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Josiah C. Trent papers, 1536-1961 and undated, bulk 1938-1951

6.5 Linear Feet — 9 boxes; 1 oversize folder — approx. 1800 items — approximately 1800 items
U.S. thoracic surgeon, rare book and manuscript collector. The papers consist mostly of correspondence, printed material, photographs, and lecture notes taken during medical training, as well as diplomas and certificates of residency, and notes and drafts for published and unpublished research and articles. The bulk of the material documents Dr. Trent's activities and publications as collector and historian of medical practice, particularly surgery and epidemiology. There are folders of photographic reproductions of medical texts and illustrations dating from the 16th century to the 20th century, whose content is reflected in the earliest dates for the collection. There is also material relating to Dr. Trent's death and the subsequent donation of his rare book and manuscripts collection to the Duke Medical Center Library, along with condolences and other items related to his wife, Mary Duke Biddle Trent. Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

The Josiah C. Trent papers consist mostly of correspondence, photographs, research files, and notes and drafts of published and unpublished research and articles. Many of these materials concern Dr. Trent's activities and publications as a collector and historian of medical practice, particularly surgery and epidemiology. The collection also includes printed materials, photographs, a card file - possibly of his personal library, and lecture notes taken during his medical training, as well as diplomas and certificates of residency. The Writings series reveals his wide interests in surgery, medicine in general, the humanities, and medical history.

There is also material relating to Dr. Trent's death and the subsequent donation of his large rare book, artifact, and manuscript collection to the Duke Medical Center Library. Early dates in the collection refer to the content of reproductions of 16th-19th century medical illustrations rather than their dates of reproduction.

The correspondence, found in the Subject Files folders, dates mostly from the 1940s and 1950s, documenting Dr. Trent's rare book and manuscript collecting, and his involvement with various professional organizations and his association and friendships with prominent figures in various fields: medical history - John Fulton, Henry Sigerist, W. W. Francis; book collecting - Henry Schuman; Duke University - Wilburt Davison, Lenox D. Baker. Some folders contain an index of the contents.

There is also some information concerning Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, Dr. Trent's wife, who was instrumental in facilitating the support of the history of medicine collections at Duke.

The collection also contains several hundred photographic prints and negatives reproducing medical texts and illustrations dating from the 16th to 20th centuries. The earliest dates in the collection refer to the content of the images, rather than their reproduction by Dr. Trent, Duke Medical Library staff, and others, in the mid-20th century.

The files were kept in Dr. Trent's medical office and contain relatively few items which pertain to his private life. Items of a more personal nature may be found in the James H. and Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Family Papers in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

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Knights of Malta document, 1588?

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Document on folded parchment, written in French, from Maltese branch of Knights Hospitaller. Content currently unknown. More modern stamp in blue ink on document indicates that the document was in the "Archives de l'Ordre Malthe."
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William Harvey document, 1661

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Holograph document. A bill presented for "writings made and business done for Mr. Michael Harvey and Mr. William Harvey his brother."
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John Goodson document, Philadelphia, 1691, Oct. 16

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Holograph document, signed. Deed for a grant of land. On verso, a receipt for quit rent due on the granted, dated 1739, and a certificate of entry in the Office for Recording of Deeds, dated 1755.
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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.

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Nathanial Backus deed, Norwich, Conn., to Israel Lothrup, 1708, Jan. 28

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Holograph, signed. Deed of land purchase. Witnessed by Solomon Tracy and Benajah Bushnell. Acknowledged by Richard Bushnell, Justice of the Peace.
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Thomas Baldwin deed, Norwich, Conn., to Israel Lothrup, 1708, Jan. 28

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Holograph, signed. Deed of land purchase. Witnessed by Solomon Tracy and Benajah Bushnell. Acknowledged by Richard Bushnell, Justice of the Peace.
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Jean Baptiste Goiffon manuscript, Lyon, 1716, June 29

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Manuscript, signed. Writes on diseases of the stomach.
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David Hartshorne deed, Norwich, Conn., 1720, Aug. 5

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Holograph document, signed. Records sale of eight acres to Israel Lothrup. Notarized by Richard Bushnell, Justice of the Peace.
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Richard Hale document, London, 1720, Sept. 29

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Document, signed. Authorizes the sale of his stock in the Company of Merchants of Great Britain Trading in the South Seas and other Parts of America.
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Pierre Verney manuscript, Montpellier, 1723, Jan. 13

