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Robert H. McNeill family papers, 1839-2008

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BOX 73-98 William C. McNeill, 1868-1964
The William C. McNeill series covers mainly his career as a physician and his tenure with the Howard University College of Medicine. The series is comprised of six groupings: appointment books and calendars, correspondence, financial and legal papers, Howard University College of Medicine file, speeches and writings file, and subject file. The appointment books and calendars document chiefly Williams’s professional life but also include personal engagements.

The bulk of the correspondence is from William’s wife, Mary, prior to their marriage in 1910. The letters reflect their growing relationship and include news of her family and friends, descriptions of her travels, and mentions of her activities as a teacher at the Institute for Colored Youth in Cheyney, Pennsylvania. Other family correspondents are William’s sons, Robert and William Jr. Robert’s letters highlight his service in World War II referencing his activities and application to Officer Candidate School. William Jr.’s letters discuss his work and contain news about his family while employed as an engineer in Liberia and Afghanistan from the mid-1950s through 1964. Another prolific correspondent is C. B. (Charles Burleigh) Purvis, a physician, educator, and one of the founders of the medical school at Howard University. Consisting chiefly of Purvis’s incoming letters, the correspondence relates mainly to matters about the College of Medicine.

The largest group of files in the William C. McNeill series cover his affiliation with the Howard University College of Medicine. These files relate mainly to his duties as secretary-treasurer from 1908 to 1921. His fundraising efforts assisted the college in raising the capital necessary for it to meet the standards required by the Association of American Medical Colleges. As part of his responsibilities with the university, William attended many board and faculty meetings where he often took notes or was sent minutes of meetings that are featured in the College of Medicine files. The speeches and writings file also focuses for the most part on the medical school. The majority of these files consist of book drafts and research material relating to William’s efforts to write a history of the College of Medicine. The drafts also include biographical material about William’s early life and the circumstances that led to him becoming a physician.

A number of the subject files relate to William’s medical practice. These files include correspondence, reports, and notes about patients, a prescription record, memorabilia, and printed matter and ephemera. Other subject files document William’s association with the Chi Delta Mu fraternity and the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity. He served as faculty sponsor for Chi Delta Mu (medical, dental and pharmaceutical fraternity) and was a member of its local graduate chapter. William was also a founding member and leader of Epsilon Boule of the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, a fraternity established for professionals.

