Bessie Dunn Miller Cancer Detection Center Ledgers, 1945-1958

Laupus Library Manuscript Collection, LL 02.28

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Bessie Dunn Miller Cancer Detection Center Ledgers
    Creator:
    Repository: Laupus Library History Collections
    Language: English
    Abstract: The collection is comprised of two ledger books and a booklet. The ledgers are from 1945 to 1951 and 1952 to 1958. In them is a list of examinations with date, name, date paid, and amount. A separate section is maintained for “negro” or “colored” patients.
    Extent: 0.5 Cubic feet,
  • Description
     

    The collection is comprised of two ledger books and a booklet. The ledgers are from 1945 to 1951 and 1952 to 1958. In them is list of examinations with date, name, date paid, and amount. A separate section is maintained for “negro” or “colored” patients. Loose papers have been left within the pages of the ledgers.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    The Bessie Dunn Miller Center was established in February 1945 in Charlottesville, Virginia by the Albemarle Home Demonstration Group as a memorial to the late Mrs. Miller, a cancer victim, who was very active in health work among the rural women. It was patterned after the clinics in New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago, but differed as examinations were limited to well people only. It was the seventh clinic in the United States and the first to deal primarily with rural women. Demand for these types of clinics arose as a result of the all-out attack on the problem of cancer and development of annual or semi-annual examinations. Individuals at the Miller Center pledged to three examinations, with many who returned voluntarily for fourth and fifth, at six to twelve month intervals. The Center only performed exams; results and notes were sent to the patient’s physician who carried out any additional studies or treatment. The Bessie Dunn Miller Center was a predecessor of the University of Virginia Cancer Center.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    9 May 2005, (unprocessed) 2 ledgers and 1 booklet. Purchased from Palinurus Antiquarian Books (Jenkintown, PA).

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Palinurus Antiquarian Books (Jenkintown, PA)

    Access Restrictions

    Access restricted until 2058. Falls under HIPAA.

    Copyright Notice

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

    Preferred Citation

    Bessie Dunn Miller Cancer Detection Center Ledgers (LL 02.28), The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processing revised by Ashley Williams, 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

Ledger, 1945-1951
Ledger, 1952-1958
Results of 1000 Examinations in the Bessie Dunn Miller Cancer Detection Center booklet by William E. Bray Jr., M.D., 1949

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Container List

Ledger, 1945-1951
Ledger, 1952-1958
Results of 1000 Examinations in the Bessie Dunn Miller Cancer Detection Center booklet by William E. Bray Jr., M.D., 1949


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