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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I. L. Lyons and Company. Trade card, circa 19th century. 1 item. Location: E:Imprints. New Orleans wholesale druggist. Trade card advertising Abrams' ointment. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1244.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Medicine

Intestinal dyspepsia or indigestion, 1910. 15 p. ; 16 cm. Location: UU:97. Pamphlet on dyspepsia and indisgestion. Part of the Joseph Jones Papers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 468, 534, 544, 1036, 1352,1357, 1393.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

Jackson, Charles T. (Thomas). Letters, 1849. 3 items (photographic prints). Location: Misc. American physician and scientist. Letter from Dr. Jackson together with copies of letters supporting his claim for the discovery of ether as a surgical anesthesia and his suggested use to W. T. G. Morton in tooth extraction. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1597.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

Johnson, Charles James. Papers, 1827-1866 (bulk 1836-1862). 162 items, 1 volume. Location: C:31. Physician of West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, 2nd lieutenant in the 11th Louisiana Infantry. Letters of Johnson while he attended University of Nashville; letters to his wife, Louisa Butler McCrindell, while he was in the Confederate Army; and correspondence of the Edington, Bowman, Bell, Stirling, Hereford, Courtney, and McCrindell families. Miscellaneous items include a deed for a land sale (1827), a broadside (1833), and a petition for opening the succession of Mrs. Harriet McCrindell (1863). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1152.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Medicine

Jones, George W. Papers, 1902-1984, undated (bulk 1942-1950). 3 linear ft. Locations: D:102-104. OS:J. Member of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and later a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve from Canton, Mississippi. Collection consists of correspondence and personal papers documenting primarily the lives of Jones and his family. Correspondence discusses news regarding Canton, World War II, the Jones family's drug store, George's wellbeing and duties, and other family members and friends. Personal papers, chiefly printed materials, document George's time in the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Naval Reserve. Mss. 4135.

Jones, Joseph. Papers, 1832-1919 (bulk 1860-1905). 7.5 linear ft., 74 volumes, 23 microfilm reels. Location: UU:87-100, O:20, OS:J, AA:, VAULT:1, MSS.MF:J. New Orleans physician and scientific writer, Confederate medical authority, and president of the Louisiana State Board of Health. Papers consist of manuscript writings by Jones pertaining to investigations of various diseases, studies on American archaeology and anthropology, and published and unpublished papers on Confederate medical history. Also included are family letters and six letter file books containing correspondence and related items by subjects. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 468, 534, 544, 1036, 1351, 1357, 1393, 1441.

Kellogg, John Harvey. "The non-surgical treatment of ovarian diseases," 1893. 26 p. : illu. ; 22 cm. Location: UU:97. Superintendent at Battle Creek Sanitarium, Battle Creek, Mich. "Reprinted from Modern Medicine and Bacteriological World." Part of the Joseph Jones Papers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 468, 534, 544, 1036, 1352,1357, 1393.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

Kendrick, Benjamin. Papers, 1806-1894 (bulk 1810-1840). 0.7 linear ft. (611 items). Location: U:170. Cotton planter and slaveholder of the Feliciana parishes, Louisiana. In 1823 he moved from St. Francisville (West Feliciana Parish) near Jackson (East Feliciana Parish) and in 1830 he established Asphodel Plantation there. Collection includes legal papers, bills, receipts, and correspondence. Papers document medical care for family members and slaves; and include letters from New Orleans merchants and a letter from a Missouri slave dealer (1836). Some materials relate to David J. Fluker of East Feliciana Parish, Kendrick's son-in-law. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5322: University Publications of America Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations Series I, Part 2, Reels 11-12. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 906.

Ker, John, 1789-1850. Thesis, 1811. 1 item [typescript copy]. Location: Misc.:K. Medical doctor of Good Hope Plantation of Concordia Parish, Louisiana, the father of Mary Susan and William H. Ker. Thesis presented by John Ker in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 945.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Medicine, Natchez, Mississippi

Ker, John, 1789-1850. Family Papers, 1803-1862. 27 items, 1 vol. Location: S:108. Medical doctor of Good Hope Plantation of Concordia Parish, Louisiana, and the father of Mary Susan and William H. Ker. Papers include letters from Stephen Duncan, Sr., of Natchez, Mississippi, and Philadelphia, to Dr. John Ker; and Civil War letters from William H. Ker, a Confederate soldier. Collection also includes a diary (1850-1851) of Mary Susan Ker with details on family life after her father's death. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 15. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3539.

