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Collection Number: 01089

Collection Title: George Colmer Diaries, 1842-1878

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Abstract George Colmer (1807-1878) graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, La., and lived in the town of Springfield in Livingston Parish, La., from 1841 until his death in 1878. Colmer practiced medicine, served as Justice of the Peace, was a land owner and land agent, and built and operated a slave hospital. Colmer is credited with identifying the first epidemic of polio reported in medical history in West Feliciana, La., in 1841. The collection consists of microfilm reels of two diary volumes belonging to George Colmer. Volume 1 (1842-1878) contains the daily journal of Colmer's medical practice, and Volume 2 (1849-1878) describes local and national events, weather, flora, epidemics, and also contains clippings and pamphlets.
Creator Colmer, George (1807-1878)
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the George Colmer Diary #1089, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Albert E. Casey of Birmingham, Ala., in 1946.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Original manuscripts belonging to George Colmer are located in other repositories as follows:

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George Colmer (1807-1878) was born in England. He graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, La., and lived in the town of Springfield in Livingston Parish, La., from 1841 until his death in 1878. Colmer practiced medicine and was involved in philanthropic and civic activities in his local area. He served as Justice of the Peace, was a land owner and land agent, and built and operated a slave hospital. He did not own slaves and opposed slavery. Colmer is credited with identifying the first epidemic of polio reported in medical history in West Feliciana, La., in 1841.

(Adapted from notes by Albert E. Casey, Southern Medical Journal Vol. 37, 1944.)

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The collection consists of two microfilm reels of diary volumes belonging to George Colmer. Volume 1 (1842-1878) is the daily journal of Colmer's medical practice, including case histories and treatment notes on patients and on his own physical condition. Volume 2 (1849-1878), "Diary C," is a personal diary describing local and national events, weather, flora, epidemics, and notes on gardening and fishing; the diary also contains clippings and pamphlets.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Virginia Ferris, April 2013

Encoded by: Virginia Ferris, April 2013

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