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Adair building at the Osawatomie State Hospital, Osawatomie, Kansas

Adair building at the Osawatomie State Hospital, Osawatomie, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1925
A photograph of the Adair building at the Osawatomie State Hospital in Osawatomie, Kansas. The hospital was established by the State of Kansas in 1866 and had beds for 12 patients when it opened. By the end of the next year it housed 22 with applications for 50 more.


Administration building at the Larned State Hospital, Larned, Kansas

Administration building at the Larned State Hospital, Larned, Kansas
Creator: McAlister, Cecil
Date: Between 1960 and 1969
A photograph of the administration building at Larned State Hospital in Larned, Kansas.


Administration building at the Osawatomie State Hospital, Osawatomie, Kansas

Administration building at the Osawatomie State Hospital, Osawatomie, Kansas
Date: Between 1917 and 1940
A photograph showing the administration building at the Osawatomie State Hospital in Osawatomie, Kansas. The hospital was established by the State of Kansas in 1866 and had beds for 12 patients when it opened. By the end of the next year it housed 22 with applications for 50 more.


Aerial views of the Larned State Hospital, Larned, Kansas

Aerial views of the Larned State Hospital, Larned, Kansas
Date: Between 1960 and 1969
Four aerial photographs showing the Larned State Hospital in Larned, Kansas.


Aerial views of the Osawatomie State Hospital in Osawatomie, Kansas

Aerial views of the Osawatomie State Hospital in Osawatomie, Kansas
Date: 1961
Two aerial photographs of the Osawatomie State Hospital in Osawatomie, Kansas. The hospital was established by the State of Kansas in 1866 and had beds for 12 patients when it opened. By the end of the next year it housed 22 with applications for 50 more.


A view of the Knapp building at the Osawatomie State Hospital, Osawatomie, Kansas

A view of the Knapp building at the Osawatomie State Hospital, Osawatomie, Kansas
Creator: Wentworth, L. F.
Date: 1894
A photograph of the Knapp building at the Osawatomie State Hospital in Osawatomie, Kansas. The hospital was established by the State of Kansas in 1866 and had beds for 12 patients when it opened. By the end of the next year it housed 22 with applications for 50 more.


Chapel, Topeka State Hospital, Topeka, Kansas

Chapel, Topeka State Hospital, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1930
A view of the chapel of the Topeka State Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. The institution provided care and treatment for the mentally ill.


Drawing of the new treatment center at the Osawatomie State Insane Hospital, Osawatmie, Kansas

Drawing of the new treatment center at the Osawatomie State Insane Hospital, Osawatmie, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1961
A photograph showing an architect's drawing of the new treatment center at the Osawatomie State Insane Hospital in Osawatomie, Kansas.


Front views of the Osawatomie State Hospital, Osawatomie, Kansas

Front views of the Osawatomie State Hospital, Osawatomie, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1920
Three views of the Osawatomie State Hospital in Osawatomie, Kansas.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Norton Sanitorium applications

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Norton Sanitorium applications
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to applications of employment with the Norton Sanatorium. The Sanatorium opened their doors in 1914 to help those suffering from tuberculosis. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Parsons State Hospital applications

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Parsons State Hospital applications
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to applications of employment with the Parsons State Hospital specializing in treating epilepsy. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Lorenzo Lewelling, Correspondence, Box 1

Governor Lorenzo Lewelling, Correspondence, Box 1
Creator: Lewelling, Lorenzo Dow, 1846-1900
Date: 1893-1895
These folders contain correspondence subject files with Governor Lewelling, twelfth governor of the State of Kansas, 1893-1895, and the first Populist governor of the state. Correspondence received includes general letters, official response letters and letters concerning State agencies and subject files. Some proclamations are also included. Subject files include applications, endorsements, and remonstrances relating to candidates for appointments to the Kansas State Normal School (Emporia) (present Emporia State University), the Kansas State Penitentiary (present Lansing Correctional Facility), judicial, & other positions; county organizational documents; and letters relating to counties, crime and criminals, justices of the peace, lands, military affairs, relief aid, Prohibition law, and other topics.


