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Collection Number: 05613

Collection Title: Richard Davidson Photographs of the Appalachian Student Health Coalition and the Mountain People's Health Council, 1970-1978

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Size 620 items (2.2 linear feet)
Abstract Richard Davidson (1947-), a medical physician and educator, was among the founding participants of the Vanderbilt Student Health Coalition at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. (1970-1971) and the Mountain People's Health Council in eastern Tennesee (1975-1976). The Student Health Coalition focused on training medical professionals and medical students for community organizing around local health fairs in isolated Appalachian communities in Tennessee and Virginia. The fairs brought health care to communities that otherwise would have gone without due to location or economic status. The Mountain People's Health Council follows a model similar to the Student Health Coalition. Both the Student Health Coalition and the Mountain People's Health Council continue to provide these services to communities and remain active today. This collection contains images taken by Richard Davidson documenting the activities of the Vanderbilt Student Health Coalition from 1970 to 1971 and the Mountain People's Health Councils from 1975 to 1976. The images depict scenes at fairs and meetings in various locations around Tennessee, including Briceville, Clairfield, Murfreesboro, Norma, Petros, Smithville, Sneedville, Stoney Fork, and White Oak. The photographs were taken by Davidson. Materials include black-and-white and color 35mm slides, a photographic album consisting of prints from slides, some articles about the work of the Student Health Coalition, and a digital sideshow containing images compiled by Davidson for a reunion in 2012.
Creator Davidson, Richard, 1947-
Language English
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[Identification of item], in the Richard Davidson Photographs of the Appalachian Student Health Coalition and the Mountain People's Health Council #05613, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Acquired from Richard Davidson in November 2014 and June 2017 (Acc. 103089).
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Richard Davidson was born in West Palm Beach, Fla., in 1947. His father was the first cardiologist in Palm Beach County, Fla. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. undergraduate and medical schools, as well as a residency in internal medicine.

During the summer of his second year in medical school he was asked to participate in a rural health project by a classmate, Patrick Maxwell. The project was developed by William Dow, another Vanderbilt Medical student, with input from others, and was based on community organizing around local health fairs in isolated Appalachian communities. The first full summer of Vanderbilt Student Health Coalition health fairs took place in the summer of 1970. In 1971 Richard Davidson assumed the co-leadership role for the project with an undergraduate student, Carolyn Klyce. They raised more than $100,000 in grant funds and doubled the numbers of health fairs, using two concurrently running fairs, with over 110 students participating.

After completing his medical school and two years of residency, Davidson moved to east Tennessee and practiced in the three communities of Petros, Stoney Fork and Norma, providing supervision for three nurse practitioners. These clinics were organized under one administrative structure known as the Mountain People's Health Councils, which is still operating 35 years after the initial structure was formed. At one point, 26 rural communities had developed local clinics after organizing efforts by the Coalition.

After his residency Davidson moved to the University of North Carolina where he was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and helped students develop similar rural projects there, until he moved to the University of Florida in 1984. He continued his interest in rural health, directing a program called the Community Health Scholars program, funded by the Area Health Education Centers. This program placed students in rural communities to assist the community in developing solutions for locally-determined projects. Because of his early involvement in joint practice with nurse practitioners, in 1996 Davidson and colleagues developed one of the first interprofessional education programs in the United States, which has persisted for more than 15 years.

Davidson retired in 2013 after serving for six years as the Associate Vice President for Health Affairs (Interprofessional Education) at the University of Florida Health Science Center.

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This collection contains images taken by Richard Davidson documenting the activities of the Vanderbilt Student Health Coalition from 1970 to 1971 and the Mountain People's Health Councils from 1975 to 1976. The images depict scenes at fairs and meetings in various locations around Tennessee, including Briceville, Clairfield, Murfreesboro, Norma, Petros, Smithville, Sneedville, Stoney Fork, and White Oak. The photographs were taken by Davidson. Materials include black-and-white and color 35mm slides, a photographic album consisting of prints from slides, some articles about the work of the Student Health Coalition, and a digital sideshow containing images compiled by Davidson for a reunion in 2012. Also included are some newspaper articles related to the activities of the Student Health Coalition.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Appalachian Student Health Coalition Photographs, 1970-1971, 1975, 1978.

