Perrie C. Soule Papers

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Perrie C. Soule papers
Creator: Soule, Perrie C., 1844-1924
Call Number: D.136
Dates: 1864-1925
Physical Description: 4 boxes
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
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Content List
Series I: Medical papers
Series II: Family papers
Series III: Civil War and Grand Army of the Republic papers
Series IV: Women's suffrage materials
Collection Overview
Title: Perrie C. Soule papers
Creator: Soule, Perrie C., 1844-1924
Call Number: D.136
Dates: 1864-1925
Physical Description: 4 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Perrie C. Soule, born September 16, 1844, died in Rochester, July 22, 1924, was a practicing physician in Rossburg, Allegany County, New York. During his life, he served in the New York Cavalry and, Infantry during the Civil War, advocated women's suffrage, served as trustee of school district 13, in the town of Hume, Allegany County, and participated actively in the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) veterans association, The collection revolves around his activities, financial concerns, and children.

On August 1, 1861, Perrie Soule enlisted under the name Peter Soule as a private in Company B of Regiment 18, New York Infantry. On November 1, 1864, he was promoted to Commissary Sergeant of Company I of Regiment 5, New York Calvary, the rank with which he was discharged on August 29, 1865. While serving in the Union Army, he sustained many injuries. Two major ones which affected his right arm and left leg for life, occurred while he led a charge against Confederate troops. After the end of the war, Soule continued his military interests as an active member of GAR. He was Commander of the Burnside Post 237, Allegany County, N.Y. for 15 years. He also at various times served as vice president, secretary, and treasurer of GAR for the state of New York.

Soule lived in Allegany County until 1919 when he moved to Rochester. He resided in Rochester for five years until his death in 1924.

Scope and Content
The collection is arranged by specific topics. The GAR and Civil War material occupies the majority of box 2, the remaining topics and general correspondence are filed in box 1.

The collection contains 14 folders related to the Civil War and the GAR. Two folders contain general correspondence, one folder contains financial papers and reports, and one folder contains charters and certificates. Also included are two folders of correspondence and papers revolving around Soule's permanent war injuries, and the resulting pension compensation. Within Box 1 are two personal diaries, in which Soule kept a daily account of his activities during part of the war. Other folders contain pamphlets related to GAR Annual National Encampments.

Two folders of the collection contain papers related to an ankle and spinal injury sustained by Lucile Soule, daughter of Perrie Soule, while exiting from a moving railroad car, on August 11, 1913. Complications resulted from the original injury, causing traumatic cerebrospinal meningitis and the quarantine of the Soule home. Soule attempted to obtain monetary compensation through legal action but failed.

As trustee of school district number 13, town of Hume, Allegany County, Soule was involved in an attempt to establish a new school location for the two merged school districts, 13, Rossburg and 5, Wiscoy in 1906. Two folders contain papers and correspondence between Soule and the New York State Education Commissioner.

The last specific topic of correspondence deals with the death and estate settlement of Frederick Evans Soule, son of Perrie Soule. Frederick was an Alaskan gold miner, who with his wife died in a shipwreck off the coast of Alaska on October 26, 1918.

The remaining papers include two folders of general correspondence, financial papers including tax receipts, miscellaneous printed ephemera, and photographs. The printed ephemera contains announcements of a female suffrage rally and several of the sponsoring group's badges of membership. The photographs represent a diverse mixture of subjects. The collection also contains one oversized map folder of newspaper front pages, mainly from the Grand Army Journal.

Box 3, which was added to the collection at a later date, contains correspondence and documents relating to Perrie Soule's personal and business affairs, including household and business account books, both for his medical practice and the Taylor and Soule General Building business. Other materials are related to Soule's service as trustee of school district number 13, Hume, New York, Lucile Soule's railroad accident, the GAR, and the women's suffrage rally.

New York (State)
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Financial records
Soule, Perrie C., 1844-1924
Grand Army of the Republic
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Soule Papers were the gift of Lee N. Sherwood of Rochester, N.Y. to the History of Medicine Section of the Miner Medical Library in May 1974. Mr. Sherwood was the son-in-law of Dr. Soule. The non-medical material in the collection was transferred to the Department of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Archives, Rush Rhees Library, in 1979. The contents of Box 3 were transferred and added to the the Soule Papers in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections from the Edward G. Miner Library in April 2006.Access
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[Item title, item date], Perrie C. Soule papers, D.136, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055

Content List
Series I: Medical papers
Box 3, Folder 3Correspondence related to the New York State Education Department, contagious disease and attendance law, December 1911
Box 3, Folder 4Correspondence and documents relating to Perrie Soule's license and certification to practice medicine, 1881-1917
Box 3, Folder 5Correspondence and documents relating to Soule's membership in the American Medical Association and the Medical Society of the State of New York, 1919-1922
Box 3, Folder 6Correspondence and documents, permitting Soule to distribute drugs, 1912-1924
Box 3, Folder 7Miscellaneous: accounts, correspondence, receipts, and invitations related to Soule's medical practice, 1907-1926
Box 3, Folder 8Patent remedies, undated
Box 3, Folder 9Patient account book, 1886-1897
Box 3, Folder 10Patient accounts, 1908-1918
Kept by Lucile Soule?

