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Home Remedies Manual

Identifier: Ms-2010-073

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a small handwritten manual. It is bound in a single sheet of newspaper from New York that dates to 1921; the outer cover contains advertisements for an Arabian horse, insurance, and a "Young Ladies Academy" and the inside covers contain court notices. The manual cover's title is, "Samuel Hodgkins Recipts." In the inside covers, this name is written several times in a hand that looks the same as the one that penned the manual's contents.

The manual's contents include recipes for illness remedies as well as those for household goods: Illness remedies for humans include those for sore eyes, dysentery, itching, feet corn, jaundice, and rheumatism. One Indian cure for "fever and ague" instructs how to boil various types of bark into a tea. For horse illnesses, home cures for such ailments as ringbone, blind staggers, strains, and yellow water are given. Household good recipes listed in this manual include those for making green paint, wood stain, and cherry varnish.


  • c. 1921


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials.

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Biographical Note

Presumably, this manual was created by Samuel Hodgkins. Most likely, he was an aged farmer living in New York around the time the manual was written.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is a circa 1921 home remedies manual created by Samuel Hodgkins, a New York farmer. The manual contains recipes for making household items like paint and illness remedies for both humans and horses.

Source of Acquisition

The Home Remedies Manual was purchased by Special Collections in 2010.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Home Remedies Manual by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Home Remedies Manual was completed in October 2010.

Home Remedies Manual, c. 1921
Julia Viets, Student Assistant
2010 (CC0 1.0)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US