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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French-Clarke family. Papers, 1809-1861 (bulk 1830-1920). 1.3 linear feet, 16 volumes. Location: 1:32-35, OS:F, 98:F. Largely composed of correspondence between members of the French family of Baton Rouge and extended family regarding Baton Rouge, family news, health, and genealogy. Legal documents include bills of sale for slaves, land documents, wills of the French and Clarke families. Personal financial records, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings of current events, especially pertaining to the opening of the state capital and Louisiana State University campus life in the early 1900s. Ledgers and printed items relate to Julia Edwards Clarke and her husband William's employment at the Louisiana State School for the Blind. For further information, see online catalog, Mss. 3494.

Gandy, Thomas H. and Joan W. Photograph collection, 1850-1950, 1960-1988. 110 linear ft. Location: Range 64. Thomas H. Gandy, Natchez, Mississippi, physician, and his wife Joan. Collection contains glass plate and celluloid negatives of Natchez photographers Henry Norman, Henry Gurney, and Earl Norman, collected by the Gandys, and prints made from the negatives by Dr. Gandy. Images include scenes of Natchez, historic buildings, civic events, sports, family groups, and portraits. Mss. 3778.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine, Natchez, Mississippi

Gates, A. S. Prescription book, 1895-1896. 1 vol. Location: H:23. Druggist of Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. Prescription book of A. S. Gates. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1234.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

Gautier, Mary Agnes. Letters, 1937-1945. 182 items and 8 printed vols. Location: T:19-20. Graduate of LSU (1938) and of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (1942). Gautier became an U.S. Army nurse stationed in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. World War II letters and related printed material. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1855.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Medicine, LSU

Gautier, Mary Agnes. Scrapbook, 1942-1956. 1 ms. vol. Location: T:20. Graduate of LSU (1938) and of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (1942). Gautier became an U.S. Army nurse stationed in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. World War II scrapbook of Gautier containing handwritten entries of events and mementos.Graduate of LSU (1938) and of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (1942). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1855.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Medicine, LSU

Gayden, Agrippa. Record book, 1877-1888, 1905, 1907. 6 items and 1 ms. vol. Location: Misc.:G, M:18. Medical doctor, alumnus of Tulane University (1877), and resident of the Norwood area, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Entries include medical notes, prescriptions, and accounts with patients. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2209.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

General order no. 8, 1865 Mar. 29. 1 item. Location: MISC:G. United States Army surgeon at the United States Army General Hospital (New Orleans, La.). Printed general order establishes separate wards for convalescents, patients with eye disease, and those with syphilis or gonorrhea. For more information, see online catalog. Mss. 3927.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Medicine

Gorgas, William Crawford. Papers, 1912-1937. 10 items. Location: U:100. Surgeon General. Papers include reports of trips to Brazil and Lima, Peru; an address delivered at Johns Hopkins University; and an address on the life and character of Dr. Carlos G. Finlay. Included is a letter from Grace N. Robinson to Mrs. Smith describing Gorgas' last illness and funeral; and an article and radio talk by Dr. J. N. Baker on his achievements. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1637.

Referenced in Guides: Medicine

Gove, A. D. Letters, 1838, 1839. 2 items. Location: Misc. Resident of New Orleans. Letters to Gove's brother of Kensington, New Hampshire, mentioning the high prices of provisions in the markets of New Orleans; the seriousness of the yellow fever epidemic in the country as compared to the city; and a trip from Boston to New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1256.

Graham, George Mason, 1807-1891. Letters, 1848-1849. 3 items. Location: Misc.:G. Planter of Tyrone Plantation, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, and a member of the Board of Supervisors of the State Seminary of Learning at Alexandria, Louisiana. Letters to his sister of Gunston Hall, Virginia, concern family and plantation matters. Letter (1849) tells of emigrants in the area suffering severely from cholera and refers to the cholera epidemic of 1833 on Graham's plantation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 163.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Medicine

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