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Guide to the Onyekwere E. Akwari Papers, 1914-2021 (MC.0172)

Abstract

Contains the personal and professional papers of Onyekwere E. Akwari (1942-2019), the first African-American surgeon on the faculty of Duke University. Types of materials include correspondence, pamphlets, programs, financial information, calendars, datebooks, identification cards, passports and visas, applications, memorabilia, printed materials, a yearbook, certificates, building plans, cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, U-Matic video cassettes, 16mm film reels, certificates, notes, meeting minutes and agendas, funeral programs and obituaries, photographs, newspaper clippings, publications, reprints, textiles, artifacts, scrapbooks, binders, transcripts, and electronic records pertaining to Akwari's personal and professional interests and activities. Major subjects include the Society of Black American Surgeons (SBAS) and St. Titus Episcopal Church (Durham, N.C.). Materials date from 1914 to 2021.

Descriptive Summary

Call Number
MC.0172
Title
Onyekwere E. Akwari Papers
Date
1914-2021
Creator
Akwari, Onyekwere Emmanuel, 1942-2019.
Extent
35.02 Linear Feet (18 cartons, 1 manuscript box, 5 flat boxes, 5 card boxes, 3 film canisters, 1 audio box, 3 map folders) and 24.12 GB and 2 textiles
Repository
Duke University Medical Center Archives

Collection Overview

Contains personal and professional correspondence, pamphlets, programs, financial information, calendars, datebooks, identification cards, awards and honors, passports and visas, applications, memorabilia, printed materials, a yearbook, certificates, building plans, cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, U-Matic video cassettes, 16mm film reels, certificates, notes, meeting minutes and agendas, funeral programs and obituaries, photographs, newspaper clippings, publications, reprints, textiles, artifacts, scrapbooks, binders, transcripts, and electronic records pertaining to Akwari's personal and professional interests and activities. Major subjects include the Society of Black American Surgeons (SBAS) and St. Titus Episcopal Church (Durham, N.C.). Materials date from 1914 to 2021.

Arrangement Note

Organized into the following series: Personal/Biographical, 1959-2018; Correspondence, 1961-2018; Audiovisual Materials, 1974-2008, bulk undated; Memorials and Tributes, 1980-2019; Photographic Materials, 1957-2013; Printed Materials, 1934-2019, bulk 1960-2019; Professional Activities, 1914-2020; Scrapbooks and Binders, 1963-2014; Society of Black American Surgeons (SBAS), 1978-2017; St. Titus Episcopal Church (Durham, N.C.), 1957-2017, bulk 1992-2017; Digital Files, 1993-2021; Restricted, 1962-2013.

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

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals or IRB approval may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Duke University assumes no responsibility.

Materials in boxes 16 and 20 are restricted and can only be accessed with the permission of the Medical Center Archivist.

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. Personal/Biographical, 1959-2018

Series Scope and Contents: Contains personal materials pertaining to Onyekwere Akwari's life and education in Nigeria and the United States. Types of materials include correspondence, pamphlets, programs, financial information, calendars, datebooks, identification cards, passports and visas, applications, memorabilia, printed materials, a USC yearbook, certificates, artifacts, and building plans. Materials date from 1959 to 2018.

Academic Cap, undated
Box 25
Academic Grown (TXT152), undated
Box Wardrobe 1
Address Book, undated
Box 1
Address Book, undated
Box 21
Adoption of Ngozi Akwari, 1979
Box 1
Agendas and Notes Pertaining to Akwari Family Activities, 2004-2013
Box 1
Akwari family land in Nigeria, 1977
Box 1
Amaokwe Item Welfare Union, 1977, 2015
Box 1
"American Social Customs" (Organized by Cosmopolitan Club); Orientation for International Students Traveling to the United States, 1962
Box 1
Art Interests and Acquisitions (folder 1 of 2), 1989-2012
Box 1
Art Interests and Acquisitions (folder 2 of 2), 1989-2012
Box 1
Art Interests and Acquisitions; Slides, 2000
Box 1
Bald Head Island, North Carolina Directory, 1987
Box 1
Bills of Quantities for the Proposed Development for Professor Onyekwere Akwari at Atanko Amaokwe Item, Bende L.G.A. Abia State, 1992
Box 1
Biographical Sketches, 1981
Box 1
Book of Visitors and Gifts Received by Akwari Following his Stroke and Hospitalization, 1995
Box 1
Calendars and Datebooks (folder 1 of 2), 1970-2015
Box 1
Calendars and Datebooks (folder 2 of 2), 1970-2015
Box 1
Chief Regalia from Item, Nigeria; Fan, undated
Box 22
Chief Regalia from Item, Nigeria; Garments, undated
Box 22
Chief Regalia from Item, Nigeria; Hat, undated
Box 18
Chief Regalia from Item, Nigeria; Necklace, undated
Box 18
City of Durham Zoning of Akwari Property, 2011
Box 1
Collected Poetry, 1961
Box 1
Desk Calendars (folder 1 of 3), 2003-2015
Box 24
Desk Calendars (folder 2 of 3), 2003-2015
Box 24
Desk Calendars (folder 3 of 3), 2003-2015
Box 24
Durham County Library Card, undated
Box 1
Events Attended, 1965-1966
Box 1
Events Attended, 1971-1972
Box 1
Events Attended, 1977-1978
Box 1
Events Attended, 1981-1982
Box 1
Events Attended, 1983-1984
Box 1
Events Attended, 1985-1986
Box 1
Events Attended, 1987-1988
Box 1
Events Attended, 1989-1990
Box 1
Events Attended, 1991-1992
Box 1
Events Attended, 1993-1994
Box 1
Events Attended, 1995-1996
Box 1
Events Attended, 1997-1998
Box 1
Events Attended, 1999-2000
Box 1
Events Attended, 2001-2002
Box 1
Events Attended, 2003-2004
Box 1
Events Attended, 2005-2006
Box 1
Events Attended, 2007-2008
Box 2
Events Attended, 2009-2010
Box 2
Events Attended, 2011-2012
Box 2
Events Attended (folder 1 of 2), 2013-2014
Box 2
Events Attended (folder 2 of 2), 2013-2014
Box 2
Events Attended, 2015-2016
Box 2
Events Attended, 2017-2018
Box 2
Events Attended, undated
Box 2
Events Attended; Christiana Akwari's Graduation and USC Commencement, 2004
Box 2
Events Attended; Christiana Akwari's Wedding, 2007
Box 2
Events attended; Duke Graduate School Orientation Session, 2014
Box 2
Events Attended; Durham Friends Meeting, undated
Box 2
Events Attended; Tea with Trailblazers, Exhibit on African American Surgeons, 2008
Box 2
Events Attended; University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine Class of 1970 Reunions, 2000-2015
Box 2
Family Events and Related Correspondence (folder 1 of 2), 1978-2017
Box 2
Family Events and Related Correspondence (folder 2 of 2), 1978-2017
Box 17
Identification Cards, undated
Box 2
Immigration Applications, 1973
Box 2
Item, Nigeria; Collected Records, 1978-2016
Box 2
Letters and Documents about Christiana Akwari, 1999-2008
Box 2
Materials Concerning Julian Micheaux Marshall, 2004-2008
Box 2
Mayo Alumni Association Necktie, undated
Box 19
Mayo Clinic Correspondence and Records, 1970-1980
Box 2
Memorabilia, Smith Family Birthday Party (Chidi Akwari's in-laws), 2016
Box 2
Move from Rochester, Minnesota, to Durham, North Carolina, 1978-1979
Box 2
"My Hero" (Essay by Nash Hilkey), undated
Box 2
Nelson Akwari Soccer Contract Negotiations, 1999
Box 2
Nenye Okoro Volleyball Posters, undated
Box 24
Nigeria Post Office Savings Bank Book, 1971
Box 2
Nigerian Teaching Applications, 1961
Box 2
Notes on the History of Religious Leaders in Raleigh-Durham, undated
Box 2
Passports and Visas, 1971-2008
Box 2
Patient Experience at Duke Hospital, 2017
Box 2
Personal Expenses, 1971-2002
Box 2
Personal Slides, 1988
Box 2
Physical Therapy Glove, undated
Box 19
Plans for House in Item, Nigeria, 1999
Box 2
Property Information; Blueprints, Surveys, Architectural Renderings, 1975, 1988, 1990, 2006, undated
Box Map Folder 3
Reconstruction of the Akwari's Building at Atanko, Nigeria, undated
Box 2
Signature Book from 50th Birthday Celebration, 1992
Box 3
Stethoscope [AKWARI-1], undated
Box 30
Topics of Interest; Barak Obama, 2011
Box 3
Topics of Interest; Duke Lacrosse Case, 2007
Box 3
Topics of Interest; Kathleen and Michael Peterson, 2001-2002
Box 3
Travel Documents and Itineraries, 1991-2016
Box 3
Travel Documents and Itineraries; Red Rock Country, 2010
Box 3
Universities Considered by Akwari for Undergraduate Education, 1961-1962
Box 3
University of Southern California School of Medicine; Alumni Directory, 1977
Box 3
University of Southern California School of Medicine; Student Memorabilia, 1966-1973
Box 3
University of Southern California School of Medicine; Yearbook, 1967
Box 3
University of Washington; Letters and Documents, 1960-1973
Box 3
University of Washington; Library Workbook; "A Programmed Approach to the Circulatory System" by George I. Sackheim, 1963
Box 3
University of Washington; Reunion of Student Leaders and Daily Staff from the Mid-to-late 1960s, circa 1995
Box 3
Voter Registration Card, 1995
Box 3
Wedding of Onyekwere Akwari and Anne Micheaux, 1978
Box 3
West African School Certificate Awarded by the University of Cambridge, 1959
Box 3
White Coat (TXT153), undated
Box Wardrobe 1
Will and Testament of Cecil Lloyd Patterson, 2008
Box 3
Woodcroft Soccer Team, 1987
Box 3

