Andrew A. Best Papers, 1972-2015

Laupus Library Manuscript Collection, LL 02.13

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Andrew A. Best Papers
    Creator: Best, Andrew A.
    William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library.
    Repository: Laupus Library History Collections
    Language: English
    Abstract: The collection is comprised of personal papers from Dr. Andrew A. Best, tributes to him before and after his death, and programs from the Andrew Best Senior Recognition Banquet.
    Extent: 0.885 Cubic feet,
  • Description
     

    The collection is comprised of personal papers from Dr. Andrew A. Best, tributes to him before and after his death, and programs from the Andrew Best Senior Recognition Banquet. The personal papers include his poetry, photographs, and recordings of Best reading his poetry. The tributes have biographical information, information from his memorial service and tribute ceremony at East Carolina University, and various displays and exhibits about Best. Each year, a banquet is held in Best’s name to honor graduating seniors. Each year information is collected, and this series will continue to have additions.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Andrew Arthur Best was born 26 November 1916 in Lenoir County, North Carolina to Lewis W. and Cassie (Dawson) Best. He graduated from North Carolina A&T State University and then went on to complete his MD at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee in 1951 before establishing his medical practice in Greenville, NC in 1954. Over his career, he served the humanitarian needs of the area, encouraging African American students to enroll at East Carolina University and bringing highly qualified African American faculty and staff to the University. Best was awarded many honors, including appointment to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors in 1971. During his tenure on the Board, he worked with Chancellor Leo Jenkins and others to lobby the state legislature for the creation of a medical school at ECU. Best died 7 December 2005 in Greenville, North Carolina.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    27 January 2014, (unprocessed) four posters. Donated by Andrew A. Best.

    10 January 2014, (unprocessed) three panels, 36" x 74.25". Each panel is tri-fold and each division is 2' x 3' or 24" x 36". They each have a separate header panel of 12" x 24". Donated by Andrew A. Best.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Andrew A. Best

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

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

    Preferred Citation

    Andrew A. Best Papers (LL 02.13), The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processing revised by Ashley Williams, 2015. Updated by Layne Carpenter, 2017.

    Sponsor Statement

    Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina Access and Digitization Grant Program.

Container List

  • Tributes and Biographical Materials
     
    Contributions to ECU, 1998, undated
    Dr. Best Biographical Information, 1998, 2005, undated
    Diversity Connections, 2001-2002, 2009
    Old North State Medical Society, 2001
    A. Best Weekend, 2001
    Tribute, 2008
    Exhibit, 2001
    Web Exhibit Project, 2001-2005
    Displays Designed by Ruth Moskop, 2005
    Celebration African American Legend, 2006
    Annual Family Practice Luncheon, 1995
    Tribute Videos, 1993, 2006, undated
    A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Andrew A. Best, M.D.: "Let Me Give…To All Humanity!", 2005
    A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Andrew A. Best, M.D.: "A Few Highlights in a Life Devoted to Service", 2005
    A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Andrew A. Best, M.D.: "The Anatomy of Service", 2005
  • Artifacts
     
    Microscope in wood case with 4 extra lenses, 1947
    Rheostat made by Arthur H. Thomas Company of Philadelphia, ca. 1921
    Sphygmomanometer made by Propper Manufacturing Company, undated
    Vacuum pump aspirator made by Gomco Surgical Manufacturing Corporation of Buffalo, N.Y., undated
    Doctor's satchel ("Emdee" by Schell) inside of which are: medicine bottle, otoscope accessory tip, partial prescription pad of Dr. Andrew A. Best, ca. 1930-1960s
    Adult scale, undated
    Infant scale, undated
    Examination table, undated

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Container List

  • Tributes and Biographical Materials
     
    Contributions to ECU, 1998, undated
    Dr. Best Biographical Information, 1998, 2005, undated
    Diversity Connections, 2001-2002, 2009
    Old North State Medical Society, 2001
    A. Best Weekend, 2001
    Tribute, 2008
    Exhibit, 2001
    Web Exhibit Project, 2001-2005
    Displays Designed by Ruth Moskop, 2005
    Celebration African American Legend, 2006
    Annual Family Practice Luncheon, 1995
    Tribute Videos, 1993, 2006, undated
    A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Andrew A. Best, M.D.: "Let Me Give…To All Humanity!", 2005
    A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Andrew A. Best, M.D.: "A Few Highlights in a Life Devoted to Service", 2005
    A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Andrew A. Best, M.D.: "The Anatomy of Service", 2005
  • Artifacts
     
    Microscope in wood case with 4 extra lenses, 1947
    Rheostat made by Arthur H. Thomas Company of Philadelphia, ca. 1921
    Sphygmomanometer made by Propper Manufacturing Company, undated
    Vacuum pump aspirator made by Gomco Surgical Manufacturing Corporation of Buffalo, N.Y., undated
    Doctor's satchel ("Emdee" by Schell) inside of which are: medicine bottle, otoscope accessory tip, partial prescription pad of Dr. Andrew A. Best, ca. 1930-1960s
    Adult scale, undated
    Infant scale, undated
    Examination table, undated


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