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Levi Gustin account book

 Collection — Folder: S2407
Identifier: S2407

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an account book used by Dr. Levi Gustin of Indianapolis, Indiana. Ranging from 1859 to 1864, entries include patient name, date of treatment, condition treated and the amount charged. The book was also used as a scrapbook to hold various recipes that were clipped from newspapers and pasted onto the pages. A large number of the account entries are obscured by the clippings and by water damage. At some time previously, an unsuccessful attempt was made to remove the clippings, leaving partial recipes and unusable remnants.


  • 1859-1864, undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Levi Gustin was born in Ohio around 1806. He married Francis Elizabeth Smith in September 1829 and they had a large family together. Gustin was a merchant and druggist in Wilmington, Ohio before moving to Indiana in the 1850s. He was a Mason and served as master of the Thorntown Lodge No. 113 from 1858 to 1859. Gustin established an eye infirmary in Indianapolis in 1859 and advertised that he also treated chronic diseases and could cure stuttering and stammering "without pain or surgical operation." Gustin died in March 1879.

Sources: "Oio, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1774-1993. Accessed August 24, 2022.

Cissell, Eldrew D. The Thorntown Centurial: A Record of the First One Hundred Years of Thorntown, Indiana and Immediate Countryside. [Thorntown, IN] : Cissell Publishing Co., 1930. "Dr. Levi Gustin." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed August 24, 2022.

Hawes, George W. George W. Hawes' Indiana State Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1860 and 1861. Indianapolis, IN: George W. Hawes, 1860.

"New Drug Store." The Herald of Freedom (Wilmington, OH), March 3, 1854.


0.04 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from George Theodore on 1986/05/12.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/08/25 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/08/25 by Laura Eliason.
Levi Gustin account book
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.