Nowell's Drug Store Papers

The Country Doctor Museum Manuscript Collection, CD 01.43
Nowell's Drug Store
Physical description
0.865 Cubic Feet
Preferred Citation
Nowell's Drug Store Papers (CD 01.43), The Country Doctor Museum, at The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Laupus Library History Collections
Prescription notebook (CD restricted until 2056. Falls under HIPAA

Collection contains receipts from Nowell's Drug Store in Wendell, North Carolina. The receipts are from ordering medicinal and general supplies between 1915 and 1937.

Biographical/historical information

Nowell's Drug Store was owned and operated by William Robert Nowell and his son William Jr. beginning about 1915. It was located on South Main Street in downtown Wendell, North Carolina. The six-bay front facade faced the Third and Main Street intersection. The store was a local landmark as one of the town's early drugstores and the building also housed a dental office, a physician's office, and had a beauty parlor upstairs. (Source: National Register of Historic Places registration form for Wendell Commercial Historic District)

William Robert Nowell was born 1886 September 14 to Riley Powell and Martha Ann (Todd) Nowell. He married his first wife, Lizzie Richardson, in 1911 and had Kathleen, Elizabeth, and William Jr. In 1920, Lizzie died when a flu epidemic hit Wendell. He married his second wife, Cora L. Chaplin, in 1926 and had Albert. Nowell died 1956 April 9.

William Robert Nowell Jr. was born 1918 January 16 to William and Lizzie (Richardson) Nowell. He attended Smithdeal-Massey Business College in Richmond, Virginia and graduated in 1942 from the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy. Nowell married Ruth Brantley and they had William Robert III, James David, Ruth Anne (Lacefield), and Lee Anthony. Nowell died 1967 October 14.

Scope and arrangement

The bulk of the collection is comprised of receipts from Nowell's Drug Store in Wendell, North Carolina. The receipts are from ordering medicinal and general supplies between 1915 and 1937. The collection also contains opium order forms, a prescription notebook, a Wendell Drug Company advertisement, and William Robert Nowell's 1910 North Carolina Board of Pharmacy diploma.

Administrative information
Custodial History

1991 July 6: receipts from Nowell's Drug Store in Wendell, N.C. Gift of William Robert Nowell III.

Processing information

Processing revised by Ashley Williams, 2015

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.

Container list
Box 1 Folder 1 Receipts, 1926
Box 1 Folder 2 Receipts, 1929-1930
Box 1 Folder 3 Receipts, 1933-1934
Box 1 Folder 4 Receipts, 1935-1937
Box 1 Folder 5 North Carolina Book Depository Receipts, 1928-1929, undated
Box 1 Folder 6 Order Forms for Opium, 1915-1919
Box 1 Folder 7 Etheridge Drug Store (Bailey, NC) Opium Orders, 1939-1942, 1948-1949
Box 2 Folder 1 Prescription Notebook, 1956
Oversize Folder 3 Oversize Folder 1 William Robert Nowell North Carolina Board of Pharmacy Diploma, 1910
Oversize Folder 3 Oversize Folder 1 Wendell Drug Company Advertisement, undated