2. Correspondence, 1961-2018

Series Scope and Contents: Contains Onyekwere Akwari's personal and professional correspondence. Materials are organized chronologically by correspondent, with individual files for major correspondents. Of note is the correspondence located in the "Stead, Eugene A." folder. These emails were given to Akwari by Dr. Louis (Lou) W. Sullivan. The letters document Dr. Stead's attempt to hire Sullivan to an Associate position in 1962-1963. This was denied by Duke University Provost R. Taylor Cole who would only approve Sullivan be hired to an Adjunct Associate position. Sullivan turned down the position and went on to become the President of Morehouse School of Medicine and US Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George H. W. Bush. These letters illustrate how racial, ethic, and gender minorities were historically described and evaluated. Materials date from 1961 to 2018.

Ab-Al, 1963-2012
Box 3
Akwari Family (folder 1 of 2), 1962-2017
Box 3
Akwari Family (folder 2 of 2), 1962-2017
Box 17
Am-Aw, 1962-2008
Box 3
Armstrong, Brenda, 1985-1994
Box 3
Ba-Bi, 1962-2016
Box 3
Baker, F. M., 1991
Box 3
Behind the Veil: African American Life in the Jim Crow South Project, 1994
Box 3
Birthday Cards, 2012
Box 3
Bl-Bu, 1981-2014
Box 3
Bolarinwa, Yombo, 1982-1984
Box 17
Ca-Ch, 1976-2010
Box 3
"A Century of Black Surgeons" Authors, 1985
Box 3
Cl-Cy, 1974-2008
Box 3
Condolence Cards after Onyekwere Akwari's Death, 2018
Box 3
"Contemporary African-American Surgeons" Exhibit, 2008
Box 3
D, 1970-2006
Box 3
Duke University Medical Center Archives, 2004-2010
Box 3
E, 1972-2013
Box 3
F, 1974-2003
Box 3
G, 1963-2011
Box 3
H, 1961-2016
Box 3
Halperin, Edward C., 1989-2006
Box 3
Holiday Cards, 1973-2017, undated
Box 3
I, 1962-2012
Box 4
Item, Nigeria, 1980-2006
Box 4
J, 1969-2015
Box 4
Johnson, Charles, 1982-1984
Box 4
K, 1972-2017
Box 4
Keith, Kelly A., 1972-1995
Box 4
L, 1962-2014
Box 4
Ma-Me, 1963-2016
Box 4
Mf-Mu, 1970-2009
Box 4
N, 1962-2016
Box 4
Nixon Archives, 1981
Box 4
Ob-Oj (folder 1 of 2), 1971-2011
Box 4
Ob-Oj (folder 2 of 2), 1971-2011
Box 17
Ok-Ot, 1968-2016
Box 4
Onye's Early Life and Education, 1961-1965
Box 17
Opara, Emmanuel, 1988-1994
Box 4
Osterhout, Sudyam, 1982-1985
Box 4
P, 1974-2015
Box 4
Patwardhan, Ramesh V., 1980-1982
Box 4
Pounds, Lois, 1988-1994
Box 4
Presentations and Speeches, 1971-2013
Box 17
Putman, Charles, 1987-1991
Box 4
Q, 1974-1978
Box 4
R, 1969-2014
Box 4
Sa-Sl, 1961-2013
Box 4
Sabiston, David C., 1977-2008
Box 4
Seigler, H. F., 1978-1990
Box 4
Semans, Mary D. B. T., 1990-1995
Box 4
Shingleton, William W., 1979-1981
Box 4
Sm-Sv, 1978-2016
Box 4
Smith, Earl Belle, 1990-1994
Box 4
Stead, Eugene A., 1962-1975
Box 4
T, 1974-2011
Box 4
Taylor, Stuart, 1982
Box 4
U, 1971-2010
Box 4
Unidentified Correspondents, undated
Box 4
United States Department of Justice: Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1973
Box 4
Unsorted Correspondence, undated
Box 4
V, 1981-2001
Box 4
Visa Control Officer, 1973-1974
Box 4
Wa-Wh, 1971-2009
Box 4
Wallace, Robert B., 1986
Box 4
West African College of Surgeons, 1981-1985
Box 17
Wi-Wy, 1983-2013
Box 4
Wood, Peter, 2013
Box 4
Y-Z, 1990-2009
Box 4

3. Audiovisual Materials, 1974-2008

Series Scope and Contents: Contains cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, U-Matic video cassettes, and 16mm film containing audiovisual materials pertaining to Onyekwere Akwari's personal and professional life. The U-Matic video cassettes are believed to be from the inaugural meeting of the Society of Black American Surgeons (SBAS) in 1989. Materials date from 1974 to 2008, though the bulk is undated.

Processing Information: See the Digital Files Series for Audiovisual Materials Series digital files.

16 mm Film; Reel 1: Control, 1st Call, Dr. Akwari/Kelly, May 13, 1974
Box Film Canister 1
16 mm Film; Reel 2: Cut-Outs, Dr. Akwari/Kelly, May 5, 1974
Box Film Canister 1
16 mm Film; Reel 3: Fronts, Dr. Akwari/Kelly, May 31, 1974
Box Film Canister 1
16 mm Film; Reel 4: "Accessory Splenectomy for Recurrent ITP" (by Dr. Akwari; produced by Division of Audiovisual Education, Duke Medical Center), undated
Box Film Canister 2
16 mm Film; Reel 5: Unidentified Reel 1, undated
Box Film Canister 3
16 mm Film; Reel 6: Unidentified Reel 2, undated
Box Film Canister 3
Cassette Tapes; Charles Johnson dinner, undated
Box 4
Cassette Tapes; Society of B.A.S. [Black Academic Surgeons], undated
Box 4
CDs; Ogundipe interview, April 2008

Processing Information: Digital access copy available in Digital Files Series

Box 4
DVDs; 2007 Duke Men's Basketball Banquet, 2007

Processing Information: Digital access copy available in Digital Files Series

Box 4
DVDs; Accessory Splenectomy for Recurrent ITP, undated

Processing Information: Digital access copy available in Digital Files Series

Box 4
DVDs; Akam Di Ocha, Paul Nwokocha, undated

Processing Information: Digital access copy available in Digital Files Series

Box 4
DVDs; Blue Devils vs. Maryland Basketball Game, January 13, 2004
Box 4
DVDs; Charlie Rose interview with Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans and Anthony Drexel Duke, undated

