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Children's Mercy begins with two compassionate sisters

On the eve of the 20th Century, two sisters, each with a big heart and an indomitable will, set out to care for Kansas City’s neediest children. They began with one little girl. Then they helped a couple more children, and then a dozen … With no help from public subsidies or insurers, they treated all comers with any hope of recovery. That’s how Alice Berry Graham and Katharine Berry Richardson started an institution that has grown into a part of the soul of Kansas City: Children’s Mercy.

Learn about significant dates and events in our 120-year history »



For All Children Everywhere

For All Children Everywhere Cover"For All Children Everywhere" is the story of Children’s Mercy and a story of unending love and persistence on the part of two sisters – Alice Berry Graham, a dentist, and Katharine Berry Richardson, a surgeon - the people who followed them and of the community that took their mission into its heart. Today, 12 decades after its humble start as “The Hospital of the Little People,” Children’s Mercy still brings healing to the poor, but also hope to all children and all families of the city and the region. 

About the title: The founders of Children’s Mercy declared their hospital to be for children regardless of their address, their religion or their families’ pocketbooks. In the 1920s, when racial segregation ruled in public life, the leaders of the hospital believed they needed to address the health needs of non-white children, too. They found a way to work toward that goal, and declared the hospital “For All Children Everywhere.”

Read this, and many more stories about Children’s Mercy, Kansas City and their children and families in “For All Children Everywhere.” The book is the most comprehensive and accurate history of Children’s Mercy compiled. It features:

  • 224 pages
  • Hundreds of photos (some published for the very first time)
  • Dramatic details of troubles and triumphs over a century of caring
  • Dozens of stories of children in need
  • Stirring accounts of community support
  • Uplifting reports of doctors, nurses and philanthropists who knew no bounds when the cause was caring for children.

Buy the book

To read more about how the book was written and pick up where the book leaves off, visit the For All Children Everywhere blog.

The Children's Mercy Story 

The Children’s Mercy Story is a three-dimensional museum-quality display designed to take visitors on a journey through the 120-year odyssey of one of the top pediatric medical centers in the United States.

It is located on the ground floor of Children’s Mercy Hospital on the Adele Hall Campus, Kansas City, Mo. Through pictures, words and a small sampling of historically-significant artifacts, the wall display describes the humble beginning of the hospital to the fully integrated regional clinical referral center, academic medical center and medical research hub that stands today.

Underpinning the entire story, and the display itself, is a foundation of philanthropic support and a devotion to the mission of never turning a child away.



Hospital Archive at UMKC

LaBudde Special Collections at the University of Missouri – Kansas City became the repository for the Children’s Mercy Hospital Collection in spring 2015. The large assemblage of material is contained in scores of manuscript boxes and scores more of photograph boxes. There is much background material, such as personal narratives and booklets, as well as biographical sketches of Dr. Katharine Berry Richardson and Dr. Alice Berry Graham, sisters and co-founders of the hospital, and information about many other people and programs associated with the hospital throughout its history.

Learn more about the collection.

Contact

Phone: 816-235-1532
Fax: 816-333-5584

Stuart Hinds
Assistant Dean for Special Collections & Archives
Phone: 816-235-5712

Mailing Address
LaBudde Special Collections
UMKC Miller Nichols Library
800 E. 51st Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

Physical Location
326 Miller Nichols Library
Northwest corner of 51st Street & Rockhill Road

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