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Guide to the Silas Weir Mitchell papers, 1854-1915 and undated

Abstract

U.S. physician and author.

Papers include documents and correspondence relating to matters personal and professional. Mitchell's principal correspondents include his relative Mitchell Henry, his publisher Frank H. Scott, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jeffries Wyman, Charles-Eduoard Brown-Seguard, Louis Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, Anna Eliot Ticknor, W. T. Gairdner, Louis Lee Lawrence, Charles Leonard Moore, Julian Stafford Corbett, Harrison S. Morris, T. Lauder Brunton, William Osler and Hideyo Noguchi, among others. A complete list of correspondents is available in the collection. Papers are arranged chronologically. The principal language is English, although there are some letters in French and German. The papers form part of the Trent Manuscripts Collection and were acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir), 1829-1914.
Title
Silas Weir Mitchell papers, 1854-1915 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.2 Linear Feet, 747 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection of physician Silas Weir Mitchell's papers date from 1854-1915 and consists of over 700 documents and correspondence sent to Dr. Mitchell relating to matters both personal and professional. Transcripts are often available. Mitchell's principal correspondents in this collection include his relative Mitchell Henry, his publisher Frank H. Scott, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jeffries Wyman, Charles-Eduoard Brown-Seguard, Louis Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz, Anna Eliot Ticknor, W. T. Gairdner, Louis Lee Lawrence, Charles Leonard Moore, Julian Stafford Corbett, Harrison S. Morris, T. Lauder Brunton, William Osler and Hideyo Noguchi, among others. A complete list of correspondents is available in the first box of the collection. Papers are arranged chronologically. The principal language is English, although there are some letters in French and German.

The papers form part of the Trent Manuscripts Collection and were acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

A complete list of correspondents by folder is available in Box 1. Papers are arranged chronologically, with the great majority being correspondence sent to Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell. Transcripts are often present. Undated materials are in a folder at the end of the sequence.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

A complete list of correspondents by folder is available in Box 1. Papers are arranged chronologically, with the great majority being correspondence sent to Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell. Transcripts are often present. Undated materials are in a folder at the end of the sequence.

1854-1862
(20 items)
Box 1 Folder 1
1863-1865
(18 items)
Box 1 Folder 2
1866-1868
(18 items)
Box 1 Folder 3
1869-1877
(18 items)
Box 1 Folder 4
1878-1879
(8 items)
Box 1 Folder 5
1880-1883
(26 items)
Box 1 Folder 6
1884-1885
(14 items)
Box 1 Folder 7
1886
(22 items)
Box 1 Folder 8
1887-1889
(32 items)
Box 1 Folder 9
1890
(16 items)
Box 1 Folder 10
1891
(24 items)
Box 1 Folder 11
1884-1885
(14 items)
Box 1 Folder 12
1892
(43 items)
Box 1 Folder 13
1893
(19 items)
Box 1 Folder 14
1894
(15 items)
Box 1 Folder 15
1895
(26 items)
Box 1 Folder 16
1896
(22 items)
Box 1 Folder 17
1897
(27 items)
Box 1 Folder 18
1898
(24 items)
Box 2 Folder 1
1899-1900
(33 items)
Box 2 Folder 2
1901
(10 items)
Box 2 Folder 3
1901
(10 items)
Box 2 Folder 4
1902
(25 items)
Box 2 Folder 5
1903
(18 items)
Box 2 Folder 6
1904
(21 items)
Box 2 Folder 7
1905
(18 items)
Box 2 Folder 8
1906-1907
(35 items)
Box 2 Folder 9
1908
(26 items)
Box 2 Folder 10
1909
(24 items)
Box 2 Folder 11
1910
(25 items)
Box 2 Folder 12
1911
(15 items)
Box 2 Folder 13
1912
(12 items)
Box 2 Folder 14
1913-1915
(34 items)
Box 2 Folder 15
Undated materials
(61 items)
Box 2 Folder 16

Historical Note

Silas W. Mitchell is considered a pioneer in the field of neurology. Born in Philadelphia into a family of physicians, he earned his medical degree at the Jefferson Medical College, University of Pennsylvania, in 1850. His interest in neurology grew out of his experience treating nervous disorders in soldiers during the Civil War. He is well-known for his use of the "rest cure" for hysteria and neurasthenia, particularly in women. He also advocated electrotherapy and massage. He was elected president of the Association of American Physicians in 1887 and served as a founder and president of the American Neurological Association in 1908-1909. Mitchell was also an expert on snake venom, a patron of the arts, and produced many literary works, including poetry, novels and short stories. He died in 1914 after contracting influenza.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Silas Weir Mitchell papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Silas Weir Mitchell papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a transfer in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, August 2013

Encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, August 2013

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.