Manuscript Resources on the History of Medicine

This guide describes collections documenting the history of medicine in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC) at LSU. It includes the papers of physicians; surgeons; dentists; nurses; medical orderlies; and druggists and pharmacists. It also contains records of hospitals and asylums. There are a number of collections containing records of nursing associations.

The guide also contains remedies and recipes for medical treatments like medicinal tea; materials on medical education; prescriptions; descriptions of medical treatments; and doctors' record books with patient information, treatments, and fees. There are also materials on such diseases as yellow fever and cholera; plantation records that include information on the health of family members and slaves; materials on veterinary medicine; and medical advertisements. Finally, there are materials relating to illnesses and wounds suffered during wartime, particularly during the Civil War, World War I, and World II. Most of the collections are from Louisiana, but there are also materials from other parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley.

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Pinson, Hamet and family. Papers, 1859-1951 (bulk 1859-1899). 0.6 linear ft. Location: E:58-65. Native of Arkansas, physician in the Confederate Army, cotton planter. Collection consists of correspondence, financial papers, ephemera, and Civil War papers. Civil War papers contain primarily special orders for Pinson. Correspondence discusses medical procedures, Reconstruction, agriculture, local affairs, and academic life of Edward Gilbert. Memorandum books record medical appointments, military orders, Gilbert's accounts at Mississippi State A&M College, weather, and whiskey and tobacco accounts. Also included is Eva Pinson's autograph book (1885-1890). Also available on microfilm 5735: Confederate Military Manuscripts. Series B, reel 14. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1385, 1748.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Medicine

Pinson, Nancy. Papers, 1820-1890. 1 linear ft. Location: C:62. Planter of Woodville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi. Correspondence and business papers of the Daniel B. Pinson family. Papers are comprised of bills and receipts for taxes, goods and services, and medical and dental treatments. Letters refer cotton trade, cholera, and family matters. Also included are statements from cotton brokers in New Orleans; contracts with freedmen; a slave list; and a letter mentioning that excitement over the slave riot subsided (June 21, 1853). Available (with some omissions) on microfilm: University Publications of America Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations Series I, Part 2, Reels 13-14. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 828, 1255.

Pipkin, M. Louis (Mrs.). Diary, 1886-1888. 1 ms. vol. Location: H:21. Resident of New Orleans. Diary records daily activities, family news, and treatment of numerous illnesses. Also includes newspaper clippings of household hints and lists of expenditures. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 18. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2822.

Referenced in Guides: Women, New Orleans 1866-, Medicine

Plaisted, Samuel. Correspondence, 1838-1842. 7 items. Location: Misc. Doctor of Waterville, Maine. Correspondence from Thomas Maskell, Judge Joshua Baker, and William T. Palfrey of Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, concerning the settlement of the estate of Plaisted's brother, a lawyer, in St. Mary Parish. Maskell, who apparently purchased slaves belonging to Plaisted's brother, talks about selling them. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 911, 1337.

Referenced in Guides: African Americans, Medicine

Plantation store account book, 1889-1958 (bulk 1889-1899). 1 item. Location: G:18. Account book of an unidentified plantation store merchant of Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. Recorded are the debits and credits principally of tenant farmers in that area for rent, hauling, lumber, wages, ginning cotton, and their purchase of food, clothing, medicine, whiskey, and tobacco. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1888.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Medicine

Plough, Alonzo L. Papers, 1818-1866 [on microfilm]. Location: Mss. Mf.:P. New Orleans, Louisiana, dentist. Papers of Plough and of Edward Simon, and a plan of Jean Berard's plantation, now the town of St. Martinville, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2149.

Porter, Alexander. Letter, 1833. 1 item. Location: C:61. Sugar planter of Oaklawn Manor, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, politician, Louisiana Supreme Court justice (1821-1833). Letter r to Dr. John Ker, of Natchez, commenting on the nature and spread of cholera as frustrating to the medical profession; on the death of United States Senator Josiah G. Johnston; and the political prospects of General Walter H. Overton. Part of the George M. Lester Collection. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1209.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Medicine

Powell, O. C. Letter, 1850 July 28. 1 letter. Location: Misc. O.C. Powell of De Soto Parish, La., to Dr. Joseph Pownall of Stockton, Calif., discusses community news in De Soto Parish, local physicians, a doubly-fatal duel fought between two men over the infidelity of one's wife, and Pownall's thoughts of going to Mexico. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4302.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Medicine

Preston's HED-AKE trade card, undated 1 item. Location: E:Imprints. Trade card distributed by H. M. Garlichs, of St. Joseph, Missouri, advertising instant cure for any headache. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2264.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

Prichard, Walter, 1887-1965. Collection, 1804-1950 ca. (bulk 1804-1897). 196 items. Location: C:11-12. Professor of History, LSU. Collection contains the papers relating to the cotton trade, the career of Thomas Bolling Robertson, a politician and jurist, and Jane Dunbar Ferguson, a planter of Washington, Mississippi. Papers concern the Louisiana political activities of Robertson, the friction between the French and Americans in Louisiana, and yellow fever in New Orleans. Family letters of Ferguson discuss travel from New Orleans to New York, education, family matters, and Natchez acquaintances. Papers also contain with transcriptions, research notes, and footnotes by Prichard. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2509.

