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Benjamin J. Day ledgers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: V259

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two ledgers used by Dr. Benjamin J. Day. The first ledger was used for his partnership with Nehemiah Garrison and includes entries ranging from 1865 to 1873 for "Livestock," "Implements and Supplies," "Labor and Expenses," "Profit and Loss," and "Interest and Discount." A newspaper article, "A shock in High Life: High Finances Sometimes Leads Men to Perdition or Worse. M.J. Bray Smelling Brimstone," about the downfall of the trustee of Dr. Day's estate, Madison J. Bray, clipped from the January 22, 1916 edition of The Advocate is tucked inside the front cover.

The second ledger contains entries regarding Dr. Day's medical practice ranging from 1877 to 1889. Along with names of patients and monetary information, the ledger also contains information regarding his patient's professions, places of employment, and residential addresses, but rarely the complaint or nature of their illnesses.


  • 1865-1889


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

Benjamin J. Day was born on June 28, 1822 in Calvert County, Maryland, the son of Robert J. and Mary Day. Though orphaned by the age of 8, he obtained a basic education and secured a position as a clerk in a store in Prince Frederick, Maryland in 1839. In the spring of 1840, Day began studying medicine under Dr. William H. McDaniel and then moved to Mount Carmel, Illinois to study under his older brother. In 1842, he moved to Gibson County, Indiana and opened his own practice. In 1847, Day entered the University of Maryland amd later completed his medical studies at the Pennsylvania Medical College at Philadelphia, graduating in 1856. He then moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and remained there until 1860 when he moved back to Gibson County. Day moved again to Evansville, Indiana in 1862 and was appointed assistant hospital surgeon and received a commission as pension surgeon during the American Civil War. He later served as chair of Surgical Pathology at the Evansville Medical College. Dr. Day never married and died at the age of 83 on June 29, 1905.


"Dies of Old Age: Dr. Benjamin Day Passes Away at Evansville." Princeton Clarion (Ind.), June 29, 1905.

History of Vanderburgh County, Indiana, From the Earliest Times to the Present.Madison, Wis.: Brant and Fuller, 1889.


0.2 Cubic Feet (2 volumes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Wilbur E. Meneray, Tulane University librarian, in 1977.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2020/07/28 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.