483 images, 1 photograph album, 5 printed items.

Arrangement: Original.

Slides are grouped according to order imposed by creator. Slides appear to have been compiled to highlight the activities of the Appalachian Southern Health Coalition mostly between 1970-1971 and were used for sideshow presentations about the group.

There is a photograph album containing prints made from the slides in the collection and a digital sideshow made from the images in the collection. Also included are some newspaper articles related to the activities of the Student Health Coalition.

Color Film Box 1

Slide 05613/0001

Student Health Coalition: Pre-health Fairs, Murfreesboro, Tenn., circa summer 1970 #05613, Series: "1. Appalachian Student Health Coalition Photographs, 1970-1971, 1975, 1978." Cfilmbox 1, Slide 05613/0001

Black-and-White / Color 35mm Slides

40 images

Descriptions by Richard (Rick) Davidson (November 2014):

Numbering corresponds to original frame numbers on materials

  • Slide 01: Dr. Amos Christie lecturing medical students.
  • Slide 02: The first organizational meeting of the student health coalition on the Vanderbilt campus. The meeting was at the Interfaith Association headquarters on campus. Participants included from the top left: Unknown; Margaret Ecker; Bonnie Maxell, Pat Maxwell, Linda Bell, unknown, Betsy Weil, Rod Lorenz, Tod L'Hommedieu, Carolyn Klyce, John Emmeus Davis, unknown, Henry Unger. Steps: Linda Mcfadyen, Charles Schiff and Ron Massey. On the ground are Kathleen Brewer, Bill Dow, Elizabeth Dow, and Barbara Moss.
  • Slide 06: Another picture at the first organizational meeting including: Sara Graff, Bonnie Maxwell, Pat Maxwell, unknown, Bill Dow (in doorway), Henry Unger, Elizabeth Dow (on steps).
  • Slide 08: Dr. Amos Christie teaching physical examination to medical students and nursing students. Bonnie Maxwell and Jean Austin are pictured.
  • Slides 11, 27, and 30: Dr. Christie teaching the physical exam to students prior to the summer health fairs.
  • Slides 15: Nursing student learning to examine the ears of a medical student in preparation for health fairs. Betsy Weil, Tod L'Hommedieu.
  • Slides 10 and 12: The first meeting of the Student Health Coalition in Vanderbilt Hospital, in the auditorium. The board shows organizational plans for the summer.
  • Slides 14 and 21: Students making banners and signs for the health fair is on the Vanderbilt campus. Carolyn Gale and Mary Ruth Swint.
  • Slides 23 and 24: These slides show Jack Corn, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer of Appalachian miners and their families, meeting with students prior to the health fairs on the Vanderbilt campus. Students pictured include Arnie Rosenbloom, Bob White, Lark Hayes and Betsy Scott.
  • Slide 31: The site of the first Student Health Coalition health fair in Murfreesboro Tennessee.
  • Slides 28, 32 and 33: Designing the patient flow for the first health fair. Patrick Maxwell, Rod Lorenz.
  • Slide 29: Laboratory in the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) van.
  • Slides 34, 35, 40, and 55: TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) vans being set up for a health fair.
  • Slide 45: Registration done by people in the community for the health fair.
  • Slides 43, 49, 50, 51 and 52: Registration and vital signs being taken before patients were seen at the health fair.
  • Slides 47 and 58: A High school student who volunteered to work at the health fair. She was taught how to do vital signs, and ended up going to nursing school.
  • Slide 65: Child having blood drawn at the health fair.
  • Slides 26, 36, 46, 48, 56, 60, 77, and 73: Patients being seen at the health fair with our students.
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Slide 05613/0002

Student Health Coalition: Activities and People, Smithville, Tenn., circa summer 1970 #05613, Series: "1. Appalachian Student Health Coalition Photographs, 1970-1971, 1975, 1978." Cfilmbox 1, Slide 05613/0002

