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Albert Wood James Collection

Manuscript Collection No.46

Overview | Biography | Scope and Content | Container List

OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

[1872-1895]. 1.5 cu.ft. in 4 boxes.

Provenance: The Alfred Wood James Collection was given to the Ohio University Library by two separate donors. Clelie James, daughter of Albert Wood James, donated a portion of the collection on September 11, 1973 and Mrs. Cornelia (James) Dorgan, granddaughter of A.W. James, donated the remaining articles in November 1973 and July and November of 1974.1 Carolyn Copper processed this collection in January, 1986.

Property Rights: The Ohio University Library owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: The Ohio University Library claims the copyrights and/or literary rights as may apply to these papers. Consideration of all other copyrights and possible literary rights is the responsibility of the researcher and publisher.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the Ohio University Library.

Photoduplication: Ohio University Library will entertain requests to photocopy reasonable amounts of material from the collection for the convenience of individual researchers.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite collection name and number and Ohio University Library in all footnotes and bibliographic references.

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE COLLECTION

Albert Wood James was born in Cornwall, England on January 23rd, 1828, to Mary Wood James (father unknown). Albert and his mother came to the United States in 1834, when he was six years old. They settled in Point Marion, Pennsylvania, where Mary Wood James remarried on March 7th, 1837, becoming Mrs. William Drew. The couple later had four children.

Albert James left Pennsylvania at a young age (unknown) and came to Ohio seeking work. His first occupation took him to Coal Grove (Lawrence County), Ohio where he worked as a wood cutter. He later moved to Hanging Rock, Ohio where he met Dr. A. Condie. Dr. Condie was said to be instrumental in the making of Albert James' career as a physician.

On November 6, 1855, James enrolled in the Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, and in 1859 moved to Zaleski, Ohio to begin his medical practice. In Zaleski, James met his future wife, Nancy Greaves Vanderford (8/28/1840 - 8/22/1922). They were married on January 5, 1859 in the Vanderford House. The Jameses had nine children, whose names are as follows: Noel Vanderford (1860 - 1916), Lucius Cassius (1861 - 1927), Reynell Wood (1862 - 1946), Edwin Taylor (1864 - 1865 - died in infancy), Ulysses (1866 - 1940), Velmus (1868 - 1947), Euclid (1869 - 1953), Albert (1875 - 1957), and Clelie (1879 - 1973). Albert James lived most of his life as a physician in Zaleski, Ohio. He died in 1895 and his wife, Nancy, died on August 22, 1922.

The remaining James family members completed a detailed biographical sketch in 1973 that includes further information onthe lives of James' children and various information to which the reader may refer.

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SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The Collection contains materials belonging to both Albert Wood James and his son Noel Vanderford James. Most of the materials date between 1872 and 1895. This includes six ledgers/account books of A.W. James which contain detailed records of patients, prescriptions, and various illnesses during the time of his medical practice in Zaleski. Several other items of A.W. James are a handwritten "Code of Ethics" adopted by Zaleski physicians in 1889, a physician's visiting book, several medical text promotion advertisements, and three personal notebooks containing detailed geometric and mathematical calculations. The remaining items in the collection are letters written (97) to Noel James (first born son of A.W. James), most concerning legal/political matters during his position as Vinton County Clerk of Courts (1890 - 1894) and his membership on the Vinton County Board of School Examiners.

Other items include a notebook (1881) belonging to Lucius Cassius James which contains land surveying figures for the construction of a railroad. At the age of 18, Lucius conducted a land survey for the proposed construction of a railroad to connect the towns of Hamden and Lancaster (called the South Bloomingville Project). However, after the survey was made, no funds were available to actually begin construction. The surveying figures in the notebook may have been from that project.

Also contained in the collection is a family history completed in 1973 by the remaining James family members. It includes a personal history of A.W. James and biographical information concerning his children. A small number of issues of the Zaleski Journal(1891), The Hamden Enterprise (1906), and The McArthur Democrat-Enquirer (1926) are also found in the collection.

Notes:
1AC. #73 - 119, AC. #74 - 61, AC. #73 - 156, AC. #74 - 119 2MSS 46 See Box 2 Folder 10

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CONTAINER LISTS FOR THE COLLECTION

