Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Levi M. Carson Notebook, 1849-1879

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, December 2011

Summary Information
Title: Levi M. Carson notebook
Creator: Carson, Levi M., b. ca. 1828 and Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1849-1879
Bulk dates: 1849-1850, 1878-1879
Extent: 1 volume
This volume contains medical essays composed at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia in 1849 and 1850, as well as drafts of letters composed in 1878 and 1879. Essay topics include examinations of specific cases, information on various ailments, notes on surgical operations, and descriptions of medicines.
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
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1993. M-2962.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


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:

Levi M. Carson Notebook, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Levi M. Carson was born in New York around 1828, and entered the University of Pennsylvania as a member of the class of 1849. There, he studied medicine under J. S. Clark at the Pennsylvania Hospital, and in 1850 he moved to Seneca Falls, New York, where he began a medical practice. He and his wife Mariett had at least one child, Jenny.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume (162 pages) contains medical essays composed at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia in 1849 and 1850, as well as drafts of letters composed in 1878 and 1879. The first 99 pages consist of medical notes and essays written during Carson's final year studying medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, including reports on medical cases, information on ailments and medicines, and notes concerning surgical operations. Essays on ailments and medicines (pages 100-159) focus on symptoms and relief, and include several based on particular types of medicines, such as diuretics and expectorants. Other essays examine the effects of the medicines on the body. The volume also contains medicinal recipes (pp. 160-161). Several doctors are mentioned, including H. S. Patterson, Joseph Carson, G[eorge] B. Wood, and Henry H. Smith. The medical content dates from March 15, 1849, to January 1850, and covers most of the volume's odd-numbered pages, with additional content appearing on some even-numbered pages, including several rough sketches of generic human figures that appear on the inside of both covers and throughout the book, and a series of indexes of miscellaneous words. Some additional items are signatures for residents of several towns in New York, a poem entitled "Buccaneer Bride" (p. 42), recipes for breakfast rolls and doughnuts (pp. 46, 48), household accounts for decorative items, and drafts of letters. Of the letters, one is signed by Grace Burton of Millport, New York. Addie A. McCurdy, also of Millport, New York, occasionally signed her name on some of the even-numbered pages.

Subject Terms

    • Diseases.
    • Medical education--United States.
    • Medicine--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions.
    • Medicine--Study and teaching.
    • Medicine--United States--History--19th century.
    • Pennsylvania Hospital (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    • Physicians--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
    • University of Pennsylvania. School of Medicine.
    • Burton, Grace.
    • McCurdy, Addie A.
    Genre Terms:
    • Essays.
    • Sketches.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Levi M. Carson notebook,  1849-1879 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data

    History of Seneca Co., New York, with Illustrations Descriptive of Its Scenery, Palatial Residences, Public Buildings, Fine Blocks, and Important Manufactories... Philadelphia: Everts, Ensign, & Everts, 1878.

    Catalogue of the Trustees, Officers & Students of the University of Pennsylvania Session 1849-1850. Philadelphia: L.R. Bailey, 1850.