Black-and-White / Color 35mm Slides

35 images

Descriptions by Richard Davidson (November 2014):

Numbering corresponds to original frame numbers on materials

  • Slides 44, 64, 53, 70, and 74: These pictures show students working during the health fair, and attending debriefing meetings after each day.
  • Slides 66 and 68: A dentist came to demonstrate to the students how to teach patients to effectively brush their teeth.
  • Slides 62 and 103: Most students got haircuts before going up to the mountains.
  • Slide 78: At the first health fair, students slept on the floor in the school gymnasium.
  • Slide 76: Jim Pulliam, who was assigned to work with us from TVA, having a discussion with Pat Maxwell. Jim was in charge of using these vans for screening TVA employees during the rest of the year. Jim worked with us for three full summers.
  • Slides 88, 95, 93, 92, and 96: these slides show variety of activities taking place during the health fair.
  • Slide 94: Dr. Amos Christie speaking with Margaret Ecker at the Smithville health fair.
  • Slides 98 and 99: Dr. Lewis Lefkowitz, one of our primary supporters on the Vanderbilt medical school faculty.
  • Slides 106, 101, and 110: These slides show deep briefing meetings held at the end of each health fair day.
  • Slides 104, 116, 119: Students relaxing and preparing meals.
  • Slide 129: at the end of each day, students review charts with our supervising residents, Dr. Pete Moss.
  • Slides 124 and 125: some more haircuts.
  • Slides 132, 135 and 138: the students did their own laundry.
  • Slides 159 and 156: these are signs on high school bulletin boards.
  • Slide 155: Bill Dow, the primary student organizer of the project.
  • Slide 154: A group of students waiting for dinner. Includes Bill Dow in the foreground, Dr. Pete Moss sitting on the edge of the porch with light blue shirt and khaki pants. Others include Sara Graf, Margaret Ecker, Tod L'Hommedieu and Ron Massey.
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Slide 05613/0003

Student Health Coalition: Activities and People, Clairfield, Tenn., circa summer 1970 #05613, Series: "1. Appalachian Student Health Coalition Photographs, 1970-1971, 1975, 1978." Cfilmbox 1, Slide 05613/0003

Black-and-White / Color 35mm Slides

38 images

Descriptions by Richard Davidson (November 2014):

Numbering corresponds to original frame numbers on materials

Davidson: "Clairfield was the first "mountain" location we visited. Many were reasonably anxious. As I recall, Marie Cirillo, the nun who was instrumental in attracting us to the area, had her house burned down shortly before we came."

  • Slides 165 and 199: Sister Martha Stucker, a nurse working at the Clairfield Clinic who was our great supporter.
  • Slides 166, 167, 168, 169, 174, 178, and 188: Arriving and initial set-up at the Clairfield Community Center, the first Appalachian community that was visited by the full health fair team.
  • Slide 170: Dr. Amos Christie with two men from the Clairfield community.
  • Slide 177: Dr. Christie with a medical student, Tony Anderson.
  • Slide 172: Dr. Christie with Dr. Don Goss, at the time chairman of the obstetrics department at Vanderbilt University.
  • Slide 179: Dr. Pete Moss with students. Pete was our supervisor throughout the health fair. At the time he was chief resident in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University.
  • Slide 181: In the community center, this was the first debriefing prior to the health fair in Clairfield.
  • Slide 175: Early debriefing with Dr. Pete Moss in the foreground, Margaret Ecker and Bill Dow seated in the chair.
  • Slide 173: Mary Ruth Swint doing an EKG.
  • Slides 184 and 186: Clairfield community center during the health fair.
  • Slides 180 and 200: We ran out of water during the health fair, necessitating some work with the community pump. Jim Pulliam from TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) fixed us right up.
  • Slide 198: There were frequent medical visitors from Vanderbilt that assisted students. This was Dr. Fields from Pediatrics who helped supervise students during the week.
  • Slides 187, 193, and 195: Home of a person I stayed with during the health fair. Very few of us had ever actually been exposed to rural people at all, much less those living in poverty in Appalachia.
  • Slides 192, 194, 196, 212, and 213: Scenes of coal tipples and mountains in the area around Clairfield.
  • Slides 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, and 209: Views of the health fair and students participating.
  • Slides 223, 224, and 226: Students played a softball game against a team made up of locals.
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Slide 05613/0004

