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David M. Benson Physician's Account Book

An inventory of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 18 Nov 2011

Biographical History

David M. Benson (d. 1854) was a 19th century American physician in the town of Geddes, New York. The second doctor to set up shop in Geddes, his main clientele was the employees of the salt companies in and around Geddes.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The David M. Benson Physician's Account Book consists of one volume recording the daily activities of Dr. Benson in treating his patients. Each item is dated and includes a name, a brief description and the cost (e.g., "Jan 14 Thos Ford = To Vis & Obst 5.00"). The book also records expenditures (e.g., "Jan 13 Elias Secor = By 9¾" Buckwheat").

Arrangement of the Collection

Single volume.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

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.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has several other physicians' account books. See also the Lowell Holbrook Physician's Account Book and the Constant Merrick Physician's Account Book. Laid inside the front cover are two scraps of paper with other accounts written on them, and Dr. Benson's membership certificate from the Onondaga Medical Society of the State of New York.

Subject Headings


Benson, David M., d. 1854.

Corporate Bodies

Onondaga Medical Society (N.Y.)


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


Geddes (N.Y.) -- History -- 19th century.

Genres and Forms

Account books.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

David M. Benson Physician's Account Book,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, circa 2005.

Table of Contents

Business records