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Daniel B. Smith commonplace books

Identifier: HC.MC-975-03-052

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of the two commonplace books of Daniel B. Smith. The volumes include copied poems and extracts of religious essays.


  • Creation: 1803-1809


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Daniel B. Smith (1792-1883) was born in 1792. He was an educator and pharmacist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Smith was educated at Burlington Friends School under John Griscom, where he acquired an interest in scientific studies. He was later 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, Smith 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. He was elected vice-president in 1828, and from 1829 to 1854, served as president. In 1852, Smith 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.


0.13 linear ft. (2 volumes)

Language of Materials



The two commonplace books of Daniel B. Smith include copied poems and extracts of religious essays.



Related Materials

  • HC.MC.975.07.086 Daniel B. Smith manuscripts
  • HC.MC.975.11.038 Daniel B. Smith papers
  • HC.MC.975.08.039 Daniel B. Smith financial record
  • HCS.001.007 Daniel B. Smith lectures and papers
  • HCS.003.123 Haverford alumni letter to Daniel B. Smith

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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed December, 2015.

Daniel B. Smith commonplace books, 1803-1809
Kara Flynn
November, 2015
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