Inventory of the Shurtleff Pharmacy Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research LibraryProcessed by: Judith M. Downey; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kermit DeweyInventory of the Shurtleff Pharmacy Records In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

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Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Information for Researchers

Administrative Information

Description

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Inventory of the Shurtleff Pharmacy Records

In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library



Title:
Shurtleff Pharmacy Records
Date Span:
1883-1925
Creator:
Shurtleff Pharmacy
Mss Number:
Mss 96
Extent:
3 linear feet
Abstract:
Primarily prescription receipts and invoices of supplies for a New Bedford, Massachusetts, pharmacy, 1883-1925.
Repository:
New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Whaling Museum: (508) 997-0046
Maritime Curator/Librarian: (508) 717-6837

Biographical Note

H. Shurtleff was born in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, in 1849. He came to New Bedford as a young man and learned his trade as a pharmacist with James E. Blake at his pharmacy. In 1878, Shurtleff opened the only pharmacy in the south end of New Bedford on the corner of Purchase Street and Grinnell Street. He became a registered druggist in 1885 in compliance with State law.

In 1880, Shurtleff married Carrie F. Collins, and the couple had two children. During his lifetime, Shurtleff ran a successful business and trained many others who entered into similar business or became physicians. Prior to his death in 1934, Shurtleff had turned the management of the pharmacy over to his son, Frederic A., who continued to run the business until his retirement in 1955.

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Scope and Content Note

Records in this collection concentrate on invoices of supplies as wells as stock and prescription receipts for a New Bedford, Mass., pharmacy, 1883-1925.

The invoices consist of bills and receipts charged to the pharmacy from suppliers and span the years 1883-1891. The supplies for the pharmacy include large quantities of alcohol, flasks, bottles, beakers, boxes, labels, perfume essences, herbs, drugs, and other pharmaceutical materials. The pharmacy stock includes soaps, cosmetics, threads, musical instrument strings, braces, bandages, cigars and other tobacco products. The suppliers are primarily wholesale dealers from Boston as well as a number from New York and Providence.

The prescription receipts are the forms written by physicians for their patients to be filled by the pharmacy, 1912-1925. The majority of these have been trimmed so that the patient's name is no longer there. These forms do identify the physicians practicing in the city along with their office location. The prescriptions indicate the types of medication being prescribed and in some cases the formuale for it. This reflects the general health of the city as well as the types of illnesses and diseases occurring at the time. There are also formulae for medications on the inside covers of these volumes. Receipts from 1912 to 1916 are few and sporadic.

Arrangement of Collection

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Information for Researchers

Access to Collections

Unrestricted. Consult librarian for an appointment.

Preferred Citation

New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library Mss 96, [sub-group, series, sub-series, folder/volume as appropriate], [item]

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Material in this collection was donated to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Nestor and Mary Mesquita on 12 January 1984.

Processing Information

Processed by: Judith M. Downey, 26 December 1989

Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 23 April 2012; box list appended by Mark Procknik, 24 April 2012

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Description

Series A: Invoices, 1883-1891 [2 volumes]
Box 1
Volume 1
1883-1887
Volume 2
1887-1891
Series B: Prescription Receipts, 1912-1925 [5 volumes]
Volume 1
1912-1918
Volume 2
1919-1920
Volume 3
1920-1921
Volume 4
1921-1923
Volume 5
1923-1925

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Added Entries

Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Drug trade--Mass.--New Bedford
Drugs--Prescribing--Mass.--New Bedford
Drugstores--Mass.--New Bedford
Invoices--Mass.--Boston
Medicine--Mass.--New Bedford--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions
Pharmacists--Mass.--New Bedford
Pharmacy paraphernalia--Mass.--New Bedford
Pharmacy--Mass.--New Bedford
Pharmacy--Mass.--New Bedford--Supplies
Physicians--Mass.--New Bedford
Shurtleff Pharmacy (New Bedford)
Shurtleff, Israel H., 1849-1934

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