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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Anonymous cattle medicine manuscript, circa 1800-1899. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Manuscript book of remedies for cattle ailments. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 995.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

Anonymous household notebook, 1897-1927. 1 volume. Location: F:2. Notebook contains handwritten entries and newspaper clippings related to Camp Beauregard, recipes, medical remedies, stain removal, and other items of household interest. Short biographical sketches of James John Audubon and Dr. Francois Autommarchi are also included. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 572.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Medicine

Anonymous letter about yellow fever, 1847. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Letter from New Orleans, Louisiana, refers to the yellow fever epidemic. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1801.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Medicine

Anonymous letter, 1871. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. New Orleans, Louisiana, minister's wife describes yellow fever situation and church duties. Letter is written on the letterhead of Randolph, Singleton, and Brown, Attorneys at Law. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 70.

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

Anonymous medical notebook, 1831-1849. 1 volume. Location: M:18. Notebook includes remedies for various medical conditions, recipes, and a diary. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2901.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine