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W. W. Gavitt Papers

Creator: W.W. Gavitt Medical Co.

Date: 1884 - 1921

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Manuscripts Collection 350

Unit ID: 40350

Abstract: The collection consists of business records from William W. Gavitt's companies in Topeka, mostly regarding the W.W. Gavitt Medical Company, a successful patent medicine company. The records include correspondence with agreements, notices, price listings, report and application forms, and other such materials; letters from Compagnie Morana; a Wells Fargo receipt book for W.W. Gavitt & Co. for the years 1898-1915, noting such information as dates, articles received and their valuation (almost invariably medicine), and address and destination to which articles were being sent; advertisements, sample packaging materials, and other such miscellaneous materials. The bulk of the correspondence dates from 1895-1900. Gavitt operated a number of businesses in Topeka, including the Kansas Department of the Western Mutual Protection & Relief Association, a banking and brokerage institution, and other such entrepreneurial endeavors.

Space Required/Quantity: .5 cubic feet (1 box)

Title (Main title): W. W. Gavitt Papers

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    W.W. Gavitt Medical Co. -- Records and correspondence
    Topeka (Kan.) -- History -- Topeka
    Gavitt, William W., 1840-1922
    Business records -- Kansas -- Topeka
    Drugs, Nonprescription -- Kansas -- Topeka
    Patent medicines -- Kansas -- Topeka

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