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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Smith, R. M. Letter, 1862 July 20. 1 item. Location: Misc.:S. Confederate civilian in Homochitto, Franklin County, Mississippi. Letter to Smith's cousin commenting on his personal illness and perplexities caused by the Civil War. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2133.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Medicine, Natchez, Mississippi

Smith, William P. Diary, 1853-1855. 1 vol. Location: H:17, BTC. Diary of Smith from Virginia, while a cadet at the United States Military Academy. The entries concern Smith's life at the academy including living conditions, amusements, health treatment, curriculum, and discipline; and his trip home. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 313.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

Smythe, George M. Account, 1839. 1 item. Location: Misc.:S. Doctor and resident of Opelousas, Louisiana. Receipted statement of Dr. Smythe to John Bence for services rendered. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 399.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

Snider, William E. Letters, 1862-1863. 3 items. Location: Misc:S. Snider's letters to his parents describe his condition in a military hospital in Virginia. A letter from William's brother describes his separation from his military unit in West Virginia because of an ankle injury, and discusses William's discharge. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 18. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2121.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Medicine

Snyder, Alonzo. Papers, 1779-1919 (bulk 1800-1861). 3,534 items, 6 volumes. Location: R:38-40, J;7, OS:S. Cotton planter, judge, and Louisiana senator from Madison and Tensas parishes, Louisiana. Snyder's business, official, and personal papers consist of letters, land records, financial papers, and legal record books that reflect legal cases, state laws, politics, plantation management, secession, the Civil War, public health, and his family. Snyder served as attorney for the estate of Jacob Bieller of Concordia Parish, Louisiana, and these files include correspondence and reports from Natchez, Mississippi, businessmen. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 655.

Souchon, Edmond. Articles, 1959, 1960. 2 items. Location: E:Imprints. New Orleans, Louisiana, surgeon. Articles from periodicals on Dr. Souchon and his interest in the jazz idiom and, in particular, the promotion of New Orleans jazz. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1925.

St. Landry Parish marks and brands register, 1810-1832 (bulk 1810-1823), 1890 ca. 2 items and 1 ms. vol. Location: C:8. St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, cattle brand book showing designs and noting transfers; a description and plat of land; and a copy of an undated remedy for dysentery. Partly in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 378.

Referenced in Guides: French, Medicine

Stephens, John F., 1813-1884. Correspondence, 1861-1864. 4 items. Location: Misc:S. Resident of Sparta, Bienville Parish, Louisiana. His son Edward L. Stephens, W. Ezra Denson, and Henry M. King were members of the 9th Louisiana Infantry in the Civil War. Letters written by Denson from Camp Beauregard and Louisiana Hospital, Virginia, describe the commands of Generals Joseph E. Johnston and G. T. Beauregard. A letter from Edward Stephens, written near Fredericksburg, Virginia, describes camp conditions. A letter of King gives details of the deaths of Stephens and Denson and the condition of surviving members of Company C. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 18. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 882.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Medicine

Stevens, John B. Diary, 1863 April 21-August 21. 1 vol. ; 17 x 8 cm. Location: Misc.:S. Farmer from Petersham, Massachusetts, enlisted in the United States Army, Massachusetts 53rd Infantry, Sept. 15, 1862. He served as a private until he was mustered out Sept. 3, 1863. Civil War diary gives an account of Stevens' stay in a Baton Rouge hospital. Suffering from dysentery, he described his condition and treatment; he also mentioned the deaths of fellow soldiers. One entry (June 17, 1863) tells of preparations made for more wounded arriving from Vicksburg, Mississippi. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4711.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Baton Rouge, Medicine

Stirling, Lewis and family. Papers, 1797-1938 (bulk 1830-1860). 4.25 linear ft. Location: B:76-81, Vault:1, Vault:22, Vault CD MRDF 5 and 16. The Stirlings were sugar cotton planters of Wakefield Plantation, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Business and personal papers of the Stirling family reflect antebellum plantation economy, education, health, and travel. Military orders and receipts for supplies relate to Lewis' service in the Louisiana militia and at the Battle of New Orleans. After 1860 the papers diminish in number and consist primarily of family letters discussing labor problems with freedmen, migration to and life in Texas during the war, and plantation, household, and personal bills. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5322: University Publications of America Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations Series I, Part 2, Reels 21-25. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1866.

Stratton, Joseph B. (Joseph Buck). Papers. 1746-1916 (bulk 1843-1903). 0.9 linear ft., 2 microfilm reels. Location: A:53-54, B:69, OS:S, MSS.MF:S. Presbyterian minister of Natchez, Mississippi. Dr. Stratton's 46-volume diary (1843-1903) contains information about his activities as a minister. Activities and events described include travel in Europe, weddings and funerals, baptisms, prayer meetings, yellow fever epidemics, and the Civil War. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 18. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 464, 1329.