Material types include correspondence, appointment books and calendars, medical files, minutes of meetings, lectures, an article, book drafts and research material, notebooks and notes, newsletters, reports, memorabilia, programs, estate papers, purchase orders, bank books, check registers, receipts, lists, newspaper clippings, printed matter, and other papers.
Arranged alphabetically in six groups: appointment books and calendars, correspondence, financial and legal papers, Howard University College of Medicine file, speeches and writings file, and subject file.
BOX 73 Appointment books and calendars, 1909-1911, 1918-1934
(4 folders)
BOX 74 Appointment books and calendars, 1936-1947
(6 folders)
BOX 75 Appointment books and calendars, 1948-1953
(4 folders)
BOX 76 Appointment books and calendars, 1954-1955
(2 folders)
BOX 76 Correspondence
BOX 76 Family
BOX 76 Hines, Elizabeth Ann McNeill (sister), 1960-1964, undated
BOX 76 McNeill, Mary A. (wife), 1906
(6 folders)
BOX 76 McNeill, Mary A. (wife), 1907, Jan.-Feb.
(3 folders)
BOX 77 McNeill, Mary A. (wife), 1907, Mar.-July
(14 folders)
BOX 78 McNeill, Mary A. (wife), 1907, Aug.-Dec.
(9 folders)
BOX 78 McNeill, Mary A. (wife), 1908
(8 folders)
BOX 79 McNeill, Mary A. (wife), 1909-1910
(12 folders)
BOX 79 McNeill, Mary A. (wife), 1911, Jan.-Sept.
(4 folders)
BOX 80 McNeill, Mary A. (wife), 1911, Oct.-Nov.
(4 folders)
BOX 80 McNeill, Mary A. (wife), 1912-1914, 1922, 1939-1946
(12 folders)
BOX 81 McNeill, Mary A. (wife), undated
(2 folders)
BOX 81 McNeill, Robert H. (son), 1937, 1943-1945, 1952-1953, undated
(6 folders)
BOX 81 McNeill, William C., Jr. (son), and family, 1925, 1939, 1946-1964, undated
(5 folders)
BOX 81 Nurse, Beulah Gertrude McNeill (sister), and Charles Nurse (brother-in-law), 1944, 1952, 1960-1964, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 81 Other relatives, 1908-1911, 1930-1937, 1946-1952, 1960-1964, undated
(4 folders)
BOX 82 Walker, Katherine McNeill (daughter), and family, 1941-1946, 1956-1964, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 82 General, 1897-1915, 1921-1923, 1929-1964, undated
(7 folders)
BOX 82 Purvis, C. B. (Charles Burleigh), 1904-1910
(6 folders)
BOX 83 Purvis, C. B. (Charles Burleigh), 1911-1917, undated
(5 folders)
BOX 83 Financial and legal papers
BOX 83 Bank books and notebooks, 1911-1963
BOX 83 Contributions from former students, 1954
(2 folders)
BOX 83 Estate of Laura V. Davis, 1896, 1902, 1909, 1921, 1942-1946
(2 folders)
BOX 84 Estate of Marian P. Shadd and scholarship fund, 1933-1956
(5 folders)
BOX 84 General, 1910-1963, undated
(6 folders)
BOX 84 Hightower, Nathaniel D., 1920-1924
BOX 85 Insurance, 1931-1963
BOX 85 Notebooks, 1908, 1922, 1949
BOX 85 Real estate, 1892, 1909-1962, undated
(4 folders)
BOX 85 Taxes, 1929-1956
(2 folders)
BOX 85 Howard University College of Medicine file
BOX 85 Committee on Conditions in the Medical School, 1913
BOX 85 Correspondence
BOX 85 Balloch, Edward A., 1909-1924, 1935, 1948, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 85 Durkee, J. Stanley, 1918-1923
BOX 85 General, 1902-1910
(2 folders)
BOX 86 General, 1911-1961, undated
(16 folders)
BOX 86 Dental School, 1904-1923, 1948, 1955-1959, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 87 Financial papers
BOX OV 4 Charge journal, 1918-1919 See Container OV 4, same heading
BOX 87 Check registers and bank book, 1911-1918
BOX 87 General, 1886-1915
(8 folders)
BOX 88 General, 1916-1937, 1949-1955, undated
(10 folders)
BOX 88 Payroll lists, 1909-1915, undated
BOX 88 Purchase orders for books, 1922
BOX 89 General, 1881, 1902-1938, 1945-1955, undated
(7 folders)
BOX 89 Grades, 1904-1920, undated
(6 folders)
BOX 89 Graduates, lists, 1905-1913
BOX 90 Graduates, lists, 1914-1919, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 90 Lamb, Daniel Smith, Howard University Medical Department, Washington, D.C. A Historical Biographical and Statistical Souvenir, 1900
(3 folders)
BOX 90 Lectures by McNeill, undated
BOX 90 Meeting minutes and related documents
BOX 90 Bound, 1908-1910
BOX 90 Unbound, 1868-1873, 1907
BOX 90 Unbound, 1908, Jan.-Sept.
BOX 91 Unbound, 1908, Oct.-Dec.
BOX 91 Unbound, 1909-1922, 1931, undated
(15 folders)
BOX 92 National Medical Association Meeting, Philadelphia, Pa., 1926
BOX 92 Printed matter, 1881, 1896-1906, 1913-1930, 1937, 1945-1961, undated
(4 folders)
BOX 92 Programs, 1912, 1920, 1940, 1950-1960
BOX 92 Purvis, C. B. (Charles Burleigh), 1907, 1953, undated
BOX 92 Reid, Hobart, 1916-1917
BOX 92 Shadd, Furman J., 1899-1908, 1930, undated
BOX 92 Yearbook, 1929
BOX 92 Speeches and writings file
BOX 92 By McNeill
BOX 92 Article, 1948
BOX 92 Book drafts and research material, Howard University College of Medicine history, undated
BOX 92 Set A
(2 folders)
BOX 93 Set A
BOX 93 Set B
(2 folders)
BOX 93 Set C
(2 folders)
BOX 93 Set D
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