Edwards Family Papers and Stantonsburg Drug Company, 1918-2004

Laupus Library Manuscript Collection, LL 02.57

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Edwards Family Papers and Stantonsburg Drug Company
    Creator: Edwards Family
    Repository: Laupus Library History Collections
    Language: English
    Abstract: The collection has personal papers, photographs, awards, and letters from Luther K. Edwards Sr. and L. Kenneth Edwards Jr. The letters are primarily from Kenneth’s Louisburg College days between 1933 and 1934. Additionally, the collection has advertisements, licenses, pharmacy regulations, and a day book from the Stantonsburg Drug Company, which was owned and operated by Luther and Kenneth Edwards.
    Extent: 0.8 Cubic feet,
  • Description
     

    The collection has personal papers, photographs, awards, and letters from Luther K. Edwards Sr. and L. Kenneth Edwards Jr. The letters are primarily from Kenneth’s Louisburg College days between 1933 and 1934. Additionally, the collection has advertisements, licenses, pharmacy regulations, and a day book from the Stantonsburg Drug Company, which was owned and operated by Luther and Kenneth Edwards.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Luther Kenneth Edwards Sr. was born 6 August 1888. He lived in Stantonsburg, North Carolina, until he was 16 at which point he entered the Littleton High School. He attended Trinity College in Durham and then Southern College of Pharmacy, now College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Mercer University. Edwards opened the Stantonsburg Drug Company in 1912. He married Blanche Ivey in 1915 and had four children, L. Kenneth Jr., Grace, Howard, and Tom. Luther Edwards Sr. died 29 March 1949.

    Luther Kenneth Edwards Jr. was born 18 October 1916 in Stantonsburg, North Carolina. After graduating from Stantonsburg High School, he attended Louisburg College. In 1939, he graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy and joined his father’s business, the Stantonsburg Drug Company. Edwards became manager after his father’s illness and owned the business from 1950 until his retirement in 1982. In 1977, he received the “Bowl of Hygeia” award for outstanding service to his community from the North Carolina Pharmaceutical Association. He married Addie Mae Howard in 1937 and they had two daughters, Nancy Karen Edwards and Joan Howard Edwards. Luther Edwards Jr. died 20 November 2006.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    5 June 2007: Pharmacy Books and property of Luther Kenneth Edwards Sr. Gift of Joan Edwards Robbins

    5 June 2007: Artifacts, papers, and books. Gift of Karen E. Michaud

    5 June 2007: Diploma of Luther K. Edwards/ Southern College of Pharmacy and photos.Gift of Grace Edwards Bynum

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Joan Edwards Robbins
    Gift of Karen E. Michaud
    Gift of Grace Edwards Bynum

    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

    Edwards Family Papers and Stantonsburg Drug Company (LL 02.57), 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.

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