Summary of results obtained in fever therapy at United States Marine Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1938 June 1- Sept. 10. 2 items. Location: Misc:U. Summary of results obtained in fever therapy; the second part of the report is titled 'Complications of fever therapy.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4658.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Medicine

Sundberry, Frederic Oscar. Papers, 1923-1966. 0.1 linear ft. Location: T:14, OS:S. Son of Oscar Charles Sundbery (1888-1939) and Caroline (Carrie) Awles. Oscar worked cypress lumber and sugar industries. Frederic married Florence Sidney Mize in 1940. They were residents of Houma, Louisiana. Papers document primarily Frederic Oscar Sundbery and Oscar Charles Sundbery's involvement with Freemasonry in Louisiana. Items of note in the papers include Frederic's ritual volume (Brashear Chapter No. 82 at Houma, Louisiana; 1941); a copy of "The Louisiana Monitor..." by G. C. Huckaby (1941); a resolution of respect for Frederic issued by Unity Lodge No. 267, Houma (1966); and images (one a printed item and one a photographic print) of class reunions outside of the Scottish Rite Temple in New Orleans (1944). Oversize items include Master of the Royal Secret degrees for both Frederic and Oscar, issued by the Grand Consistory of Louisiana in the Valley of New Orleans, Orient of Louisiana (1923, 1944); a certificate signed by Governor Robert Kennon appointing Frederic as Aide-de-Camp (1952); a Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children membership certificate issued to Frederic by the Jerusalem Temple of New Orleans (undated); and other certificates. Mss. 5392.

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

Surghnor, M. F. Diary, 1882-1899. 1 ms. vol. [typescript]. Location: M:20. Resident of Monroe, Louisiana. Diary describes severe weather, including hurricanes and tornadoes; illnesses and deaths of family members; concerns over finances; and yellow fever and other epidemics in the vicinity. Much of the diary is filled with mournful reflections on the death of Surghnor's daughter, Roberta, who died of typhoid fever as a teenager. For further information, online catalog. Mss. 647.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Medicine

Suydam, G. H. Photograph collection, 1845-1864 (bulk 1863-1864). 26 items. Location: E:73, MISC:S, 98:Suydam. Captain in the 162nd New York Volunteers in the Civil War. Photographs depicting occupied Baton Rouge, Farragut's fleet, and a Union military headquarters and hospital, probably taken by Baton Rouge photographers McPherson and Oliver. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1394.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Baton Rouge, Medicine

Taber, Frederick R., 1839-1863. Papers, 1859-1862. 28 items. Location: A:57. Soldier in the 18th Louisiana Infantry Regiment of the Confederate army discharged due to chronic illness in 1862. Papers include correspondence, sketchbooks, and documents related to Taber's illness. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 18. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 412, 607, 631.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Medicine

Tait, William C. Papers, 1865-1928, undated. 169 items, 2 ms. Vols. Location: C:9. Dentist of Alexandria, Louisiana. Papers and manuscript volumes (1877-1882) containing pharmaceutical formulae. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2088.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

Taliaferro, James G., Letters, 1852-1876. 2 microfilm reels. Location: MSS.MF:T. Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, planter, judge, Secession Convention delegate, associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, and newspaper publisher. Letters discuss Taliaferro's involvement with the Secession Convention; politics during the Civil War (1865); Louisiana Supreme Court (1866-1874); Louisiana politics (1861-1874); Mississippi River flood of 1874; fires, cholera, and economic conditions in New Orleans; the visit of the Emperor of Brazil to New Orleans (1876), and plantation operations. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1562.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Plantations, Civil War, Medicine

Taliaferro, Zachariah and James G. Papers,1814-1829, 1867. 45 items. Location: A:57. Owner of a sawmill in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. Business receipts and legal documents of Zachariah Taliaferro and personal letters to his son, James, from Oliver Stout, classmate at Transylvania University, Lexington, Va., and a Mount Sterling, Ky., physician. Correspondence discusses literature, metaphysics, national politics, contagious disease, and local events. Official statement of registered voters in Louisiana (1867). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 237.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Business, Medicine, Literature

Tamplin, William H. Letters, 1862-1865, undated. 20 items. Location: Misc:T. Native of Longbranch, Panola County, Texas, and a Confederate soldier in the 11th Texas Regiment during the Civil War. His brother was Benjamin F. Tamplin. Letters addressed to Retincia, Benjamin Tamplin's wife, written from camps in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, describe camp life and conditions in camp hospitals, and the Red River expedition in Louisiana. Included are poems by Benjamin. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 18. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3015.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Medicine, Literature

Taylor, Thomas Thomson. Papers, 1861-1866, undated. 510 items. Location: MSS.MF:T, MISC:T. U.S. Army colonel of the 12th and 47th Ohio Volunteer Regiments during the Civil War. Diaries kept during the war and letters to Taylor's wife, Margaret A. "Netta" relate to military life, military campaigns, troop movements, African American troops, and medical care. Letters from his wife relate to family matters, farming, health, concern for his well-being, and the progress of the war. Mss. 1647, 1653.

