Guide to the Elbridge Gerry Walker Papers, 1801-1903


Druggist and court clerk, of Scottsville and Glasgow, Ky.

Correspondence and business papers dealing primarily with the drug business and containing information on the practice of medicine in ante-bellum Tennessee and Kentucky. Includes papers relating to Walker's later activities as clerk of the Circuit Court of Allen County, Ky., and personal letters of various members of the Walker family of Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Walker, Elbridge Gerry, b. 1834.
Elbridge Gerry Walker papers 1801-1903
Language of Material
4.0 Linear Feet, 1155 Items
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Collection Overview

Chiefly business papers of Elbridge Gerry Walker concerning the drug business, his partnership in the business with J. N. McKendrel, and a lawsuit against Walker brought by McKendrel. There is also correspondence relating to his father, A. S. Walker, Scottsville physician, and the practice of medicine in the antebellum South; letters and official records written by Elbridge Gerry Walker as clerk of the circuit court of Allen County; two deeds; and an essay entitled "Some Reflections on the Practice of Medicine by the System of Patent Receipts, Its Injurious Tendency, and a Method for the Remedy."

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Contents of the Collection

Papers, 1801-1857
Box 1
Papers, 1858-1860
Box 2
Papers, 1861-1903 and undated
Box 3
Papers, undated
Box 4

Historical Note

Druggist and court clerk, of Scottsville and Glasgow, Ky.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Elbridge Gerry Walker Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Elbridge Gerry Walker Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1959.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff, date unknown

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, September 2011

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.