss Jepson (parts of which were removed by Clara before she donated them to the Menninger Foundation, as she deemed them too personal) and letters he wrote to her after they were married. Some letters are in French.


Do You Understand Yourself?

Do You Understand Yourself?
Creator: Science Research Associates
Date: Between 1948 and 1949
This life adjustment poster created from the booklet "Understanding Yourself" by William C. Menninger, M.D. helps young adults understand the emotional stresses of everyday living.


Dorothea Dix correspondence

Dorothea Dix correspondence
Creator: Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887
Date: undated, circa 1826-1963 (bulk 1853-1860s)
Dorothea Dix's papers consist of correspondence from Miss Dix to various people, as well as some correspondence in which Miss Dix was concerned, but not directly involved. Dix was an advocate for social welfare, particularly supporting the establishment and maintenance of mental hospitals for the mentally ill, disabled, or poor. She was instrumental in the proposed legislation of the "Bill for the Benefit of the Indigent Insane." During the Civil War, Dix was appointed Superintendent of Army Nurses. Much of the correspondence concerns Dix's efforts to bring lifeboats and other help to Sable Island in Nova Scotia, an area known for shipwrecks and where many with mental illnesses were sent, sometimes against their will. These papers are part of the historic psychiatry material in the Menninger Archives.


Elmer Ernest Southard correspondence

Elmer Ernest Southard correspondence
Creator: Southard, Elmer Ernest, 1876-1920
Date: 1917-1919
Elmer Ernest Southard's papers primarily consist of handwritten and typed letters he sent to Norman Fenton. Southard, the first Director of Boston Psychopathic Hospital, was Karl Menninger's first significant mentor. Southard and Fenton collaborated on researching case studies and publishing about shell shock in World War I. There is also a course syllabus for his second year neuropathology course at Harvard Medical School. These papers are part of the historic psychiatry material in the Menninger Archives.


Florence Nightingale correspondence

Florence Nightingale correspondence
Creator: Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910
Date: 1856 - 1897 (bulk 1877-1897)
These are original handwritten letters to and from Florence Nightingale, famous for being a pioneer English nurse. Topics include her health, her work and her interests in India and its irrigation systems, her mother's death, her correspondents' work and affairs (particularly Mr. Burton's children's institute), and other topics. Correspondents include, among others, Colonel James Fife, Alice Hepworth, F. H. Butler, and Mr. Burton. Also amongst the materials are dried flowers gathered from Cathcart's Hill in the Crimea. This correspondence is part of the historic psychiatry material in the Menninger Archives.


Francis T. Stribling correspondence

Francis T. Stribling correspondence
Creator: Stribling, Francis T. (Francis Taliaferro), 1810-1874
Date: 1836-1868, 1907 (bulk 1841-1854)
These handwritten letters were written to Dr. Francis T. Stribling in his capacity as director of the Western Lunatic Asylum in Staunton, Virginia. A few of the letters are from county sheriffs and other local officials who have confined lunatics in their jails and want to send them to the asylum; most of the letters are from family members of individuals who are, should be, or have been in the asylum. The family members typically write requesting information about the patient, providing payment for the patient's stay, asking advice, making arrangements for a patient who has died, or discussing a patient who has escaped the asylum. Some of the letters provide information about symptoms. This correspondence is part of the historic psychiatry material in the Menninger Archives. A searchable, full-text transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Frankwood E. Williams Papers

Frankwood E. Williams Papers
Creator: Williams, Frankwood E. (Frankwood Earl), b. 1883
Date: 1905 - 1942, undated
This collection of materials consists of biographical sketches, correspondence (both personal and professional), lecture notes, bibliographies, and tributes for Frankwood E. Williams, director of the National Committee for Mental Hygiene. Much of the correspondence is between Marion Kenworthy and Norman Fenton regarding Fenton potentially writing a biography of Williams after his death (this never came to pass). A photograph of Williams is included in folder 12. This correspondence is part of the historic psychiatry material in the Menninger Archives. A searchable, full-text transcription is forthcoming.


Harry Guntrip manuscripts

Harry Guntrip manuscripts
Creator: Guntrip, Harry
Date: 1901 - 1962
These documents are a draft of the first twelve chapters of Guntrip's autobiography, annotated and marked up by hand. The chapters cover the years 1901-1948 in Guntrip's life. Also included are letters, notes, and other manuscript material regarding Guntrip's analyses with Drs. Fairbairn and Winnicott in the 1950s and 1960s.


