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Finding Aid to the William Beaumont Papers, 1812-1959

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by HMD staff
Processing Completed 1969; 2003
Encoded by Jim Labosier


Summary Information
Title: William Beaumont Papers
Creator: Beaumont, William, 1785-1853
Dates: 1812-1959
Extent: 0.21 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:
Beaumont is known as the father of gastric physiology. Photocopies of originals held at University of Washington (St. Louis) School of Medicine, Library--letters, notebooks, certificates, and related papers.

Call number: MS C 131
Language: Collection materials primarily in English.
Location: Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Access Restrictions:

Collection is not restricted. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

Copyright

NLM does not possess copyright to the collection. Contact the Reference Staff for details regarding rights.

Preferred Citation:

Beaumont, William, 1785-1853. William Beaumont Papers. 1812-1959. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 131.

Provenance:

Copied from originals held at Washington University (St. Louis), School of Medicine, Library, 1969.


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National Library of Medicine

Finding Aid to the William Beaumont Papers, 1812-1959

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by HMD staff
Processing Completed 1969; 2003
Encoded by Jim Labosier

Descriptive Summary

Beaumont, William, 1785-1853William Beaumont Papers Dates: 1812-19590.21 linear feet (1 box)MS C 131 Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of MedicineCollection materials primarily in English.Abstract:Beaumont is known as the father of gastric physiology. Photocopies of originals held at University of Washington (St. Louis) School of Medicine, Library--letters, notebooks, certificates, and related papers.Provenance:

Copied from originals held at Washington University (St. Louis), School of Medicine, Library, 1969.

Access Restrictions:

Collection is not restricted. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

Copyright

NLM does not possess copyright to the collection. Contact the Reference Staff for details regarding rights.

Preferred Citation:

Beaumont, William, 1785-1853. William Beaumont Papers. 1812-1959. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 131.

Biographical Note

A native of Lebanon, Connecticut, Beaumont was certified to practice medicine by the Third Medical Society of Vermont in 1812. He served in the army during the War of 1812 and from 1819 to 1839 was an army medical officer. During that time he served at posts in the midwest including Fort Mackinac, Michigan; Fort Niagara; Fort Howard in Green Bay; Fort Crawford, Wisconsin; and Jefferson Barracks near St. Louis. On several occasions from 1825 to 1833, Beaumont studied the digestive process through a gunshot-wound patient he had treated in 1822 and whose wound had never fully healed, leaving Dr. Beaumont with unique access to the patient's stomach. Beaumont is known as the father of gastric physiology. He wrote Experiments and observations on the gastric juice and the physiology of digestion (1833).


Photocopies of originals held at University of Washington (St. Louis) School of Medicine, Library--letters, notebooks, certificates, and related papers. Correspondents include William G. Eliot, W.W. Matthews, Benjamin Silliman, and Alexis St. Martin. Includes letters from Beaumont to Joseph Lovell and a petition pertaining to Beaumont from Edward Everett to Lewis Cass and containing 200 signatures including those of John Q. Adams, Franklin Pierce and Millard Fillmore. Contains typescript of proceedings on the acquisition of Beaumont material at the University of Chicago (1936).

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    MeSH Subjects

    • Digestive System
    • Military Medicine--history
    • Stomach--surgery

    Series Descriptions

    11 Series I: Biographical Information, 1935-193912 Genealogical chart -- "Beaumontiana", c.193713 Proceedings of a meeting of the "Friends of the Library" -- University of Chicago, 1936-1937 Series II: Correspondence, Notes, and Certificates, 1812-187914 Correspondence, 1815-183415-6 Correspondence (Washington University), 1823-183217 Notebook, notes (Washington University), 1812-182518 Medical license, military commission (Washington University), 1812, 182819 Experiments and observations on the gastric juice and the physiology of digestion -- title pages, certificate of copyright (Washington University), 1833-1847110 Alexis St. Martin correspondence (William L. Clements Library), 1879

    Collection Scope and Content Note

    Photocopies of originals held at University of Washington (St. Louis) School of Medicine, Library--letters, notebooks, certificates, and related papers. Correspondents include William G. Eliot, W.W. Matthews, Benjamin Silliman, and Alexis St. Martin. Includes letters from Beaumont to Joseph Lovell and a petition pertaining to Beaumont from Edward Everett to Lewis Cass and containing 200 signatures including those of John Q. Adams, Franklin Pierce and Millard Fillmore. Contains typescript of proceedings on the acquisition of Beaumont material at the University of Chicago (1936).

    Contents List
    Box | Folder Title
    1 1
    Series I: Biographical Information, 1935-1939 [series]:
    1 2
    Genealogical chart -- "Beaumontiana", c.1937
    1 3
    Proceedings of a meeting of the "Friends of the Library" -- University of Chicago, 1936-1937
     
    Series II: Correspondence, Notes, and Certificates, 1812-1879 [series]:
    1 4
    Correspondence, 1815-1834
    1 5-6
    Correspondence (Washington University), 1823-1832
    1 7
    Notebook, notes (Washington University), 1812-1825
    1 8
    Medical license, military commission (Washington University), 1812, 1828
    1 9
    Experiments and observations on the gastric juice and the physiology of digestion -- title pages, certificate of copyright (Washington University), 1833-1847
    1 10
    Alexis St. Martin correspondence (William L. Clements Library), 1879