Yandell Family Added Papers, 1837-1919

Held by The Filson Historical Society 

Creator:  Yandell Family 

Title:  Added Papers, 1837-1919 

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Collections Department. 

Size of Collection:  0.33 cubic feet 

Location Number:  Mss. A Y21a 

Scope and Content Note 

Papers include many letters of regret and sympathy from medical societies and physicians following the deaths of Dr. Lunsford P. Yandell in 1878, and Dr. David W. Yandell in 1898. Correspondence also includes material concerning David Yandell’s service as medical director for the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi and letters of introduction and invitations from English doctors during his European tour of 1878. An undated memoranda written by Lunsford P. Yandell provides his early biography and insights into the establishment of the Louisville Medical College. Dr. David Yandell’s 1846-1848 diary of travel in the U.S. and Europe highlights his medical education. 

Biographical Note 

David Wendel Yandell was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in 1826. He was the son of Lunsford P. Yandell and Susan (Wendel) Yandell. He was educated at the Louisville Medical Institute from which he graduated in 1846. He then studied briefly in Europe. After his return he practiced medicine in Louisville. During the Civil War he served as medical director for the armies of Albert Sidney Johnston and Edmund Kirby-Smith. After the war, Yandell returned to the Louisville Medical Institute to raise professional standards. In 1872, he was elected president of the American Medical Association. He died in 1898 and was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery. 

Folder List 

Box 1 

1 Correspondence, 1837 May 1-1867 Mar. 30.

2 Diary of Dr. David W. Yandell, 1846 Mar. 11-1848 May 15.

3 Correspondence, 1871 June 10-1879 Feb. 15.

4Correspondence, 1881 May 5-1889 May 4.

5 Correspondence, 1890 July 8-1898 July 10.

6 Pamphlet, 1899.

7 Correspondence, n.d.

8 Memoranda, n.d.

9 Certificates and correspondence, 1867 June 20-1919 Jan. 10.