Collection ID: Ms Coll 49

Collection context


Cobb, J. C.
Miscellaneous Letters Collection is a collection of hundreds of individual letters or small groups of letters, mostly by physicians and scientists, either donated to the Historical Library or purchased.
2 Linear Feet
Most items are in English, but some are in French, German, and other European languages. Letters that are not in English have been coded for language.


Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

This collection contains individual letters or small groups of letters from the correspondence of scientists, physicians, and other health practitioners. Provenences vary greatly. Some were donated by collectors or descendents of the recipient, others purchased, and others removed from books in the Historical Library in which collectors had placed them. Most letters were acquired in the period before 1960. Members of the Beaumont Medical Club collected and donated letters related to Connecticut medicine. John F. Fulton, in particular, purchased individual letters from book stores and book sellers for the collection. A number of the letters in the collection are to and from Yale School of Medicine faculty members. There are also some letters by Yale medical students and alumni. Of particular note in this collection are letters on inoculation and vaccination for smallpox, and on anesthesia.

Processing information:

This collection was initially organized by Madeline Stanton, Librarian of the Historical Collections from 1939 to 1968. Her annotations have been transcribed to the new folders.


Letters, with a few exceptions, are arranged alphabetically by author.

Indexed Terms

Epidemics -- Connecticut
Medical colleges
Medical education
Medical publishing
Medicine -- Connecticut
Medicine -- France
Medicine -- Great Britain
Medicine -- Societies, etc.
Medicine -- United States
Medicine, Military
Mental illness
Psychiatric hospitals
Public health
Quacks and quackery
Rabies -- Vaccination
Science -- Societies, etc.
Typhus fever
Yellow fever
Académie des sciences (France)
Beaumont Medical Club
Connecticut Medical Society
Fairfield County Medical Association
New Haven County Medical Association
Rockefeller Foundation
Royal Society (Great Britain)
University of Edinburgh
University of Oxford
Yale College (1718-1887)
Yale College (1718-1887). Medical Institution
Yale University. School of Medicine
Ackland, A. A.
Acland, Henry W. (Henry Wentworth), 1815-1900
Addams, Charles, 1912-1988
Aiken, Arthur
Alison, William Pulteney, 1790-1859
Alsop, Charles Richard
Andrews, Charles McLean, 1863-1943
Aschoff, L. (Ludwig), 1866-1942
Astruc, Jean, 1684-1766
Babinski, J. (Joseph), 1857-1932
Bache, Thomas Hewson, 1826-1912
Bacon, Francis, 1831-1912
Baillie, Matthew, 1761-1823
Banks, Joseph, 1743-1820
Barbauld, Mrs. (Anna Letitia), 1743-1825
Bartlett, Levi, 1763-1828
Bayne-Jones, Stanhope, 1888-1970
Beddoes, Thomas, 1760-1808
Bell, Charles, Sir, 1774-1842
Bergmann, M. (Max), 1886-1944
Bernard, Claude, 1813-1878
Blackwell, Elizabeth, 1821-1910
Blair, William
Blumenbach, Johann Friedrich, 1752-1840
Blumer, George, 1872-1962
Boerhaave, Herman, 1668-1738
Bogin, Maxwell, 1901-1997
Boissier de la Croix de Sauvages, François, 1706-1767
Boott, Francis, 1792-1863
Bostock, John, 1773-1846
Boyle, Robert, 1627-1691
Bradford, Thomas, 1745-1838
Bright, Richard, 1789-1858
Brown-Séquard, Charles-Edouard, 1817-1894
Bunting, Charles H., 1875-1961
Burggraeve, Ad. (Adolphe), 1806-1902
Butler, John Simpkins, 1803-1890
Buttner, J. L. (Jacques Louis), 1876-
Callow, W. J.
Calmette, A. (Albert), 1863-1933
Canning, Edward W. B. (Edward Weeks Boldero), 1813-1890
Canning, Josiah Weeks, 1780-1854
Cardwell, P. H.
Carmalt, William H. (William Henry), 1836-1929
Carter, Eugene
Chapman, Nathaniel, 1780-1853
Charcot, J. M. (Jean Martin), 1825-1893
Chambers, William Frederick, 1786-1855
Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873
Chastenet de Puységur, A.-M.-J. (Armand-Marie-Jacques), 1751-1825
Choulant, Ludwig, 1791-1861
Clark, J. A.
Clark, William
Cline, Henry, 1750-1827
Cobb, J. C.
Cogswell, James
Colladon, Jean Pierre, 1769-1842
Colton, G. Q. (Gardner Quincy), 1814-1898
Combe, George, 1788-1858
Conway, Moncure Daniel, 1832-1907
Coomes, Sexton P.
Cooper, Astley, Sir, 1768-1841
Corrigan, Dominic, Sir, 1802-1880
Crawford, Albert Beecher, 1891-
Cushing, Caleb, 1800-1879
Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939
Dam, H. (Carl Peter Henrik), 1895-1976
Darwin, Charles, 1758-1778
Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882
Darwin, Erasmus, 1731-1802
Davy, Humphry, Sir, 1778-1829
Deleuze, J. P. F. (Joseph Philippe François), 1753-1835
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch, 1842-1920
D'Herelle, Félix
Dieulafoy, Georges, 1839-1911
Dindorf, Wilhelm, 1802-1883
Doremus, Robert Ogden, 1824-1906
Drake, Daniel, 1785-1852
Du Bois-Reymond, Emil, 1818-1896
Duckworth, Dyce, Sir, 1840-1928
Dunglison, Robley, 1798-1869
Dutrochet, Henri, 1776-1847
Ehrlich, Paul, 1854-1915
Elie de Beaumont, L. (Léonce), 1798-1874
Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939
Faraday, Michael, 1791-1867
Ferrier, David, 1843-1928
Ferris, H. B. (Harry Burr), 1865-1940
Fischer, Emil, 1852-1919
Fischer, Hermann
Fitz, Reginald H. (Reginald Heber), 1843-1913
Forbes, Edward, 1815-1854
Fothergill, Alexander
Fothergill, John, 1712-1780
Fothergill, LeRoy D. (LeRoy Dryden), 1901-1967
Francis, S. W.
Frank, Johann Peter, 1745-1821
Fry, Clements Collard, 1892-1955
Fulton, John F. (John Farquhar), 1899-1960
Galton, Francis, 1822-1911
Gardiner, Silvester, 1708-1786
Geikie, Archibald, 1835-1924
Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, Etienne, 1772-1844
Gilbert, Solomon
Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928
Gregg, Alan, 1890-1957
Guérin, Jules
Hale, M. (Moses)
Haller, Albrecht von, 1708-1777
Halsted, William, 1852-1922
Hamilton, Alice, 1869-1970
Hart, Levi, 1738-1808
Harvey, Samuel Clark, 1886-1953
Haüy, Valentin, 1745-1822
Hawley, Joseph R. (Joseph Roswell), 1826-1905
Hayes, I. I. (Isaac Israel), 1832-1881
Helmholtz, Hermann von, 1821-1894
His, Wilhelm, 1831-1904
Hogg, Jabez, 1817-1899
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894
Hooker, Charles, 1799-1863
Horsley, Victor, Sir, 1857-1916
Howard, John, 1726-1790
Howell, William H. (William Henry), 1860-1945
Howitt, William, 1792-1879
Hubbard, Leverett
Hubbard, Thomas, 1776-1838
Hudson, W. H. (William Henry), 1841-1922
Hughes, Thomas
Humphry, George Murray, Sir, 1820-1896
Hunt, Reid, 1870-1948
Hunt, Willis Roberts, 1893-
Hunter, John, 1728-1793
Hurd, Henry M. (Henry Mills), 1843-1927
Ingalls, William, 1769-1851
Inouye, Takeo
Jamieson, Alexander
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Jenner, Edward, 1749-1823
Jennings, Hargrave, 1817?-1890
Johnston, John, 1806-1879
Jones, Bence, 1814-1873
Jones, George
Jowett, Benjamin, 1817-1893
Keen, William W. (William Williams), 1837-1932
Keith, Arthur, Sir, 1866-1955
Kershaw, Richard
Keynes, Geoffrey, 1887-1982
Kingsbury, John Adams, 1876-1956
Kinne, Amassa Farrington
Klebs, Arnold C. (Arnold Carl), 1870-1943
Kneeland, Samuel, 1821-1888
Knight, J. (Jonathan), 1789-1864
Knighton, William, Sir, 1776-1836
Kronecker, Hugo, 1839-1914
La Condamine, Charles-Marie de, 1701-1774
Lane, John E.
Lankester, E. Ray, Sir (Edwin Ray), 1847-1929
Lewes, George Henry, 1817-1878
Litchfield, Henrietta Emma Darwin, 1843-1929
Long, C. N. H. (Cyril Norman Hugh), 1901-1970
Lossing, Benson John, 1813-1891
Lu, Gwei-Djen
Luc, J. A. de (Jean André), 1727-1817
Lucchesini, Girolamo, 1751-1825
Lyell, Charles, Sir, 1797-1875
Macaulay, James, 1817-1902
Macaulay, T. B.
Mackenzie, James, 1853-1925
Mailhouse, Max, 1857-1941
Malpighi, Marcello, 1628-1694
Malthus, T. R. (Thomas Robert), 1766-1834
