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Guide to the Dr. F. R. Millard Ledger MS 91
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical / Historical Notes

  • Title: Dr. F. R. Millard Ledger
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 91
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1880-1906
    Abstract: The collection consists of one ledger cataloging poisonous substances dispensed by Dr. F. R. Millard.
    creator: Millard, F. R., Dr.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Sandra Kirkwood on January 9, 2013.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Ledger cover and spine are detached.


    Ledger entries in chronological order.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of one ledger cataloging poisonous substances dispensed by Dr. Millard. Pasted on the inside front cover are sections of printed material, "An Act To Regulate The Sale Of Certain Poisonous Substances" (California State Legislature, April 16, 1880) and "Poisons and their Antidotes." The former states legislative requirement for a ledger of this nature. The ledger's records are divided into columns that show the date, name of purchaser, purchaser’s residence, identity verification, the substance sold, the quantity of substance, the reason for purchase, and by whom it was dispensed. Clients were mostly from the San Diego area, but a few were travelers from other areas, such as San Francisco or Mexico. Substances regularly sold include morphine, chloroform, carbolic acid, arsenic, laudanum, opium, cocaine, and nitric acid, for such purposes as headaches, disinfectants, horse medicine, bird stuffing, engraving, toothaches, rheumatism, sleeplessness, and vermin extermination. Not all substances sold were for medical issues. Quantities were usually either in ounces or grams. The poisonous substances were most commonly dispensed by Dr. F. R. Millard or H. Walker. Other distributors listed intermittently include John Palmer, C. J. Everhart, and James Crosthwaite.

    Preferred Citation

    Dr. F. R. Millard Ledger, MS 91, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Dr. F. R. Millard was a native of Ohio and moved to San Diego in 1874. He was one of the early physicians in the area and also operated a drug store. He raised a family in San Diego, but only minimal information is available. Dr. F. R. Millard died on March 28, 1917 at the age of 84.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Crosthwaite, James
    Everhart, C. J.
    Millard, F. R., Dr.
    Palmer, John
    Walker, H.
    Drug stores
    Medicine -- Formulae, receipts, prescriptions
    San Diego (Calif.)