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Daniel Drake Papers,1817-1961 (bulk 1824-1825).

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Daniel Drake Papers


1817-1961 (bulk 1824-1825)


Transylvania University Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40508 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Daniel Drake Papers, 1817-1961 (bulk 1824-1825), MSC 12,Special Collections, Transylvania University, Lexington.


.5 cubic feet


Daniel Drake received his early medical training in Cincinnati, Ohio as an apprentice of Dr. William Goforth and engaged in practice in that city. After studying medicine formally at the University of Pennsylvania (1805, 1816), Drake returned to Cincinnati and, late in 1817, accepted a position in the Transylvania University Medical Department in Lexington, Kentucky. Drake lectured for a single term before leaving to found the Medical College of Ohio, in Cincinnati. He accepted a second position at Transylvania in 1823 and remained there until 1827.

Scope and Content

This collection includes letters to and from Daniel Drake, and other materials relating to his years with the Transylvania University Medical Department. Letters relating to Drake's acceptance of positions at Transylvania, the circumstances of his first resignation, and the general program of the medical department are present. Among correspondents are members of the department's faculty, including William H. Richardson and John Bradford; and members of the board of trustees. Also present is the notebook of an unidentified student, used to record notes from Drake lectures in 1824. The Drake papers are accompanied by information on his life, and correspondence of Transylvania University Library staff with researchers interested in the Drake material. Among the latter are several letters of Emmet Field Horine, who published several biographical works on Drake. Contents list and card catalog.


  • Bradford, John, 1747-1830
  • Drake, Daniel, 1785-1852.
  • Horine, Emmet Field, 1885-1964
  • Richardson, William H. (William Hall), d. 1844
  • Transylvania University -- Faculty
  • Transylvania University. Board of Trustees
  • Transylvania University. Medical Dept
  • College trustees -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Medical colleges -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Medical colleges -- Kentucky -- Lexington --Faculty
  • Universities and colleges -- Kentucky -- Lexington -- Faculty

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