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Alonzo F. Wood pharmaceutical recipe book

Ms. Codex 2006

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Wood, Alonzo F., (Alonzo Felton), 1824-1885
Title:
Alonzo F. Wood pharmaceutical recipe book
Date [inclusive]:
1858-1868
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 2006
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
A volume comprised of pharmaceutical formulas written by druggist Alonzo F. Wood spanning the years from 1858 to 1868.
Cite as:
Ms. Codex 2006, Alonzo F. Wood pharmaceutical recipe book, 1858-1868, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

The youngest of three children born to Luther and Lydia Felton Wood in Huntington, Connecticut. In 1837 at the age of thirteen Wood left home arriving in New Haven where he trained to become a druggist. In 1854 he opened his own drugstore in New Haven. He was owner and proprietor of the shop until his death. Wood married Rachel Hodges in 1846. They had four children: Luther H., Ida M., Alonzo F., and James P. The Woods' were leaders in organizing St. Thomas Church in New Haven. Wood was involved in local politics, a Freemason, a member of the American Pharmaceutical Association, and one of the founders of the Connecticut Pharmaceutical Association.

Scope and Contents

This volume is comprised of pharmaceutical formulas written by druggist Alonzo F. Wood spanning the years from 1858 to 1868. The formulas in the volume are chiefly medicinal with some household recipes. The volume includes medicinal formulas for balms, cordials, essences, oils, perfumes, pills, powders, salves, snuffs, syrups, and tinctures. There are multiple formulas for a variety of tinctures. Ailments and diseases are not always present, however some formulas provide remedies for asthma, coughs, chilblains, digestion, eye ailments, and rheumatism. Some of the commercially named formulas in the volume include Dover's solution, Godfrey's cordial, Griffith's myrrh mixture, Hitchcock's snuff, Monsel's salts, and Potter's powder. There are some household recipes for inks and varnishes. Wood also recorded a formula to create colored lights. There is general formula followed by recipes to create each type of colored light. An incomplete alphabetical index is at the end of the volume. Stamped on cover: Alonzo F. Wood. Covers are detached and some leaves are loose.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

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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 Aiglatson (Framingham, Massachusetts), 2019.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Formularies (Medicine)
  • Manuscripts, American--19th century
  • Prescriptions
  • Recipes
Subject(s)
  • Medicine--19th century--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions
  • Pharmacists--Connecticut--New Haven--19th century
  • Pharmacy--19th century--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Alonzo F. Wood pharmaceutical recipe book, 1858-1868.

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