William I. Wooten Collection

Manuscript Collection #1014
Wooten, William I.
Physical description
0.785 Cubic Feet, 2 archival boxes and 2 oversize folders, consisting of photocopies of letters, photographs, memo books, programs, architectural drawings, and blueprints
Preferred Citation
William I. Wooten Collection (#1014), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Copies of letters (1920-1922) written by WIlliam Wooten to his future bride Pattie Bruce Wooten during their two year courtship while he was finishing up medical school and serving a residency at Wilson Sanatorium, Wilson, North Carolina. Later material (1923-1965) documenting their married life includes photographs, memo books, programs, and architectural drawings and blueprints for houses and a bus station (1941) in Greenville, North Carolina.

Biographical/historical information

Dr. William Wooten studied medicine at Jefferson Medical College, where he met Ms. Pattie Bruce, graduating in 1920. Wooten started practice at the Wilson Sanatorium in Wilson, NC, and later moved his practice to Greenville, NC, in 1921. William and Pattie were married on June 14, 1922.

Scope and arrangement

Copies of letters from William Wooten to his future wife Pattie Bruce Wooten, during their 2 year courtship. Included is an introduction by their daughter Lillian, who describes the letters as, "a delightful commentary on the life and times of the years between 1920 and 1922." The letters begin during Dr. Wooten's senior year of medical school in Philadelphia, PA, and continue through his residency at the Wilson Sanatorium, Wilson, NC, his practice in Fair Bluff, NC, up until his decision to set up practice in Greenville, NC. In her introduction, The Wooten's daughter Lillian, looking at the letters in 1977, interprets her parents' feelings put forth in the letters.

Administrative information
Custodial History

October 18, 2004, 0.035 cubic feet; Collection (1920-1922, 1977) of letters, cards, and clippings from Dr. William I. Wooten to his future wife, Pattie Bruce Wooten, written during Dr. Wooten's final year at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA, January - June 1920; practicing at the Wilson Sanatorium, Wilson, NC, teaching science at Atlantic Christian College; and establishing his own private practice in Greenville, NC, 1920-1922; with an introduction by Lillian Wooten Bland, the compiler, 1977. Photocopies. Looseleaf. Donor: Lillian Wooten Bland

October 18, 2017 (unprocessed), 0.75 cubic feet; Blueprints, architectural drawings, and Standard Homes Co. (of Raleigh, NC) building plans for rental houses and other Greenville property owned by Dr. and Mrs. William Isler Wooten; book of pencil and hand-colored drawings of light fixtures (copper, silver, crystal and satin aluminum) for porch, main hall, passage, dining room, and living room for an unknown location; specifications and blueprints for a passenger bus station designed in 1941 by Frank W. Benton for Dr. Wooten; programs; memo books; stationery; photograph of the New York College of Pharmacy, Class of '97, and portions of two other unidentified class photographs; and Dr. Wooten's eyeglasses. 1923-1964, undated. Gift of Dr. William I. Wooten III and Dr. Erin Wooten.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Lillian Wooten Bland

Gift of Dr. William I. Wooten III and Dr. Erin Wooten

Processing information

Encoded by Lindsay Flood, March 28, 2008

Processed by Hans Sprenkle August 17, 2012

Copyright notice

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

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Copies of letters to the future Pattie Wooten from William Wooten, Jan 6, 1920 , March 28, 1922