Susan Parry volumes


Collection 3695

1849-1911
(0.3 Linear feet ; 1 box, 2 volume)

Summary Information

Repository
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Creator
Parry, Susan.
Title
Susan Parry volumes
ID
3695
Date [inclusive]
1849-1911
Extent
0.3 Linear feet ; 1 box, 2 volume
Author
Finding aid prepared by Annie Halliday.
Sponsor
Processing made possible by a generous donation from the Young Friends of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Language
English
Abstract
Dr. Susan Parry was born December 10, 1826, to Charles Parry (1785-1842) and Phebe Fell (1807-1872) in Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Susan Parry was raised as a Quaker member of the Society of Friends, and she taught in Lumberville, Pennsylvania, at the Lumberville School in the late 1840s. In 1858, she graduated from the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania (renamed the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania around 1867), the first medical school in the world established to train women and offer them the M.D., which was founded in 1850. While finishing up medical school she wrote a thesis “A Disquisition on Hygiene.” She practiced medicine in Bucks County until she died in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on February 12, 1890, at the age of 63.

Preferred citation

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Background note

Dr. Susan Parry was born December 10, 1826, to Charles Parry (1785-1842) and Phebe Fell (1807-1872) in Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She had a younger sister Helena Parry (1829-1854) and a younger brother George Parry (1838-1880). Susan had another sister Rachel Parry who died before her first birthday. Susan Parry was raised as a Quaker member of the Society of Friends and she taught in Lumberville, Pennsylvania at the Lumberville School in the late 1840s.

In 1858, she graduated from the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania (renamed the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania around 1867), the first medical school in the world established to train women and offer them the M.D., which was founded in 1850. While finishing up medical school she wrote a thesis “A Disquisition on Hygiene.” After graduating she lived in with her family and then in boarding houses in Philadelphia before moving to Doylestown around 1880. She never married. She practiced medicine in Bucks County until she died in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, on February 12, 1890 at the age of 63. She left her estate to her niece Helena Parry and her nephew William A. Parry. Susan is buried in the Buckingham Friends Cemetery in Lahaska, Bucks County.

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Scope and content note

There are two volumes and one box in this collection. The first volume is a notebook, entitled “S. Parry’s Book of Recipes," started in 1873, in which she described diseases, prescription recipes, treatment procedures, and a few homeopathic remedies. This recipe book was used during Parry’s work as a doctor in Pennsylvania. There are sections on obstetrics and diseases of women, skin diseases, instructions on how to give hypodermic injections, poisons, diseases in children, yellow fever, snake bites, cholera, and others. The volume also has small annotations of addresses of patients and acquaintances. There are also some short observations on patients and their treatments. The recipe book has numbered pages with some blank sections and a handwritten index in the back that Susan created. Tucked into the volume was an 1849 letter removed to Box 1, Folder 1, from the Lumberville School where Parry taught as a young woman.

The second volume is a scrapbook of clippings, mostly poetry and printed illustrations, which also includes several loose sheets, all of which have been arranged in Box 1, notably manuscript essays by Parry on Robert Burns, Shakespeare, and other authors. On the inside cover is written “Susan Parry, Phila-1856”, which is during the time when Susan attended the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania. In addition to the clippings of different stories, poems, and essays that are pasted into the scrapbook, there is one handwritten poem dedicated to Susan’s parents, Charles and Phebe Parry. The clippings appear to date from the late 1800s. In Box 1, Folder 2, there is a handwritten index for the entire scrapbook that Susan created and dated March 25, 1888, two years before she died.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 The Historical Society of Pennsylvania ; 2018.

1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
215-732-6200

Access restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Processing note

The two volumes are currently in conservation. If you would like to access them please reach out to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania regarding their status.

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Related Materials

Related materials

Records of W/MCP Medical Students 1850-1981 (ACC-072) ; Guide to the Collections, Legacy Center Archives & Special Collections, Drexel University College of Medicine.

George F. Parry family volumes (Collection 3694), The Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Female Medical College of Pennsylvania.
  • Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Family Name(s)

  • Parry family

Genre(s)

  • Scrapbooks.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Bucks County (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Parry, George F., 1838-1886.
  • Parry, Susan.

Subject(s)

  • Medicine--Recipes--19th century.
  • Medicine--Study and Teaching--19th century.
  • Medicine.

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Susan Parry scrapbook 1856-1911 

2

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Susan Parry recipe book 1877-1881 

1

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Box Folder

Letter from Lumberville School to Susan Parry April 17, 1849 

1 1

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Handwritten index for scrapbook March 25, 1888 

1 2

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Loose items removed from page 17 of scrapbook 

1 3

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Loose items removed from page 18 of scrapbook 

1 4

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Loose items removed from page 23 of scrapbook 

1 5

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Loose item removed from pages 33-34 of scrapbook 

1 6

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Loose items removed from back of scrapbook 

1 7

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Loose manuscript essays by Susan Parry, removed from back of scrapbook 

1 8

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Loose writings removed from back of scrapbook 

1 9

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