Tebo, Julie C. Papers, 1904-1966. 1 linear ft. Location: 38:77. Professional nurse and the secretary of the Louisiana State Board of Nurse Examiners. Papers pertain mainly to Tebo's professional career and her involvement in the state board. Items include correspondence, nursing publications, clippings, printed items, sermons, a map, notes, and photographs. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2768.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Medicine

Theriot, Mrs. J. Account, 1874. 1 item. Location: Misc.:T. Financial account with Louisiana Retreat, New Orleans, La., for treatment and board from 1867 to 1874 for A. Theriot, son of Mrs. J. Theriot. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 419.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Medicine

Threadgill, C. Statement of account, 1860 February 10. 1 item. Location: Misc.:T. Statement of account for medical services rendered by Dr. C. Threadgill to family members and slaves of the Burwell B. Bennett estate. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3666.

Referenced in Guides: African Americans, Medicine

Tibbets, Hiram B. Family Papers, 1830-1857. 25 items. Location: A:4. Planter and physician of Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, Louisiana. A native of Massachusetts, Tibbetts and his wife corresponded with his brother John C. Tibbetts in Boston and New Hampshire. Letters primarily to John C. Tibbetts deal with planter-slave relations, and plantation and family news. Topics include Christmas festivities; a wedding held in the slave quarters; and the prevalence of cholera. A partial letter (ca. 1850) provides analysis of the political situation in Louisiana and Mississippi following the Compromise of 1850. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 831, 856, 868, 1300, 1352.

Tower, Eli. Letter, 1866 April 8. 1 item. Location: Misc:T. Letter written by Tower to his cousin relating family matters and his own good employment prospects. He also comments on people moving to Brazil and Mexico because of poor conditions in the postwar South. Tower also mentions an outbreak of small pox in Mobile, Alabama, and throughout the South, cholera in another area of Alabama, and an expected outbreak of yellow fever in Mobile and New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3666.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Medicine

University of Louisiana. Invitation, 1870. 2 items. Location: E:Imprints. The University of Louisiana in New Orleans was established by the Louisiana Legislature in 1847, becoming Tulane University in 1884. Invitation and program for the commencement exercises for the University of Louisiana Law and Medical Departments on March 19, 1870. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2394.

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

Vallas, Antal. Family papers, 1831-1995 (bulk:1841-1968). 2.25 linear feet. Location: 109:33-34; J:26-27; OS:V; Vault:1. A native Hungarian who served as a professor at the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy and an Episcopalian minister in New Orleans. Contains correspondence, printed items, personal papers and photographs related to the professional and family life of Vallas and his descendants. Consists of materials in English, Hungarian, German, French, Spanish and Latin. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4439.

Vallas, Anthony. History, 1864, 1935. 2 items. Location: MISC:V. Bound handwritten manuscript of Anthony Vallas's History of the Louisiana State Seminary, 1864, and a printed copy of the work published in 1935 on the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of Louisiana State University. Covering the period beginning from the establishment of the institution by the Louisiana State Legislature in 1855 through the Civil War, the brief history describes the tenure of William Tecumseh as college president, the seizure of the school by Federal troops, and the use of the school as a field hospital during the war. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Education, Medicine, LSU, Literature

Varnado, Samuel Ross, 1881-1931. Papers, 1917-1979 (bulk 1917-1937). .3 linear ft. (30 items, 5 printed vols.). Location: A:54. Captain of Company L, 325th Infantry of the American Expeditionary Forces in France. Varnado was wounded in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and was a patient in a veterans hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi. Papers include letters written by Varnado around the time of the Meuse-Argonne battle, and documents and items related to Varnado's military service. Includes a Cross of Military Service certificate (1967) awarded posthumously by the Daughters of the Confederacy. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2272, 2448.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Medicine, 20th Century Wars

Veteran Confederate States Cavalry Association. Charter and by-laws : social, benevolaent and historical association. Veteran Confederate: States: Cavalry, 1889. 31 p. : 16 cm. Location: UU:97. Part of the Joseph Jones papers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 468, 534, 544, 1036, 1352, 1357, 1393