Kilbourne, Hal Harper. Family papers, 1826-1984 (bulk 1895-1910). 1.25 linear ft. Location: E:126, OS:K, MSS.MF:K. Lawyer and judge of Clinton, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Collection is comprised of papers and photographs. He was the son of James Kilbourne, M.D. and grandson to the planter, jurist and state legislator James Gilliam Kilbourne. Papers contain correspondence, personal papers, genealogical material, printed items and photographs pertaining to the Kilbourne family and Clinton. Mss. 2891.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Medicine

King, John W. Papers, 1828-1860 (bulk 1830-1850). 0.5 linear ft., 1 microfilm reel. Location: UU:105, MSS.MF:K, OS:K. Physician of Covington, Kentucky and president of Newport Manufacturing Company, Newport, Kentucky. Papers include correspondence, legal documents, receipts, printed materials, manuscript writings, a will, and a medical notebook. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1372, 1382.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Medicine, Literature

Kleinpeter, Andrew. Papers, 1827-1833. 20 items. Location: B:40. Resident of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. Correspondence from relatives in Spencer County, Kentucky, and letters from James Neilson, attending school in Lexington, Kentucky, commenting on Henry Clay after attending a party in his home, and mentioning a shooting by supporters of Clay and Jackson. Includes business letters of Isidor Larguire, cotton broker, of New Orleans; and a letter of A. Jones, Baton Rouge, concerning the treatment of cholera. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 238.

Knapp, James S. Family Papers, 1849-1909 (bulk 1865-1895). 1,187 items, 16 vols. Location: U:182-185, OS:K. Dentist and dean of the New Orleans Dental College. Early papers include dental bills and receipts; and the charter for the New Orleans Dental College. Post-1865 papers concern the Louisiana Dental Association and the New Orleans Dental College. Also included are personal papers. Papers of J. Rollo Knapp deal with his dental practice. Frederick H. Knapp's papers include certificates from the Board of Medical Censors of Adams County, Mississippi, and the University of Havana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 880.

Knights of Honor, by-laws of Myrtle Lodge No. 3407, 1889. 3 items. Location: E:Imprints. Fratrnal organization founded in 1873 to care for the sick.Two copies of the bylaws of Myrtle Lodge No. 3407 of the Knights of Honor, Bayou Goula, La., and one envelope of the lodge. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1088.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

Lake Charles District Nurses' Association. Records, 1934-1949, undated. 83 items, 1 volume. Location: 124:. Records include correspondence (1943-1948) principally with the Louisiana Nurses Board of Examiners, in New Orleans; minutes (1942-1949) of meetings of the Board of Directors and the Lake Charles District; and a treasurers' record book (1934-1949). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1778.

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

Lambert, John W. (John Walter), 1861-1932. Papers, 1872-1932 (bulk 1900-1931). 872 items, 59 vols. Location: U:196-197, G:15, OS:L. Physician, mayor of Tangipahoa, Louisiana, druggist, general merchan, and director of Amite Bank and Trust Co. Business papers, correspondence, and financial documents related to Lambert's professional activities as a doctor and druggist. Papers also include printed items related to Tulane University Medical School, and Volunteer Midical Service Corps. Membership certificate (1918). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 829, 1556.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Business, Medicine, 20th Century Wars

Landry, Elu. Estate record book, 1848-1851. 1 ms. vol. (on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.:L. Louisiana sugar planter.Record book kept by the administrator of Elu Landry's Louisiana sugar plantation includes accounts of money paid and received by the estate, a list of debts, and a plantation diary (1848-1850) describing daily work assignments, sugar harvest, levee construction and maintenance, and a cholera epidemic. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3106.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Plantations, African Americans, Medicine

Langston, Joseph C., Sr. and Joseph C., Jr. Certificates, 1903-1979. 12 items. Locations: MISC:L, OS:L. Registered pharmacists of Slidell, Louisiana. Two certificates (oversize) awarded to Joseph C. Langston, Sr. (1903) and Joseph C. Langston, Jr. (1936) by The Board of Pharmacy of the State of Louisiana. Ten renewal certificates for their licenses (1939-1979) are also included. Mss. 5377.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

Larkin, E. J. Diary, 1878. 1 vol. Location: M:20. Businessman of Delta, Madison Parish, Louisiana. Entries record daily life, business and social matters. Diary also reports a yellow fever epidemic and its movement from New Orleans to Vicksburg, Mississippi, describing the fear and suffering of the people. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2491.

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