Prolifers for Survival Collection, 1979-1987 (bulk: 1983-1986). 2.2 linear feet. Location: 6:35-37. Records documenting the administration and activities of a pro-life and anti-nuclear proliferation activist organization. Includes correspondence, publications, and audio visual materials. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 4166.

Pugh, W. W. (William Whitmell), 1811-1906. Family Papers, 1833-1941. 921 items, 11 ms. vols. Location: U:165-166, H:9, OS:P. Planter of Woodlawn Plantation, Assumption Parish, Louisiana, state representative, and president of the Board of Levee Commissioners. Papers document politics, the Board of Levee Commissioners, Christ Protestant Episcopal Church, education of the Pugh children, and plantation matters. Includes papers of Pugh's son Thomas, a physician; and Edward, a lawyer of Ascension Parish. Also included are materials relating to the Civil War and to Pugh's daughter-in-law, Eliza Lofton Phillips Pugh. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2052.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, Education, Medicine

Pugh, W. W. (William Whitmell), 1811-1906. Sketch (typescript), circa late 19th century. 1 item. Location: Misc.:P. Planter of Woodlawn Plantation, Assumption Parish, Louisiana, state representative, and president of the Board of Levee Commissioners. Biographical sketch of the life of Dr. Whitmell Hill Pugh (1781-1834) by his son, W. W. Pugh. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 540.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Medicine

Pugh, Whitmell Hill, 1781-1834. Certificate (photocopy), 1804. 1 item. Location: Misc. Certificate signed by Dr. Benjamin Rush, of the University of Pennsylvania, stating that Dr. Pugh had studied medicine under his supervision for one year and had completed his work with honors. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 810.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Medicine

Pugh, William W. Letters, 1891-ca. 1900. 20 letters. Location: T:35. Planter of Bayou Lafourche, Assumption Parish, La., Civil War officer and president of the Board of Levee Commissioners. Letters to Ellen Pugh discuss politics, plantation crops, sugar legislation, the sugar trade, weather, and the Spanish-American war. They also report on health, social activities and family matters. Pugh writes about the right to vote and literacy, presidential election of 1898 (Sept. 14, 1898, ca. 1900), and he refers to the mumps (Aug. 16, 1897) and yellow fever in New Orleans and Mississippi (1897-1898). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3578.

Quintard, C. T. Diaries, 1864-1898. 33 ms. vols. (on six microfilm reels). Location: Mss.Mf:Q. Confederate chaplain and surgeon during the Civil War; Protestant Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Tennessee; and first vice chancellor of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Civil War diaries record his experiences and duties in Georgia and Tennessee; atrocities committed by federal troops; his conversations with Confederate officers Hood, Johnston, and Stephen Lee; and his views on P. G. T. Beauregard. Quintard's post-Civil War diaries record trips in the United States and Europe, persons visited, and events and ceremonies attended. Other materials relate to African American Episcopal clergymen. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1118.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Civil War, African Americans, Medicine

Ransdell, Joseph E. (Joseph Eugene). Papers, 1898-1948. 677 items, 28 volumes, 1 microfilm reel. Location: E:117, P:2, MSS.MF:R. U.S. congressman and senator from Louisiana. Papers and scrapbooks highlighting Ransdell's political career and reflecting his work on flood control, public health, the merchant marine, and his activities as a Catholic layman. Papers include speeches, correspondence, and materials used in the writing of his biography. Correspondence includes a letter supporting President Truman's appointment of General Mark W. Clark as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Collection includes photographs of Ransdell. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1127, 1243, 1349.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, Medicine

Rawle, Edward. Letter, 1837 Nov. 4. 1 letter. Location: Misc.:R. Edward Rawle writes from New Orleans, La., to William McCracken of New Haven, Conn., about the estate of George J. Jenkins who died of yellow fever. For further information, see online record. Mss. 3775.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Medicine

Raynor, E. J. Papers, 1869, undated 7 items. Location: Misc. Correspondence of Raynor from the Essick Knitting Machine Company of Philadelphia offering him an agency, and a broadside describing the knitting machine for the making of hosiery in the home. Included are a letter and newspaper clipping concerning a meeting of friends of the Cuba Republic, the Kansas delegation seeking U.S. patronage, and comments on New York Medical University. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 889.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Business, Medicine

Redhead, Joseph. Joseph and John A. Redhead diary, 1853-1870. 1 ms. vol. (on microfilm). Location: Mss.Mf:R. Doctor and planter of Wilkinson County, Mississippi. Diary and letters copied in it describe plantation activities and his family's experience of the Civil War. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1374.