Inventory

Aesculapian Society of the Wabash Valley
Dates: 1903-1924
Accession Number: 901011
Donor: Vigo County Historical Society
Description: One document case


History

In 1846, a few local physicians met in Lawrenceville, Illinois to organize a medical society for the purpose of "exchanging views, sharpening their professional wits and bringing about closer professional relations." (Proceedings, Volume 1, page 1) The original founders were Dr. David Adams, Dr. J. M. Boyle, Dr. Elisha C. Banks, and Dr. Charles M. Hamilton. Although first incorporated as the Lawrenceville Aesculapian Medical Society, the organization gradually grew in membership and influence and its name changed (circa 1893-94) to the Aesculapian Society of the Wabash Valley to more aptly describe its geographic representation.

During the Civil War, many members of the Aesculapian Society served as surgeons in the Union Army. In the late nineteenth century, the organization worked with the Illinois State Legislature to enact a State Board of Health to regulate the practice of medicine and to provide for the registration of births and deaths.

By 1903, the Society had 241 members which included the following counties: Crawford, Clark, Edgar, Vermillion, Champaign, Douglas, Coles, Cumberland, Jasper, Effingham, Shelby and Moultrie in Illinois; Sullivan, Vigo, Vermillion and Parke in Indiana. The Society held two formal meetings each year - the Annual meeting in Paris, Illinois in October and the Semi-Annual Meeting in different designated cities in May. Members presented papers on physicians' daily practice and on current issues in medicine. As of May 28, 1903, the publications committee decided to publish the papers delivered at the Society's annual and semi-annual meetings.

Some Terre Haute/Vigo County doctors represented in the collection include: Benjamin F. Swafford, J. B. Armstrong, W.C. Eichelberger, W. W. Haworth, J. H. Walts, W. T. Moorhead, Joseph H. Weinstein, F. E. Weidemann, Charles N. Combs, Byron M. Hutchings, O.O. Alexander, E. L. Larkins, W.E. Bell, T.W. Moorehead, J. Rudolph Young, L. J. Willien, L. P. Luckett, M. R. Combs, August F. Knoefel, B. V. Caffee, A. H. Caffee, J. P. Worrell, J. H. Cook, Ott Casey, R. T. Leavitt, O. R. Spigler, M. A. Boor, Hugh M. Mullikan, John R. Gillum, F. G. McCarthy, H. J. Pierce, George T. Johnson, Orris T. Allen.

In the year 2000, the Aesculapian Society of the Wabash Valley continues to be an active professional organization for area physicians.


Content and Scope of Collection

This collection contains seven volumes of published proceedings from the formal meetings of the Aesculapian Society of the Wabash Valley. Volume one includes a brief history of the Society and a copy of its charter, constitution and by-laws. These publications include minutes, presidents' addresses, and medical papers delivered at the meetings.

For related material, see Aesculapian Society Minutes (OV 32), Dr. Charles N. Combs Memorabilia (Accession #771117), and Associations, Clubs, Societies, and Organizations (Accession #860820).

Document Case 1

 

 

 

 

Volume 1

Proceedings of the Aesculapian Society
of the Wabash Valley
56th Semi-Annual Meeting
Tuscola, Illinois

May 28, 1903

 

 

 

Volume 2

Proceedings of the Aesculapian Society
of the Wabash Valley
57th Annual Meeting
Paris, Illinois

October 29, 1903

 

 

 

 

Proceedings of the Aesculapian Society
of the Wabash Valley
57th Semi-Annual Meeting
Danville, Illinois

May 26, 1904

 

 

 

Volume 3

Proceedings and Presidential
Addresses of the
Aesculapian Society of the Wabash Valley
(includes minutes of the proceedings,
presidents' addresses)

1904-1912

 

 

 

Volume 4

Proceedings and Presidential
Addresses of the
Aesculapian Society of the Wabash Valley
66th Annual and Semi-Annual Conferences
(includes minutes, president's address
and papers presented)

1912-1913

 

 

 

Volume 5

Proceedings and Addresses of the
Aesculapian Society of the Wabash Valley
(includes presidents' addresses and medical
papers presented)

1913-1916

 

 

 

Volume 6
(3 copies)

Proceedings and Addresses of the
Aesculapian Society of the Wabash Valley
(includes presidents' addresses
and medical papers presented)

1917-1921

 

 

 

Volume 7
(3 copies)

Proceedings and Addresses of the
Aesculapian Society of the Wabash Valley
(includes minutes, 1917-1924; includes
presidents' addresses and medical papers presented, 1922-1923)

1917-1924