Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Albert Whiteley Notebooks, 1838-1839

Finding aid created by
Richard C. Bates and Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: Albert Whiteley notebooks
Creator: Whiteley, Albert, 1817-1893
Inclusive dates: 1838-1839
Extent: 2 volumes
Abstract:
Albert Whiteley of Columbia County, Maryland, compiled these two notebooks while a student at Jefferson Medical College between 1837 and 1839. He recorded detailed lecture notes from numerous physicians on topics such as surgery, anatomy, obstetrics, general medicine, and chemistry.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1980. M-1898.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Albert Whiteley notebooks, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

Albert Whiteley was born in Caroline County, Maryland, on March 6, 1817, the son of William and Elizabeth Whiteley. After graduating from Delaware College, he attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (now part of Thomas Jefferson University), from which he graduated in 1839. Whiteley practiced medicine in Frederica, Delaware, and served as a member of the state's board of health from 1879 until his death on April 27, 1893. He and his first wife, Elizabeth, had three children: Elizabeth, Benjamin, and Madeline. He had a fourth child, Emma, with either Elizabeth or his second wife, Rachel.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Albert Whiteley of Columbia County, Maryland, compiled these two notebooks while a student at Jefferson Medical College between 1837 and 1839. He recorded detailed lecture notes from numerous physicians on topics such as surgery, anatomy, obstetrics, general medicine, and chemistry.

The first volume (6"x3.5", approximately 115 pages) contains notes on lectures that Dr. George McClellan, one of the founders of Jefferson Medical College, delivered between January 1838 and June 1839, concerning surgical methods. The second volume (7.75"x6", approximately 275 pages) contains notes on lectures by numerous instructors, including Samuel Colhoun, Samuel McClellan, John Revere, Granville Sharp Pattison, Jacob Green, Robley Dunglison, and George McClellan.

Each notebook covers a variety of medical topics, with discussions on specific diseases, ailments, and treatments, as well as general information about medicine and related topics. Treatments are frequently described in detail, and the notebooks record instructions for bloodletting, amputation, and other contemporary medical procedures. Medicinal treatments are occasionally mentioned, though the material concentrates primarily on physicians' practices. The second volume also contains lengthy discussions of human anatomy and physiology, a section on obstetrics, and information about general chemistry.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Amputation.
    • Chemistry.
    • Colhoun, Samuel, 1787-1841.
    • Dunglison, Robley, 1798-1869.
    • Green, Jacob, 1790-1841.
    • Human anatomy.
    • Human physiology.
    • Jefferson Medical College.
    • M'Clellan, Samuel, 1800-1853.
    • McClellan, George, 1796-1847.
    • Medical education--United States.
    • Medicine--United States--History--19th century.
    • Pattison, Granville Sharp, 1791-1851.
    • Phlebotomy.
    • Revere, John, 1787-1847.
    • Surgery--History.
    Genre Terms:
    • Notes.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volumes   1-2  
    Albert Whiteley notebooks,  1838-1839 [series]:
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Clements Library holds additional material related to Jefferson Medical College, including letters by a student, Harry M. Horton, 1833-1835 (Harry M. Horton letters, part of the Duane Norman Diedrich collection).

    Bibliography

    Cooper, E. W., and L. S. Vallandingham. "Resolutions of Respect: Dr. Albert Whiteley." Seventh Bienniel Report of the Board of Health of the State of Delaware. 1890-1892. Dover: The Index Job Print, 1893. 108.