Henry Havelock Ellis papers

Henry Havelock Ellis papers
Creator: Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939
Date: undated, 1881, 1912-1952 (bulk 1920s-1930s)
Ellis' papers largely consist of handwritten letters from him to others and annotated handwritten or typed manuscripts, often with editing marks. The main correspondents represented include O. Kyllam of Constable & Co. and John F. Kendrick. Topics of both letters and manuscripts include but are not limited to Freud, eugenics, sexuality, racial characterizations of nations, Ellis' own biographical information, publishing and writing/editing (especially Ellis' Art of Life and Sex and Marriage, published posthumously), birth control, Thomas Hardy, John Middleton Murray, Eleanor Marx, and William Morris. Includes both original materials and photocopies, and the bulk of the materials date from the 1920s and 1930s. Ellis' handwriting can be difficult to read.


Hermon S. Major papers

Hermon S. Major papers
Creator: Major, Hermon S. (Hermon Samuel), 1876-1961
Date: circa 1892 - 1955
Hermon S. Major (1876-1961) owned and directed the Major Clinic in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1921-1955. This clinic, originally known as the Southwest Sanatorium, was a private psychiatric facility devoted to the treatment of alcoholics. Photographs of the exterior and interior at the Simpson-Major clinic and photographs of students at the Scarritt Collegiate Institute are included. The Keeley Institute was created by Dr. Leslie Keeley in Dwight, Illinois, to cure alcoholism; this Kansas volume includes accounts from Topeka, Leavenworth, Wichita, Marysville, and Kansas City, Kansas. This collection is part of the historic psychiatry material in the Menninger Archives. These materials represent a selection of items from the Hermon S. Major papers. Access to some materials has been restricted due to potential violations of state and federal records law.


Historic Psychiatry original miscellaneous documents

Historic Psychiatry original miscellaneous documents
Date: 1751 - 1961
These are a variety of handwritten and typed letters, lectures, autographs, news clippings, biographical information, images and sketches, court documents, and other documents related to the history of psychiatry. These documents are housed in four boxes and the folders within are arranged alphabetically by surname or title, and they are included in the larger collection of historic psychiatry material in the Menninger Archives. Authors come from such fields as medicine, religion, prison and other reform and advocacy movements, politics, the military, etc. The documents themselves sometimes provide significant information, and sometimes they were collected because their authors were significant historical figures. Some of the individuals found in Box 1 include James Mark Baldwin, Ludwig Binswanger, Eugen Bleuler, Jean-Martin Charcot, Elizabeth Fry, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Carl Jung. Some of the individuals found in Box 2 include Alfred Adler, Robert Frost, and Washinton Irving. This box also includes a 68-page handwritten notebook by Dr. W.W. Reed entitled "Reminiscenses About the Treatment of the Insane." Some of the individuals found in Box 3 include Amariah Brigham and Frederick van Eeden. This box also includes a correspondence file (1883-1888) on Ellen Kehoe, a patient at the Worcester Lunatic Hospital in Massachusetts, and a series of drawings from the 1920s and 1930s by a Belgian patient suffering from paranoia named Andreas at the Kankakee State Hospital in Illinois. The drawings were donated by Dr. J.B. Gier, formerly of the Topeka Veteran's Administration Hospital, who knew the patient and encouraged his work. Box 4 includes a miscellaneous folder regarding insane asylums and contains legal documents, postcard images, and receipts for services. Languages include English, German, French and Italian, and transcriptions or translations follow some of the documents.


Karl A. Menninger certificate

Karl A. Menninger certificate
Creator: Menninger Foundation
Date: 1918
This interne certificate was awarded to Karl A. Menninger, of the Menninger Foundation, from the General Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.


King George III materials

King George III materials
Creator: George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820
Date: 1741-1855, 1941-1970 not inclusive
This collection of materials consists of miscellaneous handwritten and printed copies and originals of documents directed and/or signed by the Hanoverian kings of England of the mid-18th through early 19th centuries. Most of the documents are related to the regulation of madhouses or the insanity of specific individuals, including King George III himself. Other documents are of more general interest, including engraved images of King George III and some of his physicians, two letters from May 1801 regarding troop deployment in Egypt, a 1773 document regarding duties on candle-making and other taxes in Scotland, and the formation of a court martial system.


Lucio Bini 's Electroconvulsive therapy records

Lucio Bini 's Electroconvulsive therapy records
Creator: Bini, Lucio, 1908-1964
Date: circa 1935-1964 (bulk 1930s-1940s)
Lucio Bini's papers, largely, consist of incoming handwritten and typed correspondence; blueprints and related documentation for electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) equipment. They also include product information for selling equipment, records related to international patents, research notes from early experiments on animals (dogs), and from tracking early patients undergoing electroshock therapy. Newspaper clippings, photographs (both in color and black and white), and other miscellaneous materials are available. Correspondents include Lothar Kalinowsky and other professional colleagues, as well as some patients. The second box of materials are all xeroxed photocopies from Bini's materials and is not well organized. The materials also include correspondence related to the acquisition of Bini's papers by the Menninger Foundation.


