Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Maxwell mss., 1811-1852, are papers of David Hervey Maxwell, 1786-1854, physician and trustee of Indiana University. They consist principally of letters, contracts, etc., 1836-1838, in connection with his work as President of the state board of Internal Improvement. Included are letters from John Beard, Thomas Holdsworth Blake, David Burr, John G. Clendenin, Isaac Coe, John Douglass, Daniel R. Dunihue, Robert Henry Fauntleroy, Mason C. Fitch, James Galletly, Samuel Hall, William Hendricks, William Hendricks, Jr., Tilghman Ashurst Howard, George L. Kinnard, Jonathan Knight, John Locke, Williamson Dunn Maxwell, B. F. Moore, James Morrison, Noah Noble, William Tod Otto, Robert Dale Owen, H. M. Pettit, John Sering, Daniel Sigler, Jesse Lynch Williams, and John Johnston Woodburn. Also included are Maxwell's records, 1825-1829, and 1849-1852, as Postmaster of Bloomington, Indiana; a few letters relating to Indiana University; and some personal papers, chiefly bills and receipts.

Some papers of and relating to James Darwin Maxwell, 1815- 1892, physician, trustee of Indiana University, and son of David Hervey Maxwell are also in the collection. Among the papers is a memorandum book of accounts, prescriptions, and a trip to Philadelphia and attendance at Jefferson Medical College, 1836-1844. The trip to Philadelphia and attendance at the medical school has been published in the Indiana Magazine of History, XLVI, pp. 74-81, March 1950.

Collection size: 340 items

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