Student Health Coalition: Activities and People, White Oak, Tenn., circa summer 1970 #05613, Series: "1. Appalachian Student Health Coalition Photographs, 1970-1971, 1975, 1978." Cfilmbox 1, Slide 05613/0004

Black-and-White / Color 35mm Slides

31 images

Descriptions by Richard Davidson (November 2014):

Numbering corresponds to original frame numbers on materials

  • Slides 227-235, 240, 241, 245-248, and 253: We were invited to a cookout and dinner at the home of Bobby Davis, one of the local men involved in the formation of the health council, which was formed to help out during the health fairs, with the goal of keeping that group together to work on access to health for the area.
  • Slides 214-218: The Clairfield health fair was visited by a national news team from CBS. The weekend after the fair we all met at Pine Mountain State Park near Cumberland Gap. We sat in a large lodge room and watched the segment on national news.
  • Slides 225, 257, and 264: An organizational meeting prior to the White Oak health fair.
  • Slides 259, 260, 263, and 266: Setting up at the white oak health fair.
  • Slides 254 and 265: Dr. Mildred Stahlman, Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. She was a renowned pediatric pulmonary researcher and physician who came to help us at White Oak.
  • Slide 262: Local strip mine viewed from above it on the mountain.
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Slide 05613/0005

Student Health Coalition: Activities and People, Briceville, Tenn., circa summer 1970 #05613, Series: "1. Appalachian Student Health Coalition Photographs, 1970-1971, 1975, 1978." Cfilmbox 1, Slide 05613/0005

Color 35mm Slides

27 images

Descriptions by Richard Davidson (November 2014):

Numbering corresponds to original frame numbers on materials

  • Slides 276, 295, 305, and 307: The health fair site at Briceville, Tennessee.
  • Slides 279, 292, 285, 292, and 293: The graveyard next to the school in Briceville Tennessee. Many members of the community died in a mine explosion in 1930 and were buried there.
  • Slide 286: Coal burning plant in Rockport.
  • Slide 280: Pat Maxwell and Byrd Duncan, the leader of the Briceville health Council, in front of the Briceville school.
  • Slide 283: Bill Greenberg, reporter for the Nashville Tennesseean, wanted our approval to write a story about the health fair.
  • Slides 281 and 284: A local abandoned grocery store, Braden's, was given to us as a place for some students to stay during the health fair. It became our place for relaxation.
  • Slides 299 and 303: Views of the Clinch River.
  • Slides 291, 297, 300, 301, 302, and 304: The local leader of the health council, Byrd Duncan, invited all for a picnic and barbecue at his home. A number of faculty came up for the party, including Dr. Amos Christie in #300.
  • Slide 336: Another softball game with the locals. Dr. Christie was our coach.
  • Slides 317 and 318: An impromptu harmonica jam session.
  • Slide 308: The Briceville health fair with Pat Maxwell, Margaret Ecker, and Carolyn Burr.
  • Slide 368: Elizabeth Dow, Byrd Duncan, Linda Bell.
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Slide 05613/0006

Student Health Coalition: Activities and People, Sneedville , Tenn. / Deer Lodge, Tenn. / Habershalm, Tenn., circa summer 1970 #05613, Series: "1. Appalachian Student Health Coalition Photographs, 1970-1971, 1975, 1978." Cfilmbox 1, Slide 05613/0006

Black-and-White / Color 35mm Slides

31 images

Descriptions by Richard Davidson (November 2014):

Numbering corresponds to original frame numbers on materials

Davidson: "I have many slides from Deer Lodge. Because it was relatively close to Nashville, many Vanderbilt faculty came to visit the health fair at Deer Lodge. My father, who was a cardiologist, also came to visit. We had frequent lectures and learning sessions during this time, which was a welcome addition. For reasons I cannot exactly remember (possibly ran out of color film) almost all the slides from Deer Lodge are in black-and-white."

