A Guide to the Home Remedies Manual, c.1921 Home Remedies Manual Ms2010-073

A Guide to the Home Remedies Manual, c.1921

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2010-073


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Processed by: Julia Viets, Special Collections Staff

Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Home Remedies Manual, c. 1921
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Hodgkins, Samuel
This collection is a circa 1921 home remedies manual created by Samuel Hodgkins, a New York farmer. The manual contains recipes for making household items like paint and illness remedies for both humans and horses.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Home Remedies Manual must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Home Remedies Manual, Ms2010-073, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.

Acquisition Information

The Home Remedies Manual was aquired by Special Collections in 2010.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Home Remedies Manual was completed in October, 2010.

Biographical Information

Presumably, this manual was created by Samuel Hodgkins. Most likely, he was an aged farmer living in New York around the time the manual was written.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a small handwritten manual. It is bound in a single sheet of newspaper from New York that dates to 1921; the outer cover contains advertisements for an Arabian horse, insurance, and a "Young Ladies Academy" and the inside covers contain court notices. The manual cover's title is, "Samuel Hodgkins Recipts." In the inside covers, this name is written several times in a hand that looks the same as the one that penned the manual's contents.

The manual's contents include recipes for illness remedies as well as those for household goods: Illness remedies for humans include those for sore eyes, dysentery, itching, feet corn, jaundice, and rheumatism. One Indian cure for "fever and ague" instructs how to boil various types of bark into a tea. For horse illnesses, home cures for such ailments as ringbone, blind staggers, strains, and yellow water are given. Household good recipes listed in this manual include those for making green paint, wood stain, and cherry varnish.


This collection was arranged by material type.

Index Terms


  • Folk, historical, and patent medicine
  • History of Food and Drink
  • Home economics
  • Traditional medicine

Contents List

Folder 1
Manual, c.1921