The collection has papers, photographs, personal items, patient records, and oral history of Milton D. Quigless, along with drafts and related materials to his autobiography, Looking Back: The Way It Was.
Milton Douglas Quigless Sr. was born 1906 August 16 in Port Gibson, Mississippi. He first came to North Carolina when he was a teenage musician in a traveling minstrel show, and vowed to return. After earning his degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Quigless moved to Tarboro in 1936. He set up an office in an abandoned fish market as he was denied hospital privileges. Nine years later, in 1947, he opened the Quigless Clinic, a 25-bed, two-story hospital and office. The hospital on the second floor closed in 1975 after the state wanted architectural changes that would have meant costly renovations. At the same time, Quigless joined the staff of the new Edgecombe County General Hospital and moved his patients there, but maintained an office in the old hospital until shortly before his death in 1997. His daughter, Carol Quigless, published her father's autobiography, Looking Back: The Way It Was, in 2009.
The collection has papers, photographs, personal items, patient records, and the oral history of Milton D. Quigless, along with drafts and related materials to his autobiography, Looking Back: The Way It Was. Various awards, certificates, and newspaper articles about Dr. Quigless highlight his career from the opening of the Quigless Clinic until his death. Also included is an interview between Dr. Quigless and his daughter, along with a 13 CD set of his autobiography.
2006 September 22: (unprocessed) Patient records, photos, certificates, newspaper articles, reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes, and manuscript of autobiography. Gift of Carol Quigless.
Gift of Carol Quigless
Processed by Baylus C. Brooks, 2015. Processing revised by Ashley Williams, 2015
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Related artifacts held at The Country Doctor Museum, Bailey, North Carolina.