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John Moore Waters Papers, 1851-1885
Overview of the Collection
- Waters, John Moore, 1842-1907
- John Moore Waters Papers
- 3 folders
- Collection Number
- Collection 1358, MtBC, us (collection)
- The John Moore Waters Papers include letters created or collected by him. Most of the letters are from relatives in Illinois and Ohio who wrote to Waters family members and include information on family matters with some local news. One letter was written by Waters himself, and briefly describes his medical practice and economic conditions in Gibson, Illinois in 1872. Medical school documents consist of lecture admission cards for classes at the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, a library card, receipts, and schedules for lectures and examinations. Other documents include a Civil War hospital pass for Waters and some ledger pages showing his medical accounts.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
John Moore Waters was born in Keokuk Co ,Iowa., on October 11, 1842, the son of John M. and Margaret S. Waters. His parents removed to Illinois in 1844 and settled in Menard county where Waters attended school. During the Civil War, Waters enlisted in the 133rd Illinois Infantry, a 100 day regiment that served its entire term guarding prisoners of war at the Rock Island Arsenal. Afterwards, Waters began studying medicine and graduated from the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1868. He practiced medicine at Gibson, Ford Co , Illinois., but on account of his health came west to the mountains. In April, 1882, he settled in Bozeman and practiced his profession there until his death. He married on May 7, 1878, to Miss Emma J. Bierce, of Nevada, Missouri and the couple had three children: Herman B., Foley L. and Mary. Waters died on November 26, 1907.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The John Moore Waters papers include letters created or collected by him. Most of the letters are from relatives in Illinois and Ohio who wrote to Waters family members and include information on family matters with some local news. One letter was written by Waters himself, and briefly describes his medical practice and economic conditions in Gibson, Illinois in 1872. Medical school documents consist of eighteen lecture admission cards for classes at the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, a library card, two receipts, and two schedules for lectures and examinations. Other documents include a Civil War hospital pass for Waters and some ledger pages showing his medical accounts.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
This collection was transfered to MSU Library's Special Collections by Wanda Walker of the catalog staff at the Museum of the Rockies, December 14, 1982. The documents were discovered in the attic of a house at 126 South 9th Avenue in Bozeman by the Tri-Cell Insulation Company on July 14, 1982.
This collection was processed 2013 December 31
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Letters, 1851-1885Return to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 1/1
1. To John Waters, Sr. from his sister Susan, Friendsville, Illinois,
Family news and description of her activities as an art teacher.
|December 24, 1851|
2. Fragment written by Mary Waters,
3. From T. Scott, Farmer City, Illinois, to his sister Margaret S. Waters,
|July 31, 1869|
4. From John M. Waters, Gibson, Illinois, to his uncle Joseph Moore,
Description of local economic conditions and his medical practice (with envelope).
|September 21, 1872|
5. To Margaret S. Waters from her neice, W. J. [McAdams?], Havana, Illinois,
Family news and visitations (with envelope).
|October 4, 1872|
6. From G. N. Bierce, Dayton, Ohio, to Mrs. Emma Waters,
News regarding her sister's illness.
|September 23, 1885|
7. From G. N. Bierce, Dayton, Ohio, to Mrs. Emma Waters,
News regarding her sister's death (with envelope).
|October 13, 1885|
Jefferson Medical College of PhiladelphiaReturn to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 1/2
Cards admitting him to classes in Medicine, 1866-1868 (18 items); 2 receipts showing payment for the classes; Papers showing the schedule of examinations for the classes; Library card for the YMCA library in Philadelphia.
Other papersReturn to Top
Container(s): Box-folder 1/3
Army discharge from the Post Hospital to return him to the 133rd Illinois Volunteers, Sept. 9, 1864; Notes from the ledger that show bills paid to him, 1878-1880.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Medical colleges -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
- Medicine -- Practice -- Illinois -- Gibson
- Medicine -- Study and teaching -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
- Physicians -- Illinois -- Gibson
- United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 133rd (1864)
- Waters family -- Correspondence
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Physicians -- Montana -- Bozeman
- Jefferson Medical College