Medicine and Healing


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about medicine and healing, primarily in the Appalachian region. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

The Harper-Beall Family Papers consist of nineteenth-century correspondence, medical advertisements, and financial documents from the Beall and Harper families of Lenoir, North Carolina and Davidson County, North Carolina.

James Harper of Lenoir, North Carolina and his daughter Mary "Mollie" Beall and son-in-law Robert Beall generated the majority of this collection. The collection documents the life of a North Carolina Foothill upper-class family involved in business, medicine, and politics.

3.25 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 half-sized manuscript box, 1 leather bag)

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

1 linear feet (1 record carton)

This collection contains correspondence of James Sweet regarding a 1930s birth control study in Watauga County, North Carolina conducted by Lena Gilliam Hilliard, copies of related birth control articles, Sweet's handwritten notes, and an interview questionnaire filled out by Hilliard's husband, Ernest Hilliard.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection consists of materials collected by Lynne Getz and her students relating to the hospital, its supporters, selected personnel and patients, and other papers and oral histories. Lynne Getz and her history students collected these materials as part of an oral history project on Broughton Hospital, a psychiatric hospital located in Morganton, North Carolina.

5.0 linear feet (7 manuscript boxes, 3 CD boxes)

The Oakland Heights Sanatorium Statement consists of one 8 1/2" x 6 1/2" 1891 statement of account for patient James A. Bradley's board and medical treatment for one week.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection contains a ledger of a business, dated 1970-1886, with handwritten rental leases and recipes in the back, along with three folders of loose papers taken from the ledger.

1.0 linear feet (1 medium flat box)

Proposed Midwifery Study Collection of Papers consists of John W. Florin's grant proposal for an academic study of the decline of midwifery in six northwestern North Carolina counties during the 1940-1960s.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)