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J.F.R. papers

Identifier: Mss 0034-030

Collection Overview

Papers (loose pages, probably originally one gathering) include a handwritten "Journal" [diary], exercises, and lecture notes written by J.F.R. The diary commences at New Orleans, Louisiana, and includes entries about classes, students, and faculty at the medical department of the University of Louisiana. In May 1853 the author became the medical officer on the steamer Falcon and traveled to Panama, New Granada, Havana (includes descriptions of the houses and customs), and New York (with a stop in Charleston, S.C.). In New York he appeared before the Board of Medical Examiners to obtain a permit, then went to Philadelphia for two months until he obtained his results. After obtaining his permit the author proceeded to Washington, then was ordered to report to New Orleans and was assigned (March 1854) to the military asylum at East Pascagoula, Mississippi. When this branch was broken up in 1855 and the inmates were transferred to Harrodsburg, Kentucky, the author was briefly put in charge of the remaining men. Entries for October 1855 describe the author's passage on the Ben Franklin (ship) from New Orleans to Louisville, and the people he encounters. The gathering also includes exercises in French and "Notes taken by J.F.R. on Professor [Samuel] Jackson's lectures at the University of Pennsylvania delivered during the session of 1849-50."


  • Creation: 1849-1855


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Physician who apparently attended medical lectures at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (1849-1850) and University of Louisiana in New Orleans. He briefly served as medical officer on the steamer Falcon in the Caribbean (1853) and as medical officer at the military asylum at East Pascagoula, Mississippi (1854-1855). His sister's son was named Eddy, and his brother's son was named Raymond.


1 folder

Alternate Form of Materials

Digital reproductions available online in the Lowcountry Digital Library.

General Note

Previously known as: I.F.R. Diary, 1849-1855. J.F.R. may be John F. Randolph, who was a field surgeon during the Civil War.

Inventory of the J.F.R. papers, 1849-1855
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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