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  • Conditions Governing Access Note
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation Note
  • Collection Description

  • Title: Nineteenth-Century Almanacs Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS113
    Contributing Institution: Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University
    Language of Material: French English

    Physical Description: 3.0 items
    Date: 1891, 1893, 1894
    Abstract: This small, artifical collection consists of three almanacs from the 1890s.

    Conditions Governing Access Note

    Collection is open to research under the terms of use of the Department of Archives and Special Collections.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in the Department of Archives and Special Collections may be subject to copyright. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, Loyola Marymount University does not claim ownership of the copyright of any materials in its collections. The user or publisher must secure permission to publish from the copyright owner. Loyola Marymount University does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or of publication rights held by the original author or artists or his/her heirs, assigns, or executors.

    Preferred Citation Note

    [Identification of item], Nineteenth-Century Almanacs Collection, MS113, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

    Collection Description

    This artifical collection consists of three almanacs from the 1890s, one in English and one in French from the Dr. J. C. Ayer and Company; and one (in English) from the "Dr. J .H. McLean Medicine Company." The latter was probably not a doctor, but a druggist, who dispensed liniments and medicines and who died in 1886. Ayer (1818-1878) was a doctor and druggist, who developed many medicines, usually publicized in his almanac, published in numerous languages.
    The almanacs in this collection contain information on the weather, lunar tables, orbits of planets, and other astronomical information. More importantly, the almanacs stand an interesting souce on late nineteenth-century popular medicine and understandings of health. Intended to sell medicine, the almanacs describe various medicines and their effect on maladies ranging from scrofula, to consumption (tuberculosis), to ague (malaria). The almanacs provide great detail on the etiology of such afflictions, and their cures and cares, often with great detail on how maladies affect men and women differently.


    The almanacs are stored in individual folders in one box. Their titles are as follows:
    • Ayer's American Almanac. 1891
    • Dr. J. H. McLean's Almanac. 1893
    • Almanach français d'Ayer. 1894

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ayer , J. C. (James Cook), 1819-1878
    McLean 1829-1886, J. H. , (James Henry)
    Medicine History 19th Century Almanacs
    Pharmacy -- United States -- History -- 19th century