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COLLECTION Identifier: B MS c51

William Hamilton Tyler papers

Overview

The William Hamilton Tyler Hamilton papers, 1799-1927, consist of a handwritten copy of his memoirs, a student notebook from his medical courses at Columbia College, volumes of notes on medicine, botany, surveying, and copied verses, and certificates related to Tyler's study and practice of medicine. Also included are letters from the Tuttle Company to the Boston Medical Library about purchasing the collection.

Dates

  • 1799-1927 (inclusive)

Creator

Language of Materials

Papers are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

The Boston 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.

Extent

.25 cubic feet (1 flat document box)
The William Tyler Hamilton papers, 1799-1927, consist of a handwritten copy of Hamilton's memoirs, a student notebook from his medical courses at Columbia College (later Columbia University), volumes of notes on medicine, botany, surveying, and copied verses, and certificates related to Tyler's study and practice of medicine. Also included are letters from the Tuttle Company to the Boston Medical Library about purchasing the collection.

Hamilton's memoirs, covering the years 1803 to 1855, include verses, poems and diary entries about his life and experiences as a doctor, and information about his family.

Papers are in English.

Biographical Note

William Hamilton Tyler (1780-1868) was born in New Ashford, Massachusetts, on May 18, 1780, to Esther and Samuel Tyler. He began his medical studies under his uncle, Silas Hamilton, of Saratoga, New York, in 1800; he also read with several physicians from his home town, Joseph Jarvis and Asa Burbank, from 1801-1803. In 1805-1806, Tyler attended medical lectures at Columbia College in New York City, after which he started his medical practice in Lanesborough, Massachusetts.

He was president of the Berskshire Medical Society and a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society. According to Tyler’s memoirs, he was elected to represent Lanesborough in the Massachusetts General Court in 1815.

Tyler married Sila Hall in 1809, and their children included daughters Hannah, Esther, and Anne. He died on December 6, 1868.

Processing Information

Processed by Brooke McManus, 2018 April.

Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the papers, and created a finding aid to improve access.

Titles were assigned by the archivist unless otherwise noted.
Link to catalog
Title
Tyler, William Hamilton, 1780-1868. Papers, 1799-1927: Finding Aid.
Author
Brooke McManus
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Preservation and description of the William Hamilton Tyler papers was supported by the Colonial North America at Harvard Library Project.
EAD ID
med00493

Repository Details

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

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