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AMS. Prescribes course for treatment, including purging and a milk diet, for a case involving respiratory and disgestive disorders.
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Jacques Lazerme manuscript, Montpellier, France, 1723, July 1

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Autograph manuscript, signed. Record of a case involving calculi and urology.
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Antonio Vallisnieri letters, 1724-1729

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Material appears to consist largely of ALS to and from Vallisnieri.
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W. (William) Derham papers, to Ralph Palmer Esq., 1729-1732

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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.
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Theophilus Rogers document, Norwich, Connecticut, 1733/4, Jan. 8

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Holograph deed, signed. Deed of land sale, by Samuel Bliss to Thomas Buchard and Thomas Buchard, Jr. The deed was witnessed, and signed, by Rogers.
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Capt. John Hough deed, Norwich, Conn., to John Waterman, Jr, 1735, Dec. 9

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Holograph, signed. Deed of land purchase. Witnessed by Benjamin Hide, Jr., and Daniel Lothrup.
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Thomas Glentworth document, 1738 or 1739, Jan. 26

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Autograph document, signed. Certifies receipt of one pound ten shilling from Mr. John Reynall.
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Richard Mead papers, 1741-1748

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Mead writes to Anthony Askew, during period of Askew's medical studies in Leyden and his tour of the Continent, on classical studies. Papers also include a document of a legal transaction between Mead and a Mr. Gore.
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Anthony Askew letters, 1745-1749

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5 letters (ALS). Askew writes to Richard Mead and to his father, Dr. Adam Askew, about his travels, including visits to the library at Wolfenbuttel, and the Herculaneum. He discusses his classical studies, commenting on the work of various classicists including Richard Dawes, Richard Bentley, John Mill, and Johann Jacob Reiske.
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Isaac Schomberg papers, 1747-1773

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Papers relate to Schomberg's petition and appeal to become a member of the Royal College of Physicians. Schomberg was summoned by the President and Censors of the College, to be examined for a license. He declined to do so and his practice was interdicted. Schomberg then commissioned Sir George Lee to test the legality of this decision.
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Thomas Moffatt letter, Newport, Rhode Island, to the Committee of War, 1747, Aug. 22

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ALS. Moffatt asks to be reimbursed for personal expenditures in the acquisition of medical supplies.
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Cadwallader Colden letter, Coldingham, New York, to Peter Collinson, London, 1750, Nov. 26 and 27

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ALS. Regarding his family, his scientific interests and writings, the Finnish botanist Per Kalm, Carolus Linnaeus, and Benjamin Franklin.
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Nicolas Puzos traite des accouchements, [Paris], 1753, Mar. 4

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Holograph manuscript, signed. The manuscript was first published in 1759.
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Peter Middleton document, New York, New York, 1754, Aug. 9

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Document, signed by Simon Johnson, recorder of New York. Bond to keep the peace brought by Dr. James Magra against Dr. Peter Middleton and Dr. William Farquhar.
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John Fothergill papers, 1755, May 2 and May 14

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ALS. Fothergill comments upon a volume sent him by Emanual Mendez da Costa, foreign secretary of the Royal Society of London. Da Costa writes in reply. His letter bears no signature.
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James Craik documents, 1757-1762

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Holograph statements of account and promissary notes.
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William Oliver letter, Bath, to My Lord, 1758, Jan. 7

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ALS. Discusses the state of health of his patient, the Duchess of Newcastle, and his use of the Bath waters in her treatment.
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Giambattista Morgagni papers, 1760-1941

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Autograph dedication in Italian by Morgagni. On the reverse of this is a note in German by Sigismund Breit. A letter in English from the Army Medical Library authenticates the signature to be that of Morgagni.
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William Chancellor document, [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], 1762, Dec. 13 and 20

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An inventory of Chancellor's estate, in four parts: medicines, medical instruments, books, and personal and household goods.
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Albrecht von Haller papers, 1763-1770 and undated.