Processing Information: Digital access copy available in Digital Files Series

Box 4
DVDs; Eme Nkina Ekwere, 23 Market Road Choir (Methodist Church), undated

Processing Information: Digital access copy available in Digital Files Series

Box 4
DVDs; Ihe Adiwo Nma, Obewe, undated

Processing Information: Digital access copy available in Digital Files Series

Box 4
DVDs; Item National Convention, 2006

Processing Information: Digital access copy available in Digital Files Series

Box 4
DVDs; Item Day Celebration, December 2008

Processing Information: Digital access copy available in Digital Files Series

Box 4
Video Cassettes; Tape 1: Reception, Introduction of Dr. Beckum (U-Matic), undated
Box 5
Video Cassettes; Tape 2: Reception, Introduction of Dr. Brodie, Dr. Akwari, Dr. Snyderman, Dr. Smith (U-Matic), undated

Processing Information: Digital access copy available; consult with the Medical Center Archivist

Box 5
Video Cassettes; Tape 3: Introduction of Dr. Stead, Dr. Stead introduction of Dr. Watts, Dr. Watts introduction of Dr. Debram (U-Matic), undated
Box 5
Video Cassettes; Tape 7: Dr. Akwari thanks Dr. Lincoln, introduction of Dr. Eugene Wright, Dr. Charles Johnson (U-Matic), undated

Processing Information: Digital access copy available; consult with the Medical Center Archivist

Box 5
Video Cassettes; Tape 8: Presentation to Dr. Johnson (U-Matic), undated
Box 5
Video Cassette; A Celebration Honoring Charles Johnson, MD (U-matic), 1990
Box 26
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Brief Closing Remarks (VHS), April 14, 1989
Box 26
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Conference Summation: John C. Norman (VHS), April 14, 1989
Box 26
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Drew Memorial (2 copies) (VHS) (folder 1 of 2), 1989
Box 26
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Drew Memorial (2 copies) (VHS) (folder 2 of 2), 1989
Box 26
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Interview with Joe Holsten (Edit Master) (U-Matic), April 14, 1989
Box 26
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Interview with Joe Holsten (Raw Footage) (U-Matic), April 14, 1989
Box 26
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Panel #1: Residency Review Committee (VHS), April 13, 1989
Box 26
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Panel #2: American Board of Surgery (VHS), April 13, 1989
Box 26
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Panel #3: VA Resources (VHS), April 13, 1989
Box 26
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Panel #4: Faculty Recruitment and Retention, April 13, 1989
Box 26
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Panel #5: Minority Medical Students (VHS), April 13, 1989
Box 26
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Panel #6: American College of Surgeons (VHS), April 13, 1989
Box 26
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Panel #7: Surgical Societies (VHS), April 13, 1989
Box 27
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Panel: Clinical and Research Fellowship (VHS), April 14, 1989
Box 27
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Panel: How I Would Train Today for Academic Surgery (VHS), April 14, 1989
Box 27
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Panel: Research (VHS) (Tape 1 of 2), April 14, 1989
Box 27
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Panel: Research (VHS) (Tape 2 of 2), April 14, 1989
Box 27
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Panel: Resident Selection (VHS), April 14, 1989
Box 27
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Panel: The Surgical Journals (VHS), April 14, 1989
Box 27
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Welcome: Dr. Anlyan, Address: Dr. Sabiston, April 13, 1989
Box 27
Video Cassette; Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Conference, Welcome: President Brodie, Afternoon Session (VHS), April 13, 1989
Box 27
Video Cassette; Untitled 1 (U-matic), undated
Box 27
Video Cassette; Untitled 2 (VHS), undated
Box 27

4. Memorials and Tributes, 1980-2019

Series Scope and Contents: Contains funeral programs and obituaries collected by Onyekwere Akwari. Materials are organized by decade, with individual files dedicated to the deaths of Akwari family members and Dr. William Anlyan. Materials date from 1980 to 2019.

Memorials and Tributes, 1980s
Box 5
Memorials and Tributes, 1990s
Box 5
Memorials and Tributes (folder 1 of 2), 2000s
Box 5
Memorials and Tributes (folder 2 of 2), 2000s
Box 5
Memorials and Tributes (folder 1 of 2), 2010s
Box 5
Memorials and Tributes (folder 2 of 2), 2010s
Box 6
Memorials and Tributes, undated
Box 6
Akwari, Christiana Ngarasi, 2008
Box 6
Akwari, Onyekwere, 2019
Box 6
Akwari, Theophilus, 1981
Box 6
Akwari-Obineche, Ngozi, 2002
Box 6
Anlyan, William, 2016
Box 6
A Celebration Honoring Charles Johnson, MD, 1990
Box 27

5. Photographic Materials, 1957-2013

Series Scope and Contents: Contains physical photographs and digital photographs stored on CDs and DVDs pertaining to Onyekwere Akwari's personal and professional activities. Materials date from 1957 to 2013.

Processing Information: See the Digital Files Series for Photographic Materials Series digital files.

CD; Akwari-Micheaux Wedding Photographs, undated

Processing Information: Digital access copy available in Digital Files Series

Box 6
CD; Cameron Crazies, Ijeoma Iko Photographs, February 2007

Processing Information: Digital access copy available in Digital Files Series

Box 6
CD; Family Photographs, undated

Processing Information: Digital access copy available in Digital Files Series

Box 6
Composites; Duke University School of Medicine Class of 2013, 2013
Box 6
DVD; Emmanuel MBA Funeral, undated

Processing Information: Digital access copy available in Digital Files Series

Box 6
Photographs; 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, 2008
Box 6
Photographs; Akwari Family Group Photograph, 2000-2001
Box 24
Photographs; Akwari, Onyekwere: 60th Birthday Party, circa 2002
Box 6
Photographs; Akwari, Onyekwere: Candid Images with Staff, undated
Box 6
Photographs; Akwari, Onyekwere; Johnson, Charles; and Provident Hospital Providers (Composite): Individual Professional Image Negatives, undated
Box 6
Photographs; Akwari, Onyekwere: Mayo Clinic, 1977
Box 6
Photographs; Akwari, Onyekwere: Posing with Asa Yancey, undated
Box 6
Photographs; Akwari, Onyekwere: Posing with Classmates from Hope-Waddall Training Institute, circa 1962
Box 6
Photographs; Akwari, Onyekwere: Posing with (from L-R) Danielle Carr, first Duke African American PhD in Mathematics; Jacqueline Looney, Senior Associate Dean of Duke Graduate School; Onyekwere Akwari; Anne Micheaux Akwari; and S. Malcolm Gillis, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the First Annual Julian Abele Banquet sponsored by the Black Graduate and professional Student Association (Searle Center, Main Level, Duke University Medical Center), April 21, 1989
Box 6
Photographs; Akwari, Onyekwere: Teacher of the Year, 1990
Box 6
Photographs; Akwari, Onyekwere: University of Southern California (USC) Photograph Pin, undated
Box 6
Photographs; Cook, Samuel Dubois, 1977-2002
Box 6
Photographs; Deep Sea Fishing Group (including NCCU staff), undated
Box 6
Photographs; Duke University School of Medicine Summer Medical and Dental Educational Program, 2008
Box 6
Photographs; Graduation of Christiana Akwari and University of Southern California Commencement, 2004
Box 6
Photographs; Group Photograph from the 100th Anniversary of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association, Jul-06
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 1960
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 1961
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 1962
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 1965
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 1969
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 1970
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 1974
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 1977
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 1982
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 1983
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 1987
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 1992
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 1995
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 1998
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 2001
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 2002
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 2004
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 2006
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 2007
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 2008
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, 2009
Box 6
Photographs; Loose Photographs, undated
Box 6
Photographs; Louis Sullivan, 1988-1989
Box 6
Photographs; Medical Faculty and Staff; Department of Surgery, 1979-1992, undated
Box 6
Photographs; Medical Students, 1987
Box 6
Photographs; Oprah Winfrey Commencement Speech at Duke, 1987
Box 6
Photographs; Unidentified Disc Negative, undated
Box 6
Photographs; Unidentified Group Photographs, 1990
Box 6
Photographs; Wedding of Leigh Ebony Boulware and Thomas Johnson, 2002
Box 6
Photographs; Wedding of Onyekwere Akwari and Anne Micheaux, 1978
Box 6

6. Printed Materials, 1934-2019

Series Scope and Contents: Contains newspaper clippings, publications, and reprints collected by Onyekwere Akwari. Materials date from 1934 to 2019, with the bulk from 1960 to 2019.

