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Creator: Kenworthy, Marion E. (Marion Edwena), 1891-1980

Date: 1947 - 1971

Level of Description: Sub-collection/group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Unavailable

Unit ID: 223668

Abstract: Incoming and outgoing correspondence between Menninger family members and staff and Dr. Marion Kenworthy. Includes correspondence about the Committee on Southard School/Child Psychiatry and about Dr. Will Menninger's death and memorial as well as general correspondence between family members and Dr. Kenworthy (she was a family friend).

Space Required/Quantity: 0.75 cubic feet

Title (Main title): Correspondence

Part of: Menninger Foundation Archives. Corporate Records of the Menninger Foundation. Papers from Menninger Foundation individual affiliates.


Biog. Sketch (Full): Marion Edwena Kenworthy was born August 17, 1891. She received her education from Tufts University in Massachusetts, the Women's Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsyvlania, and from Columbia University of New York.

She worked in several hospitals after receiving her medical degree from Tufts, including the Boston Psychopathic Hospital and the Garden State Hospital. Upon moving to New York, she became an assistant in the Vanderbilt Clinic and Neurology Institute, eventually serving as the Director of the Bureau of Child Guidance. She also began teaching psychiatry at the New York School of Social Work.

During World War II, Dr. Kenworthy helped establish criteria used for selective service, traveled on behalf of the Women's Army Corps to report on psychiatric problems, and otherwise fought for the good mental health of soldiers and others during the war. Her major professional interests concerned mental health for adolescents and youths. She established the Wiltwych School for Boys and a psychiatric clinic within the New York City Family Court, also working with the state Children's Court.

Kenworthy held leadership positions in numerous professional associations and foundations, including serving on the Menninger Foundation Board of Trustees. She was a charter member of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, a life fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and an associate member of the World Federation for Mental Health, as well as holding membership or affiliation with the National Association for Mental Health, N. Y. State Charities Aid Association, and the National Conference of Social Workers. She served as the first woman vice president of the American Psychological Association (1955-1956) and the first woman president of the American Psychoanalytic Association (1958-1959), the American Academy of Child Psychiatry (1959-1961) and Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (1959-1960).

Marion E. Kenworthy died in June 1980.

Scope and Content

Portions of Collection Separately Described:


Locator Contents
097-05-05-21 to 097-05-05-22   

Related Records or Collections

Associated materials: Marion E. Kenworthy papers, 1915-1980 - Rare Books and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.
Papers of Marion E. Kenworthy (1891-1980), undated, 1938-1952 - American Jewish Historical Society.

Index Terms


    Menninger Foundation. Board of Trustees
    Southard School
    Menninger family -- Correspondence
    Kenworthy, Marion E. (Marion Edwena), 1891-1980 -- Correspondence
    Menninger, William Claire, 1899-1966 -- Death and burial

Creators and Contributors

Agency Classification:

    Organizations/Corporations. Menninger Foundation Archives. Menninger Foundation Corporate Records. Individual Affiliates. Marion Kenworthy.