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Guide to the Lincoln Hospital (Durham, N.C.) Records, 1901-1998 and undated

Abstract

Durham, N.C. hospital established in 1901 Dr. Aaron Moore, Dr. Stanford Warren, and John Merrick to serve African Americans in the area.

The Lincoln Hospital Records span the years 1901-1998, and primarily comprise the institution's administrative and medical files. The administrative records document the hospital's administrative history from the 1930s to the 1980s (bulk 1950-1976), primarily in files maintained by the hospital superintendents, especially Larry T. Suitt (1963-1977). There is also some information on the Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing. The medical records (1925-1983 and undated) include obstetrical, surgical, discharge, and death records. Some of these are currently closed to research. The collection as a whole documents the bi-racial cooperation that was involved in establishing, running, and maintaining the institution, and outlines the collaboration between Lincoln Hospital, Watts Hospital, and the Duke University School of Medicine in providing patient care as well as education for African American medical professionals. The medical records also demonstrate the emphasis superintendents placed on general record-keeping, statistics, and the documentation of a patient's medical history. Included is a Duke Endowment series that documents the funds the Endowment distributed annually to assist the hospital in meeting costs incurred by charity cases, equipment, and renovations. There are only a few items dated after the merger in 1976 and only one file regarding the institution's School of Nursing.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Lincoln Hospital (Durham, N.C.)
Title
Lincoln Hospital (Durham, N.C.) records 1901-1998 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
19.9 Linear Feet, 7656 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

The Lincoln Hospital (Durham, N.C.) Records, 1901-1998 and undated (bulk 1930-1976), primarily comprise the institution's administrative and medical files. The administrative records document the hospital's administrative history (bulk 1950-1976), primarily in files maintained by the hospital superintendents, especially Larry T. Suitt (1963-1977). There is also some information on the Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing. The medical records (1925-1983 and undated) include obstetrical, surgical, discharge, and death records. Many of the records are currently closed to research as they contain personally-identifiable medical information, but there are some records that are open.

The collection as a whole documents the biracial cooperation that was involved in establishing, running, and maintaining the institution, and outlines the collaboration between Lincoln Hospital, Watts Hospital, and the Duke University School of Medicine in providing patient care as well as education for African American medical professionals. The medical records also demonstrate the emphasis superintendents placed on general record-keeping, statistics, and the documentation of a patient's medical history. Included is a Duke Endowment series that documents the funds the Endowment distributed annually to assist the hospital in meeting costs incurred by charity cases, equipment, and renovations. There are only a few items dated after the merger in 1976 and only one file regarding the institution's School of Nursing.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Joint Executive Committee, 1976
Box 1
Medical Staff Minutes, 1968-1975 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 1
Loose material, undated
Box 1
Joint Executive Committee, 1975-1976
Box 1
Medical Staff Minutes, 1972-1973 and undated
Box 1
Executive Committee DCHC, 1976
Box 1
Development Committee, 1975
Box 1
Executive Committee DCHC, 1976
Box 1
Planning Committee DCHC, 1963-1975 (bulk 1975)
Box 1
Planning Committee, 1974-1975
Box 1
Building and Grounds Committee, 1976
Box 1
Planning Committee, 1975 and undated
Box 1
Education Committee DCHC, 1975-1976
Box 1
DCH Corporation, 1975-1976 and undated
Box 1
Executive Council Committee, 1975-1976 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Filing System Materials, ca. 1973
Box 2
Executive Council Committee, 1975
Box 2
Bylaws, 1975
(4 folders)
Box 2
Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Meeting, 1968-1973, 1976 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Economic Stabilization Program Bulletins, 1973-1974
(2 folders)
Box 2
Education Committee, Education Sub-Committee, Executive Committee, 1972-1975
(folder 1 of 3)
Box 2
Education Committee, Education Sub-Committee, Executive Committee, 1972-1975
(folders 2-3 of 3)
Box 3
Revised Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, ca. 1970
Box 3
Lincoln Log and Miscellaneous, 1970-1972
Box 3
Hospital and Medical Staff Laws and Bylaws, ca. 1975

[Includes a Quality Review Center Seminar on the Accountability of Health Care Providers; Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals]

(3 folders)
Box 3
Durham County Hospital Corporation Development Committee, 1975
Box 3
Pension Committee, Trustee Development, Ad Hoc Committee Trustees, Joint Conference, 1973-1975
(2 folders)
Box 3
Building, Grounds Planning Committee, 1973-1975 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 3
Finance Committee, 1975-1977
(folder 1 of 5)
Box 3
Finance Committee, 1975-1977
(folders 2-5 of 5)
Box 4
Board of Trustees Loose Materials, 1975-1976
(4 folders)
Box 4
Board of Trustees, 1971-1975

