Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
William Anthony Notebook, 1851-1855

Finding aid created by
Sara Quashnie, January 2019

Summary Information
Title: William Anthony notebook
Creator: Anthony, William, 1829-1899
Inclusive dates: 1851-1855
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This 111-page pocket notebook documents the studies and travels of William Anthony, a student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1851 to 1855. The bulk of the entries are medical notes regarding patients Anthony encountered during his time at Jefferson.
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:

2016. M-5033.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Preferred Citation:

William Anthony Notebook, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is a single bound volume.


Biography

William Anthony was born October 30, 1829, in Shelocta, Pennsylvania. He attended Elder's Ridge Academy and graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1855. His thesis was on "scarlatina" (scarlet fever). He married Jane McHenry and the couple had six children. Two daughters survived to adulthood: Idella Anthony (1861-1920) and Cynthetta Anthony (1855-1919). In 1865, Anthony moved his family to Olathe, Kansas, and, in 1870, settled permanently in Pleasanton, Kansas. Along with his medical career, Anthony was a successful farmer maintaining 320 acres of wheat fields. He died at home on September 2, 1899, and is buried in Littell Cemetery in Pleasanton, Kansas.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This 111-page pocket notebook documents the studies and travels of William Anthony, a student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1851 to 1855. The bulk of the entries are medical notes regarding patients Anthony encountered during his time at Jefferson.

The volume opens with the inscription "Wm. Anthony's Book October 17th 1851," followed by three pages of notes and questions regarding government and international relations. The next section of 12 pages respects Anthony's education and travels from 1852 to 1855. He studied medicine with Dr. Robert McChesney in Shelocta, Pennsylvania, until the fall of 1853, when he enrolled at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He traveled to Ohio with his father to visit relatives and to New York to visit the World's Fair. Included in the itinerary are costs and modes of transportation.

The majority of the notebook is made up of notes on patients, including symptoms, diagnoses, and treatment plans, from Anthony's first year of medical school. Named instructors are Drs. Dunglison, Mitchell, Pancoast, and Mütter. Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Dunglison oversaw internal medicine cases ranging from epilepsy to kidney disease from late 1853 to early 1854. Dr. Pancoast and Dr. Mütter demonstrated surgical cases covering tumor removal, amputations, and granular eyelid surgery. Dr. Pancoast's other operations include staphyloraphy and utilization of an apparatus to straighten the elbow (both performed February 4, 1854). Instructions for concocting certain medications and expenses for books and supplies are also included.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Dunglison, Robley, 1798-1869.
    • Exhibitions--New York (State)--New York.
    • Jefferson Medical College.
    • Medicine--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions.
    • Medicine--Study and teaching--Pennsylvania.
    • Mitchell, John Kearsley, 1793-1858.
    • Mütter, Thomas D. (Thomas Dent), 1811-1859.
    • Pancoast, Joseph, 1805-1882.
    • Pharmacy--Study and teaching--Pennsylvania.
    • Philadelphia (Pa.)
    Genre Terms:
    • Notebooks.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    William Anthony Notebook,  1851-1855 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    Historical Data of the Anthony [Anthonie] Family-1495-1940, The Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania.

    Bibliography

    "Dr. William Anthony," The Pleasanton Herald (Pleasanton, Kansas), September 8, 1899.

    "Graduates of Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, March 1855," Professor Pancoast's Charge to the Graduates of Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia March 10, 1855: With a List of the Graduates of 1855. Jefferson Medical College Catalogs, Jefferson Digital Commons, Thomas Jefferson University. https://jdc.jefferson.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1089&context=jmc_catalogs.

    History of Indiana County, Penn'a, 1745-1880. Newark, Ohio: J. A. Caldwell, 1880.

    "It Is Wonderful! How Kansas Farmers Have Made Fortunes," The Prescott Sunflower (Prescott, Kansas), May 13, 1893.

    "Students," Catalogue of Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia: Session of 1853-54. Jefferson Medical College Catalogs, Jefferson Digital Commons, Thomas Jefferson University. https://jdc.jefferson.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1052&context=jmc_catalogs.