Withers: Howard H. Withers Collection, 1859-1896

Call Number:  MG-171

1 box     3 folders     .2 cubic ft.

Repository:  LancasterHistory (Organization); PV7

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 4

Scope and Content Note: Collection contains items primarily relating to the medical practice of Dr. Howard Hopkins Withers. Includes booklets containing recipes for medications for various conditions, questions and answers on medical procedures and chemistry, lists of chemicals and muscles, and receipts for office rent and fixtures. Also, studio photographs of individuals, two with the name Withers. One photograph of Dr. Greenawald of Lancaster’s Trinity Lutheran Church. Several of the receipts have hand canceled stamps affixed.

Creator:  Withers, Howard Hopkins.

Conditions for Access:  No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition:  Unknown.

Accruals:  No further accruals are expected.

Preferred Citation:  Howard H. Withers Collection (MG-171), Folder #, LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pa.

Processing History:  Processed and finding aid prepared by DT, 1998-1999. This collection has been documented, preserved and managed according to professional museum and archives standards. The finding aid was updated using DACS conventions.


Folder 1

Insert 1

Booklet: Questions on Chemistry contains 385 questions and answers. “W. Samuel Atlee” is written at the top of the first page.

Note, signed by “M.S.W.,” says “The name W. Samuel Atlee brings to mind Dr. Atlee of Lancaster with whom Dr. Howard studied.”

Insert 2 Loose note on metal oxides. From booklet Questions and Answers.

Insert 3 Booklet of questions on various body parts and conditions.

Folder 2 Photograph transferred to the Photograph Collection, 13 October 2017.
(All of these items were rubberbanded together.)

Insert 1

Studio portrait of C. W. Miller by T. & W. Cummings, Lancaster, Pa. 2.5″ x 4″

Studio photograph of Elizabeth Withers Sherts. Note on back: “Taken February 14, 1896, by Fowler 38-40 West King St., Lancaster, Pa.” 2.5″ x 4″

Studio photograph of Ida R. McMillan, school teacher, intermediate grade, by H. C. Aller, 12 West King St., Lancaster, Pa. 25 December 1888. 4″ x 5.5″

Card from Gill’s City Gallery, Lancaster, Pa., authorizing Lizzie Withers to obtain photograph no. 4590.

Studio photograph of Dr. Greenawald of Trinity Lutheran Church. Inscription on back reads, “Lillie Withers, Easter, April 25, 1886. Teacher

Margie K. Heinitsh, Trinity Lutheran S.S.” Photograph by Saylor, Lancaster, Pa.

Insert 2 List of muscles by body part.

Insert 3 Booklet with handwritten medicinal recipes. On front cover: “H. H. Withers’ book, Lancaster, Pa., October 28, 1859.”

Insert 4

Four loose sheets with handwritten medicinal recipes on both sides.

Folder 3

Insert 1

Book of medicinal recipes and medical treatments. Date 1874 found on one page. 3 5/8″ x 6 1/8″

Typed notes with collection says item #1 was the property of

Dr. Howard Hopkins Withers. Also has additional information on his siblings and his schooling.

Photocopies of item #2.

Insert 2

Loose pages with handwritten medicinal recipes. Several recipes are for treatment of horses, and some are for household needs.

Insert 3 One sheet with handwritten alphabetical list of chemicals, herbs, oils, spices, dyes, etc., plus a few hardware items such as bottles, crucibles, and mortars.

Insert 4 Two page booklet containing a thesis on a form of dropsy. “Lancaster Pennsy” written at the end.

Insert 5

Receipt from W. C. Swentzel for $150.00 received from H. H. Withers for office fixtures. 1 April 1868. Canceled 2-cent stamp depicting George Washington is affixed to the receipt.

Receipt from Hirsh & Brothers for $50.00 received from Mr. H. H. Withers for three-month rent. 1 April 1868.

Receipt from Hirsh & Brothers, per A. Albert, for $42.22 received from Dr. Withers for three-month rent. 1 July 1868.

Receipt from Hirsh & Brothers, per A. Albert, for $50.00 received from Dr. Withers for three-month rent. 1 January 1870.

Receipt from John Metzger for $40.00 received from Dr. H. H. Withers for one quarter’s office rent. Dr. Withers given $10.00 credit “by E. Greenwalt Bill.” 1 April 1873.

Receipt from H. G. Smith & Co., per W. Ellsgolt, for $4.50 received from Dr. H. H. Withers for the printing of 3,000 cards by the Lancaster Intelligencer. Printed on the receipt is “Daily & Weekly Intelligencer, S. W. Cor., Centre Square, H. G. Smith & O., publishers.” 5 March 1870.