Box 1

  • Folder 1 -
    • Part A. - Alden's Handy Atlas of the World; Including One Hundred and Thirty-Eight Colored Maps, Diagrams, Tables, Etc. New York: John B. Alden, Publisher. 1887, 191 pp.
    • Part B. - Patient Account Ledger, July 5, 1890 - May, 1894. 226 pp., 21 X 31 cm. Includes:
      • 1. Patient names, prescriptions, names, illness and/or disease.
      • 2. Front cover and pages 215 - 226 contain mathematical formulas and calculations (very detailed diagrams).
  • Folder 3 - Part C. - Three small notebooks containing mathematical formulas and calculations, n.d.
  • Folder 4 - Part D. - "Code of Ethics." Medical code of ethics designed and written by F. M. Smallwood, A.W. James, and J.C. Pendergrass. Zaleski, Ohio. January 25, 1889. 3 pp. (See attached history in folder).
  • Folder 5 - Part E. - Patient Account Ledger, 1875 - 1879, 1881, 1886 - 1889. 322 pp., 21 X 35 cm.
  • Folder 6 - Part F. - Patient Account Ledger, 1872 - 1877, 1880 - 1881. 206 pp., 18 X 34 cm.
  • Folder 7 - Part G. - "Rules and Regulations Adopted by the Board of Health of the Village of Zaleski, Ohio." E.L. Barret & Son, Springfield, Ohio. 1889, 11 pp.
  • Folder 8 - Part H. - Prescription Book, n.d., 227 pp. 17 X 30 cm. Includes:
    • 1. Pp. 1 - 90 listing of medicines given for particular ailment. Includes medicine mixtures/ combinations.
    • 2. Pp. 91 - 227 contains detailed geometric diagrams and formulas.
    • 3. Pp. 223 contains "The Medical Bulletin Adviser," Physiological Charts of Life (pg. 15).
    • 4. Pp. 224, "Selected List of Medical Works, Anatomy and Physics" (pg. 3).
    • 5. Seven loose items, diagrams, notes and mathematical figures.
  • Folder 9 - Part I. - Physicians Visiting List and Appointment Book. 1894. 2 items.
    • 1. Physicians Visiting List. 1894, 48 pp.
    • 2. Appointment Book, 1894. 74 pp.
Box 2
  • Folder 1 - Part J.- Letters to Noel V. James, 1890 - 1891. 34 items. Includes:
    • 1. T.L S. from Daniel Ryan, Secretary of State (Ohio). Department of State, Columbus. Dec. 2, 1891, 1 p.
    • 2. A.L.S. from S.W. Monahan. General Assembly of Ohio House of Representatives, Columbus. March 5, 1891, 4 pp.
  • Folder 2 - Part K. - Letters to Noel James, 1892 - 1893. 60 items. Includes:
    • 1. T.L.S. from C.H. Grosvenor, U. S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Sept. 2, 1893, 1 p.
    • 2. T.L.S. from James Boyle, private secretary to the Governor of Ohio, Columbus. Nov. 16, 1893, 1 p.
    • 3. T.L.S. from C.H. Grosvenor. U. S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. Oct. 15, 1893, 1 p.
  • Folder 3 - Part L. - Letters to Noel James, 1894. 3 items.
  • Folder 4 - Part M. - Printed matter, 6 items. Includes:
    • 1. Notebook containing "Record of High School," Oct. 1886 - May 1887 (Zaleski).
  • Folder 5 - Part N. - Printed Matter, 18 items. 1886 - 1893. Advertisements, book promotions. Includes:
    • 1. List of delegates to the Democratic County Convention. August 10, 1981.
    • 2. Official Ballot for the November 3, 1891 election, 1 p.
  • Folder 6 - Part O. - Miscellaneous Receipts. 20 items, 1891 - 1899.
  • Folder 7 - Part P. - Lucius Cassius James notebook, May 9, 1881, contains notes and measurements for railroad construction in Zaleski, Ohio.
  • Folder 8 - Part Q. - Letter to Reynell Wood James, 1 p., n.d., Concerning land deeds and graveyard where James family is buried. Zaleski, Ohio.
  • Folder 9 - Part R. - Nutrition Analysis, by unknown author. 1 p., n.d.
  • Folder 10 - Part S. - Geneology of James family, by Cornelia Moore James. 8 p., completed in 1973. Also includes:
    • 1. T.L.S. from Francis James Dollet, University Archivist at University of Pennsylvania. 1 p., Oct. 10, 1973.
    • 2. Personal History of Connor Dowd. of Zaleski, Ohio. 1 p., n.d.
Box 3
  • Folder 1 - Part - T.
    • 1. Zaleski Journal, Vol. 2, No. 30. Zaleski, Ohio. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1891.
    • 2. The Hamden Enterprise, Vol. 27, No. 45. Hamden Junction, Ohio. Saturday, Oct. 27, 1906.
    • 3. Noel V. James Obituary. 1 p., n.d., copy.
  • Folder 2
    • 4. The McArthur Democrat - Enquirer, Vol. 65, No. 48. McArthur, Ohio. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1926.
  • Folder 3
    • 5. Leather Bound Journal/Account Book of A.W. James, M. D. Zaleski, Ohio. 1879 - 1895, 800 pp. 30 X 44 cm. Includes:
      • a. Daily records of medicine and produce sold. Includes names, date, transaction items, and cost.
Box 4
  • Folder 1 - Part U. - Ledgers
    • 1. Leather bound ledger of A.W. James, M.D., 1879 - 1884. Ledger of services and medicines, 408 pp. 25 X 37 cm.
  • Folder 2
    • 2. Leather bound ledger of services and medicines. A.W. James, 1886 - 1891, 688 pp. 29 X 40 cm.

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