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David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

The holdings of the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library range from ancient papyri to records of modern advertising. There are over 10,000 manuscript collections containing more than 20 million individual manuscript items. Only a portion of these collections and items are discoverable on this site. Others may be found in the library catalog.

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W. W. Rainey letter, New Orleans, to Mrs. Ann P. Holstead, North Carolina, 1842, Feb. 9

1 item
ALS. Writes to his mother of the his crowded daily schedule as a medical student and of his longing to return home to his family.
1 result in this collection

W. W. Oxley letter, London, 1880, Feb. 10

1 item
ALS. Informs a Miss Buck that he must leave early and that she should postpone her visit.
1 result in this collection

W. (William) Derham papers, to Ralph Palmer Esq., 1729-1732

6 items
ALS discussing minerals, coins and astronomy. He mentions the Royal Society, Sir Hans Sloane, Robert Hooke and Edmund Halley, among others. Some letters bear explanatory manuscript notes, probably in Palmer's hand.
1 result in this collection

W. Turner papers, 1827 and undated.

2 items
ALS. Turner appeals to Major Milo Mason and to William Hunter for help in unspecified matters.
1 result in this collection

W. T. G. Morton papers, 1853 and undated.

2 items
ALS to Benjamin Perley Poore and James Mandeville Carlisle.
1 result in this collection

W. Stump Forwood papers, 1857-1863

71 items
ALS. This body of correspondence, almost exclusively letters to Forwood and written immediately before and during the early part of the Civil War, relates to questions of race, e.g. "the Negro problem", intermarriage and consanguinity. The mechanics of editing and publishing a medical journal also form a topic of discussion. Principal correspondents are Samuel Worcester Butler and Washington Chew Van Bibber. Other correspondents are Sylvester David Willard, John H. Van Evrie, J.P. Evans, Joseph Leidy, S.M. Bemiss, James A. Bayard, and Samuel A. Cartwright.
1 result in this collection

W. Somerset Maugham letters, to W.R. Bett, 1956

3 items
2 TLS from Maugham, 1 TLS from A.F. Searle, Maugham's secretary. Correspondence relates to Bett's biography, "Sir John Bland-Sutton."
1 result in this collection

W. R. Wilde note, [Dublin], to Mrs. Simpkinson, undated

1 item
ANS. Accepts invitation.
1 result in this collection

Wright Post papers, 1791 and undated.

2 items
In his letter to Mason Fitch Cogswell, Post writes of the controversy among New York medical professionals over the establishment of a dispensary and a college of surgeons; refers to an attack upon William Dunlap; and comments upon Cogswell's ambitions to write an anatomy. A portrait of Post is attached.
1 result in this collection

W. O. Priestley note, [London], 1894, Nov. 7

1 item
ANS.
1 result in this collection

William Woodville document, [London], 1800, May 10

1 item
Autograph document, signed. A receipt of payment from Wm. Phillips.
1 result in this collection

William W. Keen letter, Philadelphia, to Dr. Brinton, 1864, Jan. 27

1 item
ALS from Keen to Brinton, written on the back of an ALS from R.J. Levis to Keen. Both men write regarding efforts to collect surgical casts and make them available to Brinton and the Army Medical Museum.
1 result in this collection

William Wadd letter, [London], 1823, Feb. 15

1 item
ALS. Inquires whether addressee possesses the proof impression of a portrait.
1 result in this collection

William Turner letter, Washington, D.C, 1802, Sept. 18

1 item
ALS. A copy of his letter to Miss "Fanny" Clifton, written hours before his departure to the Mediterranean for Naval service, in which he passionately bids her farewell.
1 result in this collection

William Turk letter, Newark, New Jersey, 1854, Sep. 24

1 item
ALS. In this letter written two months before his death on Nov. 20, 1854, Turk writes of attending "the Lectures" in Philadelphia, recounts youthful escapades and speaks of his family.
1 result in this collection

William Tillinghast Bull letter, New York City, to Mrs. Ogden Doremus, 1893, May 3

1 item
Letter (ALS). Thanks Mrs. Doremus for the kindness and sympathy shown to him and Mrs. Bull. Written on stationary from New York City's Plaza Hotel.
1 result in this collection

William Swaim letter, Philadelphia, to Major M. Mason, Fort Washington, 1830, Mar. 4

1 item
ALS. Assures the Major that though his panacea may or may not be of service to his daughter, it will surely do no injury to her.
1 result in this collection

William Shippen papers, 1786-1791

2 items
ALS to an Alexander Wilcocks and an ANS certifying that Jacob Hicks attended his lectures upon anatomy, surgery and midwifery.
1 result in this collection

William Selby Church note, [London], to the editor of "Men and Women of the Time.", 1898, Apr. 19

1 item
Note (ANS) in response to a circular sent out by the editor.
1 result in this collection

William Saunders note, undated, [between 1800-1817].

