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H MS c472

Fansher, Sylvanus, 1770-1846. Papers, 1805-1846 (inclusive): Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: H MS c472
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Title: Sylvanus Fansher papers,
Date(s): 1805-1846 (inclusive).
Quantity: 1 collection (.14 cubic feet (1 half legal size document box).)
Language of materials: Papers are in English.
Abstract: The Sylvanus Fansher papers, 1805-1846 (inclusive), consist of correspondence, manuscripts, research materials, and patient records related to Sylvanus Fansher's (1770-1846) work on smallpox vaccination, as well as personal correspondence with his family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number 2008-048.

Processing Information:

Processed by Brooke McManus, 2016 January.
Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the papers, and created a finding aid to improve access. Folder titles were devised by the archivist unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access requires advance notice. Contact Public Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard 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.

Preferred Citation:

Sylvanus Fansher papers, 1805-1846 (inclusive). H MS c472. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

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Biographical Note

Sylvanus Fansher (1770-1846) was a physician practicing in Connecticut and Rhode Island. He conducted research on smallpox and provided public vaccinations, and was a proponent of establishing a national smallpox vaccine program.
Fansher wrote several broadsides on smallpox, including Progress of Vaccination in America (1816) and Rules to be Attended to During Vaccination (1817). He also authored A Concise Treatise on Electricity (1830).

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content

The Sylvanus Fansher papers, 1805-1846 (inclusive), undated, consist of correspondence, manuscripts, research materials, and patient records related to Sylvanus Fansher's (1770-1846) work on smallpox vaccination, as well as personal correspondence with his family.
The correspondence includes Fansher's memorial to Congress, and his letter to President Martin van Buren, advocating for the establishment of a national smallpox vaccination program. There is also a letter from New York physician Moses Younglove (1752-1829) to Fansher on his own experience inoculating patients.
Fansher's manuscripts on smallpox and cowpox focus on the history of the diseases and progress made with inoculation and vaccination. The research materials contain details on individual patients Fansher vaccinated, as well as a logbook of smallpox vaccinations with information on the subject name, age, and how the vaccine was introduced.
Papers are entirely in English.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Medical care -- New York -- History -- 19th century.
Medical Records.
Medicine -- New York -- History -- 19th century.
Physicians' writings.
Smallpox -- Prevention.
Smallpox -- Vaccination -- History.
History of Medicine.
Medicine -- 19th century.
Smallpox -- history.
Smallpox -- prevention & control.
Bridgeport (Conn.).
Correspondence.
Medical records.
Physicians.
Fansher, Sylvanus, 1770-1846.
Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862.
Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846.

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