Thomas H. Avera Papers, 1852-1854, 1884-1890

The Country Doctor Museum Manuscript Collection, CD 01.02

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Thomas H. Avera Papers
    Creator: Avera, Thomas H., 1832-1912
    Repository: Laupus Library History Collections
    Language: English
    Abstract: The papers consist mainly of matriculation cards, document certifying receipt of Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and patient account book.
    Extent: 0.245 Cubic feet,
  • Description
     

    The bulk of the collection consists of Thomas H. Avera's matriculation cards from the University of Pennsylvania medical department between 1852 and 1854. Matriculation cards showed a student had paid a matriculation fee to the school. The student would then, theoretically, take the matriculation card with them to purchase lecture tickets for each course directly from the professors.

    Also included are a printed and handwritten document certifying that Thomas Avera will receive the degree of Doctor of Medicine on 21 March 1854, a handwritten patient account book from 1884 to 1890, and an elevation drawing of the front of the Thomas H. Avera House in Wendell, North Carolina.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Thomas Henry Avera was born 3 March 1832 in Eagle Rock, North Carolina to William W. Avera and Mary Ligon Fowler. He earned his Doctor of Medicine in 1854 from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon returning to Eagle Rock, North Carolina, Avera married Barthenia Smith, with whom he had five children: Ada, Lizzie, Mary, William, and Augustus, but only Lizzie and Mary would survive to adulthood.

    In the early 1870s, Avera apparently commissioned Raleigh architect George S. Appleget to design a stately Italiante residence. A simpler design was ultimately built that blends Italianate and Gothic Revival architectural styles, and is listed on the national Register of Historic Places. On the property once stood Dr. Avera's office where he saw patients.

    Avera was an active member of the Masons and Hephzibah Baptist Church. He died in 1912, in Wake County, North Carolina.

    Source: National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, 2002

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    Probably 1987: Papers of physician Thomas H. Avera, consisting of matriculation cards, document certifying receipt of Doctor of Medicine degree, patient account book, and cases. Gift of Mrs. William C. Broadfoot of Wilmington, North Carolina.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. William C. Broadfoot

    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

    Thomas H. Avera Papers (CD 01.02), The Country Doctor Museum, at The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Melissa Nasea, 2015

    Sponsor Statement

    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 Access and Digitization Grant Program.

Container List

Printed and handwritten document certifying that Thomas Avera will receive the degree of Doctor of Medicine, 21 March 1854
Handwritten Book of Patient Accounts, 1884-1890, undated
T. H. Avera House Front Elevation Drawing, undated

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Container List

Printed and handwritten document certifying that Thomas Avera will receive the degree of Doctor of Medicine, 21 March 1854
Handwritten Book of Patient Accounts, 1884-1890, undated
T. H. Avera House Front Elevation Drawing, undated


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