[Includes some Data Processing Steering Committee Minutes, 1974-1975]

(folders 1-3 of 5)
Box 4
Board of Trustees, 1971-1975

[Includes some Data Processing Steering Committee Minutes, 1974-1975]

(folders 4-5 of 5)
Box 5
Data Processing Steering Committee, 1973-1975 and undated
Box 5
Medical Staff Reports, 1969-1973 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 5
School of Nursing, 1953-1973
Box 6
Minutes, 1935-1940
(2 folders)
Box 6
Miscellaneous records, 1922-1939
(2 folders)
Box 6
Lincoln Charter, 1917, 1943-1956
Box 6
Deed giving over Lincoln Hospital land to County of Durham, 1950
Box 6
Federal Works Administration, 1943
Box 6
Deeds and Lincoln Charters, 1940s and 1950s
Box 6
Board of Trustees, 1943-1973
Box 6
Lincoln Hospital log, 1968
Box 6
Needs, 1971-1973 and undated
Box 6
Periodicals, 1960-1965
Box 6
Publicity, 1951-1961
Box 6
Women's Auxilliary, 1954-1976
Box 6
Directors' Correspondence, 1950-1969
Box 6
Staff Notes, 1948-1957, 1975
(4 folders)
Box 6
Building Committee's Report, 1948-1953
Box 6
Publicity (periodicals), 1948-1956
Box 7
Executive Committee, 1967-1983
(2 folders)
Box 7
Staff Reports, 1971-1975
Box 7
Medical Staff Minutes, 1968, 1972-1976
(2 folders)
Box 7
Staff Reports, 1967-1972
Box 7
Staff Notes, 1973-1976
(5 folders)
Box 7
DCHC Personal Policy Manual, 1989
(2 folders)
Box 7
Annual Reports: Lincoln Hospital, Lincoln School of Nursing, 1923-1924

[Includes annual finance reports and nursing school admissions and superintendent's recommendations for coming year]

Box 8
Board of Trustees: Durham County Hospital Corporation, 1974-1976

[Includes 1972-1973 Lincoln Hospital Utility Report]

(4 folders)
Box 8
Employment and Training, 1974-1976
Box 8
City of Durham, 1961-1976

[Includes utilities, fire code, complaints]

(2 folders)
Box 8
Durham Advisory Committee, 1973-1974
Box 8
Dedication Ceremonies, 1952-1953
(2 folders)
Box 8
N.C. Medical Care Commission, Raleigh, Quarterly Meeting, December 18, 1953
Box 8
Lincoln Hospital, Lincoln Hospital Report, circa 1941, 1966
Box 8
Comprehensive Health Center, circa 1964
(2 folders)
Box 9
Fire Safety and Regulations, circa 1961-1967
Box 9
North Carolina Hospital Association, 1974-1976
(4 folders)
Box 9
Procedures in Record-Keeping for Hospitals, 1963
(2 folders)
Box 9
Survey of General Hospital Projects Built with Hill-Burton or State Assistance in North Carolina and South Carolina, 1959, 1963
(2 folders)
Box 9
A Study of Preadmission Techniques in General Hospitals of North Carolina and South Carolina, 1963
Box 9
North Carolina State Board of Health, 1948-1976
(folder 1 of 2)
Box 9
North Carolina State Board of Health, 1948-1976
(folder 2 of 2)
Box 10
Duke University, 1952-1976
(3 folders)
Box 10
North Carolina Hospital Association, 1971-1975
(2 folders)
Box 10
North Carolina Hospital Association Forms, 1975 and undated
Box 10
Lincoln Hospital Equipment List, undated
Box 10
North Carolina State Department of Administration, 1971-1976
(2 folders)
Box 10
Medical Staff, 1974-1976
(2 folders)
Box 10
Intern and Residency Program, 1955-1959
Box 11
National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE), 1973-1976
(3 folders)
Box 11
Durham County Hospital, 1950, 1970-1974
(2 folders)
Box 11
Report on fire safety of Lincoln Hospital, 1950
Box 11
Watts Hospital, 1948-1974 (bulk 1965-1974)

[Contains recommendations, salary and financial information]

Box 11
Study Committee, Hospital Costs, N.C., 1950-1952 and undated
(folders 1-2 of 4)
Box 11
Study Committee, Hospital Costs, N.C., 1950-1952 and undated
(folders 3-4 of 4)
Box 12
Andre Vann (Researcher and historian on NCCU History Faculty) 1942-1964, 1993
Box 12
County of Durham, E.S. Swindell, Jr., 1961-1975
(3 folders)
Box 12
Nursing Service Correspondence, 1969-1976

Includes an undated hisotrical sketch of Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing.

