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John J. Garver account books

Identifier: V015

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of three account books kept by Dr. John J. Garver for his medical practice in Indianapolis, Indiana. With entries ranging from 1880 to 1900, the record books list patients, reasons for visits, charges, and some prescriptions.


  • 1880-1900

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 / Historical

John James Garver was born on February 14, 1845 at Silver Lake, Ohio to David and Elizabeth Garver. On January 31, 1862, he enlisted in the 71st Ohio Infantry during the Civil War and served almost four year before being mustered out on November 30, 1865. He returned home and worked for a few years as a druggist before beginning medical studies in 1870 under Dr. Oliver Cook of Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from the Ohio Medical College in 1876 and after practicing for a short time in Dayton, moved to Indianapolis. He married Celista Jeannette "Nettie" Gable in 1881, but she died two years later. He later married Mary R. Heron in 1895 and they had one son. Besides his medical practice, Dr. Garver also served two terms as superintendent of the City Dispensary, was a member of the board of school commissioners, chaired the committee that built a new library building, and served on the pension board. He died at the age of 55 on December 13, 1900.

Sources: "John J. Garver." Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed October 17, 2019. "John James Garver." Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed October 17, 2019.

"Dr. John J. Garver Dead." Indianapolis News (IN), December 13, 1900.

Indiana State Medical Society. Transactions of the Indiana State Medical Society 1901. Logansport, Ind.: Wilson, Humphrey and Co., 1901.

Ohio Roster Commission. Official roster of the soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866. Vol. VI. Akron, Ohio: Werner Co., 1888.


0.6 Cubic Feet (3 volumes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Robert Russo on 1962/09/28.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/10/17 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/10/17 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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