Wood Tucker Johnson Papers, 1820-1823

The Country Doctor Museum Manuscript Collection, CD 01.30

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Wood Tucker Johnson Papers
    Creator: Johnson, Wood Tucker, 1802-1862
    Repository: Laupus Library History Collections
    Language: English
    Abstract: The collection contains a group of copied pages from several sources, with the cover page titled "Wood Tucker Johnson, M.D., Medical Lectures - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1820-1823." Within these pages is a copy of a photograph (presumably of Johnson), a letter, copied pages from books, and complete typed versions of two books. Also in the collection are two handwritten books and Johnson's certificate of membership to the Philadelphia Medical Society and his University of Pennsylvania Medical School diploma.
    Extent: 0.545 Cubic feet,
  • Description
     

    The collection contains a group of copied pages from several sources, with the cover page titled "Wood Tucker Johnson, M.D., Medical Lectures - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1820-1823." Within these pages is a copy of a photograph (presumably of Johnson), a letter, copied pages from books, and complete typed versions of two books. The letter of 15 March 1967 is to Dr. Josephine E. Newell from Frances R. Houston, executive secretary of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Alumni Society, discussing some of the items in the Wood Tucker Johnson collection. Enclosed with the letter is a copy of a biographical sketch of Frederick Beasley, provost of the University of Pennsylvania from 1813 to 1828. There are several copied pages from "An Introduction to the History of Medicine with Medical Chronology, Suggestions for Study and Bibliographic Data" by Fielding H. Garrison, A.B., M.D., and from "A Prelude to Medical History" by Félix Martí-Ibáñez, M.D. Complete typed copies of "Chapman's Lectures on the Practice of Medicine" Vol.1 and "Monro's Lectures" Vol.3 are included within the copied pages. The handwritten copies of both books exist elsewhere within the collection. Finally, the pages include a typed copy of the last will and testament of Wood Tucker Johnson, originally signed on 15 April 1862, and a typed copy of the obituary for Johnson, written in Louisburg, N.C., on 25 October 1862. The obituary was written for publication in the Raleigh Register (Beckley, W. Va.) and the Petersburg Express (Petersburg, Va.).

    Of the two handwritten books within the collection, the first is "Chapman's Lectures on the Practice of Medicine" Vol.1 by Nathaniel Chapman. The front page of the book is signed W. T. Johnson, who transcribed the book, and the last page is signed Hugh Jones Hays. The second book is "Monro's Lectures" Vol.3 by Alexander Monro, with the front page signed by James Carlyle, who transcribed the book, and the last page signed James West Green. "Monro’s Lectures" is 250 pages plus 3 pages of contents and blank pages at the beginning and end.

    The collection contains two oversize items from Johnson's medical career. The first is Johnson's certificate of membership to the Philadelphia Medical Society, dated 4 April 1823. There is a small metal placard describing the certificate included, likely from a frame that the certificate was once in. The second is Johnson's 1823 diploma from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. The diploma is preprinted in Latin with some handwritten areas.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Wood Tucker Johnson was born on 5 May 1802. He attended the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, graduating in 1823 with his M.D. and subsequently moved to North Carolina, where he married Joseph Ann Stephen on 22 October 1862. Johnson passed away on 22 October 1862 at his home near Louisburg, N.C.

    Johnson is the great-great grandfather of Dr. Josephine E. Newell, one of the founders of the Country Doctor Museum in Bailey, N.C.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    15 January 1998; This collection contains items belonging to Dr. Wood Tucker Johnson including 4 stock bottles, 1 pill machine, and 1 spring lancet; Gift of Josephine Newell.

    January 1968; This collection contains items belonging to Dr. Wood Tucker Johnson including a bennington bed-pan, physician's medical bag and vial case, mortar and pestle, gram scale, and surgeon's desk; Gift of Josephine Newell.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Josephine Newell

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Wood Tucker Johnson Papers (CD 01.30), The Country Doctor Museum, at The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Allison N. Miller, 2015

    Sponsor Statement

    Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina Access and Digitization Grant Program.

Container List

Wood Tucker Johnson, M.D., Medical Lectures - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1820-1823, 1820-1823
Certificate of membership to the Philadelphia Medical Society for Wood Tucker Johnson, M.D. and metal placard., 4 April 1823
Diploma for Wood T. Johnson from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1823

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Container List

Wood Tucker Johnson, M.D., Medical Lectures - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1820-1823, 1820-1823
Certificate of membership to the Philadelphia Medical Society for Wood Tucker Johnson, M.D. and metal placard., 4 April 1823
Diploma for Wood T. Johnson from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1823


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