Governor Lorenzo Lewelling, Correspondence, Box 2

Governor Lorenzo Lewelling, Correspondence, Box 2
Creator: Lewelling, Lorenzo Dow, 1846-1900
Date: 1892-1894
These folders contain correspondence subject files with Governor Lewelling, twelfth governor of the State of Kansas, 1893-1895, and the first Populist governor of the state. Subjects included are applications for jobs, endorsements, and remonstrances, as well as appointments to State positions; bonds; charitable and correctional institutions; cities and towns; claims; counties and county organization; crime and criminals, extraditions, and rewards; fairs; immigration; Indians; invitations; Indian, school, railroad, & other land; legislation; federal and State military affairs; railroads; relief; aerial navigation, forestry, livestock, pharmaceuticals, mines, silk, the State soldiers (orphans) home, and the United States government.


Hillcrest Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Topeka, Kansas

Hillcrest Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolfe, Harold B., 1898-1966
Date: 1930
A photograph of the Hillcrest Tuberculosis Sanatorium located at 1800 East 21st Street in Topeka, Kansas. In November 1944, after an agreement between the city of Topeka, the Topeka Tuberculosis Association, and the Kansas State Board of Social Welfare, Hillcrest became a division of the Kansas Sanatorium for Tuberculosis at Norton, Kansas.


Insane man escaped

Insane man escaped
Creator: Huron, George A.
Date: May 26, 1888
A poster titled "Insane Man Escaped" announces the escape of Boston Corbett from the Insane Asylum at Topeka, Kansas. Corbett, a former Union soldier, is famous for killing John Wilkes Booth, President Abraham Lincoln's assassin. In 1878, he establish a homestead near Concordia, Kansas. Corbett, who occasionally displayed erratic behavior, was hired as doorkeeper for the 1887 Kansas House of Representatives. While performing his duties, he pulled a pistol and unofficially adjourned the House. He was disarmed by local police, declared insane, and committed to the State Insane Asylum. On May 26, 1888, Corbett escaped on a stolen horse and after a brief stay in Neodesha, Kansas, disappeared.


Kansas State Hospital employees

Kansas State Hospital employees
Creator: Woodsworth; Garnett, KS.
Date: Between 1890 and 1919
A group portrait of nine employees of the Kansas State Hospital in Topeka, Kansas.


Kansas State Insane Asylum

Kansas State Insane Asylum
Creator: Haskell & Wood Architects
Date: 1880
A building and grounds map of the Kansas State Insane Asylum in Topeka, Kansas. Created by the Haskell & Wood, Architects firm of Topeka, the map is copied from the Radges 1880 Topeka City directory.


Kansas State Insane Asylum in Osawatomie, Kansas

Kansas State Insane Asylum in Osawatomie, Kansas
Creator: Tresslar Bros., Fort Scott, KS.
Date: Between 1880 and 1910
A photograph of the Kansas State Insane Asylum in Osawatomie, Kansas. The hospital was established by the State of Kansas in 1866 and had beds for 12 patients when it opened. By the end of the next year it housed 22 with applications for 50 more.


Kitchen workers, Topeka State Hospital

Kitchen workers, Topeka State Hospital
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
A view of kitchen workers at the Topeka State Hospital in Shawnee County, Kansas.


Kitchen workers at the Topeka State Hospital in Topeka, Kansas

Kitchen workers at the Topeka State Hospital in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
A photograph showing kitchen workers at the Topeka State Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. Almost all of them are women.


Knapp building at the Osawatomie State Hospital, Osawatomie, Kansas

Knapp building at the Osawatomie State Hospital, Osawatomie, Kansas
Date: Between 1917 and 1925
A photograph of the Knapp building at the Osawatomie State Hospital in Osawatomie, Kansas. The hospital was established by the State of Kansas in 1866 and had beds for 12 patients when it opened. By the end of the next year it housed 22 with applications for 50 more.


Larned State Hospital, Larned, Kansas

Larned State Hospital, Larned, Kansas
Creator: Ken's Photos, Pawnee Rock, Kansas
Date: March 1964
These two buildings are at Larned State Hospital, Larned, Kansas. Image 1 is the Allen building and image 2 is the Pinel building.


Norton State Tuberculosis Sanitorium, Norton, Kansas

Norton State Tuberculosis Sanitorium, Norton, Kansas
Date: 1930 and 1945
This is an aerial view of Norton State Tuberculosis Sanitorium, Norton, Kansas.


Nurse's cottage at the Osawatomie State Hospital in Osawatomie, Kansas

Nurse's cottage at the Osawatomie State Hospital in Osawatomie, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1940
A photograph of the nurse's cottage at the Osawatomie State Hospital in Osawatomie, Kansas. The hospital was established by the State of Kansas in 1866 and had beds for 12 patients when it opened. By the end of the next year it housed 22 with applications for 50 more.


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.


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