Guide to the Papers of Ira F. Prouty, 1837 - 1874Manuscript MS-935

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Guide to the Papers of Ira F. Prouty, 1837 - 1874

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-935

Collection Dates:

1837 - 1874

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


The Papers of Ira French Prouty (DMS 1837) contain a journal, correspondence, newspaper clippings, recipes, and notes concerning Prouty's medical practice. Prouty was a medical doctor and New Hampshire state legislator from 1872 to 1873, during which time he helped Dartmouth College receive state appropriation funds.

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Introduction to the Collection

The Ira French Prouty collection contains a journal, correspondence, newspaper clippings, recipes, business cards, lists, and notes.

The collection concerns the medical practice of Dr. Ira Prouty. The journal notes a primary interest in vascular surgery, with a focus on veins and arteries rather than body organs. Dr. Prouty also writes of various experimental cures for diseases, and he notes the results of these treatments on his patients. The medical recipes in the collection show an ongoing interest in medicine and researching cures for common ailments.

Other materials of interest include recipes for making various alcoholic beverages.


Ira French Prouty was born November 9, 1812 in Langdon, New Hampshire. He studied medicine with Dr. Lowell of Chester, Vermont, and Dr. Lawrence of Saxtons River, and graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1837. After practicing briefly in Illinois and engaging in the wholesale drug business in New York, he returned to New Hampshire to settle in Keene. He served on the superintending committee of the suburban schools and was a member of the legislature in 1872-73, during which time he helped Dartmouth College receive state appropriation funds. He continued to practice medicine until his death in 1882.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1838-1874, undated

Letter from George M. Hammond regarding a pill formula, dated June 14, 1843; Business cards--Paint supply store, importers, P. Crowell & Son; Medical remedy formulae, handwritten ; News clippings on medical cures; Medical supply expense lists; Correspondence from patients, handwritten ; Notes in French, handwritten ; Recipes for making alcoholic beverages, handwritten ; 1843-1874; Journal on various medical procedures including tonsillectomies, amputations, surgeries, bleeding treatments, injections, serums, mortifications, leeches, gunshot wound treatments, diuretics, incisions, electricity, galvanism, recipes for ointments, pills for coughs, and other treatments both recommended by other doctors and experimental. The journal focuses on many specific ailments including those of the artery joints, blood vessels, veins, varicose veins, eye diseases, fractures, burns, inflamation, symptomatic fever, flesh wounds, ulcers, arteritis, poor blood circulation, bowels problems, diseases of the eye, swollen glands, inflamed tonsils, obstetric complications, venereal disease, and asthma. It also contains personal, everyday notes from January to February 1838. The final page is a reference to previous page numbers on specific diseases and treatments. No date.

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