John Earl Cutler, MD papers

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MS 116

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John Earl Cutler, MD papers


  • 1918-1922 (Creation)


1 cubic foot (2 boxes)

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Biographical history

John Earl Cutler MD was born March 3, 1877, probably in Canaan, Ohio. He practiced allopathic medicine. He earned a medical degree in 1903 from Eclectic Medical College, Eclectic Medical Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was licensed in Ohio in 1903 and in Texas in 1907. He was practicing medicine in Crosby, Texas by 1903 and later in Houston, Texas around July 17, 1922. Dr. Cutler served as the Harris County Health Officer in 1908 and 1909. He died in 1929 in Crosby, Texas, of stomach cancer and was buried in Houston's Forest Park Cemetery.

[Source: Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804-1929; American Medical Association; 1993.] [See also Eclectic Medical College Records, 1845-1942, Collection No. 3 at]

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The John Earl Cutler, MD papers contains 5 ledgers and some loose business-related papers, including two ledger books in which Dr. Cutler recorded patient fees and fees he paid to suppliers. The ledgers cover the years 1918 to 1922. Dr. Cutler recorded the names of his patients and the companies that paid for his services. He also recorded the drugs dispensed and the cost. He rarely mentions symptoms, which he treats. There are some loose receipts for repairs to Dr. Cutler's Franklin automobile and purchases from drug wholesalers. This collection is relatively good shape although the binding of each ledger has been partially destroyed by insects and aging. The paper is in good condition with some foxing and insect damage. The collection consists of about 1 cubic feet (1 document box and 1 oversize box). Two of the ledgers measure 9 inches by 14 inches by 1.5 inches.

Subjects: Family Practice.

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No access restrictions. Open for research.

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Materials are in good condition

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  • English

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Inventory 2021.

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Custodial history


Two ledgers were found in the Rare Book Room of the Texas Medical Center Library and were transferred to the archives. In March 2017, collections MS 116 and MS 154 were combined into MS 116. MS 154 was deaccession, March 2017.

Immediate source of acquisition

The 1903-1906, 1923-1928, and 1925-1928 ledgers were donated by Dr. Cutler's grandson, also John E. Cutler, 2005 November 8. Letter in OV 307.

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No accruals are expected for this collection.

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  • Citation: John Earl Cutler, MD papers; MS 116; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.

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Processed by Philip Montgomery, 2011

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