John Leonard Riddell papers

Description

The collection consists of diaries, notebooks, newspaper clippings, and other printed material of John Leonard Riddell. John Leonard Riddell, a physician, biologist, and inventor, was born in Leyden, Massachusetts, February 20, 1807. In 1835 he was appointed professor of chemistry and botany at Cincinnati Medical College and published his "Synopsis of the Flora of the Western States." He received his medical degree in 1836 from Cincinnati Medical College. He then went to New Orleans as professor of chemistry at the Medical College of Louisiana, where he invented the binocular microscope. He continued to work at the Medical College throughout the rest of his life. In New Orleans, he also became smelter and refiner at the U.S. Mint, a member of the River Control Commission, Postmaster of New Orleans, and a member of the Board of Inquiry into causes of yellow fever.

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Minutes of Lectures
Lectures given in The Medical College of Ohio at Cincinnati and newspaper clippings, larc@tulane.edu
Personal Journal, Vol. I
Autobiographical excerpts from Riddell's stay in Ogdensburgh, his love affiars, work, family lineage, etc. This journal spans from 1831-05-17 to 1831-06-14., larc@tulane.edu
Personal Journal, Vol. II
Notes on trips, religion, affairs of his neighbors, clipping from the "Patriot" and tellings of his learnings. This journal spans from 1831-06-14 to 1831-07-20., larc@tulane.edu
Personal Journal, Vol. III
This journal spans from 1831-07-21 to 1832-03-24., larc@tulane.edu
Personal Journal, Vol. IV
Descriptions of his affair with a Miss Kitty Ellen; notes on animal and vegtable physiology and chemical studies. Clippings on vegetable relationship and medical formulas This journal spans from 1832-03-25 to 1832-08., larc@tulane.edu
Personal Journal, Vol. IX
Letters, botany, studies, medical studies, larc@tulane.edu
Personal Journal, Vol. X
Personal notes, lecture summaries, scientific theories about blood flow in arterial and venous lights, chemical apparatus, larc@tulane.edu
Personal Journal, Vol. XI
Letters, friends, steam boat trips, and loneliness, etc., larc@tulane.edu
Personal Journal, Vol. XII
This journal starts on 1834-07-17., larc@tulane.edu
Personal Journal, Vol. XIII
Notes on Riddell's travels through Ohio and New York. His river trips and his personal habits. This journal spans from 1835-06-01 to 1835-11-01., larc@tulane.edu
Personal Journal, Vol. XIV
Scientific endeavors and personal relationships. This journal spans from. 1835-11-01 to 1836-06-10., larc@tulane.edu
Personal Journal, Vol. XV
Copies of letters to and from Riddell. Notes on New Orleans, theories about sun's radiation, geological survey of Ohio. A piece of his wife's wedding dress is included., larc@tulane.edu
Personal Journal, Vol. XVII
Botany studies, specimen pictures, clippings of letters by Riddell to newspapers on scientific matters, larc@tulane.edu

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