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

Veterinary Medicine in Louisiana, 1889 to 1979. undated. 2 computer disks. Location: AA: Computer disks contain draft of VETERINARY MEDICINE IN LOUISIANA, 1889 to 1979, a work sponsored by the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association. Published in 1993, this edition was prepared by Dr. Will S. Hornsby, with Ms. Charlotte J. Cavell as editor. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4682.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine, LSU

Vicksburg, Miss., Letter on Current Events, 1849 Feb. 4. 1 letter. Location: Misc.:V. A letter written from Vicksburg, Miss., tells of a cholera outbreak in the city, and a visit by Gen. Zachary Taylor. The writer describes the general and his visit. He also comments on family matters and gold in California. He reports that people are leaving the area for California. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3870.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

Vincent-David Papers, 1831-1881. 222 items. Location: C: 48. Cotton planters of Pointe Coupee Parish, La. Personal and business papers of Jean Vincent and Jean Baptiste David, of Fausse Rivierre Plantation, consist of financial papers, bills for medical services and correspondence from commission merchants. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1203.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Business, French, Medicine

Vinet, John B. (John Baptiste), b. 1835. Papers, 1861-1900. .16 linear ft. (37 items, 3 ms. vols., 3 printed vols.) Location: A:69, OS:V. Confederate officer in the Orleans Artillery Battalion in the Civil War and later Chief of Ordnance, Louisiana State National Guard (1889-1896). Papers include Civil War dispatches, field orders, vouchers, passes and correspondence. A notebook (1861) kept by a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, physician contains remedies for illness, some in French. Two case records books of Vinet deal with the 1878 yellow fever epidemic in New Orleans and document relief administered by the Howard Association. Some notebook entries in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 850, 898.

Waddill Family Papers, 1835-1994 (bulk 1861-1866). 0.5 linear ft. Location: E:18. George Daniel Waddill, a Baton Rouge druggist, was the son of Abel Waddill, Baton Rouge magistrate. George served as a hospital steward in the Civil War. Joanna Fox, later his wife, served as a nurse. Papers contain correspondence, including Civil War correspondence of George Waddill; genealogical information on the Waddill and Bessonett families; and an autograph book of Elizabeth McMichael. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4578.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, Baton Rouge, Medicine

Waddill, George D. (George Daniel). Papers, 1841-1892 (bulk 1861-1865). 21 items. Location: Misc:W. Confederate soldier in the Civil War and Baton Rouge druggist. Waddill served in the 3rd Louisiana Infantry Regiment. In 1863 he was appointed as a hospital steward. Civil War papers include military furlough and travel passes; Confederate bonds; military orders assigning Waddill to hospitals in Mississippi; an 1865 document granting parole to G. D. Waddill; and Waddill's 1865 Oath of Allegiance to the United States. Collection includes a letter from L. B. LeCand written from Corinth, Mississippi, to Joanna Fox of Natchez giving an account of the Battle of Shiloh. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 3. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 891, 893.

Ward, Samuel Parkhurst. Papers, 1859-1920. 55 items, 3 v. Locations: Misc.: W, O:24. The collection consists of papers and account books. The papers contain accounts, notes requesting medical visits, and printed material. Printed material includes several newspaper clippings on politics, church news and remedies for livestock diseases (undated). Account books, v. 1 (1859-1869, 1884-1886) and v. 2 (1870-1905) list accounts with patients for medical visits and medicine dispensed. The first volume contains entries for medical visits to slaves prior to the end of the Civil War. There is a notation on page 83 of v. 1 of a payment made with Confederate currency. This volume also has newspaper clippings relating to poetry, obituaries and personal advice glued to the front cover and the first few pages of the volume. Account book, v. 3. (1890-1906), lists accounts with customers for general merchandise, cotton shipments, as well as medical visits and medicine dispensed. Mss. 3540, 3699.

Referenced in Guides: Business, African Americans, Medicine

Warmoth, Henry C. Papers, 1869-1872. 11 items, 1 volume. Location: MISC:W. Reconstruction governor of Louisiana, a sugar planter, and a businessman. Correspondence received as governor concerns political and judicial appointments and quarantines. Also included is a letter from James Longstreet about the Louisiana militia and a campaign pamphlet for Warmoth. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 133, 773, 791, 1131.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Medicine

Watson, Henry Clay. Manuscript, 1962 Oct. 3. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. Report on the Baton Rouge Arsenal prepared from source materials in the National Archives and Library of Congress by Henry Clay Watson. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1973.

Referenced in Guides: Baton Rouge, Medicine

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