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Sarah C. Taylor papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0140

Scope and Contents

The Sarah C. Taylor papers date from 1881 to 1907 and consist of 13 items: a photograph of Taylor's medical diploma, a portrait of her, two letters from a patient in 1904, receipts for medicines Taylor ordered, a prescription, a birth record listing all the births she attended in 1883, a short handwritten outline of her life, and her obituary.


  • Creation: 1881-1907


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Sarah Cosland was born in Boone County, Indiana, on October 4, 1835. She married Charles Taylor on December 25, 1854. The Taylors and their daughter moved to Fremont County, Iowa, by way of covered wagon in 1865, where they lived on a farm. In preparation for her medical practice Sarah Taylor read medical texts with local physicians, then spent two years of study in Indianapolis and attended the Women's College in Chicago. In 1881 she graduated from the Medical College, in Keokuk, Iowa and began practicing medicine in Hamburg, Iowa. She periodically continued her studies at Rush Medical College in Chicago. She built a sanitarium in Hamburg, operating it for over twenty years. Dr. Taylor possessed the first x-ray machine in southwest Iowa. She died in 1907 of pneumonia.


0.25 linear inches (Photographs in folder 1.)

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Papers, 1881-1907.13 items. Physician who ran the Taylor Sanitarium in Hamburg, Iowa for two decades around the turn of the century.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 207) were donated by Ed Mincer in 1994.

Kristen Rassbach, 1997; Margaret Richardson, 1998.
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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