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Aerial view of Menninger Sanitarium East Campus, Topeka, Kansas, 1946

Aerial view of Menninger Sanitarium East Campus, Topeka, Kansas, 1946
Date: 1946
This aerial view looking directly west to Gage Park shows the growth in the number of buildings in the Menninger East Campus. According to the notes on the back of the photograph, Dr. C.F. had this one on his desk for a long time. This aerial view of the early Menninger Clinic in Topeka looks north west with the junction of Gage Blvd and Sixth Avenue in the upper left corner. This black and white aerial view is of the original Menninger Sanitarium. Dr. C.F. Menninger and his sons, Dr. Karl and Dr. Will, formed a group psychiatry practice in 1919. The Menninger Clinic as a sanitarium was established in 1925 with the purchase of a farm house and admittance of 12 patients. Their philosophy was that mental illness could be treated with an integrated medical, psychodynamic, and developmental approach for the total health of patients. The Dr. Menningers did not believe that the fate of mentally ill people was to be warehoused; they believed mental illness could be treated. The Menningers brought hope for troubled persons everywhere.


Aerial view of Menninger Sanitarium,  Topeka, Kansas, 1937

Aerial view of Menninger Sanitarium, Topeka, Kansas, 1937
Date: 1937
This aerial view of the early Menninger Clinic in Topeka looks north west with the junction of Gage Blvd and Sixth Avenue in the upper left corner. This black and white aerial view is of the original Menninger Sanitarium. Dr. C.F. Menninger and his sons, Dr. Karl and Dr. Will, formed a group psychiatry practice in 1919. The Menninger Clinic as a sanitarium was established in 1925 with the purchase of a farm house and admittance of 12 patients. Their philosophy was that mental illness could be treated with an integrated medical, psychodynamic, and developmental approach for the total health of patients. The Dr. Menningers did not believe that the fate of mentally ill people was to be warehoused; they believed mental illness could be treated. The Menningers brought hope for troubled persons everywhere..


Aerial view of Menninger Sanitarium in Topeka, Kansas, 1932

Aerial view of Menninger Sanitarium in Topeka, Kansas, 1932
Date: 1933
This black and white aerial view is of the original Menninger Sanitarium. The Menninger Clinic as a sanitarium was established in 1925 with the purchase of a farm house and admittance of 12 patients. Their philosophy was that mental illness could be treated with an integrated medical, psychodynamic, and developmental approach for the total health of patients. The Dr. Menningers did not believe that the fate of mentally ill people was to be warehoused; they believed mental illness could be treated. The Menningers brought hope for troubled persons everywhere.


Aerial view of the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, 1953

Aerial view of the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, 1953
Date: 1952
This aerial view shows the construction of the C.F. Menninger Memorial Hospital. Dr. C.F. Menninger and his sons, Dr. Karl and Dr. Will, founded the Menninger Clinic for mental-health treatment, education, research, and prevention in Topeka in 1925.


Arbor Day at the Menninger Clinic

Arbor Day at the Menninger Clinic
Date: March 31, 1948
This photograph shows Dr. C.F. Menninger planting a larch tree which resembles the Cedar of Lebanon. Dr. C.F. Menninger and his sons, Dr. Karl and Dr. Will, founded the Menninger Clinic for mental-health treatment, education, research, and prevention in Topeka. Arbor Day was always celebrated at the Menninger Clinic because of the deep interest in the environment.


C. F. Menninger's Oakwood home in Topeka, Kansas

C. F. Menninger's Oakwood home in Topeka, Kansas
Date: February 8, 1993
Here are two photographs showing C. F. Menninger's Oakwood home located at 3102 N. Topeka Boulevard in Topeka, Kansas. The property is now owned by the Northland Christian Church.


C. F. Menninger Memorial Hospital, Topeka, Kansas

C. F. Menninger Memorial Hospital, Topeka, Kansas
Date: May 8, 1954
These photographs show interior views of the C.F. Menninger Memorial Hospital when it hosted an Open House. This was another stage in the development of the Menninger Clinic. Menninger is a leading psychiatric hospital dedicated to treating individuals with mood, personality, anxiety and addictive disorders, teaching mental health professionals and advancing mental healthcare through research. It was located in Topeka, Kansas, from 1925 to 2003 and is now in Houston, Texas.


