Karl Busbee Pace Papers

1923-1953, 1954-1971
Manuscript Collection #273
Pace, Karl Busbee, 1888-1968
Physical description
0.22 Cubic Feet, 181 items , consisting of newspaper clippings, correspondence, biographical notes, photographs, miscellany, and a scrapbook.
Preferred Citation
Karl Busbee Pace Papers (#273), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1923-[1954-1971]) of Pitt County, North Carolina, physician Karl Busbee Pace Sr.(1888-1968) who served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps (AEF) during World War I, consisting of newspaper clippings, correspondence, biographical notes, photographs, miscellany and scrapbook.

Biographical/historical information

Dr. Karl Busbee Pace (1888-1968), was born in Maxton, North Carolina on March 7, 1888, to Thomas B. Pace and Florence Burnett Pace. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1914 and was a practicing physician in Pitt County, N.C., from 1916 until his retirement in 1954. Pace served during World War I as a captain in the Medical Corps of the AEF (American Expeditionary Forces) enlisting in 1917; 1918 found him in France as part of Hospital Train 27 and subsequently in 61 and 63. He was an active community leader, a family man, and a respected physician both in Pitt County and within his profession. The high-water mark of his life came in November, 1954, when he was selected by the American Medical Association as the "General Practitioner of the Year." He married Lida Harrison Taylor in 1922 and they had sons Karl B. Pace Jr., Charles Taylor Pace, and Tommy Pace. Dr. Pace died on August 20, 1968.

Scope and arrangement

Newspaper and magazine clippings date from 1954 to 1971. However, the largest concentration of articles is from 1954 and, for the most part, concerns Dr. Pace's AMA honors. Deserving special note are a clipping showing Dr. Pace opening the Greenville campaign headquarters for I. Beverly Lake ([1960?]) and a 1971 article based on an interview with dr. Pace concerning his World War I experiences.

Correspondence can be divided into several categories. Most important is the general correspondence (1954-1956), which includes letters from Pitt County patients and an open letter to Dr. Pace published in the May, 1956, edition of Antibiotics and Chemotherapy. Additional correspondence includes endorsements of Dr. Pace for the Medical Society of North Carolina's General Practitioner of the Year Award, several of which discuss his qualifications and career, letters and telegrams congratulating Dr. Pace on receiving the N.C. award, and letters of endorsement and congratulations concerning Dr. Pace and the national AMA award.

Unsigned and undated biographical material also is included in the Pace collection. This material probably is related to the correspondence endorsing Dr. Pace for the National Award or to the brief biographical sketches found in the newspaper and magazine articles.

Eleven photographs include views of Pace, his wife, and the Jefferson Medical College class of 1914 reunion.

A file of miscellany includes material concerning Dr. Pace's activities and memberships, and items concerning members of his family. Among the items concerning Dr. Pace are poems, writings by Dr. Pace, paperwork from The National Cyclopedia of American Biography and Who's Who in the South and Southwest, a pamphlet concerning Jarvis Memorial Methodist Church (1958), a copy of the August 5, 1957, Lubricator (Greenville Rotary Club), and a Distinguished Service Award from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Items related to the Pace family include an interview with Mrs. Pace (Scope Weekly, May 8, 1957), a news article about Dr. Pace's brother, Tom, and an article about Dr. Pace's son, Dr. Charles Pace.

A scrapbook (1923-1955), almost exclusively is concerned with Dr. Pace's national AMA award, but it also includes a few miscellaneous items such as newspaper clippings, membership cards, and awards.

Administrative information
Custodial History

November 21, 1974, 2 volumes; Scrapbooks containing correspondence, clippings, testimonials, photographs, and miscellaneous pertaining to Doctor Pace's career as a physician. Gift of Mrs. Karl B. Pace, Greenville, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Karl B. Pace

Processing information

Processed by H. Warren, Febuary 1981

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Related material

See also:

Charles T. Pace Collection East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

Key terms
Personal Names
Pace, Karl Busbee, 1888-1968
Corporate Names
American Medical Association--Awards
Jefferson Medical College--Alumni and alumnae
Medical Society of the State of North Carolina--Awards
United States. Army. Medical Corps--Officers
Physicians--North Carolina--Pitt County
World War, 1914-1918--Hospitals--France

Container list
Box 1 Newspaper and magazine articles, correspondence, biographical notes, photographs, and miscellany