Joseph Walsh Letters, 1855-1859: Finding Aid
Published in September 2013
- Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
- Publisher Address:
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
- Call number: MS 367
- Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
- Title: Joseph Walsh Letters
- Dates: 1855-1859
- Size: 0.04 linear feet
- Container Summary: 4 folders
- Creator: Walsh, Joseph
- Language(s) of material: English
- Abstract: Joseph Walsh was a medical doctor and a federal employee at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The Joseph Walsh Letters consist of the letters of Dr. Joseph Walsh of Washington, D.C., dated 30 June 1855 through 4 February 1859, concerning Walsh's solicitation to serve as agent for the medication known as Peruvian Syrup in the Washington area.
Biography of Joseph Walsh
Joseph Walsh was a medical doctor and a federal employee at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. In 1855, Walsh opened a drugstore and apothecary in Washington, D.C. Walsh was a partner in Bury and Co. (perhaps the above drugstore) but dissolved his partnership with Bury in 1857 and took over the business alone.
Description of Contents
The Joseph Walsh Letters consist of the letters of Dr. Joseph Walsh of Washington, D.C., dated 30 June 1855 through 4 February 1859. The correspondence is primarily addressed to E. P. Clark of Massachusetts, possibly of the firm of N. L. Clark & Co., the manufacturer of the health restorative medication known as Peruvian Syrup. The collection begins with Walsh's solicitation to serve as agent for the medication in the Washington area. Most of the letters concern Walsh's ideas and attempts to merchandise Peruvian Syrup (in terms of distribution and placement, advertisement, endorsements, samples, labeling, etc.) and contain reports of his activities as agent. A few of the letters concern the death (1855), burial and estate settlement of John Clark, an employee of the U.S. Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. John Clark was a friend and patient of Dr. Walsh and the brother of E. P. Clark.
The Joseph Walsh Letters are arranged chronologically.
Access and Use
Access is unrestricted.
Copyright and Permission
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Acquisition and Appraisal
Provenance and Acquisition
Purchased in June 1999. Accession No. 99-47.
Related Archival Material
There are no other known collections of papers of Dr. Joseph Walsh. Examples of advertisements for Peruvian Syrup can be found in East Carolina University’s Digital Collections (http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/).
Materials Cataloged Separately
No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.
Processing and Other Information
Joseph Walsh Letters, MS 367
Special Collections & Archives Department
United States Naval Academy
This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo in 2003. Finding aid written by Mary R. Catalfamo in 2003 and edited by David D'Onofrio in September 2013.
These materials have been indexed in the Naval Academy Library online catalog using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.
Name and Subject Terms
- Drugs, Nonprescription -- United States
- Medicine -- United States -- History -- 19th century
- N.L. Clark & Co
- Walsh, Joseph