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Mary C. Kelly scrapbook

 Collection
Identifier: W-0036

Scope and Contents

Originally owned by R. G. Betsill, a physician in Pike County, Alabama, the volume records his patients' treatments and accounts from 1855. In 1866, Mary C. Kelly began using the small volume as a scrapbook, attaching newspaper clippings to the pages and obscuring Betsill's earlier entries; very few pages have complete information. Although a notation in the front of the notebook states that the scrapbook was compiled in 1866, some earlier poems related to James Buchanan's election are also included. Most of the included newspaper clippings are poems, many of which address political themes.

Dates

  • 1855 - 1866

Creator

Physical Description

The scrapbook is fairly fragile and in poor condition. Many of the pages are loose, and the spine is missing.

Conditions Governing Access

None

Biographical / Historical

R. G. Betsill was a physician in 1855, and was in Kemper County, Mississippi, at the time of the 1860 U.S. Census. No information about Mary C. Kelly is known.

Extent

0.15 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Originally used by R. G. Betsill, a physician in Pike County, Alabama, as a record of his patients' treatments and accounts in 1855, the volume was used by Mary C. Kelly as a scrapbook in 1866.

Physical Location

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Provenance

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Physical Description

The scrapbook is fairly fragile and in poor condition. Many of the pages are loose, and the spine is missing.

General

Title on phase box spine: Pike Co., AL. Physician's Journal - 1855

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Source

Creator

Title
Guide to the Mary C. Kelly scrapbook
Status
Completed
Date
October 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500