C.F. Menninger Memorial Hospital in Topeka, Kansas

C.F. Menninger Memorial Hospital in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1968
The C. F. Menninger Memorial Hospital, East Campus, was composed of three units. The first, East Lodge, was built in 1927. Its companion West Lodge was completed in 1930. On his 90th birthday, July 11, 1952, Dr. C. F. Menninger turned the first spade of soil in the groundbreaking ceremonies for the addition that joined the original Lodges. He died before its opening in May, 1954, and it was so named in his memory.


C. F. Menninger family

C. F. Menninger family
Date: 1900-1923
These are hotographs of Dr. C. F. and Flo Menninger and their sons, Karl, Edwin, and William Claire. The Menninger Clinic is a facility for mental-health treatment, education, research, and prevention. It was started as a group psychiatry practice in 1919 in Topeka, Kansas, by Dr. Charles F. Menninger and his two sons, Karl and William. Edwin followed his interests in horticulture.


C.F. Menninger home in Topeka, Kansas

C.F. Menninger home in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1939
These are four photographs of C.F. Menninger's Oakwood home in Topeka, Kansas. It was located on the corner of Topeka Avenue and Menninger Road. The man pictured was the hired hand, Richard Lewis. Two of the photographs are winter scenes. Dr. C.F. Menninger and his sons, Dr. Karl and Dr. Will, founded the Menninger Clinic for mental-health treatment, education, research, and prevention in Topeka in 1925.


Campbell College, Holton, Kansas

Campbell College, Holton, Kansas
Date: Bulk 1883-1887
These photographs show Campbell College, (or Holton University) when Charles F. Menninger was a teacher and Flo V. Knisely was a student. Charles became a doctor and with sons Will and Karl, founded the Menninger Clinic, which was the nation's first group psychiatry practice, in 1919 in Topeka. In 1925, they established a inpatient hospital, the Menninger Clinic.


Charles F. Menninger homes in Topeka, Kansas

Charles F. Menninger homes in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1895 and 1923
These photographs show the homes of the Charles F. and Flo V. Menninger family from about 1895 to the 1940's. Dr. C.F. Menninger and his sons, Dr. Karl and Dr. Will, founded the Menninger Clinic for mental-health treatment, education, research, and prevention in Topeka, Kansas.


Charles F. and Flo V. Menninger family

Charles F. and Flo V. Menninger family
Date: 1885-1899
These photographs show the C. F. Menninger family and the birth of their first two sons, Karl and Edwin. Dr. C. F. Menninger, with sons Will and Karl, founded the Menninger Clinic, which was the nation's first group psychiatry practice, in 1919 in Topeka.


Class at Central Normal College, Indiana

Class at Central Normal College, Indiana
Date: 1881-1882
This is a photograph of the phonographic class at Central Normal College in Danville, Indiana, taught by Dr. C. F. Menninger.


Construction of the C.F. Menninger Memorial Hospital in Topeka Kansas

Construction of the C.F. Menninger Memorial Hospital in Topeka Kansas
Date: 1953
These six black and white photographs show the progress of the construction during the summer of 1953. This was on the 'East Campus' which developed around the original farmhouse location of the Clinic. These photographs document the construction of an important building in the Menninger philosophy of treatment, constructed to fit the treatment of the patients. In 1982, the "West Campus", a much larger area, was developed west of Topeka, a residential scale community of 28 structures on a 350 acre hilltop campus. In 2003, the Menninger Foundation was moved to Houston, Texas.


Demolishing C. F. Menninger's Oakwood home in Topeka, Kansas

Demolishing C. F. Menninger's Oakwood home in Topeka, Kansas
Date: August 07, 1995
Here are 10 photographs showing C. F. Menninger's Oakwood home being demolished in Topeka, Kansas. The home was located at 3102 N. Topeka Boulevard. The property is currently owned by the Northland Christian Church.


Dr. C. F. Menninger and sons

Dr. C. F. Menninger and sons
Date: 1930-1964
These three photographs show Dr. C. F. Menninger, Dr. Karl, and Dr. Will, and Edwin. Dr. C. F. Menninger, with sons Will and Karl, founded the nation's first group psychiatry practice, in 1919 in Topeka. In 1925 in an old farmhouse, they started the Menninger Clinic on the west edge of Topeka, Kansas. The farmhouse became the inpatient clinic and the surrounding 20 acres were developed with buildings and gardens to become the "East Campus" of the Menninger Foundation. In 1982, the "West Campus", a much larger area, was developed west of Topeka, a residential scale community of 28 structures on a 350 acre hilltop campus. In 2003, the Menninger Foundation was moved to Houston, Texas. Edwin's interests were in horticulture, also a strong interest of Dr. C.F. evidenced by the first horticulture therapy program and the landscaping on both campus.


