Five College Archives and Manuscript
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R.N. Lambert Ledger, 1829-1834
1 volume (0.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 256

Physician who practiced in Upton, Massachusetts. Ledger includes two-column account entries mentioning the services he performed (such as the extraction of teeth, vaccination, and childbirth), the medicines he prescribed, and patients' (primarily women and families) accounts, which were often settled in cash or promissory notes. Also contains notation of his work presumably for the town's poor and a loose livery stable bill.

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The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Scope and contents of the collection

This ledger documents the medical practice of Dr. R.N. Lambert in Upton, Massachusetts for the years 1829 to 1834. The length of each account entry varies, from a few lines to several pages. The accounts are two-column, with debits and credits probably carried from a daybook. Almost all were balanced and settled at some point. Lambert apparently preferred to settle in cash or promissory notes. A few entries listed goods or services. Credits included sewing, livery work, and payment in grains.

The ledger contains a loose livery stable bill and some scraps of paper, but no personal notations (although one entry implies Lambert boarded with Harvey Bradish). Most of Lambert's entries were simply for "journey, visit, medicine." Other frequent entries include extraction of teeth, vaccination, venesection (bleeding), and childbirth. He prescribed a variety of medicines, from castor oil and camphor to opium and sulpher quinine.

Lambert's accounts indicate he kept a busy family practice with members of the Bradish, Fisk, Putnam, and Rockwood families as regular patients. A separate account listed his work for Upton, presumably for the town's poor. In addition, many of his patients were women, with accounts listed under women's names directly (compared with married women whose accounts are listed among their husband's).

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: R.N. Lambert Ledger (MS 256). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

History of the Collection

Acquired from Charles Apfelbaum, 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa May, July 1989.

Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
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Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Bradish family.
  • Childbirth--Massachusetts--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Fisk family.
  • Lambert, R. N.
  • Medicine--Practice--Massachusetts--Upton--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Phlebotomy--Massachusetts--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Physicians--Massachusetts--Upton--Economic conditions--19th century--Sources.
  • Poor--Medical care--Massachusetts--Upton--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Putnam family.
  • Rockwood family.
  • Teeth--Extraction--Massachusetts--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Therapeutics--Massachusetts--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Upton (Mass.)--Economic conditions--19th century--Sources.
  • Vaccination--Massachusetts--History--19th century--Sources.
  • Women's health services--Massachusetts--Upton--History--19th century--Sources.

Genre terms
  • Account books.

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