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COLLECTION — Box: 01 Identifier: H MS c522

James A. Emmerton scrapbook

Content Description

Scrap album entitled "Documentary History of J.A. Emmerton of Salem, Mass., in School and College, in Peace and War," containing letters, photographs, and ephemera documenting Emmerton's life and activities as a student at the Public Latin School (Boston, Massachusetts), Harvard College (Cambridge, Massachusetts), and Harvard Medical School (Boston), as well as his service as a soldier, surgeon, and veteran of the United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865.


  • Majority of material found within 1844-1886 (inclusive)


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all materials in the collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting any third-party copyright holders for permission to reproduce or publish. For more information on the Center's use, publication, and reproduction policies, view our Reproductions and Use Policy.


0.3 cubic feet (1 oversize flat storage box)

Biographical / Historical

James A. Emmerton (1834-1888), A.B., 1855, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts and M.D., 1858, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts was a surgeon during the Civil War, and later was an assistant at the New York State Lunatic Asylum at Utica, New York (later Utica State Hospital, then Utica Psychiatric Center, and now closed).

James Arthur Emmerton was born on August 28, 1834 to Mary Ann Sage and Ephraim Emmerton in Salem, Massachusetts. The 1870 U.S. Census identified him as white. Emmerton attended the Public Latin School, Boston, Massachusetts (now Boston Latin School), Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Harvard Medical School, Boston. He spent part of 1858 to 1859 studying medicine abroad as a resident at Rotunda Lying-In Hospital (now referred to as Rotunda Hospital) and attended Sir William Wilde's (1815-1876) clinic (possibly St Mark's Ophthalmic Hospital for Diseases of the Eye and Ear, Dublin). Emmerton served in the Civil War as a soldier and soldier in Company F of the 23rd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. After the war, he spent 1866 to 1867 as Assistant Physician at the State Lunatic Asylum in Utica, New York. He then retired from medical practice. He wrote local history and genealogy books about Salem families and about the 23rd Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry of the Civil War.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Terry Alford, 2017 (Accession #2017-195).

Related Collections in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Center for the History of Medicine

Emmerton, J. (1855). A Hebdomadal Reminiscence of Diurnal Events, 1855-1862.

Processing Information

Processed by Charlotte Lellman in June 2021. Collection was processed according to Level 1 protocol.

Emmerton, James A. (James Arthur), 1834-1888. Scrapbook, 1844-1886 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
Charlotte Lellman
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Repository Details

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