Articles about Anne Micheaux Akwari, 1986-2011
Box 6
The Bulletin: St. Albans School Commencement, 2006
Box 6
Clippings about Anne Micheaux Akwari, undated
Box 6
Clippings about Duke Athletics, 1992-2007
Box 17
Clippings about Onyekwere Akwari, 1964-1990
Box 6
Clippings of Interest to Onyekwere Akwari (folder 1 of 3), 1960-2018
Box 6
Clippings of Interest to Onyekwere Akwari (folder 2 of 3), 1960-2018
Box 6
Clippings of Interest to Onyekwere Akwari (folder 3 of 3), 1960-2018
Box 6
Clippings of Interest of Onyekwere Akwari (folder 1 of 3), 1984-2017
Box 17
Clippings of Interest of Onyekwere Akwari (folder 2 of 3), 1984-2017
Box 17
Clippings of Interest of Onyekwere Akwari (folder 3 of 3), 1984-2017
Box 17
"Movement of the Churches Toward Unity" (by Charles Coolidge Parlin), 1963
Box 7
Pamphlet; "Before and After Your Surgery" (By Duke University Hospital), undated
Box 7
Publications; Articles about Friends and Colleagues (folder 1 of 2), 1988-2009
Box 17
Publications; Articles about Friends and Colleagues (folder 2 of 2), 1988-2009
Box 17
Publications; "Black Book: Campus and Community Resource Guide" (by Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture), 2010
Box 7
Publications; Clinical Congress News, 2013
Box 17
Publications; Duke Publications (Collected by Akwari), 1978-2013
Box 7
Publications; Non-Duke Publications (Collected by Akwari), 1985-2019
Box 7
Publications; "Trinity" Volume 1, No. 1 (by Blessed Trinity Society), 1961
Box 7
Reprints; "Bile Duct Carcinoma Associated with Ulcerative Colitis" (by Akwari et al), 1976
Box 7
Reprints; "Characterization of the Insulinotropic Potency of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids" (by Akwari et al), 1992
Box 7
Reprints: "Dumbbell Neurogenic Tumors of the Mediastinum: Diagnosis and Management" (by Akwari et al), 1978
Box 7
Reprints; "Effect of Fatty Acids on Insulin Release: Role of Chain Length and Degree of Unsaturation" (by Akwari et al), undated
Box 7
Reprints; "Electric Pacing of Intact and Transected Canine Small Intestine and its Computer Model" (by Akwari et al), 1973
Box 7
Reprints: "Enhancement of Endocrine Pancreatic Secretions by Essential Fatty Acids" (by Akwari et al), 1989
Box 7
Reprints; "Gallstone Disease: Method vs Surgical Therapy and the Impact of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy" (by Akwari), undated
Box 7
Reprints: "Gastrocolic Fistula Complicating Benign Unoperated Gastric Ulcer" (by Akwari et al), 1976
Box 7
Reprints; "The Gastrointestinal Tract in Chemotherapy-induced Emesis: A Final Common Pathway" (by Akwari), 1983
Box 7
Reprints: "Hepatobiliary Cystadenoma with Mesenchymal Stroma" (by Akwari et al), 1990
Box 7
Reprints; "Homologous Desensitization of Pancreatic Beta Cells to Glucose Response by Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids" (by Akwari et al), 1991
Box 7
Reprints: "Leiomyosarcoma of the Small and Large Bowel" (by Akwari et al), 1978
Box 7
Reprints; "Osmocaloric Regulation of Gastric Emptying After Duodenojejunostomy: Interplay with the Gastric Fundus" (by Akwari et al), 1987
Box 7
Reprints: "Psycho-Social Profile of Trauma Victims in the Southeast Health Region of Los Angeles County" (by Akwari et al), 1978
Box 7
Reprint; "Rectal Ejaculation and Prostatic Carcinoma" (by Culley C. Carson and Onyekwere E. Akwari), 1980
Box 7
Reprints; "Splenectomy for Primary and Recurrent Immune Thrombocytopenic: Current Criteria for Patient Selections and Results" (by Akwari et al), 1987
Box 7
Reprints; Writings About the History of Duke University, 1934, 1991
Box 7
Reprints; Writings By Others, 1936-2013
Box 7
State of North Carolina Academic Surgery Month Proclamation, 1989
Box 17
Unsorted Printed Materials, undated
Box 7
"We the People, in Order to Form a More Perfect Union" (By Barack Obama), 2008
Box 17

7. Professional Activities, 1914-2020

Series Scope and Contents: Contains correspondence, meeting and conference materials, programs, certificates, notes, meeting minutes and agendas, teaching materials, subject files, clippings, and other materials pertaining to Onyekwere Akwari's professional activities. The materials in this series may be related to the materials in other series. Materials date from 1914 to 2020.

