James Grant Gilchrist Papers

Collection Summary

Title: James Grant Gilchrist Papers
Call Number: MS 83-03
Size: 0.25 linear feet
Acquisition: Unknown source
Processed by: KJB, 11-28-1983; JEF, 6-12-1998; MN, 10-2008
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

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Content Note

This collection consists of an autobiography that James Gilchrist wrote for his children's amusement and edification. He tells of his studies as a medical student, brief U.S. Civil War service, and medical practice in Minnesota; Pennsylvania; Detroit, Michigan; and Iowa City, Iowa. The major portion was penned in 1874, and yearly summaries for 1875 through 1897 also are included. A bibliography lists Gilchrist's other works and those in which he is mentioned.


James Grant Gilchrist was born in 1842 in New York City and grew up in Philadelphia. After a stint at sea he began to study medicine in New York City in 1860. He graduated from the Homeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1863. In July of that year he enlisted and served a short time in Company G of the 40th Pennsylvania Militia. He then moved to Minnesota to establish a practice but was unsuccessful and moved back to Pennsylvania in 1872. He practiced in Detroit from 1878 to 1885, when he settled permanently in Iowa City, Iowa. He died in Iowa City in 1906.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Box 1 FF 1 Contains the autobiography of James Grant Gilchrist.