Guide to the J. Walter Jones, M.D. Records, 1903 - 1924

Summary Information

Title: J. Walter Jones, M.D. Records, 1903 - 1924
Collection: AC.125
Extent: 1 linear feet (1 record carton)
Abstract:

J. Walter Jones, M.D. Records contains the medical ledger books of Dr. Walter Jones of Boone, North Carolina, dating from 1903 to 1924.

Creator: Jones, M.D., J. Walter

Biographical/Historical Note

John Walter Jones, M.D. (1876-1925) was an early Boone medical doctor. He was originally from Alleghany County, North Carolina and married Mattie Blackburn, the daughter of Boone merchant Manley Blackburn. He lived at 604 West King Street in Boone, North Carolina. Jones' daughter Mazie Jones Levenson donated this house to the town of Boone as the Jones House community center. He had a medical office and pharmacy on the upper floor of the current Mast General Store building on West King Street. The Jones had two children: the late John Walter Jr. and Mazie Jean.

Scope and Contents

Each of the four ledgers contain an alphabetical index. Entries are organized by name in order of first visitation and contain date of service, charges, payment date and payment method. Entries also list type of service; i.e., visit, office, medicine, gynecological, surgical.

Each of the four medical ledgers are each approximately 9 in. x 13 in. x 1 in., from Jones' Boone medical practice. The arrangement of information throughout most of the six account books is representative of 19th century double-entry bookkeeping. The index, an alphabetical list of customers' names, is located at the beginning of the ledger and directs users to the pages on which information about individual accounts is recorded.

Entries are organized by name in order of first visitation and contain date of service, charges, payment date and payment method. Entries also list type of service; i.e., visit, office, medicine, gynecological, surgical. Notes beside obstetrical services usually indicate child's sex but not name. The ledgers also show vaccination of local schools, visits to the Appalachian Training School, Watauga County Jail and the Watauga County Home [poor house], and accounts for insurance companies. Some patients indicated as "Colored" although some individuals known to be of African descent were not marked as "Colored."

Arrangement

This collection is organized chronologically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions.

Acquisitions Information

Mazie Jones Levenson donated this collection to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in February 2002. The original accession number is AC.2002.002. This collection was opened to the public on 20 March 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, 20 March 2002; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, December 2004, revised 2008

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.125: J. Walter Jones, M.D. Records, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

 

 Ledger Book. (1903-1907, bulk; 1903-1914, inclusive) Box 1
 Ledger Book. (1908-1924) Box 1
 Ledger Book. (1914-1917) Box 1
 Ledger Book. (1920-1924) Box 1