University of Pennsylvania Finding Aids

Navigation Aids

University of Pennsylvania Finding Aids
Search Finding Aids
 

Main Content

John W. Wright receipt book

Ms. Codex 2001

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Wright, John W., (John Walter), 1845-1929
Title:
John W. Wright receipt book
Date [inclusive]:
1867-1925
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 2001
Extent:
1 volume (+ 1 leaf)
Language:
English
Abstract:
A volume written by English chemist John W. Wright spanning the years from 1867 to 1925. The volume comprises pharmaceutical formulas for medicinal, hygienic, and household purposes.
Cite as:
John W. Wright receipt book, 1867-1925, Ms. Codex 2001, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
PDF Version:

Return to Top »

Biography/History

Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England to Sarah and John Wright, a grocer and baker. Wright was a chemist, druggist, dentist and supplier of photographic materials in Burnley, Lancashire, England. He married Hannah Maria Thomas in 1884 and they had two children Sydney and Beatrice.

Scope and Contents

A decorative, stamped leather volume written by John W. Wright. The volume spans the years from 1867 to 1925 comprising pharmaceutical formulas for medicinal, hygienic, and household purposes. A tabbed alphabetical index is at the beginning of the volume referring to 121 numbered pages. Written on title page: Precaution, Receipt book, J. W. Wright, 1867. The volume contains medicinal formulas for balsams, drinks, essences, glycerines, pills, powders, syrups, tinctures, and unguents. The ailment or disease for many formulas is not apparent. Some remedies are for coughs, digestive issues, fevers, rheumatism, and toothaches. A few recipes use absinthe. Toiletry formulas include those for hair dyes and washes, lip salves, pomades, and skin creams and lotions. Several formulas are named for the chemist including Wright's: anti-rheumatic specific, cough wafers, pills, and postcard developer. Several household recipes for blacking, browning, inks, polishes, stains and varnishes are in the volume. There are also many formulas used for photography. A label for Wright;s Linseed and squills compound is pasted in on page 86. There are many notes, amendments, and items pasted in the volume. One leaf laid in the volume are instructions regarding blood and urine tests, now housed separately. A label for penicillin lozenges is laid in the volume.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  May 2019

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This codex is available for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Keith Mountford--Eddy (eBay), 2019.

Return to Top »

Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Finding tabs
  • Formularies (Medicine)
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
  • Manuscripts, English--20th century
  • Prescriptions
  • Recipes
Subject(s)
  • Medicine--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions
  • Pharmacy--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions
  • Toilet preparations--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions

Return to Top »

Collection Inventory

Volume

John W. Wright receipt book, 1867-1925.

1