1 item
ANS. Requests that bearer be given a copy of his work on mineral waters, as well as his book on the liver. Note is attached to short biographical sketch.
1 result in this collection

William Prout letter, [London], to Richard Philips, St. Thomas Hospital, 1833, July 23

1 item
ALS. Refers to the work of John Dalton.
1 result in this collection

William Plumer letter, Epping, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire, 1786, Nov. 27

1 item
ALS. Recommends the appointment of Dr. Timothy Johnson to a post with the New Hampshire troops to be raised against the Indians.
1 result in this collection

William Pepper papers, Philadelphia, 1872-1886

2 items
ALS to a E.K. Price and TLS to a J.C. Green, thanking them for copies of articles received.
1 result in this collection

William Oliver letter, Bath, to My Lord, 1758, Jan. 7

1 item
ALS. Discusses the state of health of his patient, the Duchess of Newcastle, and his use of the Bath waters in her treatment.
1 result in this collection

William Musgrave letter, [England], to Walter Moyle, undated

1 item
Holograph letter, unsigned. Musgrave writes to Moyle on the Roman remains in Belga, a district of Roman Britain. The letter is in Latin.
1 result in this collection

William M. Sill note, 1886, Apr. 15

1 item
ANS. Attests that Sill attended M. August Gaschet during the latter's illnss.
1 result in this collection

William Mecklenburg Polk papers, 1891-1893 and undated.

3 items
ALS relating to his interest in and publications on history. A newspaper clipping accompanies letters.
1 result in this collection

William Maxwell Wood journal, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1849, Aug. 23

1 item
Autograph manuscript. Part of Wood's journal of a trip accompanying President Zachary Taylor.
1 result in this collection

William Makepeace Thackeray letter, Clarendon, to Dr. William Prescott Dexter, 1855, Dec. 3

1 item
ALS thanking Dexter for the attention and care he received during an attack of fever while on his second tour of the United States.
1 result in this collection

William Lewis letter, [London], to Dr. Walker, 1822, July 4

1 item
ALS. Reports that his grandson has been vaccinated by a Dr. Andrews.
1 result in this collection

William Kitchiner papers, 1824-1826 and undated.

5 items
ALS, relating to various social engagements and household arrangements.
1 result in this collection

William James MacNeven letter, [New York], 1809, Mar. 28

1 item
ALS. Sends Mrs. Alston a description of a method for obtaining and purifying nitrous oxide.
1 result in this collection

William Hyde papers, 1861 and undated.

16 items
Miscellaneous documents found in Hyde's daybooks, 1851-1861, which are part of the library's bound manuscript collection. Documents include foolscap bearing sums owed and names of clients. Of particular interest are three drafts of a petition, 1861, Conn., to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, that the Crittenden measures, introduced by Kentucky legislator John Jordan Crittenden, be adopted by all states in order to peacefully preserve the Union. Of related interest is a page bearing biblical passages regarding slaves.
1 result in this collection

William Hyde document, New London, Conn., 1805, June 10

1 item
Document, signed. Certificate to practice medicine, issued by the Connecticut State Medical Society to William Hyde, signed by Jeremiah West, James Potter, Simon Wolcott, and Avery Downer.
1 result in this collection

William Horsley letter, North Shields, to W. Wright, London, 1823, Aug. 18

1 item
ALS. Informs Wright, surgeon aurist, of the case history of the bearer and refers him to his care.
1 result in this collection

William H. Helfand Collection of Medical Prints and Posters, 1695-1991, bulk 1800-1899

3 Linear Feet — 34 Items
William Helfand is a scholar of pharmaceutical history and art, and collector of ephemera and art related to medicine. The William H. Helfand Collection of Medical Prints and Posters consists of 34 prints and posters realted to the history of medicine and pharmacology, dating from 1695 to 1991, with the bulk of the prints dating from 19th century. Paris, France is the provenance for many of the posters, but several hail from England and the United States. The posters are represented in two formats: lithographs and engravings, some of which are hand colored. Ranging in size from 5"x8" to 19"x23", the prints include caricatures, political satire, comics and advertisements, dealing with a range of subjects from quacks, alchemy, charlatans and cheats, to pastoral and hospital scenes. George Cruikshank and Honoré Daumier are represented amongst the artists. Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

