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COLLECTION Identifier: B MS c85

Samuel Bancroft Barlow papers, 1798-1876 (inclusive)

The Samuel Bancroft Barlow papers, 1798-1876, consist of letters from other Barlows concerning the family's genealogy, research notes and manuscript family histories by Barlow, and printed circulars and certificates from medical institutions and societies and the Massachusetts Militia. There are also letters from colleagues and associates including physicians Eli Ives (1779-1861), Joseph F. Jewett (1788-1859), and Vincent Holcombe, and a small amount of legal documents.

Dates

  • 1798-1876

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 the materials in the collection. Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to Public Services. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from Public Services are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

Extent

0.25 cubic feet (1 flat document box)

The Samuel Bancroft Barlow papers, 1798-1876, consist of letters from other Barlow family members concerning the family's genealogy, research notes and manuscript family histories by Barlow, and printed circulars and certificates from medical institutions and societies and the Massachusetts Militia. There are also letters from colleagues and associates including physicians Eli Ives (1779-1861), Joseph F. Jewett (1788-1859), and Vincent Holcombe, and a small amount of legal documents.

Letters from various Barlow relations in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Canada, were apparently in response to queries by Samuel Barlow as he collected information and researched his family history in the 1840s and 1850s. The collection includes Barlow's notes on his ancestry, local history, and family records, and several manuscript genealogies. Barlow also authored an account of his father Edmund Barlow's service with George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

Barlow's other correspondents include William H. Seward (1801-1872), then governor of New York; chemist and Yale College professor Benjamin Silliman (1779-1864); geologist Joseph Peter Lesley (1819-1903); merchant and politician Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764-1839); and James Savage (1784-1873), founder of the Provident Institution for Savings in Boston.

There are also letters and circulars from the Massachusetts Militia related to his service as a regimental surgeon, and to his resignation from the post in 1830. In addition, the collection includes deeds and bonds of the Barlow family.

Papers are in English.

Biographical Note

Samuel Bancroft Barlow (1798-1876) was a homeopathic physician in East Granville, Massachusetts, and New York City, and professor of materia medica and therapeutics at New York Homoeopathic Medical College.

Samuel Bancroft Barlow was born in Granville, Massachusetts, on April 19, 1798, to Tabitha and Edmund Barlow. In 1812, he entered a private academy run by Reverend Timothy Mather Cooley (1772-1859). For several years, Barlow studied medicine under West Granville physician Vincent Holcombe and Dr. Joseph F. Jewett of Granby, Connecticut. He then matriculated at Yale Medical School, earning an M.D. in 1822. After graduation, Barlow returned to practice medicine in his home town. He was also a regimental surgeon in the Massachusetts Militia until 1830. Barlow lived in Florida for several years before he moved to New York City in 1841, where his practice increasingly focused on homeopathic treatment. He was one of the founders of the American Institute of Homeopathy in 1844, and in 1863, he was appointed professor of materia medica and therapeutics in the New York Homoeopathic Medical College.

Barlow married Rhoda Hopkins Wadsworth, and their children included New York attorney Samuel Latham Mitchill Barlow (1826-1889). He died in New York on February 27, 1876.

Arrangement

The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by folder title, followed by other documents which are also arranged alphabetically.

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.
Link to catalog
Title
Barlow, Samuel B. (Samuel Bancroft), 1798-1876. Papers, 1798-1876: Finding Aid.
Author
Brooke McManus
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Preservation and description of the Samuel Bancroft Barlow papers were supported by the Colonial North America at Harvard Library Project.
EAD ID
med00498

Repository Details

Part of the Countway Library of Medicine Repository

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