Joseph E. Nobles Papers

1899-2014, undated
Laupus Library Manuscript Collection, LL 02.04
Nobles, Joseph E.
Physical description
0.857 Cubic Feet
Preferred Citation
Joseph Everett Nobles Papers (LL 02.04), The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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Papers and medical ledgers of Dr. Joseph Everett Nobles.

Biographical/historical information

Joseph Everett Nobles was born in Pitt County on 1875 April 14 to Joseph John and Lucinda (Flemming) Nobles. He studied at the University of North Carolina's Medical School and at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1899. He returned to practice in St. John's Community and Vanceboro, North Carolina. Nobles moved to Greenville and married Argen Belah Hardy on 1911 October 31 and had three children. He built his practice in Greenville on 4th Street between Washington and Evans Streets. During World War I, Nobles was one of a few doctors left in Greenville after the influenza epidemic, as Laughinghouse, Pace, and Green served in the military. When Dr. Nobles had the flu, the Health Department sent a doctor from Charlotte to help. When East Carolina Teaching College's first physician, Dr. Charles O'Hagan Laughinghouse, moved to Raleigh in the 1920s, he asked Nobles to take over as the new physician of the school. Nobles stayed there until his death on 1941 December 13.

Scope and arrangement

Papers and medical ledgers of Dr. Joseph Everett Nobles.

Administrative information
Custodial History

2004 June 25: Gift of Mrs. Lucy Nobles Pierce and Mrs. Margaret Nobles Scibeck.

2018 April 15: diploma and book. Gift of Susan Holland.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Lucy Nobles Pierce and Mrs. Margaret Nobles Scibeck. Gift of Susan Holland.

Processing information

Processed by Ruth Moskop. Processing revised by Baylus C. Brooks, 2015. Updated 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


Container list
Box 1 Folder 1 Collection description; Interview with Mrs. Lucy Nobles Pierce; Bill from G.E. Harris, Dr. Fertilizers; notes on prescription paper; advertisement card (ink blotter) for Better Sox Mills; Obituary notice for Lucy Nobles Pierce, 1920, 2002, 2014, undated
Box 1 Folder 2 Ledger Book, 1909-1910
Box 1 Folder 3 Ledger Book, 1917-1919
Box 1 Folder 4 Ledger Book, 1935-1941
Box 2 Item 1 Various surgical tools, scalpels, syringes, obstetrics supplies, sutures, and scissors; Manual of the Practice of Medicine by A. A. Stevens, 1898, undated
Map-case 1 Drawer 1 Diploma, 1899