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Daniel B. Smith papers

Identifier: HC.MC-975-11-038

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of the six volumes of miscellany of Daniel B. Smith. The collection includes three school notebooks, and two volumes of library catalogs.


  • 1807-1842


Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

Daniel B. Smith (1792-1883) was born in 1792. He was an educator and pharmacist in Philadelphia, Pa. Smith was educated at Burlington Friends School under John Griscom, where he acquired an interest in scientific studies. He later was the apprentice to John Biddle in the apothecary business, and on completion he was admitted to partnership. In 1819 he opened a drug store in downtown Philadelphia, and in 1828 he entered into partnership with William Hodgson, renaming the firm "Smith & Hodgson", and continued to be active in business until a few years before his death. At the age of 28, he was one of the founders of the Apprentices' Library of Philadelphia.

Smith was a member of a group of pharmacists that in 1821 established the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (now University of the Sciences in Philadelphia) the first college of pharmacy in the country, was elected vice-president in 1828, and from 1829 to 1854 served as president. In 1852, he became the first president of the American Pharmaceutical Association. He was also an original member of the Franklin Institute.

In 1824, Smith married Esther Morton, and the couple had three children John, Benjamin, and Mary. Smith died in 1883.


0.59 Linear Feet (7 volumes)





Related materials

  • MC.975.03.052 Daniel B. Smith commonplace books
  • MC.975.07.086 Daniel B. Smith manuscripts
  • MC.975.08.039 Daniel B. Smith financial records
  • HCS.001.007 Daniel B. Smith lectures and papers
  • HCS.003.123 Haverford alumni letter to Daniel B. Smith

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed December 2015.

Daniel B. Smith papers, 1807-1842
Kara Flynn
December 2015
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