Guide to the Charles H. Jaggar’s Drug and Chemical Store Prescription Books, 1855-1876

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Charles H. Jaggar's Drug and Chemical Store Prescription Books
Charles H. Jaggar's Drug and Chemical Store
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Charles H. Jaggar’s Drug and Chemical Store Prescription Books collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Book 1 gift of an unknown donor (Acc. 1924.51). Book 3 gift of Adrienne Downey in 1997 (Acc. 1997.26.1). Book 4 purchased by the Nantucket Historical Association (Acc. RL2018.23).

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Subject Headings

  • Topical Terms
    • Medicine.
    • Prescription writing.
    • Prescriptions, Drug -- Nantucket -- 19th century.

Biographical Information

Originally located at 47 Main Street, Charles H. Jaggar’s Drug and Chemical Store pharmacy opened circa 1855, and, though having periodically changed ownership since, remained a pharmacy for over 150 years. Later known as Pitman and Congdon’s Pharmacy, the building was purchased by Seaman Schepps in 2007, and the pharmacy merged with Nantucket Pharmacy next door.

Scope and Content

Collection comprised of numbered, contiguous prescription books kept by an unknown pharmacist at Charles H. Jaggar’s Drug and Chemical Store. Prescriptions are numbered and often include the name of customers and directions on administration, and occasional references to specific ailments. The Nantucket Historical Association’s holdings do not include prescription book 2.


Box 1 Folder 1 Prescription book 1, 1855-1861
Box 1 Folder 2 Prescription book 3, 1868-1872
Box 1 Folder 3 Prescription book 4, 1872-1876

Processing Information

Processed by Amelia Holmes, Ashley Miller, and Sara David, February 2019.

Materials in this collection were digitized with support from Connie and Tom Cigarran.

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