Irwin Family Papers, 1892-1934

The Country Doctor Museum Manuscript Collection, CD 01.29

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Irwin Family Papers
    Creator: Irwin Family
    Repository: Laupus Library History Collections
    Language: English
    Abstract: The papers include letters, postcards, and papers written by Henderson Irwin and his father, John R. Irwin, and photographs of John Irwin's medical practice.
    Extent: 0.06 Cubic feet,
  • Description

    The papers consist of a blank order form from "United States Buggy & Cart Co, Cincinnati, Ohio;" three testimonial letters for Dr. Henderson Irwin; postcard from 1913; reprint of journal article by Dr. John R. Irwin dated 17 June 1914; newspaper article on life of Dr. Henderson Irwin; paper written by Dr. John R. Irwin on the horse; seven-page list of Dr. Henderson Irwin library holdings; brief biography of Dr. Henderson Irwin, and paper written by Dr. Henderson Irwin reporting on the progress of medicine from 1850 to 1900. There are three black and white photographs of the consultation, operation, and reception rooms in John Irwin's medical practice, circa 1908.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Dr. Henderson Irwin was born on 13 June 1884 in Charlotte, North Carolina and died in Wilson, North Carolina on 19 July 1958. On 30 December 1925 he married Eloise Farrior (1896-1990) in Goldsboro, North Carolina and they had a daughter Nancy. He received a B.S. in 1906 from Davidson College, a M.A. in 1910 from the University of Virginia, and an M.D. in 1911 from the University of Maryland. After graduating, Irwin did his residency from 1911 to 1914 at the University Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, and then went on to practice general medicine in Eureka, North Carolina from 1913 to 1958. His practice grew to extend over a cosiderable territory in parts of Wayne, Wilson, and Greene counties. He helped establish the Wayne County Health Clinic (North Carolina) and the Wayne County Board of Health.

    Dr. John Robinson Irwin was the father of Dr. Henderson Irwin. He was born on 30 December 1853 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and died on 28 June 1931 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He practiced medicine in Mecklenburg County for 54 years.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    21 October 1968; Metal thermameter case and vial case; Papers of physician Henderson Irwin; Probably donated by Mrs. Henderson Irwin.

    Acquisition Information

    Probably gift of Mrs. Henderson Irwin

    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

    Irwin Family Papers (CD 01.29), The Country Doctor Museum, at The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Janet Heath and 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

John Irwin's Medical Practice Photographs - Consultation, Operating, and Reception Rooms, ca. 1908

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John Irwin's Medical Practice Photographs - Consultation, Operating, and Reception Rooms, ca. 1908

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