Box 13
Robert W. Johnson Foundation, 1974
Box 13
Tarheel Hospital Financial Management Association (HFMA) News, 1970-1971
Box 13
North Carolina Baptist Hospitals, Inc., 1955, 1963-1964, 1975
Box 13
North Carolina Hospital Association, 1973-1976
(4 folders)
Box 13
Utilization Review Committee, 1971-1975
(2 folders)
Box 13
Intensive Care Unit (all types), 1973
Box 13
Operation Breakthrough, 1964-1973
Box 13
Induced abortion case abstracts, 1967-1976
Box 13
Monthly case reports

[Separated from the Operating Room index in Box 17.]

Box 13
Operations performed by residents, 1955-1959
Box 13
1928-1930, Record of deliveries
Box 14
1930-1949, Delivery room record
(2 folders)
Box 14
1949-1955, Delivery record

[Elizabeth Thorpe OR]

Box 14
1957-1964, Delivery room record
(2 folders)
Box 14
1949 Jan. 1 - 1950 Aug. 31, Birth record
Box 15
1965 Jan. 15 - 1970 July 1, Delivery room register
(2 volumes)
Box 15
1939-1970
(13 folders)
Box 16
1974-1976
Box 16

Mainly bound volumes rehoused in boxes according to their size, rather than by year. The records are listed in order chronologically; thus, the box numbers are not consecutive and, in some cases, repeat. This subseries is closed to use.

[CLOSED TO USE.]

1951 Feb. 1 - 1952 Nov. 3, Operation schedule and record
Box 21
1952 Nov. 17 - 1954 Aug. 7, Operation schedule and record
(2 volumes)
Box 22
1955 Mar. 5 - Sept. 30, Operation schedule and record
Box 21
1956 Nov. 1 - 1959 July 6, Record of operations
Box 20
Undated, Operation schedule and record
Box 20
1925-1926, Operating room index
(2 volumes)
Box 17
1926 June 16 - 1935 Mar. 26, Record of operations
(2 volumes)
Box 19
1939 May 24- 1945 July 24, Record of operations
(2 volumes)
Box 17
1956 Nov. 1 - 1959 July 6, Record of Operations
Box 20
1955 July 1 - 1958 June 30, Operations performed by residents
Box 17
1974 Jan. 3 - 1975 July 31 and 1976 June 22 - Sept. 23, Register of operations
Box 18
1971 Oct. 1 - 1976 Sept. 26, Recovery room record book,
Box 19
1928 Jan. 25 - 1933 Aug. 12, Patients' index to file

[Includes loose paper with records from 1925 between pages 46 and 47.]

Box 23
1931 Feb. 20 - 1933 Dec. 25, Patients' Index
(2 volumes)
Box 23
1932 Aug. 1 - 1936 Aug. 27 Consultations
Box 23
1935 Jan. 1 - 1936 Jan. 1, Patients' index
Box 23
1943 - 1972 and undated, Discharge records and service analysis
Box 23
1925 July 2 - 1926 Nov. 2, Discharge records
Box 23
1968-1976, Death reports
(4 folders)
Box 24
1969-1983 and undated, Burial transit permits
Box 24
1970-1971, Death notifications
Box 24
1951-1971, Vital statistics [x-ray, admit/discharge, body release, death certificate]
(4 folders)
Box 24
1962-1970, Death notification, disposal permits

[Also includes deposit slips, 1974-1975]

Box 24
1970s, Miscellaneous birth and death reports
Box 24
1925-1933, Undertaker Registry
Box 25
1956-1976, Register of deaths,
(3 folders)
Box 25
1936 Mar. 3 - 1936 Nov. 20
Box 34
1933 June 22 - 1934 Mar. 22
Box 34
Medical staff minutes, 1972-1973 and undated
Box 34
Medical staff minutes, 1968-1974 and undated
Box 34
North Carolina Hospital Association norms, 1975
Box 34
Medical staff reports, 1969-1972 and undated
Box 34
Staff reports, 1967-1975
(3 folders)
Box 34
Medical staff minutes
Box 34
Miscellaneous closed materials
Box 34

