Irwin Family Papers

1892-1934, undated
The Country Doctor Museum Manuscript Collection, CD 01.29
Irwin Family
Physical description
0.245 Cubic Feet
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.
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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.

Biographical/historical information

Dr. Henderson Irwin was born on 1884 June 13 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and died in Wilson, N.C., on 1958 July 19. On 1925 December 30 he married Eloise Farrior (1896-1990) in Goldsboro, N.C., and they had a daughter Nancy. He received a B.S. in 1906 from Davidson College, an 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 1853 December 30 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and died on 1931 June 28 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He practiced medicine in Mecklenburg County for 54 years.

Scope and arrangement

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.

Administrative information
Custodial History

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

Source of acquisition

Probably gift of Mrs. Henderson Irwin

Processing information

Processed by Janet Heath and Melissa Nasea, 2015

Copyright notice

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

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