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Guide to the William McNeal Nicholson Papers, 1949-1974 (MC.0077)

Abstract

Contains the professional papers of William McNeal Nicholson (1905-1974), former professor, assistant dean of continuing medical education, and chief of the metabolism clinic at Duke University Hospital. Types of materials include correspondence, reports, publications, committee materials, and a manual. Major topics include Duke University hospitals and medical education. Major correspondents include Wilburt C. Davision. Materials range in date from 1949 to 1974.

Descriptive Summary

Call Number
MC.0077
Title
William McNeal Nicholson Papers
Date
1949-1974
Creator
Nicholson, William McNeal
Extent
1.5 Linear Feet (1 carton)
Repository
Duke University Medical Center Archives

Collection Overview

Contains the professional papers of William McNeal Nicholson. Materials include correspondence, reports, publications, committee materials, and a manual. Major subjects include Duke University hospitals and medical education. Materials date from 1949 to 1974.

Arrangement Note

Organized into the following series: North Carolina Medical Journal, 1949-1974; Correspondence and Subject Files, 1964-1974; and What Goes On Records, 1958-1967.

Restrictions on Access & Use

Some collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 48 business hours in advance for retrieval.

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

1. North Carolina Medical Journal, 1949-1974

Series Scope and Contents: Contains incoming and outgoing correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, and reports pertaining to editorial functions of the North Carolina Medical Journal. Materials range in date from 1949 to 1974.

Correspondence and reports, 1949-1974
Box 1

2. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1964-1974

Series Scope and Contents: Contains incoming and outgoing correspondence, meeting agendas, panel remarks, publication drafts, CVs, and budget reports pertaining to various medical organizations and Nicholson's professional contacts. Materials range in date from 1964 to 1974.

Alumni Questionnaire, 1964
Box 1
American Academy of General Practice, Liaison Officer, 1964
Box 1
American College of Physicians, 1964
Box 1
Correspondence, Wilburt C. Davison, 1964
Box 1
Correspondence, Lowenbach, Hans, 1964
Box 1
North Carolina Society of Internal Medicine, 1964
Box 1
Visit preparation, Scott Richard, Septemer 17, 1964
Box 1
Correspondence, Wilburt C. Davison, 1965
Box 1
Interuniversity Continuing Education, 1965
Box 1
Research on Hair Spray (Dr. Sieker), 1965
Box 1
Davison, Wilburt C., 1966
Box 1
Interuniversity Continuing Education, 1966
Box 1
North Carolina State Medical Society, Scientific Committee, 1966
Box 1
Su, Arch T. L., 1966
Box 1
American Diabetes Association, 1967
Box 1
Correspondence, Wilburt C. Davison, 1967
Box 1
Editing, 1967
Box 1
Interuniversity Continuing Education, 1967
Box 1
North Carolina Medical Society, 1967
Box 1
Correspondence, Wilburt C. Davison, 1968
Box 1
American College of Physicians, 1969
Box 1
Correspondence, Wilburt C. Davison, 1969
Box 1
Durham-Orange County Medical Society, 1969
Box 1
Correspondence, Wilburt C. Davison, 1970
Box 1
Honolulu Trip, 1970
Box 1
Veterans Administration Hospital, 1970
Box 1
Brewer, Tom, 1971
Box 1
North Carolina State Medical Society, 1971
Box 1
Veterans Administration Hospital, 1971
Box 1
American College of Physicians, 1972
Box 1
Veterans Administration Hospital, 1972
Box 1
American Clinical and Climatological Association, 1974
Box 1
Personal Papers, undated
Box 1

3. What Goes On Records, 1958-1967

Series Scope and Contents: Contains incoming and outgoing correspondence, budget reports, business records, published booklets, and a procedure manual pertaining to the publication of "What Goes On," a Duke University Medical Center publication listing medical meetings and conferences underwritten by Lederle Laboratories. "What Goes On" included advertising of Lederle Laboratories pharmaceuticals. Materials range in date from 1958 to 1967.

Agreements, 1958-1963
Box 1

Business records and correspondence, 1958-1967

Business records and correspondence, 1958-1959
Box 1
Business records and correspondence, 1959-1961
Box 1
Business records and correspondence, 1966-1967
Box 1
Procedure book, 1962
Box 1

Biographical Note

William McNeal Nicholson was born in Bath, North Carolina, September 27, 1905 to John Thorne and Ann Catherine (McNeal) Nicholson. He completed undergraduate work at Duke University, earning an AB degree in 1927 and an MD from Johns Hopkins University Medical School in 1931. His residency and postgraduate work were completed at Johns Hopkins Hospital (1927-1935).

Nicholson came to Duke University in 1935 as an instructor of medicine and in 1952 was promoted to full professor. He was chief of the Metabolism Clinic (1940-1955), consultant in Endocrinology and Metabolism, director of postgraduate education, and assistant dean in charge of continuing medical education for Duke School of Medicine (1960-1968). He was also the director of the annual Morehead City (North Carolina) Duke University-sponsored postgraduate course.

Although he was interested in all phases of internal medicine, Nicholson's special interest was in the field of metabolic diseases, where he was a recognized authority in the treatment of diabetes. At Duke, Nicholson also coordinated the publishing of "What Goes On," a publication underwritten by Lederle Laboratories. Throughout his career at Duke, Nicholson authored more than 30 articles that appeared in professional journals and trained a large number of physicians and specialists. He was a member of many professional organizations and medical honoraries: president of the Durham-Orange Medical Society (1952-1953,) chair of the editorial board of the North Carolina Medical Journal, secretary of the medical section (1946-1947), and chair of the medical section (1948) of the Southern Medical Association. He was a member of the American Medical Association, American Board of Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians (Fellow), American Diabetes Association, American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Clinical and Climatological Association, North Carolina Medical Society, Alpha Omega Alpha, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi. Nicholson was also a member of the North Carolina Air Control Advisory Council (1968-1970) under the Department of Water and Air Resources of the state of North Carolina.

Nicholson was married to Eunice Stamey. They had three children. He remained a professor of medicine and endocrinology at Duke until his death on September 8, 1974.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William McNeal Nicholson Papers, Duke University Medical Center Archives.

Acquisitions Information

Source unknown (acquired, circa 1975)

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff: 1982; encoded by Emily Glenn: June 2004