Lula M. Disosway Papers, 1922

Laupus Library Manuscript Collection, LL 02.42

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Lula M. Disosway Papers
    Creator: Disosway, Lula M. (Lula Marjorie), 1897-1973
    Repository: Laupus Library History Collections
    Language: English
    Abstract: Notes and notebook with biological drawings most likely from Lula Disosway’s education at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania.
    Extent: 0.35 Cubic feet,
  • Description
     

    Notes and notebook with biological drawings most likely from Lula Disosway’s education at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Lula Marjorie Disosway was born 9 January 1897 in New Bern, North Carolina to Reginald and Lula (Stanley) Disosway. Originally, she dreamed of becoming a missionary evangelist, but decided to become a doctor after reading Dr. David Livingstone’s memoir of Africa. Disosway took pre-medical classes at Johns Hopkins University and then entered the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1921. In 1925, she became the first woman intern at James Walker Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina. In 1926, at the encouragement of the National Episcopal Church, Dr. Disosway sailed to Shanghai, China where she was assigned to head a 150-bed hospital with only one other doctor to assist. This forced her to become proficient in several medical specialties, including surgery. After a brief return to North Carolina, Disosway went to Fort Yukon, Alaska, 13 miles above the Arctic Circle, and worked for eight years as the only doctor within 600 miles. Eventually she returned to North Carolina in 1948 to care for her ailing mother. Beginning in 1954, she became the Director of the Good Shepherd Hospital for Blacks in New Bern and dedicated herself to work in the hospital’s adjunct clinic. Disosway died 12 February 1973.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    5 July 1982, 0.430 cu. ft.; this colection includes 165 items, including correspondence, clippings, newsletters, photographs, photgraph albums, speeches, and miscellaneous. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Disosway, New Bern, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Disosway, New Bern, N.C.

    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

    Lula M. Disosway Papers (LL 02.42), The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processing revised by Ashley Williams, 2015

    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

Notes, 1922, undated
Biological Drawings, undated

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Container List

Notes, 1922, undated
Biological Drawings, undated


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