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Jonathan Knight account books and daybooks

Call Number: GEN MSS 1855

Scope and Contents

Manuscript account books and daybooks of Jonathan Knight listing patients of his medical practice in New Haven, Connecticut, 1813-1864.


  • 1813-1864


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Jonathan Knight Account Books and Daybooks is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Roger S. White, 2nd, 1913.


Arranged alphabetically by format and chronologically thereunder.


1.21 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Manuscript account books and daybooks of Jonathan Knight listing patients of his medical practice in New Haven, Connecticut, 1813-1864.

Biographical / Historical

Jonathan Knight (1789-1864) (Yale 1808, M.D. 1818) was appointed Professor of Anatomy and Physiology following the organization of the Medical Institution of Yale College in 1813. He was in the post for 25 years before being transferred to the Chair of Surgery. He resigned from Yale in 1864 May.

Throughout his residence in New Haven, Connecticut, Knight engaged in medical practice. From 1846 to 1847, he was President of the Convention which formed the American Medical Association--in 1853, he was President of the Association. At the time of his death in 1864 August, Knight was President of the American Mutual Life Insurance Company.

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Former call numbers: Z117 068d, Z117 068e.

Guide to the Jonathan Knight Account Books and Daybooks
Sarah Lerner
November 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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