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Academic Appointments, 1984-1999
Box 7
Academic Surgical Congress, undated
Box 7
African American Health Issues Planning Committee, 1994
Box 7
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 1993
Box 7
Amautu Autonomous Community Memberships, 1989
Box 7
American Board of Surgery, 1979-1980
Box 7
American Board of Surgery Examination, 1977
Box 7
American College of Surgeons (folder 1 of 4), 1981-2012
Box 7
American College of Surgeons (folder 2 of 4), 1981-2012
Box 7
American College of Surgeons (folder 3 of 4), 1981-2012
Box 7
American College of Surgeons (folder 4 of 4), 1981-2012
Box 17
American College of Surgeons, Convocation and Initiates, 1983
Box 17
American Federation for State, County, and Municipal Employees, 1978
Box 7
The American Gastroenterological Association, Elected Member Certificate, 1982
Box 17
American Surgical Association, 1995-2011
Box 7
Appointment of Edward Cornwell, 1993
Box 7
Article and Research Figures, 1986-1992
Box 7
Association for Academic Minority Physicians, 1987-2015
Box 7
Association for Academic Surgery, 2016
Box 7
Awards; 15 Years of Service to the Veterans Administration Pin, undated
Box 7
Awards; African Scholarship Program of American Universities, In Recognition of Earning the Bachelor's Degree as an ASPAU Scholar at University of Washington (1962-1966) Plaque, 1966
Box 28
Awards; African Scholarship Program of American Universities, In Recognition of Selection by the Board of Trustees for an ASPAU Student Achievement Award Plaque, 1965
Box 28
Awards; American Medical Student Association Golden Apple Award for Clinical Science Teaching, 1987-1988
Box 23
Awards; Auxiliary to the Durham Academy of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy, Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement in a "Legacy of Excellence" in Healthcare Plaque, 2001
Box 29
Awards; Collegii Carletonensis Certificate, 1977
Box 7
Awards; Duke Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), Second Annual Trailblazers Award Plaque, 2006
Box 17
Awards; Duke Student National Medical Association (SNMA) & the Duke Medical Alumni Association, In Appreciation For Your Innovative Leadership and Dedication to Diversifying the Face of Medicine Plaque, undated
Box 17
Awards; Duke University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award, December 6, 1990
Box 24
Awards; Hope Waddell Old Students' Association (Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria) Great Support & Contributions to the Growth of Hope Waddell Training Institution Plaque, 2012
Box 17
Awards; National Medical Association Surgical Section Award of Appreciation Certificate, 1977
Box 7
Awards; National Medical Association Surgical Section Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Contribution as Chairman of the Surgical Section, 1990-1992
Box 23
Awards; National Medical Association Surgical Section William Sinkler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association, 1987
Box 23
Awards; North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Chapter of Pre-Professional Health Society, Appreciation of Outstanding Contributions to the Discipline of Academic Medicine Plaque, 1985-1986
Box 17
Awards; Service Certificates from Duke University Medical Center and Duke University, 1983-2003
Box 7
Awards; Service Certificates from the Health and Human Services Project of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, 1981
Box 7
Black Faculty Initiative, 1988
Box 7
Board of Medical Examiners of the State of California, Physician's and Surgeon's Certificate Plaque, 1975
Box 29
Board of Medical Examiners of the State of North Carolina, 1980
Box 7
Book Review of "A Century of Black Surgeons: The U.S.A. Experience", 1988
Box 7
Business Cards, undated
Box 7
Bylaws of the Medical Staff of Duke Hospital, 1988
Box 7
Claude H. Organ, Jr. Surgical Society, 1985-2003
Box 7
Le College International de Chirurgiens, 1981-1982
Box 7
CVs and Resumes (folder 1 of 2), circa 1970s-2015
Box 7
CVs and Resumes (folder 2 of 2), circa 1970s-2015
Box 8
Declaration of Geneva, 1989
Box 8
Department of Veterans Affairs, Certificate of Retirement Plaque, 1996
Box 29
Drafts of Correspondence, Presentations, and Speeches, 1971-2013
Box 8
Duke Academic Council and the Council's Executive Committee, 1980-1992
Box 8
Duke Academic Council and Arts and Sciences Council, 2007-2015
Box 8
Duke Ad Hoc Committee on African and Afro-American Studies, 1992-1995
Box 8
Duke Athletics, 1994-2016
Box 8
Duke Athletics; Basketball, 1986-2017
Box 8
Duke Athletics; Basketball Photographs, 1996
Box 8
Duke Athletics; Basketball Publications, 2006-2017
Box 8
Duke Athletics; Duke Athletics Council, 1997
Box 8
Duke Athletics; Fiscal Integrity Sub-Committee, 1996
Box 8
Duke Athletics; Football, 2005-2011
Box 8
Duke Athletics; Soccer, 1986
Box 8
Duke Athletics; Wrestling, undated
Box 8
Duke Black Alumni Awards, 1998
Box 8
Duke Black Faculty Recruitment, 1988, undated
Box 8
Duke Committee on Admissions, 1988-1989
Box 8
Duke Committee on Minority Student Affairs for the School of Medicine, 1981-1998
Box 8
Duke Council on Educational Affairs, 1999
Box 8
Duke Department of Surgery; Census Results, 1976-1981
Box 8
Duke Department of Surgery; Medical Care and Administration, 1987
Box 8
Duke Department of Surgery; Professional Liability Insurance Cost Analysis, 1979-1980
Box 8
Duke Department of Surgery; Web Page, 2012
Box 8
Duke Faculty Club, undated
Box 8
Duke Health Clinical Enterprise Strategic Plan, 2016-2020
Box 8
Duke Hearing and Grievance Committee, undated
Box 8
Duke Hospital North Maps, undated
Box 8
Duke Managed Care Committee - Physicians, 1995
Box 8
Duke Outpatient Surgical Program, undated
Box 8
Duke Partners of the Medical and Surgical Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC), 1979-1995, undated
Box 8
Duke Physician Referral Directory, 1991
Box 8
Duke President's Council on Black Affairs, 1996
Box 8
Duke Saudi Services Pin, undated
Box 8
Duke Search Committees and Medical Center Ad Hoc Committee for Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure for the Clinical Sciences, 2004-2005
Box 8
Duke Travel Files, 1989-1995
Box 8
Duke University African Students' Association, 1994
Box 8
Duke University Chapel Black Campus Ministry Affiliations, 1994
Box 8
Duke University Employee Life Insurance, undated
Box 8
Duke University Faculty Benefits Handbook, 1973
Box 8
Duke University Summer Medical and Dental Education Program, 2007-2014
Box 8
Faculty Participation in University Governance, 1979-1990
Box 8
Faculty Policies, 1978-1998
Box 8
Grant Applications; Duke Exploratory Center, 1993
Box 8
Grant Applications; Resident Training Program in Emergency Medicine for Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center, 1977
Box 8
Grant Projects for Item, Nigeria; Triangle Community Foundation and Family Health Ministries, Inc., 2002-2003
Box 8
Grant Proposal; William K. Kellogg Foundation, 2002
Box 8
Hope Waddell Old Students' Association (folder 1 of 3), 1959-2015
Box 8
Hope Waddell Old Students' Association (folder 2 of 3), 1959-2015
Box 8
Hope Waddell Old Students' Association (folder 3 of 3), 1959-2015
Box 17
Howard University Hospital, The Third Annual Edward J. Mason, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S. Lecture in Surgery Plaque, 1994
Box 28
Lectures and Speeches; "Multiculturalism Done Right" (by Lynn V. Cheney), 1992
Box 8
Lectures and Speeches; "No Crystal Stair" (by John Hope Franklin), 1994
Box 8
Lectures and Speeches; "The Pursuit of Excellence in the 90s and Beyond" (Saint Augustine's College Honors Convocation), 1991
Box 9
Lectures and Speeches; Sinkler Memorial Lecture, 1990
Box 9
Lectures and Speeches; Speech on the History of Duke University Medical Center, undated
Box 9
Lectures and Speeches; Talk for Workshop for Prospective Duke University Medical Center Students, 1995
Box 9
Lectures and Speeches; "Tribute to Dr. Onye Akwari: On the Occasion of the NMA's 1998 Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly" (by Jean G. Spaulding), 1998
Box 9
Mailing Lists, undated
Box 9
Manuscripts; "An Adventure Beyond Social Mobility: Memoirs of Ita Ekanem" (draft reviewed by Akwari), undated
Box 9
Manuscripts; "A Descriptive Study to Determine the Relationship Between Work Setting and Nurse Practitioners Perceived Autonomy" (by Nnenna Akwari), 1981
Box 9
Manuscripts; "Stimulating Cardiac Tissue Regeneration" (by William K. Mask), 1987
Box 9
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Intern Plaque, 1971
Box 28
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Research Associate in Gastroenterology Research Certificate, 1978
Box 17
Martin Luther King, Jr. General Hospital (Los Angeles, California) Residency Training Program, 1977
Box 9
Medical Air Services of the International College of Surgeons, 1995
Box 9
Medical Student Applications and Letters of Recommendation, 2008
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; American Federation for Clinical Research, 1992-1993
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; American Surgical Association, 1996
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; American Surgical Association, Annual Meetings, 2003-2006
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; American Surgical Association, Annual Meetings, 2007-2010
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA), 2007
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Canadian Association of General Surgeons, 1986
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Charles Johnson Reception, 1990
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Clinical Sciences Faculty Council Meeting, 1993-1995
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Committee on Graduate Education of the Joint Councils of the Society for Vascular Surgery, 1979
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Department of Surgery Antibiotics Committee, undated
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Divisions of General and Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1978-1981
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Duke Academic Council, 1988-1989
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, 2008, 2015
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Improving the Health of African Americans in the Triangle, 1995
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; "Justice in Healthcare, Today and in the Past" Panel Discussion, 2010
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Mayo Black Alumni Meeting, Presentation Notes, undated
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Medical Center Library Committee, 1979
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Medical Center Policy Advisory Committee, 1988
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 1992
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; National Medical Association Annual Convention, 2007
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Nile Valley Conference, 1984
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; North Carolina Area Health Professions Recruitment Seminar, 2007
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Priestley Society (Mayo Surgical Alumni), 1992
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Private Diagnostic Clinic Partnership (PDC), 1978
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Lecture, 1987
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; The Sullivan Commission Meeting, 2003
Box 9
Meetings and Conferences; Surgical Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) Committee, 1978-1980
Box 9
Minnesota State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences, Certificate of Registration in the Basic Sciences Plaque, 1973
Box 17
Minnesota State Board of Medical Examiners, Minnesota Medical License Plaque, 1973
Box 29
Miscellaneous Notes, undated
Box 9
Multicultural Resource Center for Duke University School of Medicine, 1999, undated
Box 9
National Board Medical Examiners, 1973
Box 9
National Board of Medical Examiners of the United States of America, Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners Plaque, 1971
Box 29
National Medical Association (folder 1 of 2), 1981-2006
Box 9
National Medical Association (folder 2 of 2), 1981-2006
Box 9
National Medical Association Stole, undated
Box 19
National Practitioner Data Bank, 1990
Box 9
NCI Consultancy, 1995
Box 9
Nomination of Keith Kelly for the Mayo Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010
Box 9
Nomination of Leroy T. Walker for a Duke Honorary Degree (1 3.5 inch floppy disk), 1990-2007

