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William J. and Stephen C. Powell Papers

Call Number: MS 1041

Scope and Contents

These papers consist primarily of student notebooks kept by William John Powell (d. 1848) and his son Stephen Cambreleng Powell (1843-1930). Three of William J. Powell's notebooks date from his study (1829-1831) at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City (now the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons), and record lectures by Drs. A. H. Stevens, John A. Smith, John B. Beck, Joseph M. Smith, and Edward Delafield. His fourth notebook was kept while he was assistant surgeon aboard the U.S.S. Ohio, and lists symptoms and treatment of various diseases. Sephen C. Powell's notebooks contain English compositions written while he was a student at General Russell's Collegiate and Commercial Institute in New Haven, as well as notes on sermons and on the course of studies and grades at the institute. Dating from his study at the Yale Medical School are laundry accounts and notes on medicine.

The provenance of this collection is unknown.


  • 1829-1863


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The collection is open for research.

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


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

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Chiefly medical notebooks (1829-1831) of lectures William J. Powell attended at the Columbia University Medical School, recording lectures by A. H. Stevens, John A. Smith, John B. Beck, Joseph M. Smith, and Edward Delafield. Also included is a notebook containing a diary of his medical practice aboard the U.S.S. Ohio (1842). The school books of his son, Stephen C. Powell, including notes from his studies at the Yale Medical School, are also in the papers.

Biographical / Historical

Stephen Cambreleng Powell, M.D. 1864.

Born July 20, 1843, in Charlestown, Mass.

Died October 7, 1930, in Newport, R. I.

Father, William John Powell (graduate Dublin University; M.D. Columbia 1831); assistant surgeon and surgeon in United States Navy, serving on the Experiment, Porpoise, St. Louis, Falmouth, and Warren, and at Boston and New York Navy yards; son of Rev. Dr. William Powell (born in Dublin, Ireland, probably educated at Trinity College) and Olivia (Guiness) Powell, of New York City. Mother, Angelica Talcott (Devens) Powell; daughter of Samuel and Rachel (Noble) Devens, of Charlestown, Mass. Brother: William D. Powell ex-'60 S.

General Russell's Collegiate and Commercial Institute, New Haven; studied medicine at Yale School of Medicine 1861-63, during which period served as an assistant in care of wounded soldiers at the Knight United States Army General Hospital (New Haven); continued medical studies at Columbia 1863-64 (also M.D. 1864); traveled extensively between 1864 and 1894; postgraduate work at New York Polyclinic 1894-95; practiced medicine in Newport 1895-1925; specialized in diseases of the ear, nose, and throat; member of staff of Newport Hospital since 1896; member American, Rhode Island, and Newport Medical societies, American Laryngological Rhinological, and Otological Society, Electro Therapeutical Society, and Trinity Episcopal Church, Newport; former commodore of Newport Yacht Club.

Married June 15, 1871, in New Haven, Henrietta King, daughter of Henry and Mary Webster (Southgate) Trowbridge, and half sister of Courtland H. Trowbridge, ex-'90 Special S. No children.

Death due to infirmities of age and chronic myocarditis. Buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Portsmouth, R. I. Survived by wife and two half sisters, Mrs. J. Clarkson Hill and Miss Lita Angelica Rice, both of Springdale, Conn.

(Taken from Yale University Obituary Record, 1928-31, p. 269).

Guide to the William J. and Stephen C. Powell Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
June 1983
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Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
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Finding aid written in English.

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