Menninger Photograph Collection, Box 17

Menninger Photograph Collection, Box 17
Creator: Menninger Foundation
Date: Between 1919 and 2003
Photographs from Menninger Photograph Collection, Box 17.


Menninger photograph collection

Menninger photograph collection
Creator: Menninger Foundation
Date: Between 1919 and 2003
This box contains images from the Menninger photograph collection. The Menninger Clinic, founded in 1919 in Topeka, Kansas, developed innovative approaches for treating mentally ill patients.


Menninger photograph collection

Menninger photograph collection
Creator: Menninger Foundation
Date: Between 1919 and 2003
This box contains images from the Menninger photograph collection. The Menninger Clinic, founded in 1919 in Topeka, Kansas, developed innovative approaches for treating mentally ill patients.


Menninger photograph collection

Menninger photograph collection
Date: Between 1919 and 2003
This box contains images from the Menninger photograph collection. The Menninger Clinic, founded in 1919 in Topeka, Kansas, developed innovative approaches for treating mentally ill patients.


Nina Ridenour papers

Nina Ridenour papers
Creator: Ridenour, Nina
Date: 1926 - 1977 (bulk 1950s-1960s)
Nina Ridenour's papers consist of correspondence; press releases and other publicity materials; book reviews (both those for her own books and reviews written by her); manuscripts and draft versions, sometimes with annotations and corrections; comments and critiques; biographical data; bibliographies; reading and research notes; reference materials; a grant application; outlines and lecture notes; invitations; newspaper clippings; scripts; books, pamphlets, and other publications; and other related materials. Some correspondents include Menninger family members and Menninger Clinic staff, Aldous Huxley, Clara Beers (Clifford Beers' widow), and Abraham and Bertha Maslow, among others. Topics in these materials include publications and publishing (especially Ridenour's books Mental Health in the United States--a 50-Year History, Mental Health Education: Principles in the Effective Use of Materials, and Health Supervision for Young Children); mental health education; the play "My Name is Legion" (based off Clifford Beers' autobiography and co-written by Ridenour and Nora B. Stirling); the American Theatre Wing's community plays, for which Ridenour wrote numerous discussion guides; children's mental health; term papers Ridenour wrote while in school; professional organizations and professional positions with which Ridenour was associated, especially the Ittelson Family Foundation; consciousness; extra sensory perception (ESP)/parapsychology; and other related topics. The materials span Ridenour's career, though the bulk come from the 1950s and 1960s and provide an excellent overview of her work and professional interests and concerns.


Olivia de Havilland Goodrich correspondence with William Menninger

Olivia de Havilland Goodrich correspondence with William Menninger
Creator: Menninger, William Claire, 1899-1966
Date: March 05, 1949-March 10, 1949
This handwritten letter from actor Olivia de Havilland Goodrich to psychiatrist William Menninger and his typed reply discuss The Snake Pit, a 1948 film starring Olivia de Havilland. Olivia de Havilland was famous for playing Maid Marian alongside Errol Flynn in Robin Hood (1938) and Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind (1939). She was nominated for an Academy award for The Snake Pit, which is credited for instigating mental healthcare reform in the United States. Dr. William Menninger, a psychiatrist and co-founder of the Menninger Clinic, was a leader in the reform of state mental healthcare. In his letter, he invites de Havilland to attend the opening meeting of the American Psychiatric Association conference on April 11, 1949.


Planting plan for Orphan's Home of the Security Benefit Ass'n, Topeka, Kansas

Planting plan for Orphan's Home of the Security Benefit Ass'n, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Hare & Hare Landscape Archs & City Planners, Kansas City, MO
Date: January 1922
This is a planting plan for the landscape surrounding the Orphan's Home of the Security Benefit Association in Topeka, Kansas.


Plat of land, Security Benefit Home and Hospital Ass'n

Plat of land, Security Benefit Home and Hospital Ass'n
Creator: Kansas Engineering Company
Date: September 12, 1927-September 16, 1927
This is a plat map showing the land of the Security Benefit Home Association in Topeka, Kansas. Organized in Kansas in 1892 as the Knights and Ladies of Security, the Security Benefit Association spread rapidly across the country. By 1911, it had 120,000 members in 30 states. The association offered many benefits to its members including homes and hospitals. The portion surveyed is in township 11 S, Range 15 E, north half of section 29 and the east half of section 30.


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