Includes: scrapbook with life of Dr. Harvey written by his wife, Susan Mitchell Hall
Harvey; correspondence, visiting cards, news clippings, reprints, photographs of Dr.
Harvey and other doctors; a copy of the Handbook of Washington, printed for the AMA
meeting 1858, and the Directory of the California Board of Medical Examiners (1877).
Obed Harvey was born September 7, 1825, in Sodus, Wayne County, New York. As was
customary at the time, he began his medical studies in apprenticeship with Dr. George W.
Richards in St. Charles, Illinois. He attended lectures in La Porte [Indiana?] and at
Rush Medical College in Chicago. He took his degree in 1849 from Rock Island Medical
College, and practiced medicine for a short time in Genoa and Elgin, Illinois. In August
of 1850 he came to Placerville, California, having begun the overland journey in late
1849. In Placerville, he formed a partnership with Dr. Asa Clark and with him conducted
the County Hospital; the two were the leading physicians of El Dorado County.