The collection consists of a photocopy of a manuscript autobiography by Edward Jarvis, written circa 1877, purchased from Harvard University; and two letters from Jarvis to Dr. Joseph D. Lomax in 1877.
Edward Jarvis was born in Concord, Massachusetts in 1803, attending local schools through age 16. He worked in a woolen factory for 18 months, before going back to Concord to study Latin Grammar from November 1820-March 1821 and teaching in local schools in 1822. Entered Harvard College in August 1822, graduating and then studying medicine. He specialized in the treatment of insanity and pioneered the field of social statistics. He worked in Louisville from 1837-1842.