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James Tyson diaries


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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James Tyson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 26, 1841, to Henry Tyson and Gertrude Haviland. He entered the sophomore class at Haverford College in 1857, and graduated, receiving his bachelor's, in 1860. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania after graduating from Haverford in 1860, and obtained his M.D. in 1863. He came back to Haverford College as an alumni orator in 1884, and spoke on "The Requirements of a Modern College Education." He received a master's from Haverford in 1865. During his life, Tyson was a member of the American Philosophical Society, fellow at the College of Physicians, member of the American Medical Association, member of the Association of American Physicians, and professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He became Dean of the Medical School in 1888. He was the author of many medical and academic texts, including "The Cell Doctrine; its History and Present Status", "Practical Examination of Urine", and "Handbook of Physical Diagnosis". He also served in the United States Army from 1861 to 1865. James Tyson married Frances Bosdevex on December 5, 1865. He died on February 21, 1919, in Philadelphia.

The collection consists of four volumes of diaries which detail James Tyson's time at Haverford College, from daily activities to information on the courses Tyson was taking at the time. The entries range from 1859 to 1861.

The materials are arranged chronologically by date of creation.

The James Tyson diaries were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1934 by Henry W. Stokes.

Processed by Addison Conn; completed February, 2018. Revised by Anna Neuheardt; completed September, 2018.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Addison Conn and Anna Neuheardt
Finding Aid Date
February 2018, September 2018
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

James Tyson diary, 1859.
Volume 1
James Tyson diary, 1860.
Volume 2
James Tyson diary, 1861.
Volume 3
James Tyson diaries, 1859-1860.
Volume 4
Scope and Contents

This is a typed transcript of the diaries James Tyson kept while enrolled at Haverford college (diaries from 1859-1860).

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