The collection contains medical education and personal papers,
1824-1895, of three physicians of the Peirce family of Maine.
Series 1 includes volumes of notes, 1824-1825, taken by James
H. Peirce on Nathan Smith's lectures on surgery and the theory
and practice of physic at the Medical School of Maine. One
volume of notes on the anatomy and physiology lectures of John
D. Wells is included. The series also includes Peirce's rough
notes for an essay, probably his medical thesis, on indigestion,
circa 1825, and a promissory note and two receipts from his
later practice, 1842 and 1866.
Papers, 1854-1860, of B. F. Peirce in Series 2 include fragments
of a diary,  Dec. 27-1859 Apr. 29, which document Peirce's
life, social and religious activities, and farming experiences
in Maine, as well as his life in Boston while a student at Harvard
Medical School. The series includes several of B. F. Peirce's
letters, 1857-1859, describing his life as a student at the
Medical School of Maine and at Harvard Medical College and a
letter, 17 May 1858, from M. E. Simmons concerning his own medical
studies and members of the 1858 medical class at Harvard. Roughjnotes
for essays on pneumonia and tuberculosis, circa 1860; undated
notes for an address on slavery; and one folder of miscellaneous
material from Peirce's medical studies, 18551860, are also
Series 3 documents the medical education of James Peirce
and includes 21 letters to family members, 1869-1886, primarily concerning
his student experiences in the Medical Department of the University
of the City of New York and early years of medical practice
in Methuen, Mass. Several receipts from his practice, 1875,
and one folder of miscellaneous letters and visiting cards,
1869-1895, are included.
A single folder of miscellaneous letters and other material, 1843-1894,
in Series 4 includes a letter dated 12 March 1857 from Albion
K. P. [Meserve], describing his student experiences at the Medical
School of Maine.