  • Slides 322, 270, and 340: Views of Hancock County.
  • Slide 345: The road to the school in Sneedville was blocked by this tree. It prevented our TVA van from getting to the school for the day.
  • Slides 334, 335, and 332: Behind the school in Sneedville was a local area play that hoped to attract tourists to the area. It was not very successful. You can see the back of the stage in these pictures.
  • Slides 329 and 330: By far the most interesting patients we saw were known as Melungeons (see Wikipedia for more information). They are known as a "tri-racial isolate." These are two Melungeon patients that were seen at the health fair.
  • Slides 347, 356, 358, 376, 349, 374, and 373: These are a variety of slides showing the health fair at Deer Lodge, including how the vans were set up, students working on charts, etc.
  • Slide 369: A slide that shows how we turned elementary school rooms into exam rooms by hanging sheets from the ceiling. We did exams on the school tables.
  • Slide 377: A picture of me with the woman I stayed with during the health fair.
  • Slide 348: Students eating lunch at the health fair.
  • Slide 352: My father, Sidney Davidson, second from right, Dean John Chapman (dean at Vanderbilt University) and two students consulting on a patient.
  • Slide 353: My father with Bill Dow.
  • Slide 366: Dr. Pete Moss consulting with Drs. Amos Christie and John Chapman.
  • Slide 363: My father giving a lecture about interpretation of EKG's.
  • Slide 382: Registration at the fair.
  • Slide 386: My father, Sidney Davidson, meeting Byrd Duncan, head of the Briceville Health Council.
  • Slide 383: Bill Dow meeting with Dr. Robert Collins, beloved professor of pathology at Vanderbilt, and Dr. Collins' father.
  • I have very few slides from Habersham, which was the last health fair of the summer of 1970:
  • Slides 361, 362, 364, and 370: Are taken in the Habersham area and show the vans set up at the Habersham school.
  • Slide 387: At the end of the last fair we gave presents to the TVA workers who worked with us for the summer. They were truly amazing and we couldn't have done any of it without them.
Color Film Box 1

Slide 05613/0007

Student Health Coalition: End of Year Debriefing, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., circa summer 1971 #05613, Series: "1. Appalachian Student Health Coalition Photographs, 1970-1971, 1975, 1978." Cfilmbox 1, Slide 05613/0007

Color 35mm Slides

12 images

Descriptions by Richard Davidson (November 2014):

Numbering corresponds to original frame numbers on materials

  • Slides 411, 413, 416, and 419: Back in Nashville, we had a debriefing in front of the law school on the Vanderbilt campus.
  • Slides 421-424, and 426-429: After the debriefing at the Law School we had decided to get a group picture made at the front of the "round wing" at VU medical school. It was strictly for fun. Dr. Christie had actually arranged it with a photographer but the policeman in front of the hospital literally thought we were trying to take over the hospital in a violent protest. After several calls on his radio and much discussion, we were able to get everyone posed, including Charles Schiff on the roof holding the health fair sign. These are my versions of the pictures so I am not in them. There is a better black and white version we have that was taken by the photographer.
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Slide 05613/0008

Student Health Coalition: Spring party / Planning for year two, circa summer 1971 #05613, Series: "1. Appalachian Student Health Coalition Photographs, 1970-1971, 1975, 1978." Cfilmbox 1, Slide 05613/0008

Color 35mm Slides

23 images

Descriptions by Richard Davidson (November 2014):

