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Steward/Superintendent, 1751-1921.

Subseries A: Apothecary (Boxes 69-71, 141)

This subseries is made up, primarily, of receipts for medicines and medical supplies, such as syringes, catheters, crutches, jars, alcohol, and other items purchased for the use of the Apothecary shop. Oversize materials are housed separately.

Subseries B: Building/Repairs (Boxes 72-78, 141)

This subseries consists of bills for building materials and maintenance work done at Hospital-owned properties. Oversize materials are housed separately.

Subseries C: Cash Books (Boxes 79-96)

These bound volumes record the daily financial transactions performed by the Steward and Matron. See also Ledgers, Monthly Accounts, and Receipts.

Subseries D: Ledgers (Boxes 97-109)

The Steward’s Ledgers list account debits and credits for workers at the hospital, patient board, clothing and/or funeral expenses, services provided, etc. These books also record bad debts and the cost of materials. The accounts listed in the Ledgers are a valuable source of information since they detail the patients who were “sponsored” by the account holders, providing notes about how long they were in the hospital, and often their class or ethnic background.

Subseries E: Correspondence (Boxes 78, 110-112.2)

The Steward’s letter books contain a wide range of correspondence—from orders of goods for hospital use to reports on the condition of patients—in carbon copy from either the Steward or the Secretary of the Board of Managers. In addition to the letter books, there is a smattering of correspondence from earlier time periods.

Subseries F: Household Expenses (Boxes 113-140, 141)

This subseries consists almost entirely of receipts for goods and/or services purchased. The expenses ranged from butter and flour to clothing and coffins. In the cases where goods were purchased for patients, the patients are often identified by name. In an effort to simplify classification, and because of ambiguity in some cases, items that would have originally been broken down into categories such as “fodder”, “incidentals”, “furniture”, etc. were integrated into household expenses. For further specificity, see the Cash Books and Monthly Account books, which provide a succinct view of all the expenses for which the Steward was responsible. Oversize materials are housed separately.

Subseries G: Monthly Accounts (Boxes 142-146)

These bound volumes offer a summary view of all expenses handled by the Steward.

Subseries H: Receipts (Boxes 147-165)

This subseries is made up entirely of bound volumes, in which the Steward recorded cash received, wages paid, and checks written. There are numerous entries in the category of “special nursing” that are recorded in conjunction with the patient’s name.

Subseries I: Services/Wages (Box 166)

This subseries contains bills and receipts for services performed by contracted employees. The variety of services is wide-ranging—there are the mundane tasks of making clothes and cleaning the privy, as well as more notable services such as preparing bodies for burial.

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