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William A. Graham Papers, 1907

Manuscript Collection #449

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: William A. Graham Papers
Creator: Graham, William A., 1875-1911
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1907) including doctor's notes, medical orders, nurse's notes.
Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, 98 items , consisting of doctor's notes, medical orders, and nurse's notes.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

October 6, 1982, 92 pages; Physician's hospital notes for patient care (1907). Gift of Mrs. John W. Graham, Edenton, N.C.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

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

Preferred Citation

William A. Graham Papers (#449), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. John W. Graham

Processing Information

  • Processed by G. Batts, November 1982

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

William A. Graham was born April 18, 1875, in Hillsborough, N.C., to John W. and Rebecca Cameron Graham. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1895 with the degree of A.B., and from the medical department at the University of Pennsylvania in 1899. He entered medical practice in Durham in 1900. On December 3, 1902, Graham married Anne Cameron Shepard and later had two sons by her: William Alexander and John Washington. Graham continued practicing medicine until his death in Durham on September 19, 1911.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The collection is comprised of Dr. William A. Graham's report of a typhoid cholecystitis (gall bladder) operation and his patient's recovery. Graham assembled the report as an illustration of typhoid fever as an acute infection of the gall bladder. The collection includes Graham's general discussion of typhoid fever and the family background and medical history notes on his patient, O'Berry Ashley, at Watts Hospital in Durham, N.C. (July 26 - Oct. 3, 1907). Graham describes Ashley's symptoms, notes his gall bladder operation, and comments on his period of convalescence.

The bulk of the collection consists of pages containing Dr. Graham's dietary and medical orders for Ashley and bedside notes compiled by a nurse. These notes record the patient's temperature, his diet, the medication he took, and his progress prior to his dismissal from the hospital.

For related material see collections #447 and #448.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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