Thomas F. Miles, MD Papers

Manuscript Collection No. 131


TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Biographical Notes
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Arrangement of Collection
  • Restrictions
  • Index terms
  • Related Material
  • Administrative Information
  • Detailed Description of the Collection
  • Series I: Medical Objects; 1880-1900
  • Series II: Papers; 1880-1900
  • Series III: Papers; 1880-1900
  • Repository: John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
    Creator: Miles, Thomas F.
    Title: Thomas F. Miles, MD papers
    Dates: 1880-1908.
    Quantity: 1 cubic foot (1 box, 1 medical black bag, 2 oversize items).
    Abstract: Thomas F. Miles, MD, was born in Alabama in 1858 and died in Lorena, Texas in 1937. He attended Vanderbilt University and graduated from Tulane in 1884 with a degree in Doctor of Medicine. He later practiced medicine in Eddy, Texas and later Lorena where he lived and practiced for 54 years. This collection includes his black bag, medicines in glass bottles, one carte-de-visite and two cabinet cards depicting Miles, diplomas, surgical instruments, medical tools, and some papers. The collection is generally in fair condition. The black leather bag is brittle. The photographic images are in excellent condition. The surgical tools show some rust. The medicines in glass vials have degraded. 1 cubic foot (1 box). 1880-1908.
    Identification: MS 131
    Language: English.

    Biographical Notes

    T. F. Miles, MD, was born in Alabama in 1858 and died in Lorena, Texas in 1937. He attended Vanderbilt University and graduated from Tulane in 1884 with a degree in Doctor of Medicine. He later practiced medicine in Eddy, Texas and later Lorena where he lived and practiced for 54 years.

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    Scope and Content Note

    The Thomas F. Miles, MD papers include his black bag, medicines in glass bottles, one carte-de-visite and two cabinet cards depicting Miles, diplomas, surgical instruments, medical tools, and some papers. The collection is generally in fair condition. The black leather bag is brittle. The photographic images are in excellent condition. The surgical tools show some rust. The medicines in glass vials have degraded. 1 cubic foot (1 box). 1880-1908.

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    Arrangement of Collection

    This collection is arranged into the following series.

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    Access restrictions

    This material is unrestricted.

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    There are no related materials.

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    Index terms

    Miles, Thomas F.–Archives

    Texas.

    Medicine–Texas–History–19th century.
    Medicine–Texas–History–20th century.
    Physicians–Texas.

    Physicians.

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    Preferred Citation

    T.F. Miles, M.D., Papers; MS 131; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

    Acquition Information

    This material was purchased in August 2007 from an online EBay auction and acquired by Elizabeth White, director of the McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center.

    Processing Information

    This small collection had no apparent natural order. The items were organized into series according to types of materials: objects, papers and oversize.

    Accruals

    No accruals are expected for this collection.

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    Detailed Description of the Collection

    Series I: Medical Objects; 1880-1900
    This series includes a black doctor’s bag, medical tools and vials of medicine.
    Box Folder
    GAF GAF-0247 Medical black bag, model “Duro-Mastermade” by A. S. Aloe Co., St. Louis Missouri; circa 1900. This bag contains numerous vials which are described below.
    Vial, nearly full with white powder labeled as “Potassium Bro[ illegible]”.
    Vial with residue labeled as “[Spls] Nitrous [illegible]”.
    Vial with oily residue containing two curved needles.
    Unlabeled vial with numerous pink tablets.
    Vial with residue labeled as “[Viratrum Tr] Norwood”.
    Vial with residue labeled as “[Tr] Digitalis”.
    Vial with residue labeled as “Paregoric”.
    Vial with white residue labeled as “Boric acid”.
    Vial with substance labeled as [illegible] [illegible] 5 yrs.
    Vial filled with white substance labeled as [illegible].
    Vial with residue labeled as [illegible].
    Vial with white powder labeled as “Bisniath S.N”.
    Vial with residue labeled as “Tr. Aconite U.S. 1/10 to 10”.
    Vial with residue labeled as “Tr [opium]”.
    Vial filled with white powder labeled as “Mercury with chalk”.
    Bottle with residue labeled as “Chloro[illegible] Hydrat[illegible] 10 grs [illegible]”.
    Small bottle with pink tablets labeled as “Cyanide [Merc], 10 to pt-1-1000[sol]”.
    Bottle labeled as “Alcohol 70%”.
    Bottle labeled as “Chlorofo[illegible]”.
    Bottle labeled as “[Aro] Splts Ammonia”.
    Bottle labeled as “[C]hloroform”.
    Box Folder
    1 1 Medical syringe made of pyrex; undated.
    2 Scalpel set [3 scalpels], Lees-[Noore] Inst. Co.; circa 1900.
    Series II: Papers; 1880-1900
    This series contains photos of T.F. Miles, forms related to medical school, and correspondence.
    Box Folder
    1 3 T.F. Miles photos; circa 1880 to 1900.
    4 University of Louisiana medical department admissions form; 1884.
    5 Vanderbilt University Admission cards for matriculation, surgery lessons; 1882-1883.
    6 Correspondence from Mrs. [illegible], and newsclipping; undated.
    Series III: Papers; 1880-1900
    This series contains two oversize items: T.F. Miles’ medical diploma and his licence to practice in Texas.
    Box Folder
    MD 11 Thomas F. Miles’ medical diploma from the University of Louisiana; 1884.
    Thomas F. Miles’ license to practice medicine in the state of Texas; 1908.