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Charles Wilkins Short Papers,1811-1869

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Charles Wilkins Short Papers




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

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Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Charles Wilkins Short Papers, 1811-1869, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


5 cubic ft.

Scope and Content

Kentucky physician, medical professor, and botanist. Papers consisting of correspondence, 1811 -1849, with his uncle, William Short of Philadelphia, discussing William's activity in Philadelphia, medicine, and medical schools; Family and business correspondence, 1818-1863; letter book, 1818-1822; botanical correspondence, 1815-1834, with scientists in Europe and America; diary, 1860, kept at "Hayfield" near Louisville; records of medical cases from Short's practice at Hopkinsville, Ky., 1817-1825; lectures to students in the Medical Dept. of Transylvania University; a catalog of plants collected, preserved, and distributed, 1833 -1838; land papers relating to land in Ill., Iowa, Ky., and Ohio; statements of account, 1841-1847, for the building of Short's house and operation of his estate, "Fernbank," in Hamilton County, Ohio; memoranda of letters written and received, 1816-1860; account book; commonplace book; notebooks; and drawings. Also includes some correspondence of William Short, Charles Wilkins, and John Cleves Short. The botanical correspondence includes letters from Asa Gray, Sir William J. Hooker, Thomas Nuttall, Constantine S. Rafinesque, Thomas Say, John Torrey, and Lunsford P. Yandell. Card index in repository


  • Gray, Asa, 1810-1888.
  • Hooker, William Jackson, Sir, 1785-1865.
  • Nuttall, Thomas, 1786-1859.
  • Rafinesque, C. S. (Constantine Samuel), 1783-1840.
  • Say, Thomas, 1787-1834.
  • Short, John Cleves, 1792-1864.
  • Short, William, 1759-1849.
  • Torrey, John, 1796-1873.
  • Wilkins, Charles, d. 1827.
  • Yandell, Lunsford P. (Lunsford Pitts), 1805-1878.
  • Transylvania University.-- Medical Dept.-- History-- 19th century.
  • Transylvania University.-- Medical Dept.-- History-- Sources.
  • Botanists-- History-- 19th century.
  • Botanists-- History-- Sources.
  • Medical colleges-- Kentucky-- Lexington-- History-- 19th century.
  • Medical colleges-- Kentucky-- Lexington-- History-- Sources.
  • Medical education-- Kentucky-- Lexington-- History-- 19th century.
  • Medical education-- Kentucky-- Lexington-- History-- Sources.
  • Physicians-- Kentucky-- History-- 19th century.
  • Physicians-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.

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