Box 3, Folder 11Patient accounts, 1908-1919; and GAR accounts, 1908-1911
Box 3, Folder 12Patient accounts, Civil War veterans and widows, 1916-1917
Series II: Family papers
Box 1, Folder 1-2General correspondence, 1886-1923
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence re: Death of Frederick Soule, settling of his estate, 1918-1923
Box 1, Folder 5-6Correspondence and papers re: case of Lucile Soule vs. International Railway Company, 1913-1921
Box 1, Folder 7-8Correspondence and papers re: establishment of a new school site for combined Rossburg and Wiscoy school districts, 1906-1909
Box 1, Folder 9Taxes and receipts and bills, 1911-1924
Box 1, Folder 10Insurance policies, 1887-1932
Box 1, Folder 11Bills, receipts, and accounts, 1886-1925
Box 1, Folder 12Certificate of Appointment, deeds, patents, subpoenas, 1871-1901
Box 1, Folder 13Printed material, advertisements, newspaper clippings, program copies, etc.
Box 1, Folder 14Personal papers and essays
Box 1, Folder 15Miscellaneous papers, spelling paper, witness reports
Box 1, Folder 16Envelopes
Box 2a, Folder 2-3Photographs
Box 3, Folder 1Household ledger and household inventory, 1895-1896
Box 3, Folder 2Correspondence and documents related to Lucile Soule's railroad accident, 1913
Box 3, Folder 15Taylor and Soule General Building Business, account book, 1907-1919
Box 3, Folder 16Taylor and Soule General Building Business, account book, 1913-1914
Pressed four leaf clover inside first page

Series III: Civil War and Grand Army of the Republic papers
Box 1, Folder 3Diaries of Peter Soule, Civil War, 1864
2 Volumes

Box 2, Folder 1-2GAR general correspondence, 1893-1924
Box 2, Folder 3GAR pension plans, certificates and correspondence, 1894-1925
Box 2, Folder 4GAR pension plans, affidavits and manuscript essays, 1891-1898
Box 2, Folder 5GAR financial papers and reports
Box 2, Folder 6GAR charters and certificates
Box 2, Folder 7NYS Woman's Relief Corps, correspondence, etc.
Box 2, Folder 8GAR envelopes
Box 2, Folder 9Soldiers handbook, 1898
Box 2, Folder 10Formal invitations, Civil War Veteran functions, 1886-1911
Box 2, Folder 11Pamphlets: GAR information manual, GAR rules and regulations, National encampments, 1893-1909
Box 2, Folder 12Pamphlets: Proceedings of National encampments, 1891-1918
Box 2, Folder 13Pamphlets: Annual encampment souvenir, Detroit 1891, Rochester, 1897
Box 2, Folder 14Pamphlet: "Reunion of General George A. Custer's command", August 1907
Box 2, Folder 15Pamphlet: "The story of the Civil War never heard before", November 1910
Box 2, Folder 16Pamphlet: "Flags of America", September 1895
Box 2, Folder 17Pamphlet: Memorials, circa 1913
Box 2, Folder 18Memoriams: William McKinley, Mary Todd Lincoln
Box 2, Folder 19Pamphlet "Compulsory education and child labor laws", 1910
Box 2, Folder 20Pamphlets "Ginseng and its culture," "The electric milling and mining company," "Sweeney stamp book"
Box 2, Folder 22Miscellaneous printed ephemera
Box 2, Folder 23Advertisements and printed material
Box 3, Folder 13Letter to the editors of "World's Work" about pensions for Union soldiers, undated
Draft letter. Last page contains Christmas shopping list

Box 3, Folder 14Letter from researcher documenting Soule's military experience during the Civil War
Box 2a, Folder 1GAR and Antietam Veteran medals
Box 2a, Folder 4Confederate bonds
Series IV: Women's suffrage materials
Box 2, Folder 21Printed ephemera, Feminist suffrage
Box 3, Folder 17Woman's suffrage ribbon

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