John Berrien Lindsley Papers

 Collection
Identifier: EBL-0041

Collection Scope and Content Summary

Small collection of correspondence that belonged to John Berrien Lindsley (1822-1897), author, educator and professor at the University of Nashville, whose greatest contribution was the advancement of public health, public education, and medical education in Tennessee and the South. The collection includes letters to J.B. Lindsely, his wife, and Louise Lindsley, from various sources; one letter by Dr. Lindsley; eulogy of Dr. Lindsley by D.C. Smith; manuscript on history of Nashville medicine. Collection also contains photographs, biographical material and publications authored by Dr. Lindsley.

Dates

  • 1860 - 1906

Creator

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Reproduction Rights

Copyright is retained by History of Medicine Collections, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University.

Historical or Biographical Note

John Berrien Lindsley (1822-1897) was an educator, author, ordained minister, professor, and physician. Diversely talented and having many interests, his greatest contribution was the advancement of public health, public education, and medical education in Tennessee and the South.

He was born on October 24, 1822 at Princeton, NJ. John received his B.A. in 1839 and his M.A. in 1841 from the University of Nashville. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1843 from the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Medicine.

He helped establish the Medical Department of the University of Nashville, where he was a professor of chemistry from 1850-1873. He was dean of the medical faculty until 1855, when he was elected chancellor of the university, and he was largely responsible for the survival of the university during the Civil War. He had a role in the formation of the Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1870, and he was a professor there from 1870-1880. He was a professor of Sanitary Science and State Preventative Medicine for the University of Tennessee from 1880-1897.

Lindsley was instrumental in the development of Nashville's public school system, serving on the Board of Education from 1856-1860, and as superintendent of schools in 1866. He also worked for the passage of the law that established the Tennessee State Board of Health in 1877. He served as secretary of the board from its establishment until his death. He was also public health officer in Nashville from 1876 to 1880.

Extent

0.37 Cubic Feet (1 Hollinger Box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Small collection of correspondence that belonged to John Berrien Lindsley (1822-1897), author, educator and professor at the University of Nashville, whose greatest contribution was the advancement of public health, public education, and medical education in Tennessee and the South. The collection includes letters to J.B. Lindsely, his wife, and Louise Lindsley, from various sources; one letter by Dr. Lindsley; eulogy of Dr. Lindsley by D.C. Smith; manuscript on history of Nashville medicine. Collection also contains photographs, biographical material and publications authored by Dr. Lindsley.

Physical Location

EBL Vault

Acquisition Information

Collection was transferred from the Education Library in 1986 as reported in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Library Annual Report 1985-1986, and detailed in a letter contained in he collection.

Processing History

Likely processed shortly after acquisition in 1986.

Title
John Berrien Lindsley Papers
Status
Completed
Author
History of Medicine Collections Staff
Date
2004-10-29
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Contact:
Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


 

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