The Frances Peyre Porcher Papers include Porcher's lecture, class, and research notes on materia medica, botany, and pharmacy compiled over his career in support of his medical teaching responsibilities and the publication of his book, Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests. Porcher's notes, arranged alphabetically, includes notes for classroom instruction in the areas of materia medica and therapeutics. Files include handwritten notes, clippings, sketches, prescriptions, sources, and notes for publications.
Also included are personal letters to and from members of the Leigh, Porcher, and Wickham families from 1846 to 1862. Of particular interest are Dr. Porcher's letters to his first wife, Virginia "Jennie" Leigh Porcher, written from camp in Virginia between 1862 and 1863 while he served with the Confederate Army. In these, Porcher relates news of his advancement through the office of the Surgeon General, of living and working conditions in camp, and of family news and affections.
Dr. Porcher's diary documents his travels in Europe from 1852 to 1854.
Dr. Porcher's travel diary and letters to his wife and mother are accompanied by typed transcripts.
Dr. Porcher's graduate medical thesis, A Medico-Botanical Catalogue of the Plants and Ferns of St. John's Berkeley, is also available in MEDICA as part of the Waring Historical Library Inaugural Theses Collection..