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Guide to the James Farrington Papers, 1824-1902

Collection number: MC 49

Size: 1 box
(0.33 cu.ft.)

About James Farrington

James Farrington (1791-1859) was born in Conway, New Hampshire. He attended Fryeburg
Academy (Maine) prior to studying medicine with Dr. Moses Chandler of Fryeburg,
Maine. In 1818, Farrington opened a medical practice in Rochester, New Hampshire,
where he resided until his death in 1859. He was a member of the New Hampshire
Medical Society and served as a New Hampshire state representative, New Hampshire
state senator, and member of the U.S. House of Representatives. His nephew, James
Farrington (1822-1902), also attended Fryeburg Academy. The younger Farrington
attended Dartmouth Medical College and graduated from the Medical Department of the
University of New York City in 1847. Shortly thereafter, he joined his uncle’s
medical practice.

About the James Farrington Notebooks

The collection contains three holograph medical notebooks (a 35-year record of
maternity cases, a medical recipe book, and medical school notes), Farrington’s
medical school thesis, and an unrelated medical thesis.

Four 19th century medical texts are also included in the collection, but are kept
the Special Collections stacks. They are: Andrew Fyfe, A
Compendium of the Anatomy of the Human Body, 1810
; Robert
Hooper, A Compendious Medical Dictionary,
; Robert Hooper,A
Physician’s Vade-Mecum, 1809
and Tilden and Company,
Formulae for Making Tinctures, Infusions, Syrups, Wines,
Mixtures, Pills, etc., 185.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Farrington Notebooks, 1824-1902, MC 49, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,

Acquisitions Information

Donated: Edward G. Michael, Mar. 1977

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Record book, kept by James Farrington (1791-1859), of maternity
cases, 1824-1859

Holograph notebook. The notebook contains a chronological listing of
maternity cases, identified by husband’s name, and a description of each

Box 1, Folder 2 Record book, kept by James Farrington, of maternity cases

Holograph notebook. Entries run from 1824 through 1859. The notebook contains
a chronological listing of maternity cases, identified by husband’s name,
and a description of each case.

Box 1, Folder 3 Medical recipe book kept by James Farrington

Holograph notebook. Approximately 50 pages. Indexed.

Box 1, Folder 4 Notes on operations observed and medical remedies kept by James
Farrington, 1822-1902

Holograph notebook. Approximately 125 pages. An inscription on the flyleaf
reads “James Farrington’s book, C. Conway, May 21st, 1844.”

Box 1, Folder 5 “A Thesis on Inflammation for the Degree of doctor of Medicine in the
University of New York, by James Farrington, session 1846-1847.” Thesis of
James Farrington, 1822-1902
Box 1, Folder 6 “On Tubercular Phthisis by Nelson R. Reed.”

Medical thesis of unknown origin. Reed was not a member of the Strafford
County Medical Society from 1818 to 1914.