Mantell, Gideon Algernon, 1790-1852
Marcet, Alexander, 1770-1822
Marie, Pierre, 1853-1940
Martin, H. N.
McCormick, Harold
McFarland, Charles S.
Mease, James, 1771-1846
Mesmer, Franz Anton, 1734-1815
Messinger, William J.
Mills, Charles L.
Miltenberger, G. W. (George Warner), 1819-1905
Minkowski, Mieczyslaw, 1884-1972
Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir), 1829-1914
Mivart, St. George Jackson, 1827-1900
Moffatt, Thomas, 1818-
Monsey, Messenger, 1693-1788
Moore, Norman, 1847-1922
Morgan, Charles F.
Morrison, Albert, 1820-1873
Mott, Valentine, 1785-1865
Müller, F. Max (Friedrich Max), 1823-1900
Musselman, Luther Kyner
Naegeli, Otto, 1871-1938
Neander, Gustaf Verner, 1874-1942
Needham, Joseph, 1900-1995
Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910
Nightingale, Frances
Noyes, Burr
Odier, Louis, 1748-1817
O'Donaghue, Edward Geoffrey
Oliver, William, 1695-1764
Olmsted, Denison, 1791-1859
Osborne, Oliver T. (Oliver Thomas), 1862-1940
Osler, William, Sir, 1849-1919
Owen, Richard, 1804-1892
Paget, James, Sir, 1814-1899
Paine, Samuel, 1754-1807
Papaspyros, N. S. (Nikos S.)
Parkman, George, 1790-1849
Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895
Peaslee, E. R. (Edmund Randolph), 1814-1878
Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948
Philippart, John, Sir
Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829
Powers, James, Capt.
Prescott, Benjamin T.
Prevost, Jean Louis, 1790-1850
Ramsay, David, 1749-1815
Remak, Robert, 1815-1865
Retzius, Gustaf, 1842-1919
Richardson, Maurice H.
Roberts, T. W.
Roget, Peter Mark, 1779-1869
Rolleston, Humphry Davy, Sir, 1862-1944
Roper, Laura Wood, 1911-2003
Rosencrantz, Esther, 1876-1950
Routh, Martin Joseph, 1755-1854
Ruggles, Arthur Hiler, 1881-1961
Sahli, Hermann, 1856-1933
Salter, William Thomas, 1901-1952
Sarton, George, 1884-1956
Sassoon, Ruby
Sawyer, Asa
Scales, William, 1741-1807
Selye, Hans, 1907-1982
Senn, Milton J. E., 1902-
Seymer, Lucy Ridgely
Seymour, George Dudley, 1859-1945
Sharpey, William, 1802-1880
Sherrington, Charles Scott, Sir, 1857-1952
Shiga, Kiyoshi, 1870-1957
Silliman, Benjamin, 1779-1864
Silliman, Benjamin, 1816-1885
Simpson, James Young, 1811-1870
Singer, Charles, 1876-1960
Sloane, Hans, Sir, 1660-1753
Smith, Alexander
Smith, George H. (George Hathorn), 1885-1952
Smith, George Milton, 1879-1951
Smith, Herbert E. (Herbert Eugene), 1857-1933
Smith, J. Talcott
Smith, Nathan, 1762-1829
Smith, Nathan, 1770-1835
Smith, Nathaniel, 1762-1822
Spallanzani, Lazzaro, 1729-1799
Sperry, N. D.
Stanton, Madeline E. (Madeline Earle)
Steele, H. D.
Steig, William, 1907-2003
Steiner, Walter Ralph, 1870-1942
Sternberg, George Miller, 1838-1915
Stewart, Charles H.
Streeter, Edward Clark, -1947
Sullivan, John L.
Swain, Henry Lawrence
Swieten, Gerard, Freiherr van, 1700-1772
Symington, Clark
Tennant, Charles J.
Tiedemann, Friedrich, 1781-1861
Tingry, P. F. (Pierre François), 1743-1821
Tissot, S. A. D. (Samuel Auguste David), 1728-1797
Torrey, John, 1796-1873
Turk, W.
Tyndall, John, 1820-1893
Tyson, James, 1841-1919
Vicq-d'Azyr, M. (Félix), 1748-1794
Vincent, H. (Hyacinthe), 1862-1950
Wallace, Alfred Russel, 1823-1913
Warren, John, 1753-1815
Warren, Jonathan Mason, 1811-1867
Watkins, Samuel C. G., 1853-1942
Watkins, Tobias, 1780-1855
Weber, Frederick Parkes, 1863-1962
Weigert, Carl, 1845-1904
Welch, William Henry, 1850-1934
Whipple, George Hoyt, 1878-1976
Wightman, Joseph M. (Joseph Milner), 1812-1885
Williams, Francis H. (Francis Henry), 1852-1936
Wilson, William C.
Winslow, C.-E. A. (Charles-Edward Amory), 1877-1957
Winslow, Forbes, 1810-1874
Winternitz, M. C. (Milton C.), 1885-1959
Witherell, H. M.
Woodford, William
Woodruff, Timothy L. (Timothy Lester), 1858-1913
Woodward, Joseph Janvier, 1833-1884
Wright, Frank W.
Young, Thomas, 1773-1829
Zinsser, Hans, 1878-1940


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