James Wesley McKibbin, 1852-1921 [RG3894.AM]


RG3894.AM: James Wesley McKibbin, 1852-1921

Papers: 1875-1922, undated
Adams, Gage County, Neb.: Physician
Size: 3.5 cu.ft; 6 boxes + oversize volumes


James W. McKibbin was born January 8, 1852, near Milford, Indiana. In 1878 he graduated from the Chicago Medical College and practiced in Milford until 1881 when he moved to Adams, Nebraska. Licensed in Nebraska in 1891, he pursued the life of a country doctor. McKibbin was president of the First National Bank of Adams, bred Short-Horn cattle, and in 1903 built the “McKibbin block” in Adams. On January 20, 1918, McKibbin married Sara J. Killin, head of the Art Department of Wayne State Normal School, Wayne, Nebraska. James Wesley McKibbin died on August 10, 1921, and was laid to rest in the Highland Cemetery at Adams, Nebraska.


This collection consists of papers relating to the life, medical career, and other activities of James W. McKibbin. It is arranged in four series: 1) Correspondence, 1894-1922; 2) Medical Records, 1875-1915 and undated; 3) Financial Records, 1880-1921; and 4) Stock-breeding Records, 1903-1911 and undated.

The bulk of this collection relates to the medical training and practice of James W. McKibbin. Included are notebooks from his classes at Chicago Medical College, daily records of home visits to patients from 1886 through 1898, and financial accounts of his medical practice, 1880-1921. Some correspondence and financial papers relate to a journey by McKibbin to British Columbia in 1911 and land there, which he purchased subsequently. Pedigrees from his herd of Short-Horn cattle are also included.

(Acc. Jan. 1953)


Series 1 – Correspondence, 1894-1922
Box 1

  1. 1894-1897
  2. 1906-1922

Series 2 – Medical records, 1875-1915, undated

  1. Paper by McKibbin on Rubeola, 1877
  2. Membership Certificate to Gage County Board of Health, 1910
    Physical Examination Reports, 1912, undated
    Undated Directory of Nurses in Omaha
    Pamphlet on respiratory infections, 1914
    Pamphlet of hay fever, 1915
  3. Class Notes: 1875-1877; 1876
  4. Class Notes: 1876, Prof. Hatfield & Prof. Merriman
  5. Class Notes: 1876, Prof. Quine & Prof. Powell
  6. Class Notes: 1876 and undated, Prof. Nelson
  7. Class Notes: 1876-1877, Prof. Psham & Prof. Hollister
  8. Class Notes: 1876-1877 Prof. Hyde & 1877, Prof. Byford
  9. Class Notes: 1877 Prof. Jones & Prof. Quine?, undated
  10. Class Notes: 1877 Prof. Roler & 1877-1878, Prof. Andrews

Box 2

  1. Class Notes: 1877-1878, Prof. Davis
  2. Class Notes: 1878; Prof. Davis?; Prof. Byford?
  3. Daily Record of Patient Visits, 1886; 1887
  4. Daily Record of Patient Visits, 1888; 1889
  5. Daily Record of Patient Visits, 1890; 1891
  6. Daily Record of Patient Visits, 1892; 1893
  7. Daily Record of Patient Visits, 1894; 1895; 1897-1898

Series 3 – Financial records, 1880-1921
Box 3

  1. Patient account ledger, 1880-1883
  2. Patient account daybook, 1882-1883
  3. Patient account daybook, 1883-1885
  4. Patient account ledger, 1883-1888
  5. Patient account ledger, 1884-1885
    Patient account daybook, 1885-1888 (see oversize)
  6. Patient account daybook, 1886-1888

Box 4

  1. Patient account ledger, 1886-1889
  2. Patient account daybooks, 1887; 1893
  3. Patient account ledger, 1887-1894
  4. Bank account books, 1889-1912

Box 5

  1. Bills and receipts, 1891-1913
  2. Patient account daybook, 1893
    Patient account daybook, 1894-1895 (see oversize)
    Patient account ledger, 1894-1903 (see oversize)
    Farm account, 1896-1903
    Short-horn cattle record, 1900-1910
  3. Patient account daybook, 1895-1898
    Patient account daybook, 1900-1902 (see oversize)
    Patient account daybook, 1903-1906 (see oversize)
    Patient account daybook, 1906-1908 (see oversize)
    Patient account daybook, 1908-1910 (see oversize)
    Patient account daybook, 1910-1913 (see oversize)
  4. Patient account ledger, 1911-1921

Box 6

  1. Tax assessments, etc., regarding land in British Columbia, 1912-1920

Series 4 – Stock breeding records, 1903-1911, undated

  1. Pedigrees, 1903-1911
  2. Private herd register, undated


Subject headings:

Adams (Neb.)
Cattle breeders
Chicago Medical College
Gage County (Neb.)
Shorthorn cattle
McKibbin, James Wesley, 1852-1921
Medical care
Medical education


APD/ht 12-19-1974
Revised KFK 08-05-2003
Revised TMM 06-17-2024

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