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Box 9
Nomination of Charles Watts for a Duke Honorary Degree, 1989-2003
Box 9
North Carolina Central University (NCCU), 2010
Box 9
North Carolina Central University (NCCU); Art Museum, 1993-2012
Box 9
North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development Coaster, undated
Box 9
North Carolina Medical Board Registration, 2001-2013
Box 9
North Carolina Medical License, 1978
Box 10
North Carolina Medical Society, 1996
Box 10
Nutrition in Nigeria Report, 1974-1976
Box 10
Physician Privilege License, 2002, 2005
Box 10
The Priestley Society, 1982-2008
Box 10
Promotion of Carnell Cooper, 2001
Box 10
Professional Slides (folder 1 of 4), 1975-1990, undated
Box 10
Professional Slides (folder 2 of 4), 1975-1990, undated
Box 10
Professional Slides (folder 3 of 4), 1975-1990, undated
Box 10
Professional Slides (folder 4 of 4), 1975-1990, undated
Box 10
Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws of the Medical Staff of Duke University Hospital, 1981
Box 10
Reports; B72.3 Controversy and External Review, 1989-1990
Box 10
Reports; Black Academic Surgeons: A Vanishing Species - Preliminary Report of the Surgical Section of the NMA, undated
Box 10
Reports; Black on White Symposium: Issues Surrounding the Experiences of Black Students on White Campuses, 1989
Box 10
Reports: Reports on Faculty Diversity and Discrimination to the Duke Academic Council, 1982-1983
Box 10
Research Budget, 1980
Box 10
Research Notes, 1997
Box 10
Residency Training Program in Emergency Medicine for Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center (folder 1 of 2), 1977
Box 10
Residency Training Program in Emergency Medicine for Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center (folder 2 of 2), 1977
Box 10
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 1974-1983
Box 10
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Certificate, 1981
Box 24
Sabiston Surgical Society, 2008
Box 10
Saint Augustine's College, 1988-2003
Box 10
Salerni Collegium, Elected Member Plaque, 1971
Box 28
Samuel Dubois Cook Society, 1997-2019
Box 10
Saudi-United States Universities Project, 1994-1995
Box 10
Shipment Records, 1980
Box 10
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; Alpha Tau Baule, 1985-2008
Box 10
Sigma Xi The Scientific Research Society, Elected Member Certificate, 1979
Box 17
The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 1979-1999
Box 10
South African Physicians and Other Health Providers Exchange Visit to the U.S., 1995
Box 10
Southern Medical Association, 1995
Box 10
Southern Oral History Program of the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill, 2008
Box 10
St. David's Episcopal Church, undated
Box 10
State of Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners Medicine and Surgery License, 1980-1991
Box 10
Strategic Plan for Black Faculty Development, 1994-1995
Box 10
Student National Medical Association, 1970
Box 10
Subject Files; Abele, Julian, 1990
Box 10
Subject Files; Blunt, Russell Evans, undated
Box 10
Subject Files; Debas, Haile, 1987-2010
Box 10
Subject Files; Franklin, John Hope, 1988-2007
Box 11
Subject Files; Franklin, John Hope, 1992-2009
Box 11
Subject Files; Franklin, John Hope: Collection for African and African American Documentation at the Duke Archives, 1914-2005
Box 11
Subject Files; Johnson, Frederick A., 1990
Box 11
Subject Files; Kelly, Keith, 1990, undated
Box 11
Subject Files; The Minority Experience: Duke University School of Medicine, 1985
Box 11
Subject Files; Tanzanian Medical Professionals, undated
Box 11
Subject Files; Shadd, Furman Jeremiah, MD, 1980
Box 11
Subject Files; Yancey, Asa G., 1952
Box 11
Surgical Section of the National Medical Association (NMA), 2006
Box 11
Teaching Materials; 2006 Fall Term Surgery Course Roster, 2006
Box 11
Teaching Materials; 2nd Year Surgery Rotation, 2006-2009
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Continuing Medical Education: A Primer, undated
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Core Course in Surgery, Student Information, 2005-2007
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Duke University Medical School Curriculum, undated
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Physiology 200; Lecture 31: Motility (2 audiocassette tapes), 1986
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Physiology 200; Lecture 32: Motility and Neural Control (1 audiocassette tape), 1986
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Physiology 200; Lecture 33: Review Session (1 audio cassette tape), 1986
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Physiology 200; Lecture 34: Conference (1 audiocassette tape), 1986
Box 11
Teaching Materials; PowerPoint Slides, 2008
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Progress of African-American Students at Duke University School of Medicine, 1996
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Slides: Digestion, 1978, undated
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Slides: Hepatic Research: Surgical Management of Hepatic Tumors, 1979, undated
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Slides: Motility Disorders, 1976, undated
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Student Case Study Presentations (folder 1 of 2), 2008-2009
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Student Case Study Presentations (folder 2 of 2), 2008-2009
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Student Papers, circa 1988
Box 11
Teaching Materials; Term V Medical Student Information, 2006
Box 11
Terry Sanford Resolution from Duke University, February 21, 1985
Box 24
VA Proposal Reviews, 1993
Box 11
Writings on Trauma Victims in Los Angeles County, 1976-1989
Box 11

8. Scrapbooks and Binders, 1963-2014

Series Scope and Contents: Contains scrapbooks and binders documenting Onyekwere Akwari's personal and professional interests and activities. The scrapbooks contain photographs, clippings, and programs pertaining to specific events or trips. The binders are less organized, containing all types of printed materials, programs, clippings, correspondence, or memorabilia of interest to Akwari including Duke Basketball programs signed by players and annotated by Akwari. Materials date from 1963 to 2014.

Binders; Binder 1: History of the SBAS Presentation and NMA Surgical Section Anniversary Photographs, 1994-2006
Box 11
Binders; Binder 2: Assorted News Clippings, Correspondence, Event Memorabilia, Duke Athletics, and Funeral Materials, 2006-2014
Box 11
Binders; Binder 3: Item Community Organization, 1963-2009
Box 11
Binders; Binder 3: Item Community Organization, Photographs, 1977, undated
Box 12
Binders; Binder 4: Admission Records, Letters of Recommendation, and Memorial Materials, 2010-2012
Box 12
Binders; Binder 5: SBAS Workshops, Private Receptions, Public Receptions and Dinners, and Department of Surgery Dr. Louis Sullivan, 1977-1990s
Box 12
Binders; Binder 5: SBAS Workshops, Private Receptions, Public Receptions and Dinners, and Department of Surgery Dr. Louis Sullivan, Photographs, 1977-1990s
Box 12
Binders; Binder 6: Academic Council Committee on Black Faculty Binder, 1988-1995
Box 12
Binders; Untitled Binder 1 (folder 1 of 2), 1975-2011
Box 12
Binders; Untitled Binder 1 (folder 2 of 2), 1975-2011
Box 12
Binders; Untitled Binder 2 (folder 1 of 3), 1983-2012
Box 12
Binders; Untitled Binder 2 (folder 2 of 3), 1983-2012
Box 12
Binders; Untitled Binder 2 (folder 3 of 3), 1983-2012
Box 12
Binders; Untitled Binder 3 (folder 1 of 2), 1981-2013
Box 12
Binders; Untitled Binder 3 (folder 2 of 2), 1981-2013
Box 12
Scrapbooks; Akwari Family Photographs (folder 1 of 3), 2008
Box 12
Scrapbooks; Akwari Family Photographs (folder 2 of 3), 2008
Box 12
Scrapbooks; Akwari Family Photographs (folder 3 of 3), 2008
Box 12
Scrapbooks; Family Photographs and Memorabilia, 1970-2002, undated
Box 12
Scrapbooks; Founder's Day Reception Honoring Charles Johnson, 1990
Box 13
Scrapbooks; Onye's 60th Birthday, 2002
Box 13

9. Society of Black American Surgeons (SBAS), 1978-2017

Series Scope and Contents: Contains materials, correspondence, programs, transcripts, photographs, scrapbooks, slides, clipping, notes, certificates, applications, and memorabilia pertaining to the Society of Black American Surgeons (SBAS). The SBAS was organized by Onyekwere Akwari and three other African-American surgeons in 1989 to support the racial integration of academic surgical departments in the post-civil rights era. Materials date from 1978 to 2017.