The William H. Helfand Collection of Medical Prints and Posters consists of 34 prints and posters realted to the history of medicine and pharmacology, dating from 1695 to 1991, with the bulk of the prints dating from 19th century. Paris, France is the provenance for many of the posters, but several hail from England and the United States. The posters are represented in two formats: lithographs and engravings, some of which are hand colored. Ranging in size from 5"x8" to 19"x23", the prints include caricatures, political satire, comics and advertisements, dealing with a range of subjects from quacks, alchemy, charlatans and cheats to pastoral and hospital scenes. George Cruikshank and Honoré Daumier are represented amongst the artists. Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

1 result in this collection

William Henry Welch correspondence, 1887-1933

24 items
A group of letters spanning Welch's career, chiefly written to him, but including one early 1887 letter returning a revised manuscript to Dr. Canfield. One notable letter introducing Welch, then at Johns Hopdkins, to Congressman Robert Bremner, is signed by Woodrow Wilson from the White House in 1913. Includes many pieces of correspondence to and from Wilburt C. Davison of the Duke University School of Medicine, including a 1933 telegram to Welch on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary.
1 result in this collection

William Henry letter, Manchester, to Michael Faraday, 1831, Apr. 9

1 item
ALS. Invites Faraday on request of the Committee of the Manchester Royal Institution to give a course of lectures on chemistry. Informs him, however, that the Institution may not be able to supply all of the desired laboratory equipment.
1 result in this collection

William Henry Broadbent note, [London], 1900, Sep.

1 item
Holograph inscription, signed. Broadbent's compliments to Dr. H. Barton Jacobs, on the fly-leaf of a copy of the third edition of Broadbent's book on heart disease, presented to Jacobs. Attached is a note in Jacobs' hand.
1 result in this collection

William Heberden letter, Windsor, 1776, July 11

1 item
ALS. Writes of the death of Jeremiah Markland.
1 result in this collection

William Harvey document, 1661

1 item
Holograph document. A bill presented for "writings made and business done for Mr. Michael Harvey and Mr. William Harvey his brother."
1 result in this collection

William Gibson papers, Philadelphia, 1826, Jan. 26 and Dec. 22

2 items
ALS. Letters of recommendation for Andrew E. Kennedy and William Wilson.
1 result in this collection

William George Maton letter, [London], to John Knowles, 1809, Sept. 15

1 item
ALS. Thanks Knowles for news received.
1 result in this collection

William Ferguson letter, to G. Barthes, 1854, Nov. 10

1 item
ALS. Incidental.
1 result in this collection

William Eustis letter, War Department, [Washington, D.C.] to Joseph Anderson, 1812, June 6

1 item
ALS. Details efforts to increase the size of the army and to improve the efficiency of the military organization in preparation for a war with Great Britain. He also transcribes a copy of a letter received from Alexander Smyth, on recruiting measures.
1 result in this collection

William E. Horner letter, Philadelphia, to Joseph B. Boyd, Cincinnati, 1839, Aug. 6

1 item
ALS. Encloses writing samples of Caspar Wistar and Philip Syng Physick for Boyd's autograph collection.
1 result in this collection

William de Berniere MacNider papers, North Carolina, 1939-1940

5 items
ALS, TLS and TL. MacNider writes to Dr. W.P. Kavanagh regarding a terminal case of myocardial infarction. Included is a typescript, unsigned, of a letter to MacNider from Kavanagh.
1 result in this collection

William Cullen papers, 1769 and undated.

2 items
Fragment of an ALS, dated 1769, Aug. 16, Edinburgh, and a holograph manuscript in an anonymous hand with biographical information.
1 result in this collection

William Chancellor document, [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], 1762, Dec. 13 and 20

1 item
An inventory of Chancellor's estate, in four parts: medicines, medical instruments, books, and personal and household goods.
1 result in this collection

William Buchan papers, [Edinburgh], 1773-1801

6 items
Letters (ALS), including instructions for the third edition of Buchan's "Domestic Medicine". In the same letter he also relates anecdotes of incidents in which people made use of the book's medical advice. A letter to Cadell and Davies (booksellers and publishers) concerns his Medical advice to mothers and his Treatise on venereal disease. This letter was removed from the Thomas Cadell collection. A holograph note, in an anonymous hand, provides biographical information.
1 result in this collection