Durham-Orange County Medical Auxiliary Records

Title: Durham-Orange County Medical Auxiliary Records
Inclusive Dates: 1946-1989 and undated
Extent of Materials: 0.5 linear feet
Location: Cupboard #21
Date of Accession: The collection was received as a transfer from the Duke University Medical Center Archives in May 2008.
Donor: Transferred from the Duke University Medical Center Archives
Relationship of donor or materials to the DCL/NCR The records document a women’s organization important in both Durham and Orange counties, and provide a unique perspective on the practice of medicine in this area.
Processor: Amy McDonald
Subject Headings: Durham (N.C.)–History.
Societies, Medical–History–Southern States.
Women–Societies and clubs–North Carolina.
Scope and Content: The collection includes standard administrative records of the auxiliary, including annual reports (“histories”) and annual yearbooks. Of particular note are the documents from auxiliary’s biography project, which sought to gather biographies for all doctors who practiced in Durham or Orange counties.
Restrictions: The collection is open for research
Biographical/Historical Note: Founded in 1943, the Durham-Orange County Medical Auxiliary was a chapter of the North Carolina Medical Auxiliary. The organization was comprised of the wives of members of the Durham-Orange County Medical Society and served to provide support for the society’s activities.
Organization of Collection: 1. Bylaws and Policies, 1978, 1989
2. Member Directories, 1977 and undated
3. Annual Yearbooks, 1953-1983
4. Annual Histories, 1946-1988
5. Durham County Auxiliary Meeting Notes, 1984
6. Doctors’ Biographies Project, 1965-1983 and undated
Container List: 1. Bylaws and Policies, 1978, 1989
This folder includes the Bylaws of the Durham-Orange County Medical Auxiliary, as well as the Bylaws and Policies of the North Carolina Medical Society Auxiliary, of which the former organization is a chapter.
2. Member Directories, 1977 and undated
A complete member directory for 1977 only exists. Other materials include a list of auxiliary presidents since 1943.
3. Annual Yearbooks, 1953-1983
Annual yearbooks contain lists of officers and committee chairwomen, as well as information about the auxiliary’s annual projects. Not all years in the range are represented.
4. Annual Histories, 1946-1988
Essentially brief annual reports, the annual histories were written by the auxiliary’s historian and include a summation of the year’s activities. Not all years in the range are represented.
5. Doctors’ Biographies Project, 1965-1983 and undated
In 1978, the auxiliary’s Historical Committee undertook a project to compile or create biographies for all doctors who had practiced in Durham and Orange Counties. Materials include lists of doctors who practiced in Durham, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough. The biographies themselves are alphabetized; most take the form of either obituaries from local papers or documents produced by the doctors’ widows.
List of Biographies
1. Dr. William Banks Anderson
2. Dr. Joseph Willis Beard
3. Dr. Harvey Meares Brinkley
4. Dr. Thomas Burke
5. Dr. Emil Bogomir Cekada
6. Dr. William Maurice Coppridge
7. Dr. Wilburt Cornell Davison
8. Dr. Ralph Gibson Fleming
9. Dr. Walter Person Hardee
10. Dr. Robert Randolph Jones
11. Dr. Joseph Pickett McCracken
12. Dr. William McNeal Nicholson
13. Dr. Isaac Hall Manning
14. Dr. Rhodes Edmond Nichols, Sr.
15. Dr. S. Paul Perry
16. Dr. Benjamin S. Skinner