James Farrington Papers, 1824-1902

Collection number: MC 49
Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About James Farrington

James Farrington (1791-1859) was born in Conway, New Hampshire. He attended Fryeburg Academy (Maine) prior to studying medicine with Dr. Moses Chandler of Fryeburg, Maine. In 1818, Farrington opened a medical practice in Rochester, New Hampshire, where he resided until his death in 1859. He was a member of the New Hampshire Medical Society and served as a New Hampshire state representative, New Hampshire state senator, and member of the U.S. House of Representatives. His nephew, James Farrington (1822-1902), also attended Fryeburg Academy. The younger Farrington attended Dartmouth Medical College and graduated from the Medical Department of the University of New York City in 1847. Shortly thereafter, he joined his uncle’s medical practice.

About the James Farrington Notebooks

The collection contains three holograph medical notebooks (a 35-year record of maternity cases, a medical recipe book, and medical school notes), Farrington’s medical school thesis, and an unrelated medical thesis.

Four 19th century medical texts are also included in the collection, but are kept in the Special Collections stacks. They are:

  • Andrew Fyfe, A Compendium of the Anatomy of the Human Body, 1810;
  • Robert Hooper, A Compendious Medical Dictionary, 1809;
  • Robert Hooper, A Physician’s Vade-Mecum, 1809
  • Tilden and Company, Formulae for Making Tinctures, Infusions, Syrups, Wines, Mixtures, Pills, etc., 185.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], James Farrington Notebooks, 1824-1902, MC 49, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donated: Edward G. Michael, Mar. 1977

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Record book, kept by James Farrington (1791-1859), of maternity cases, 1824-1859

Holograph notebook. The notebook contains a chronological listing of maternity cases, identified by husband's name, and a description of each case.

Box 1, Folder 2Record book, kept by James Farrington, of maternity cases

Holograph notebook. Entries run from 1824 through 1859. The notebook contains a chronological listing of maternity cases, identified by husband's name, and a description of each case.

Box 1, Folder 3Medical recipe book kept by James Farrington

Holograph notebook. Approximately 50 pages. Indexed.

Box 1, Folder 4Notes on operations observed and medical remedies kept by James Farrington, 1822-1902

Holograph notebook. Approximately 125 pages. An inscription on the flyleaf reads "James Farrington's book, C. Conway, May 21st, 1844."

Box 1, Folder 5"A Thesis on Inflammation for the Degree of doctor of Medicine in the University of New York, by James Farrington, session 1846-1847." Thesis of James Farrington, 1822-1902
Box 1, Folder 6"On Tubercular Phthisis by Nelson R. Reed."

Medical thesis of unknown origin. Reed was not a member of the Strafford County Medical Society from 1818 to 1914.

Finding Aid Image TEMP
Page from record book of maternity cases (f.1)


Genealogical Papers
Manuscripts & Typescripts