Dr. C.F. Menninger with his mineralogy collection

Dr. C.F. Menninger with his mineralogy collection
Date: September 26, 1950
This is a photograph of Charles Frederick Menninger with his collection of rocks and books about mineralogy. This office was in the Arts and Crafts building in the East Campus of the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas.


Dr. C. F. and Flo Menninger and grandchildren

Dr. C. F. and Flo Menninger and grandchildren
Date: 1923
These are candid photographs of Dr. C. F. and Flo Menninger and grandchildren Robert and Julia. Dr. C. F. Menninger, with sons Dr. Will and Dr. Karl, founded the Menninger Clinic, which was the nation's first group psychiatry practice, in 1919, in Topeka, Kansas.


Dr. C. F. and Flo V. Menninger in their peony garden

Dr. C. F. and Flo V. Menninger in their peony garden
Date: 1922
This is a photograph of Dr. C. F. and Flo V. Menninger in their peony garden at 17th and Plass in Topeka, Kansas.


Dr. Charles F. Menninger and his interests

Dr. Charles F. Menninger and his interests
Date: 1889-1930
These black and white photographs showing Dr. C. F. Menninger's involvement in many activities in Topeka, Kansas. These interests were reflected in his work as a physician. Includes photographs of buildings in Topeka, Kansas State Board of Health, Reinisch Rose Garden, Christ Hospital. Dr. C.F. Menninger and his sons, Dr. Karl and Dr. Will, formed a group psychiatry practice in 1919. The Menninger Clinic as a sanitarium was established in 1925 with the purchase of a farm house and admittance of 12 patients. The philosophy was that mental illness could be treated with an integrated medical, psychodynamic, and developmental approach for the total health of patients. His interest in horticulture was reflected not only in his home and garden, but in the development of a horticulture therapy at the clinic. One photograph shows the north side of the 100 block of West Sixth, Topeka.


Dr. Charles F. and Flo Menninger in Topeka, Kansas

Dr. Charles F. and Flo Menninger in Topeka, Kansas
Date: November 1939
This portrait shows Dr. Charles Frederick Menninger and his wife Flo V. Menninger in 1939. They had been married for 54 years. Dr. C.F. Menninger and his sons, Dr. Karl and Dr. Will, formed a group psychiatry practice in 1919. The Menninger Clinic as a sanitarium was established in 1925 with the purchase of a farm house and admittance of 12 patients. The philosophy was that mental illness could be treated with an integrated medical, psychodynamic, and developmental approach for the total health of patients. Flo Menninger started the Menninger Bible Study series which is still in use.


Drawing of the Menninger Foundation grounds in Topeka, Kansas

Drawing of the Menninger Foundation grounds in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1952
This drawing shows the Menninger Foundation as it would appear in an aerial view in 1952. The Menninger Clinic remains one of the primary North American settings supporting psychodynamically informed research on clinical diagnosis, assessment, and treatment. It was located in Topeka, Kansas from 1925-2003, then moved to Houston, Texas.


Exhibits in the Menninger museum, Topeka, Kansas

Exhibits in the Menninger museum, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1999
These black and white photographs show the museum exhibits in the cases in the Tower Building reception area. Dr. C. F. Menninger and his sons Karl and Will formed a group psychiatry practice in 1919. The Menninger Clinic as a sanitarium was established in 1925 with the purchase of a farm house and admittance of 12 patients. Their philosophy was that mental illness could be treated with an integrated medical, psychodynamic, and developmental approach for the total health of patients.


Flo V. Menninger

Flo V. Menninger
Date: 1881-1927
Flo V. Menninger was the wife of Dr. C. F. Menninger and mother of Karl, Edwin, and William. Karl and William became physicians and with their father established in 1919 the first group psychiatry practice. It developed into the Menninger Clinic, a facility for mental-health treatment, education, research, and prevention. Flo was trained as a teacher. She wrote a book "Days of My Life : Memories of a Kansas Mother and Teacher." She also wrote the curriculum for a Bible study group, a four- year program which is still being taught today.


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