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V. A. Allen and Foster Fanning Potter Physicians' Account Books

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Allen, V. A.
Title: V. A. Allen and Foster Fanning Potter Physicians' Account Books
Inclusive Dates: 1839-1890
Quantity: 2 linear ft. (14 volumes)
Abstract: Collection of highly detailed medical account books kept by general practitioner V. A. [Vine A.] Allen and later by his successor Dr. Foster Fanning Potter of the village of Cleveland in Constantia township, Oswego County, New York.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

V. A. (Vine A.) Allen graduated from Castleton Medical College in 1833. As of 1877 he was a physician in Cleveland village, along with a D. T. Whyborn who was for a time his partner. He also served as postmaster for the village.

Dr. Foster Fanning Potter graduated from University Medical College in 1880. His father Asher Smith Potter (1805-1881) was one of the first village officers, being a trustee when the village was incorporated in 1857, and operated a tavern and later a store in Cleveland village. In addition to his medical work Dr. Potter was postmaster for the village of Constantia and served on the Board of Education for the Cleveland Union Free School, the only incorporated educational institution in Constantia.

Fifty-Ninth Announcement of Castleton Medical College for the Annual Session 1860 with a Catalogue of the Alumni, 1860, p. 6
General Alumni Catalogue of New York University, 1833-1907: Medical Alumni, 1908, p. 280
History of Oswego County, New York, 1877, p. 291
Landmarks of Oswego County New York, 1895, pp. 283, 291, 497, 504, 508
Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-Sept. 30, 1971, National Archives and Records Administration

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The V. A. Allen and Foster Fanning Potter Physicians' Account Books consists of fourteen volumes detailing treatment of a wide range of medical ailments and conditions, including dates, fees, payments (including in-kind), medicines prescribed (unguents, ointments, liniments, drops, pills, etc.). Among their patients were workers at the American Glass Company and Union Glass Company, both of which are repeatedly credited with paying their employees' medical bills.

Entries of particular interest include a half a page of details regarding an operation on a hydrocephalic child (1889). At least one of the volumes includes Dr. Allen's supply orders: glassware, opium, morphine, spices, alcohol, etc. The final volume includes not only Dr. Potter's medical accounts but also records the sale of various "drugstore" materials such as tobacco, candy, soap, and so on.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Chronological. Volume numbers have been assigned for each of identification.

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Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has several collections of physicians' day books. Please search our collections to locate additional items of interest.

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Subject Headings


Allen, V. A. (Vine A.)
Potter, Foster Fanning.


Medicine -- Practice -- Accounting.
Physicians -- New York (State)


Cleveland (N.Y.) -- History -- 19th century.
Constantia (N.Y. : Town) -- History -- 19th century.
Oswego County (N.Y.) -- History -- 19th century.

Genres and Forms

Account books.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

V. A. Allen and Foster Fanning Potter Physicians' Account Books,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2014.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 4 Feb 2014
Revision history:

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Account books
Oversize 1 [Volume 1] 1839-1842
Oversize 2 [Volume 2] 1848-1850
Oversize 1 [Volume 3] 1851-1855
Oversize 1 [Volume 4] 1854-1859
Oversize 1 [Volume 5] 1860-1864
Oversize 1 [Volume 6] 1861-1863
Oversize 1 [Volume 7] 1868-1870
Oversize 1 [Volume 8] 1871-1875
Oversize 1 [Volume 9] 1875-1881
Oversize 2 [Volume 10] 1882-1885
Oversize 3 [Volume 11] 1881-1890
Oversize 3 [Volume 12] 1881-1890
Oversize 1 [Volume 13] 1889-1890
Oversize 1 [Volume 14] 1889-1890

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