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Correspondence, 1987-2010
Box 13
1989 Meeting; Digital Files (11 5.25 inch floppy disks), 1989
Box 13
1989 Meeting; Founding Members Meeting (1 CD), 1989

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Box 13
1989 Meeting; General Papers (folder 1 of 2), 1988-1989
Box 13
1989 Meeting; General Papers (folder 2 of 2), 1988-1989
Box 13
1989 Meeting; Invitation Lists, 1989
Box 13
1989 Meeting; Photographs, 1989
Box 13
1989 Meeting; Scrapbook, 1989-1990
Box 13
1989 Meeting; Slides, 1989
Box 13
1989 Meeting; Speeches, 1989
Box 13
1989 Meeting; Transcripts (folder 1 of 4), 1989
Box 13
1989 Meeting; Transcripts (folder 2 of 4), 1989
Box 13
1989 Meeting; Transcripts (folder 3 of 4), 1989
Box 14
1989 Meeting; Transcripts (folder 4 of 4), 1989
Box 14
1991 Meeting, 1990-1991
Box 14
1993 Meeting, 1993
Box 14
1993 Meeting; Charles Johnson, 1993
Box 14
1993 Meeting; Slides, 1993
Box 14
1993 Meeting; Viewpack Wallets, 1993
Box 14
1994 Meeting, 1994
Box 14
1995 Meeting, 1995
Box 14
1995 Meeting; Reception and Banquet Programs (folder 1 of 2), 1995
Box 14
1995 Meeting; Reception and Banquet Programs (folder 2 of 2), 1995
Box 14
1996 Meeting, 1994-1996
Box 14
1997 Meeting, 1997
Box 14
2000 Meeting, 2000
Box 14
2001 Meeting, 1998-1999
Box 14
2002 Meeting, 2002
Box 14
2003 Meeting, 2003
Box 14
2004 Meeting, 2004
Box 14
2005 Meeting, 2005
Box 14
2006 Meeting, 2006
Box 14
2007 Meeting, 2007
Box 14
2008 Meeting, 2008
Box 14
2009 Meeting, 2009
Box 14
2010 Meeting, 2009-2010
Box 14
2010 Meeting; Panels (folder 1 of 2), 2010
Box Map Folder 1
2010 Meeting; Panels (folder 2 of 2), 2010
Box Map Folder 2
2012 Meeting, 2012
Box 14
Asa Yancey Lecture Series, 2017
Box 14
Bylaws and 301C-3 Status of the SBAS, 1992
Box 14
Charles Watts and Julian Abele, 1989-2000
Box 15
Development of the Society's Virtual Office, 1999
Box 15
Duke Presentation (1 CD), 2010

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Box 15
Executive Committee Meetings, 1998-1999
Box 15
Faculty Workshops, 1988-1999
Box 15
Founding Member Medal, 1989
Box 15
Member Certificate, 1994
Box 15
Member Mailing Lists, Registration Lists, and Directories, 1991-1999
Box 15
Membership Applicants and Applications, 1999
Box 15
Newsletters, 1993-1997
Box 15
Newspaper Clippings, 1989
Box 15
Presidents of the Society of SBAS Group Photograph, 2017
Box 15
President's Medal, undated
Box 15
Program Director Cost Report, 1999
Box 15
Publications Featuring Members, 1998
Box 15
Research Presented by Members, 1991
Box 15
Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Distinguished Service Award, 1991-1993
Box 23
Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) Necktie, undated
Box 19
Treasurer's Reports, 1999-2000
Box 15
Tribute to Dr. Claude H. Organ, 1978-2005
Box 15
Unidentified Materials, undated
Box 15
Unidentified Transcripts, undated
Box 15

10. St. Titus Episcopal Church (Durham, N.C.), 1957-2017

Series Scope and Contents: Contains correspondence, programs, booklets, meeting minutes, handbooks, manuals, directories, a CD, and printed materials pertaining to St. Titus Episcopal Church. St. Titus is a historically black church established in Durham, North Carolina, in 1887, where Onyekwere Akwari served as a vestry member. Materials date from 1957 to 2017, with bulk from 1992 to 2017.

Annual Parish Meetings, 2008
Box 15
Bible Study Booklets, 2007
Box 15
Bishop Suffragan Annual Visitation, 2015
Box 15
Church Insurance Agency Records, 2003
Box 15
Consecration of Reverend Curry, 1998-2002
Box 15
Educator's Certificates, 2017
Box 15
"Enriching Our Worship: Supplemental Liturgical Materials Prepared by The Standing Liturgical Commission" Booklet, 1997
Box 15
Event Programs, 1992-2015
Box 15
Files (folder 1 of 2), 1972, 1978, 2001-2016
Box 15
Files (folder 2 of 2), 1972, 1978, 2001-2016
Box 15
Handbook for Parish Benevolent Ministry, 1998
Box 15
Introduction to the Vision of the Community of the Franciscan Way, undated
Box 15
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Campus Ministry, 2001-2011
Box 15
"The North Carolina Disciple: Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina" Magazine, 2012, 2017
Box 15
"Ordination and Consecration of a Bishop" Booklet; Reverend Anne Elliot Hodges-Copple, 2013
Box 15
Parish Directories, 2006, undated
Box 15
Parochial Report: Report of Episcopal Congregations and Missions Workbook (folder 1 of 2), 2002-2011
Box 15
Parochial Report: Report of Episcopal Congregations and Missions Workbook (folder 2 of 2), 2002-2011
Box 15
Pauli Murray's National Book Week Speech (Durham, North Carolina, 1957
Box 15
Prayer for Pentecost, undated
Box 15
Prayer of Welcome, undated
Box 15
"Preparing for General Convention 2006: A Resource for Congregations" Booklet, 2006
Box 15
Service Assistance Schedules, 2009
Box 15
"A Service of Introduction for the Reverend William Edward Maddox, III as Rector of St. Titus' Episcopal Church" Booklet, 2002
Box 15
Service of Worship Programs, 2012
Box 15
"A Short Prospectus of St. Titus Episcopal Church", 1980
Box 17
St. Titus Children Wells Visit (1 CD), undated
Box 15
Synopsis of a Vision/Game Plan for St. Titus, 2010, undated
Box 15
Vestry Manual 2010, 2008-2011
Box 15
Vestry Minutes, 2010
Box 15

11. Digital Files, 1993-2012, 2019-2021

Series Scope and Contents: Contains digital files from the following accessions: Accession A2020.003, Accession A2021.078. Includes images, videos, audio files of interviews, a document pertaining to Onyekwere Akwari's personal and professional activities and interests, and images and short videos of Akwari's funeral in Nigeria. The digital files date from 1993 to 2012, 2019, and 2021.

