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This is a collection guide. 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.
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.
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.
9 May 2005, (unprocessed) 2 ledgers and 1 booklet. Purchased from Palinurus Antiquarian Books (Jenkintown, PA).
Purchased from Palinurus Antiquarian Books (Jenkintown, PA)
Access restricted until 2058. Falls under HIPAA.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
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 revised by Ashley Williams, 2015
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