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This collection of papers largely consists of handwritten and typed correspondence between Walker Winslow (also under the name Harold Maine) and his third wife, Edna Mansley Winslow, the bulk of which dates from 1948-1951. The letters can be chatty and newsy, providing details about each of their daily lives and activities, what they were reading or music they were listening to, their work (his writing and therapy, her writing and painting), and other related topics. The letters could also be very self-reflective and analytical regarding their relationship to each other, discussing their sexuality and concepts of fidelity, relationships with others, their health and various injuries and illnesses they each had, money, their mutual loneliness, Edna's drinking, and other topics. Some of the letters were written while Winslow was working at and writing in Topeka. They were also written while the Winslows lived separately in Santa Fe, New Mexico; various parts of California (especially Big Sur or Oakland); various parts of New York (especially Rochester and New York City); and in Kansas. The letters document the rise and fall of their brief and intense relationship.

Also in the materials are a few of Winslow's typed manuscripts and poems, many with copy-editing marks and annotations or corrections, including a copy of If a Man Be Mad, as well as two published versions of the book (one in French). There is also correspondence with friends and relatives of Winslow and/or Edna; Winslow family photographs; some sketches Edna drew, with her handwritten notes on the back, perhaps for letters to Winslow; a letter of recommendation from 1889 for Winslow's father; and extensive correspondence between Winslow and Dr. Karl Menninger. Some of this correspondence regards articles and the book Winslow wrote about the Menninger Clinic; there are also interview notes and transcripts from interviews Winslow conducted with Dr. C.F. Menninger. Topics of Winslow's writings include Henry Miller, psychiatry and life in asylums, and the Synanon Foundation.

Creator: Winslow, Walker, 1905-1969
Date: circa 1943 - 1969, undated (bulk 1948-1951)

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Item Number: 223249
Call Number: Menninger Historic Psychiatry Coll., Winslow, Boxes 1-7
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 223249

Business and Industry - Health care - Mental health facilities - Menninger
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Artists
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Authors
Collections - Manuscript - Menninger Archives - Historic Psychiatry
Date - 1940s
Date - 1950s
Home and Family - Courtship and marriage - Courtship
Home and Family - Courtship and marriage - Divorce
Home and Family - Courtship and marriage - Marriage
Home and Family - Daily life - Health and Hygiene
Home and Family - Daily life - Leisure - Alcohol consumption
Home and Family - Families
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Correspondence
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Manuscript
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Photograph
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Original Art - Drawing
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Original Art - Painting
People - Notable Kansans - Menninger, Charles Fredrick (C. F.), 1862-1953
People - Notable Kansans - Menninger, Karl Augustus, 1893-1990
People - Notable People - Maine, Harold
People - Notable People - Winslow, Walker
Places - Cities and towns - Topeka
Places - Counties - Shawnee
Places - Other States - Arizona
Places - Other States - California
Places - Other States - New Mexico
Places - Other States - New York
Type of Material - Art objects - Original art - Paintings
Type of Material - Photographs
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Postcard

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