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ALS. Malcolm Flemyng writes, in English, to Haller on medical matters. He sends a second letter, in Latin, in which he refers to Haller's Physiology and to John Locke. Haller writes, in French, to Ignazio Somis, reporting on fever in the family, malaria in Germany and other matters.
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Charles Russell document, Charlestown, Mass., 1763, Feb. 18

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Autograph document, signed. An itemized statement of the amount owedby the Province of the Massachusetts Bay to Charles Russell for services rendered.
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Charles Chauncy note, Surrey, England, 1764, Jan. 13

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Note (ANS). Attests that Mary Colebrooke was still alive on January 6, 1764.
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Ezekiel Hersey document, Boston, 1764, Mar. 8

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Holograph document, signed. Payment received of Thomas Walley for twine.
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William Bradford document, [Rhode Island], to Sherijashub Bourn, [1765, Dec. 13]

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Holograph, signed. A statement of payments past due on Bourn's account.
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Gerard Freiherr van Swieten note, 1765, Dec. 15

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ANS. Reviews A.M. Salvini's Italian translation of Xenophon of Ephesus, "Di Senofonte Efesio degli Amori di Abrocome e d'Anzia", sent to the Empress Maria Theresa by the Chancellery of Hungary. Condemns the essay appended to the second edition of the volume, "Cicalata sopra una ceria curiosa statuetta", as "tres impudique". Note is evidence of Swieten's function as censor to the Empress' library. A typed transcript and an English translation are available.
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Thomas Ruston document, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1765, Nov. 26

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Holograph document, signed. Diploma granted by Edinburgh University, signed by Alexander Monro, William Cullen, and Alexander Monro, Jr., among others.
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Benjamin Franklin letter, London, to John Swinton, Edinburgh, 1766, Dec. 20

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ALS. Introduces Benjamin Rush and Jonathan Potts. Refers to inquiries into Swinton's lands in New Jersey, made on his behalf by Franklin's son, William, then Governor of New Jersey.
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Silvester Gardiner papers, 1767-1785

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ALS relating to financial matters.
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Sir John Pringle papers, 1768-1777

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Autograph letter and prescriptions, signed. Pringle writes to the Earl of Buchan regarding Buchan's work on right-handedness.
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William Cullen papers, 1769 and undated.

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Fragment of an ALS, dated 1769, Aug. 16, Edinburgh, and a holograph manuscript in an anonymous hand with biographical information.
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Dudley Woodbridge letter, Groton, Mass., to Dudley Woodbridge, Norwich, Conn., 1770, Apr.

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ALS. Woodbridge writes to his son concerning a land controversy involving the dower of Mrs. Mumford.
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James Davidson papers, 1773-1791

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Holograph documents, signed. Mostly account statements from medical suppliers, Richard Speaight and Langharne of New York City and Chris. Jr. and Charles Marshall of Philadelphia. Statements list purchased items and their prices. Also a bond, Davidson to Sarah Ashbridge and Robert Martin, for 612 pounds.
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Peter Turner papers, 1773-1792

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Holograph document, signed by Fre. Smythe, is a New Jersey medical license. ANS documents his finding that a William Young is fit for mustering, an IOU, and the receipt of dividends from shares in the Ohio Company.
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William Buchan papers, [Edinburgh], 1773-1801

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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.
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Hugh Downman papers, 1773 and undated.

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In an ALS dated 1773 Downman settles his account and requests that the remaining copies of his poem, "The land of the muses", be sent to him. A holograph note in an unknown hand gives biographical information.
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Thomas Bond letter, [Philadelphia], to Phineas Pemberton, 1773, Aug. 28

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Letter (ALS) prescribing a course of treatment for Pemberton's daily attacks of fever.
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Nathaniel Coffin letter, Boston, to Mr. Sam White, 1773, Oct. 6

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ALS relating to various personal and business matters.
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Philip Syng Physick papers, 1774-1959, [bulk 1798-1835].

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Papers include a receipt for the sale of land signed by Physick's father, Edmund Physick, and receipts signed by Physick himself. Physick writes a letter of recommendation for William Milnor; responds to West Point cadet Ellis' inquiries regarding a thigh injury; and writes to Jaspar Yeates about the unsatisfactory progress of Physick's student and Yeates' relative, J. Hand. Yeates' biography is detailed in a letter from Whitfield J. Bell to Henry Schuman.
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Latouche letter, Paris, 1774, June 28

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ALS. Describes an operation successfully performed on the Archbishop of Paris in 1774.
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John Armstrong papers, to Mrs. Coutts, 1775, [1779], and undated

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3 letters (ALS) and an engraved portrait of Armstrong. One letter details dinner at the Shakespeare Inn.
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