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Maury York Collection, 1870-1981

Manuscript Collection #825

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Title: Maury York Collection
Creator: York, Maury
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection (ca. 1981) of research materials compiled for a publication on Dr. Charles O'Hagan Laughinghouse and the history of Pitt Community Hospital, ca. 1870-1981, including correspondence, notes, and photographic prints and negatives.
Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 1 box, correspondence and photographic prints

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

Accessions Information

May 16, 2001, 1 Container, 0.24 cubic feet; Collection of Research Materials on Dr. Charles O'Hagan Laughinghouse and Pitt Community Hospital, ca. 1870-1981, including correspondence, notes, and photographic prints and negatives. 0.24 cubic feet. Donor: Maury York.

December 31, 1998, 1 item, 0.003 cubic feet; Photograph (ca. 1920s) of an unidentified mixed group of adults and children posed in front of a building, probably a Farmville, NC school house. Black and white. Paper pasted on cardboard. Donor: Maury York.

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

Maury York Collection (#825), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Maury York

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

  • Processed by Amber Welch April 2005 Dale Sauter 2011


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

Maury York has worked as a librarian and researcher in North Carolina since 1978. Specifically, he has held positions at the North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Edgecombe County Memorial Library and most recently, J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University (ECU). York has received several awards including, Distinguished Alumni Award, School of Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007; as well as Centennial Award for Excellence (Leadership) from East Carolina University in 2009. He has also published numerous articles and a book entitled The Privilege to Paint: The Lives of Francis Speight and Sarah Blakeslee (Greenville, N.C.: Greenville Museum of Art, 2002). Maury York is currently Assistant Director for Special Collections and Head, Special Collections Department at Joyner Library at ECU.

Charles O'Hagan Laughinghouse (1871-1930), son of Joseph John and Eliza (O'Hagan) Laughinghouse, was born on the family farm between Grimesland and Greenville, NC. He was the grandson of Dr. Charles James O'Hagan, a prominent Greenville physician. Laughinghouse attended the University of North Carolina and completed his medical training in 1893 at the University of Pennsylvania. A member of the North Carolina State Board of Health for several years beginning in 1911, Dr. Laughinghouse gained respect throughout North Carolina for his innovative ideas to improve the health of North Carolinians. He served as president of the Medical Society of the State of North Carolina from 1916 through 1917, and as State Health Officer from 1926 until his death. Laughinghouse maintained a successful practice in Greenville from 1893, when he joined his grandfather's practice, until 1926, with the exception of 1918 and 1919. During this time he served in the United States and France as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.

Dr. Laughinghouse and other doctors used their own funds to build Pitt Community Hospital. The hospital was demolished in 1981.

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

This collection of correspondence, interviews, research notes and photographic images was compiled by Maury York for a publication on Dr. Charles O’Hagan Laughinghouse and the history of Pitt Community Hospital, ca. 1870-1981. The bulk of the correspondence is between Ms. Faye Barnes and Maury York regarding interviews conducted by Ms. Barnes of past hospital employees. Research notes and publication drafts were created by Maury York. Photographic images include an unidentified mixed group of adults and children posed in front of a building, possibly a Farmville, NC schoolhouse (ca.1920’s), Dr. E.T. Dickinson (undated), Dr. E.T. Dickinson and his wife on their honeymoon in California (undated), a photographic negative and print of Charles O'Hagan Laughinghouse (undated) and nine photographic prints of the demolition of Pitt Community Hospital in May 1981.

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

  • Box 1#0825.1
    • Folder a#0825.1.a
      Original letter from Miss Faye Barnes to Maury York regarding Pitt Community Hospital. 1 item. 3 p. 1987
    • Folder b#0825.1.b
      Miss Faye Barnes' notes from Kenly interview of bookeeper at the hospital, niece of Dr. Dickinson. 1 item. 7 p. 1981
    • Folder c#0825.1.c
      Two photographic prints of Dr. Dickinson and wife on honeymoon in California. 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder d#0825.1.d
      Interview of Sally and Jake Dixon by Miss Barnes regarding their nursing program experiences and Dr. Dickinson. 1 item. 3 p. 1981
    • Folder e#0825.1.e
      Photographic negative of Charles O'Hagan Laughinghouse. 2 items. 2 p.
    • Folder f#0825.1.f
      Photographic print and negative of Pitt Community Hospital. 5 items. 3 p.
    • Folder g#0825.1.g
      Photographic prints of Pitt Community Hospital demolition. 8x10. Credited to Bolce Daugherty. 9 items. 9 p. 1981
    • Folder h#0825.1.h
      Draft of citation regarding Dr. Charles O'Hagan Laughinghouse and the establishment of Pitt Community Hospital in 1924. 22 items. 22 p. 1981
    • Folder i#0825.1.i
      Maury York's research notes on the history of Pitt Community Hospital. 2 items. 21 p. 1981
    • Folder j#0825.1.j
      Research notes on Joseph John Laughinghouse's residence of Flynn Christian Home, Greenville, N.C. prepared for the Heritage Tour. 1 item. 81 p. 1981
    • Folder k#0825.1.k
      Maury York's research notes for article on Dr. Charles O'Hagan Laughinghouse and the establishment of Pitt Community Hospital in 1924. 5 items. 24 p. 1981
    • Folder l#0825.1.l
      Revised draft of article on Dr. Charles O' Laughinghouse and the establishment of Pitt Community Hospital in 1924. 2 copies, typescript. 2 items. 16 p. 1981
    • Folder m#0825.1.m
      Photograph of an unidentified, mixed group of adults and children. circa 1920

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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