Financial Records Series, 1941-1976

(689 items, 2 linear feet)
Accounts payable, 1967 Oct. - 1968 Apr. and undated
Box 26
Accounts receivable, 1967 Oct. - 1968 Apr. and undated
Box 26
Accounts Payable, 1971 Apr. 26 - 1976 Oct. 21
(2 folders)
Box 27
Account book, O.P.D. Emergency Dept., 1965 May 12 - 1967 Feb. 8
Box 27
Account book, 1972 June - 1974 Sept. and undated
Box 27
Loose papers, 1960 Oct. - 1975 Apr. and undated

[Includes: "Distribution of Receipts," "Distribution of Cash Receipts," "Payroll Journal," "Receipts and Income Journal," "Disbursements and Expense Journal"]

(2 folders)
Box 27
Lincoln Hospital income statements, 1966-1967, 1970-1974
Box 28
Lincoln Hospital financial statements, 1956-1957, 1962-1963, 1974-1975
Box 28
Lincoln Hospital budgets, 1969-1974
Box 28
Lincoln Hospital Report on Examination, 1970-1973
Box 28
Trustees' report, 1943-1971

[Legal contracts and deeds]

Box 28
Securities, Fidelity Bank, 1941-1958
Box 28
Board of Trustees, 1950-1973
(3 folders)
Box 28
Campaign Fund, 1967-1968
Box 28
Statements of income and expense, 1970
Box 28
DCHC Finance Committee, 1970-1976
(5 folders)
Box 29
Statements of income and expense, 1944-1960
Box 29
Charges, 1971-1974 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 29
The Doris Duke Foundation, 1950-1968
Box 29
N.C. Medical Care Commission - Application for Donation, 1969
Box 30
Deed of Lincoln to County of Durham for $10, 1950 March
Box 30
Original charter, 1901
Box 30
North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners (Dr. Joseph J. Combs, Secretary), 1958-1975
Box 30
Meeting of Trustees - Mr. Rich - Deed of Property to home, 1940
Box 30
Certificate of Incorporation and Amendments of Trustees, 1917-1972 (bulk 1940-1950)
(2 folders)
Box 30
Lincoln Hospital, deeds and Lincoln Charter, 1949
Box 30
WPA, 1943
Box 30
Lincoln Hospital, deeds and charters, 1950s
Box 30
Contracts and agreements, 1941-1975
(2 folders)
Box 30
History, 1901-1966, circa 1966
Box 30
Integration of schools, circa 1955
Box 30
Miscellaneous Lincoln Hospital departmental heads file, undated
Box 30
Wasserman tuberculosis reports, 1930 Nov. 26 - 1933 Oct. 28
Box 30
Clippings, 1949-1963, 1998
Oversize Folder 1
Hospital statistics, 1933-1941
Box 31
Request for Assistance from the Hospital Section, 1925-1962
(13 folders)
Box 31
Request for Assistance from the Hospital Section, 1962-1973
(8 folders)
Box 32
Loose materials, undated
Box 32
Miscellaneous, 1959
Box 32
Notes on the revision of the Application for Assistance, circa 1965
Box 32
1956, 1970-1976
(3 folders)
Box 32
Comparative miscellaneous statistics, 1957-1968
Box 33
Hospital cost and service comparisons, 1941-1958
Box 33

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
August 1901Hospital founded by Dr. Aaron Moore, Dr. Stanford Warren, and John Merrick; opened with 50 beds, admitting patients regardless of their ability to pay
Washington Duke covered construction costs and provided an initial $5,000 endowment
1901-1923Dr. Aaron Moore served as hospital superintendent
1922Original facility burned down
1923-1934Dr. Charles Shepard served as hospital superintendent
1925Second Lincoln Hospital opened
1934-1959William Rich served as hospital superintendent
1960-1967Frank W. Scott served as hospital superintendent
1967-1968Ronald C. Foreman, hospital superintendent
1968-1976Larry T. Suitt, hospital superintendent
1976Hospital closed and merged with the Durham County Hospital Corporation

Subject Headings

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  • Charles DeWitt Watts Papers, 1917-2004 and undated (Chief of Surgery at Lincoln Hospital) (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lincoln Hospital (Durham, N.C.) Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Lincoln Hospital (Durham, N.C.) Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a transfer in 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library staff and student assistants, June 2004

Encoded by David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library staff and student assistants, August 2004

Updated for addition by Alice Poffinberger, July 2010

All files screened for personally-identifiable medical information; inventory updated by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico and Carrie Mills, July 2011.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.