Dr. J.M. Phelps Papers

The Country Doctor Museum Manuscript Collection, CD 01.114
Phelps, John Mahlon, Dr.
Physical description
1.387 Cubic Feet
Preferred Citation
Dr. J.M. Phelps Papers (CD01.114), The Country Doctor Museum, at The William E. Laupus Health Science Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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Includes medical school class notes, medical licenses, patient notes, account books, certificates, diplomas, and photographs.

Biographical/historical information

John Mahlon Phelps was born on 1906 August 8 to John L. and Ida Walker Phelps in Washington County, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest College with a Bachelor of Science in 1928 and again in 1930 with a Bachelor of Science in Medicine. Following graduation, Phelps continued his medical training at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, where he was a member of the Chi chapter of the Phi Chi Medical Fraternity. He graduated with a Doctorate of Medicine in 1932. On 1932 July 14, Dr. Phelps received a certificate from the Board of Medical Examiners of North Carolina granting authorization to formally practice medicine in the state.

Phelps practiced medicine in Creswell, North Carolina for the majority of his career. In the 1930s, he married Caredwyn (Sheets) Phelps and raised two step-sons with her, Robert and Donald Sheets. During World War II, Dr. Phelps served in the Medical Corps from 1942 June 13 through 1944 November 23. He also served as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives for the 1955, 1957, 1959, and 1961 sessions. Dr. Phelps died on 1961 March 26 in Creswell, North Carolina.

Scope and arrangement

The Dr. J.M. Phelps Papers document Dr. Phelps' time in medical school and his professional life as a doctor. The medical school series contains Dr. Phelps' notes from his classes, his junior case report, and examination reports. The professional life series includes Dr. Phelps' medical licenses, pamphlets he distributed to patients, blank prescription slips, blank birth and death certificates, calendars, and account books. The collection also holds Dr. Phelps' diplomas and various other certificates.

Administrative information
Custodial History

2017 December 1: two boxes of archival materials including class notes, diplomas, account books, and photographs. Gift of John M. Phelps.

Source of acquisition

Gift of John M. Phelps

Processing information

Processed by Layne Carpenter, 2018

Copyright notice

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

Language of material


Related material

Related artifacts held at The Country Doctor Museum, Bailey, North Carolina.

Key terms
Education, Medical
Medicine--Study and teaching

Container list
Box 1 Folder 1 Anatomy Class Notes, undated
Box 1 Folder 2 Therapeutics Class Notes, undated
Box 1 Folder 3 Neuro-Pathology, Clinic Pathology, and Orthopedic Surgery Class Notes, 1930
Box 1 Folder 4 Ophthalmology Medicine and Surgery Class Notes, 1930-1931
Box 1 Folder 5 Pediatrics Class Notes, 1930-1931
Box 1 Folder 6 Junior Case Report, 1930-1931
Box 1 Folder 7 The Jefferson Medical College Reports of Examinations, 1931-1932
Box 2 Folder 1 Class Notes, 1931-1932
Box 2 Folder 2 Photographs, 1944-1945, undated
Box 2 Folder 3 Medical Licenses, 1940-1951
Box 2 Folder 4 Patient Notes, 1940-1954
Box 2 Folder 5 Pamphlets and Information Sheets, undated
Box 2 Folder 6 Blank Prescription and Account Slips, undated
Box 2 Folder 7 Blank Birth and Death Certificates, undated
Box 3 Folder 1 Desk Calendar, 1936
Box 3 Folder 2 Daily Calendar and Log, 1945
Box 3 Folder 3 Physician's Daily Log, 1954-1961
Oversize Folder 3 Oversize Folder 5 Certificates and Diplomas, 1925-1956