John Jeffries papers
Papers of Boston physician and balloonist John Jeffries concerning his medical practice and balloon ascensions.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English with a few in French.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Extent3.5 linear feet (2 boxes, 4 portfolio volumes)
Includes 20 volumes of diaries and journals, 1779-1819, beginning with Jeffries work as surgeon in British military hospitals in Nova Scotia and New York, service with British troops in a campaign during the American Revolution, and his subsequent practice in England. Diaries also contain Jeffries observations of balloon ascensions made in England in 1784 and 1785 with Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Other material relating to the balloon ascensions include bills and receipts; equipment lists; writings; agreement; correspondence, 1784-1786, of contemporaries; and a pen and sepia wash drawing. Medical papers include Jeffries' medical and surgical notebooks and essays, 1768-1775; orderly books, 1776-1778, from his service as a surgeon; and diplomas and medical commissions.
Also includes papers about Jeffries, especially materials collected by Benjamin Joy Jeffries and James Howard Means.
Biographical / Historical
Jeffries was a Boston physician, surgeon, scientist, and the first man (with Jean-Pierre Blanchard) to fly a balloon across the English Channel between England and France.
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Letters and other papers concerning John Jeffries
- II. John Jeffries compositions and other papers
- III. Oversize materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
50M-326-339, 342-346, 357-361. Deposited by Dr. James H. Means, 60 Mt. Vernon Street Boston; received: 1951; gift: 1951-1953.
68M-93. Gift of Mrs. J. H. Means, 60 Mt. Vernon Street Boston, Massachusetts; received: 1968 August 1.
Reformatted in 2015 by Bonnie B. Salt
- Jeffries, John, 1745-1819. John Jeffries papers, 1768-1963: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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