Finding Aid for the New York City Pharmacist account book Biomed.0641
Finding aid prepared by Jasmine Larkin, 2020.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Online finding aid last updated 2020 December 3.
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Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: New York City pharmacist account book
source: Palinurus Antiquarian Books
Identifier/Call Number: Biomed.0641
Physical Description: 1 unknown (1 account book)
Date (inclusive): 1826-1838
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Language of Material: Materials are in English.
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Purchased from Palinurus Antiquarian Books, 24 October 2013.
UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7311304
[Identification of item], New York City pharmacist account book (Collection 641). Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles.
Manuscript account book of purchases of wholesale medical goods, oddments, and accessories by a New York City pharmacist.
The account book records purchases "bot [i.e., bought] of" named suppliers of materia medica, extracts, chemicals, dyes, glassware, corks, paper, pill boxes, and other clearly-identified materials, from 1826 to 1838. Nearly all of the record is in plain English, omitting chemical notations or shorthand in favor of common names. Some goods include their places of origin; e.g., Egyptian opium, gum Senegal, English rose water, Barbadoes Tar, and Bengal Indigo. Purchases are clearly dated and delineated with respect to the item, quantity, and charges.The record book is not a set up as an accounts register or ledger (for cost/profit) but as a record of purchases, quantities, price, and buyer. The supplier list is varied but certain names and firms repeat throughout; for example, H H Schiefflin, a wholesale pharmacy founded in New York in the late 18th century, appears throughout. On 10 February 1833, the business was the subject of a 16-page inventory, from "sign over the door" and "marble slab on counter" to tinctures, oils, ointments, and powders, with each entry assigned a monetary value.
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