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COLLECTION — Box: 01 Identifier: H MS c651

Levi Wooster Humphrey physician's log book

Content Description

Log book of Levi W. Humphrey, of Southwick, Massachusetts, containing entries dated between 1822 and 1829 reflecting his practice and bookkeeping as a rural physician. Includes records of visits paid and medicines given, as well as particular medical services rendered, such as tooth extractions, vaccinations, and attendance at parturition (childbirth), and records of payments (cash or goods). Some opposite pages of the book are pasted over with printed engravings cut out from other sources; some of these have been hand colored. Also includes some notes unrelated to medical practice.


  • Creation: 1822-1829 (inclusive)


Condition Description

Leather binding deteriorating. Front cover mostly detached.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access requires advance notice. Contact Public Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

Public domain.


0.3 cubic feet (1 volume in 1 flat storage box)

Biographical / Historical

Levi Wooster Humphrey (1792-1850) was a physician in Southwick, Massachusetts.

Levi Wooster Humphrey was born to Levi and Loraine Humphrey in 1792 in Simsbury, Connecticut. He practiced medicine in Southwick, Massachusetts, which is about 15 miles from Simsbury.

He married Mary Fowler in 1820. After her death in 1826, he married Betsey Stiles.

Custodial History

Inside of front cover is inscribed with the following:

The letters of the alphabet in script] This book belongs to Dr. Levi W. Humphrey, Southwick, Mass. His wife was Betsy Stiles "One of the branches" She was born in 1802- and married "said Doctor" in 1829- This is the property of Rebecca Vernon Stiles Walker-Daughter of Edmund Holcombe Stiles This was brought to Tuscon by a man from Mass-+given to Ed. in 1930.

There are also several penciled notes, including the name "Wilkinson."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifted to the Harvard Medical Library by Gayle Clark in 2023 (Accession #2023-142).

Humphrey, Levi W. (Levi Wooster), 1792-1850. Physician's log book, 1822-1829 (inclusive): Finding Aid
Charlotte Lellman
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine) Repository

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