Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Hyman Collection

Manuscript Collection: MC173

Collection Summary

Creator: Hyman, Marion
Title: Hyman collection
Dates: 1849-1904
Abstract: An account book listing purchases and labor, 1849-1869, and medical remedies show the concerns of an unknown person, probably living in Texas.
Identification: MC173
Quantity: 6 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Little is known about Mr. and Mrs. Marion Hyman, the donors of the collection, who resided in Houston, Texas. They acquired the collection from a friend, Mrs. Hicks, to whom it had been given by a Mrs. Strickland from Texas.

Scope and Content Note

The Hyman collection contains items dating from 1849 to 1904 including an account book, printed documents consisting of pages from books and newspapers, and a handwritten recipe for cough syrup. The account book dates from 1849 to 1869 and includes various lists of purchases by individuals on items such as sugar, ginger and molasses with quantities and costs included, as well as payment for labor on farm tasks. There are also several remedies listed for illnesses such as scarlet fever, smallpox and snake bites. Found within the account book were printed documents and a creative work.

Printed documents include pages 25-64 from the Farmer's and Stockman's Hand Book, circa 1904. These pages contain product reviews and testimonies for various Prussian products, for the care of livestock. The handbook was printed by the Prussian Remedy Company. Also included are two half pages from a book captioned "Medicines used for..." These pages include lists of medicines, their uses and suggested doses for medicines such as liquorice root and oil of turpentine. Newspaper clippings include an excerpt about treating burns and an article titled "A Cure for Hydrophobia." The creative work is a handwritten home remedy for cough syrup which includes the quantities for certain ingredients.


Arrangement is chronological.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Prussian Remedy Company
Account books

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Hyman Collection, MC173, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Mr. and Mrs. Marion Hyman, June 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2012.


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167.6 1 Account Book 1849-1869

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167.6 2 Printed documents: Farmer's and Stockman's Handbook undated: circa 1904

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167.6 3 Printed Documents: "Medicines" undated: 1849-1910

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167.6 4 Printed Documents: Newspaper clippings undated

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167.6 5 Creative Work: Cough Syrup undated