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Preliminary Guide to the Louise Hortense Branscomb Papers, 1864-2002 and undated

Collection Overview

Collection (accession numbers 6-17-85, 87-163, 89-122, 90-045) (458 items, 1.4 lin. ft.; dated 1864-1986) contains medical notebooks, correspondence, speeches, photographs, a few pieces of Confederate currency, and one baby book. The medical notebooks contain reports on cases of surgery on women; references to tropical medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and contagious diseases; medical histories of her patients; and dosages and treatments given. Hospitals where she worked include Woman's Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.; Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, Md., and Hillman Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. One photograph (1909) of banquet at the First Methodist Church, Birmingham includes Rev. Lewis Capers Branscomb, Dr. Branscomb's father; second photo (1934) includes Dr. Branscomb.

Correspondence includes letters written by Branscomb's parents focusing chiefly on their courtship and later family life in Alabama. Speeches written by Branscomb were given at functions of United Methodist Church, Birmingham, and relate to her life as physician and to role of women in the church. Baby book describes episodes in her life from 1901-1907. Also included are papers of Lewis Branscomb, a Methodist minister, composed chiefly of diaries, newsclippings, journals, sermon topics, information about persons at whose funeral he officiated, and lists of baptisms he performed. A container list was not created for these accessions.

The addition (95-067) (25 items, 1.5 lin. ft.; dated 1944-1992) contains Dr. Branscomb's diaries which document in detail her professional and civic activities and her involvement in the Methodist Church, as well as her interactions with friends and relatives. Besides her primary diaries, there are travel diaries recording trips to India, Scandinavia, Africa, Europe, Korea, South America, and China. A container list was not created for this accession.

The addition (98-0513) (6 items, 0.5 lin. ft.; dated 1914-1920) contains six diaries kept while Dr. Branscomb was a teenager, documenting family and school life in Alabama, summer trips to North Carolina, and college life at Women's College (later Huntingdom College) in Montgomery, Alabama. Several of the diaries contain pasted in clippings, photographs, and other ephemera documenting Branscomb's social life and current events. A container list was not created for this accession.

The addition (99-0335) (11 items, 0.1 lin. ft.; dated 1992-1993) is comprised of Dr. Branscomb's 1992 diary. Includes photos and clippings. A container list was not created for this accession.

The addition (02-226) (1500 items, 4.2 lin. ft.; dated 1864-2002 and undated, bulk 1984-1999) contains correspondence, clippings, diplomas, photographs, writings, speeches, financial papers, and legal papers of Dr. Branscomb. Materials relate to her family, civic, and church affairs. Also included are a 1902 diary (for part of the year) kept by her father, as well as letters and other papers generated by him, his wife, and their various children. There are also two scrapbooks containing newsclippings, 119 black-and white photographs, and 109 color photographs.

The addition (02-250) (40 items, 0.25 lin. ft.; dated 1985) contains four audio cassettes containing an oral history conducted between September and October of 1985 in Birmingham, Ala., when Martha E. King interviewed Dr. Branscomb on behalf of the Women's Division Oral History Project for the United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries. There is also correspondence, biographical information about Dr. Branscomb, as well as detailed descriptions of and an index for the interview. However, no transcript of the interview is available. Interview topics include family, education, missionary work, women's issues in the church, race relations, and Branscomb's representing the church on her travels to Africa. A container list was not created for this accession.

The addition (07-169) (5 items, 0.1 lin. ft.; dated 1980) contains a biography of Dr. Branscomb written by her brother, Rev. Edwin Branscomb in 1980.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Louise Hortense Branscomb papers 1864-2002 and undated
Creator
Branscomb, Louise Hortense, 1901-
Extent
7.95 Linear Feet, 2040 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Collection is restricted.

Also, some of the materials in this collection are not immediately accessible, because they require further processing before use.

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Contents of the Collection

In addition, some of the materials in this accession are not immediately accessible, because they require further processing before use. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

Until June 16, 2029, access is limited to descendants of the donor and to persons receiving prior written permission from those descendants.

Also contains sensitive information (personal health and financial information). Patrons must sign a waiver concerning privacy rights. Contact Research Services.

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Personal/friends/family
Box 1
Condolence letters, 1930
Box 1
Cothran family, 1956
Box 1
Family photographs, 1931-2002 and undated
Box 1

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Condolence letters, 1912
Box 2
Condolence letters, 1930
Box 2
Genealogical information, undated
Box 2
Printed material: Cornerstone and Spire volume about First United Methodist Church, Birmingham, AL
Box 2
Travels to Korea and China
Box 2
Methodist Church
Box 2
Personal health information
Box 2
Women's issues
Box 2
Funeral Guest Signature Books, undated
Box 2

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Biographical information and funeral plans
Box 3
Clippings and publications
Box 3
Personal health information
Box 3
Correspondence
Box 3
Personal address book, spelling dictionary
Box 3
Volume about Syngman Rhee, dedicated by Rhee family member
Box 3
B/W
Box 3
Color
Box 3

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Personal medical information
Box 4
Financial information--sale of house
Box 4
Legal information--will
Box 4
Correspondence, family, [1990s]
Box 4
Diary, 1902 (L.C. Branscomb)
Box 4
Correspondence
Box 4
Draft of Louise Branscomb memoirs, 1993
Box 4

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Donald Riddle, [1940s]
Box 5
Greek correspondents
Box 5
One Spanish language letter
Box 5
Official (church, donations to organizations)
Box 5
Professional
Box 5
Condolence letters, 1930
Box 5
Funeral flower arrangement cards, 1930
Box 5
Coin Purse, undated
Box 6
Methodist buttons/medals, 1970, 1976, undated
Box 6
Address book (metal), undated
Box 6

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Issue of Alabama Christian Advocate, 1930 Sept.
Box 7
Scrap Book (1) of news clippings, 1864-1898, undated (contains Confederate $100 bill)
Box 7
Scrap Book (2) of news clippings and leaflets, 1901-1926, undated
Box 7
Diplomas and certificates
Box Oversize 16

Historical Note

Physician originally from Alabama.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Louise Hortense Branscomb Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Louise Hortense Branscomb Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1985-2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Paula Jeannet; Alice Poffinberger; Don Sechler, Lisa Stark; Rubenstein Library staff

Completed 1987-2003

Encoded by Joshua A. Kaiser

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.