Arrangement Note: Accession A2020.003: contains digital files pertaining to Akwari's personal and professional activities. The original carriers for the files are located in the following locations:

Audiovisual Materials Series

  • Box 4, FF 45: Ogundipe Interview (CD)
  • Box 4, FF 46: 2007 Duke Men's Basketball Banquet (DVD)
  • Box 4, FF 47: Accessory Splenectomy for Recurrent ITP (DVD)
  • Box 4, FF 48: Akam Di Ocha, Paul Nwokocha (DVD)
  • Box 4, FF 50: Charlie Rose interview with Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans and Anthony Drexel Duke (DVD)
  • Box 4, FF 51: Eme Nkina Ekwere, 23 Market Road Choir (Methodist Church) (DVD)
  • Box 4, FF 52: Ihe Adiwo Nma, Obewe (DVD)
  • Box 4, FF 53: Item National Convention (DVD)
  • Box 4, FF 54: Item Day Celebration (DVD)
Photographic Materials Series
  • Box 6, FF 8: Akwari-Micheaux Wedding Photographs (CD)
  • Box 6, FF 9: Cameron Crazies, Ijeoma Ilk Photographs (CD)
  • Box 6, FF 10: Family Photographs (CD)
  • Box 6, FF 12: Emmanuel MBA Funeral (DVD)
Professional Affiliations Series
  • Box 9, FF 48: Nomination of Leroy T. Walker for a Duke Honorary Degree (3.5 inch floppy disk)
Society of Black American Surgeons (SBAS) Series
  • Box 13, FF 5: 1989 Meeting; Founding Members Meeting (CD)
  • Box 15, FF 3: Duke Presentation (CD)
Accession A2021.078: contains images and short videos documenting Akwari's funeral in Nigeria, as well as descriptive emails to provide context.

Conditions Governing Access: Materials are available at the Duke University Medical Center Archives Reading Room.

Processing Information: Material in this collection was processed using AXAEM's Electronic Records Processing module, which incorporates Bagger as a way to package electronic files with technical metadata. Captured digital content was ingested into AXAEM, where ClamAV Anti-Virus software detected and cleaned any computer viruses. The cleaned files were saved on the Duke University Medical Center Archives' secure server with a regular backup schedule. Includes 400 files totaling 24.12 GB that are available for research: Accession A2020.003 (382 files totaling 24.07 GB), Accession A2021.078 (18 files totaling 47.6 MB)

Accession A2020.003, 1993-2012

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes images, videos, audio files of interviews, and a document pertaining to Onyekwere Akwari's personal and professional activities and interests. The subseries contains image files of the 2007 Cameron Crazies, the student section supporting the Duke basketball teams, and Akwari family photographs, including the Akwari-Micheaux wedding and a those of a funeral. The subseries also contains videos of the 2007 Duke Men's Basketball Banquet, a surgery for an accessory splenectomy for recurrent ITP, the 2006 Item National Convention, a Charlie Rose interview with Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans and Anthony Drexel Duke, and an interview between Ogundipe and Onye Akwari. The subseries also contains files pertaining to the 1989 founding meeting of the Society of Black American Surgeons (SBAS) and a document created by Akwari upon the nomination of Dr. Walker for an honorary degree from Duke. These original carriers for these files are CDs, DVDs, and a 3.5 inch floppy disk, and can be found in the Photographic Materials Series, Audiovisual Materials Series, and the Society of Black American Surgeons (SBAS) Series, and Professional Activities Series. File types include JPG, VOB, CDA, PDF, PSD, DOC, PAM, and TXT. The digital files date from 1993 to 2012.

Conditions Governing Access: Materials are available at the Duke University Medical Center Archives Reading Room.

Digital Files: Accession A2020.003, 1993-2012
Box Server

Accession A2021.078, 2019, 2021

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes images and short videos recording Onyekwere Akwari's funeral in Item, Nigeria on September 28, 2019. Akwari's body was kept at a mortuary in Umuahia, Nigeria until the day before his funeral in his village of Item. These files document the family home, the funeral procession with pallbearers and musicians, funeral customs, and family dress. Also includes emails with descriptive information about the images and videos written by Anne Micheaux Akwari. File types include JPG, MOV, MSG, and TXT. The digital files date to 2019 and 2021.

Conditions Governing Access: Materials are available at the Duke University Medical Center Archives Reading Room.

Digital Files: Accession A2021.078, 2019, 2021
Box Server

Biographical Note

Onyekwere Emmanuel Akwari was born in 1942 in Aba, Nigeria to Theophilus Akwari, an export-import business owner, and Ngarasi Christiana Ukegbu, the owner and operator of numerous local shops. He was raised in Abia State, Nigeria as the oldest of eight children. He attended the Hope Waddell Training Institution in Calabar, Nigeria. In 1962, shortly after Nigeria declared its independence from British rule, Akwari made the decision to leave his home country and travel to the United States for university after receiving a scholarship through the African Scholarship Program of American University (ASPAU). In 1960, seventeen African countries emerged from colonial rule, and the ASPAU awarded scholarships to enable highly qualified African secondary school graduates to obtain first degree training at United States institutions of higher learning. Akwari received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in 1966, where he served in student government. He received his medical degree in 1970 at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, where he served as freshman class president and, as a senior, student body president. While he was attending medical school, Akwari's family businesses were destroyed in Nigeria's civil war.

Akwari joined the general surgery training program at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, where his special general surgical clinical focus was complex abdominal surgeries and his research focus was neural and hormonal regulation of gastrointestinal motility. While in his surgical residency, Akwari provided six of his siblings with assistance to immigrate to the United States to obtain their undergraduate educations.

In a 6 month leave from the Mayo Clinic, Akwari implemented an Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center for the Southeast Health Region of Los Angeles County. Akwari's research and clinical acumen prompted Dr. David C. Sabiston, Jr., visiting as 1977 Balfour Professor at Mayo Clinic, to recruit him to Duke University as an Associate Professor of Surgery. At the time, Duke University Medical Center only had two other African-American professors on faculty, and Akwari was only the second on the academic tenure track.

Akwari held an active surgical practice at Duke until he was struck with chronic illness in 1995. Despite his illness, he remained a faculty member until his death. Akwari served on Duke's medical school admissions committee, Duke's faculty governance Academic Council, Duke's Athletic Council, and other Medical Center and University Committees. An advocate for expanding and celebrating diversity at the university, Akwari supported the introduction of Duke's women's and minority studies programs and hosted gatherings for fellow "first" African Americans at Duke.

Among Akwari's accomplishments was the foundation of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS). SBAS was organized by Akwari and three other African-American surgeons in 1989 to support the racial integration of academic surgical departments in the post-civil rights era.

Over the course of his career, Akwari published over 150 articles and book chapters and presented at 73 national and international medical meetings. He was a member of the American Surgical Association, Alpha Tau Boule' section of Sigma Pi Phi, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, past head of the surgical section of the National Medical Association, and served on committees of the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. His Duke awards include the University Scholar/Teacher of the Year award, the Raymond Gavins Distinguished Faculty Award, and, the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Clinical Sciences. The inaugural Duke Classic of Duke Mens' Basketball was dedicated to Akwari, posthumously.

Akwari married Anne Micheaux in 1978. Anne Micheaux Akwari also holds medical and law degrees. Onyekewere and Anne Micheaux Akwari had two children. Onyekewere Akwari died on April 14, 2019.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Onyekwere E. Akwari Papers, Duke University Medical Center Archives.

Acquisitions Information

Accession A2019.056 (transferred by Justin Barr, June 2019), Accession A2019.101 (gift by Anne Micheaux Akwari, December 2019), Accession A2020.003 (gift by Anne Micheaux Akwari, January 2020), Accession A2020.060 (gift by Anne Micheaux Akwari, September 2020), Accession A2021.078 (gift by Anne Micheaux Akwari, October 2021), Accession A2022.056 (gift by Anne Micheaux Akwari, August 2022)

Processing Information

Processed by Caroline Waller and McKenzie Long under the supervision of Lucy Waldrop and Lucy Waldrop: December 2019 to August 2021; updated by Lucy Waldrop: November 2021, August 2022

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Department of Surgery Records