Anson Colman Papers

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Anson Colman Papers
Creator: Colman, Anson, 1795-1837
Call Number: A.C71
Dates: 1824-1835
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Anson Colman Papers
Creator: Colman, Anson, 1795-1837
Call Number: A.C71
Dates: 1824-1835
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Anson Colman (1795-1837), one of the earliest medical practitioners to settle in Rochesterville, received his medical training in his native town of Richfield Springs, NY. He joined Dr. John B. Elwood in the village of Rochester about 1817. In 1819 he married Cath(e)rine, seventh child of Sophia and Nathaniel Rochester, Rochester's founding father. Her sister Sophia married Jonathan Child, who became Rochester's first mayor (1834). Dr. Colman was influential in establishing a county medical society in 1821. In 1832 a cholera epidemic in Montreal and New York alarmed Rochester's citizens, and Dr. Colman was sent to Montreal to observe the best methods of treating the disease. His studies there, and later at Boston, Philadelphia, Paris and London, made him perhaps the best-informed doctor in the village. For two years he lectured at the Geneva Medical College.

Scope and Content
The collection includes family letters of Mr. and Mrs. Anson Colman, those from Dr. Colman being written from Boston, Paris, London, etc., describing his medical studies, and those from Mrs. Colman being written from Rochester and points in New England and New York, describing family matters and events at home. The letters have not been indexed.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
Medicine--Study and teaching
Correspondence
Colman, Anson, 1795-1837
Colman, Catherine Rochester
Physicians
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Mrs. Margaret B. Sherman (a granddaughter of the Colmans), September-October 1935.Access
The Anson Colman Papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
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[Item title, item date], Anson Colman Papers, A.C71, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 11824 - 1825
A biographical sketch of Dr. Colman
A "medical notice" announcing a meeting for forming a county medical society (1821).
To CRC from AC, Boston, December 5, 1824
To CRC, Boston, January 17, 1825
Transcribed

To AC from CRC, Rochester, Jan. 18, 1825.
To CRC from AC, Boston, Jan. 27, 1825.
To AC from CRC, Rochester, Feb. 3, 1825.
To CRC from AC, Boston, Feb. 6, 1825.
To CRC in Hagerstown, MD from AC, Rochester, July 9, 1825. (transcribed)
To CRC from AC, Rochester, July 17, 1825. (transcribed)
Box 1, Folder 21827-1831; 9 letters from AC to CRC
Utica, October 13, 1827
Steamboat United States, October 20, 1827
Providence, October 26, 1827
Rochester, July 20, 1828
New York, November 13, 1831
Philadelphia, November 15, 1831
Philadelphia, November 19, 1831
Philadelphia, November 28, 1831
Philadelphia, December 28, 1831
Box 1, Folder 31832; 8 letters
4 letters from AC to CRC, Philadelphia, January 13, January 23, February 1, February 7, 1832
AC to CRC, Rochester, June 14, 1832
AC to Dr. Mathew Brown, President of the Board of Health, Rochester; Montreal, regarding AC's findings on the cholera epidemic, June 27, 1832
AC to CRC, New York, November 17, 1832
CRC to AC in Paris, Rochester, December 10, 1832
Box 1, Folder 41833; 13 letters.
According to the Bulletin of Historical Medicine, v. 65 (1991), pp. 301-325, many American physicians traveled to Paris to supplement their medical training and experience the 1820s-1850s, known as the "Paris period" in American medicine.

AC to CRC, Paris, January 7, 1833
AC to CRC, Paris, January 27, 1833
CRC to AC in Paris, Rochester, February 25, 1833
Transcribed in Rochester Historical Society Publications, v. 21, 1943.

CRC to AC in London, Rochester, April 20, 1833
AC to CRC, Paris, April 15, 1833
AC to CRC, London, April 22, 1833
AC to CRC, London, April 26, 1833.
AC's father Samuel Colman to CRC, East Richfield, NY, May 23, 1833
CRC to AC, Quebec, September 27, 1833
AC to CRC in Thetford, VT, October 3, 1833
CRC to AC, Thetford, October 8, 1833
AC to CRC in New York, Rochester, October 15, 1833
CRC to AC, New York, October 24, 1833
Box 1, Folder 51834-1835, undated, 2 cards
4 letters
CRC to Rev. Henry J. Whitehouse (1803-1874), pastor of St. Luke's Church; Rochester, February 12, 1834
Letter is fading

AC to mother-in-law, Sophia Rochester, Saratoga Springs, June 23, 1835
Dr. Colman is in poor health and hopes to find "the waters" beneficial.

CRC to her sister Cornelia, Hermitage, August 1, [no year]
AC to Catherine Rochester (future wife), Williamsburg
Letter torn.

Two cards
Registration card issued to Dr. Colman, granting admission to Paris hospital, January 1833
Card issued to AC by the University of Pennsylvania for "Lectures on the Principles and Practice of Midwifery", November 1831


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