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John Shaw Billings Papers at the University of South Carolina

Identifier: MS Film 26


Material by or about John Shaw Billings (1838-1913) drawn from several collections in the University of South Carolina Library.


  • 1856-1966


2 Microfilm Reels



Material by or about John Shaw Billings (1838-1913) drawn from several collections in the University of South Carolina Library.

Physical Location

Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine


Portions of the collection are restricted. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

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Collection Summary

Included among the manuscript collections of the University of South Carolina are several large collections of materials from John Shaw Billings II, the grandson and namesake of John Shaw Billings. In 1983 the National Library of Medicine had most of the material in the collection relating to the elder Billings microfilmed; an additional reel was filmed in 1990. The material is found as the library's MS Film 26.

The material on the film comes from four collections. A collection of material relating specifically to the elder Billings was microfilmed in its entirety. It consists of 259 items, and includes Billings admission cards to medical school, his certification as a teacher, and copy of some of his military records. One Civil War letter from Billings to his wife is also included. Also found are letters of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Francis Parkman, Charles W. Eliot, and James R. Chadwick (the latter mostly relating to the unsuccessful campaigns to have Billings appointed Surgeon General of the Army). The remainder of the material is divided between the honors and tributes bestowed on him by his colleagues in the medical and library professions, and genealogical data on the Billings and Stevens families.

The second group of material on the film are letters from the Hammond, Bryan, and Cumming Families Papers collection. These are followed by volumes (some only excerpted) from the John Shaw Billings II scrapbook collection. A detailed calendar of these collections follows.

The final collection found here is the entirety of the Katharine Stevens Billings papers. These are almost all genealogical listings and correspondence.


Purchased from the University of South Carolina in 1983.

Related Material

Originals located at the University of South Carolina.


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HMD Staff
Date completed
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Dan Jenkins

Language of Materials

Collection materials primarily in English

Finding Aid to the John Shaw Billings Papers at the University of South Carolina 1856-1966
Unverified Partial Draft
HMD Staff
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Finding aid is written in English
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Version 1.0

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Archives and Modern Manuscripts Collection Collecting Area

8600 Rockville Pike
Bldg 38/1E-21, MSC 3819
Bethesda MD 20894 US
(301) 402-8878