Numbering corresponds to original frame numbers on materials

  • Slide 448: Students participating in the project in year two. A rare picture because the health fairs were split into two running simultaneously and all students were rarely together. This was taken in the Vanderbilt Medical School auditorium.
  • Slides 507, 514, and 520: We had a training session for nursing students to learn how to draw blood which I directed (my arms were bruised for a month). This was in a small church near the Vanderbilt campus.
  • One of our major motivators and supporters was Will D. Campbell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_D._Campbell). He hosted a party for us just before leaving for the second year project. Will died in 2013. These pictures are some of the most important historically, in my opinion. He was a catalyst throughout his life, and served that purpose for us as well.
  • Slide 460: Will Campbell and Bill Dow.
  • Slide 473: Will Campbell at his farm.
  • Slide 518: Will Campbell and Dr. Thomas John and Charles Schiff
  • Slide 496: Bill Dow and Dr. Thomas John.
  • Slides 434, 436, 439, 443-445, 521, 523, 525, 528, 529, 539, and 457: On arriving in the mountains we were invited to an overnight party at the home of Byrd Duncan, head of the Briceville Health Council and a sufferer of black lung from many years in the mines. These are a variety of pictures from that party, including our sleeping arrangements on the side lawn. Slide 529 shows Marie Cirillo, the nun working at Clairfield who was instrumental in our project's beginning. Slide 457 shows John Emmeus Davis, one of our community workers in Briceville (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Emmeus_Davis).
  • Slide 461: Planning session at Byrd Duncan's party with John Gaventa (foreground: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gaventa).
  • Slide 512: Dr. Amos Christie in front of the Briceville School.
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Slide 05613/0009

Student Health Coalition: Hancock City, Tenn. / Byrd's party, Briceville, Tenn / Sneedville, Tenn., circa summer 1971 #05613, Series: "1. Appalachian Student Health Coalition Photographs, 1970-1971, 1975, 1978." Cfilmbox 1, Slide 05613/0009

Color 35mm Slides

36 images

Descriptions by Richard Davidson (November 2014):

Numbering corresponds to original frame numbers on materials

  • Slides 552, 553, 556, 557, 559, 575, 577, 578, 579, 580, 590, 593, 597, 598, 600, 602, 603, 604, 629, and 634: We did multiple health fairs in Hancock County, Tenn. This is a county that has a large number of Melungeons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melungeon) some of whom appear in these pictures. The health fairs were done in Alanthus Hill, Flat Gap, and Big Springs. These slides show a variety of settings at which health fairs were taking place.
  • Slide 595: Dr. Steve Burnham
  • Slide 572: Dr. Tom John and Jim Pulliam from TVA.
  • Slide 582: Dr. Pete Moss in Flat Gap, Tenn.
  • Slides 576, 606, 611, 614, and 622: Many of us had never spent any time in rural environments. One of the leaders in year two was Dal Macon who had not spent much time on farms. These are pictures of him at the farm at which he was staying.
  • Slides 624, 625, 628, 632, 639, 641, and 644: Big Springs was one of the most isolated places we visited. It was in the very corner of the border of Virginia and Tennessee, and the path of the Clinch River separated it from Sneedville, the county seat, where the only high school was located. Because there was no bridge at the time, students had to be bussed over 60 miles to get to a school that was 9 miles away. Part of our reason for coming was to help organize the community, via the health fair, so that they could lobby for a bridge to be built (which it was several years later). There was a one-room schoolhouse on top of the hill and another school building at the bottom of the hill. We did labs at the bottom and exams on the top, and patients had to climb up the hill to get their exams...a virtual exercise test. There was no electricity at the schoolhouse on top of the hill so we used flashlight for exams.
  • Slide 656: The bridge at the entrance to the Mud Creek community in Eastern Kentucky. We were invited there by Eula Hall (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eula_Hall) who at the time was the director of the Eastern Kentucky Welfare Rights Organization and a community activist. Over the next year, with the help of our students, she began the Mud Creek clinic. Unfortunately I cannot find the slides I took while at Mud Creek.
  • Slide 652: An iconic picture for those of us that worked on the health fairs with Jim Pulliam for two years. This picture was taken at the end of the last day of the last health fair in Mud Creek during year two.
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Photograph Album PA-05613/0001

Student Health Coalition: Photograph album: Activities and People, circa 1970s #05613, Series: "1. Appalachian Student Health Coalition Photographs, 1970-1971, 1975, 1978." Flatbox 1, Photoalbum PA-05613/0001

Black-and-White Photographic Prints

185 images

Majority of prints appear to have been made from slides

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Folder 05613/0013

Student Health Coalition: Printed materials, 1970, 1975, 1978 #05613, Series: "1. Appalachian Student Health Coalition Photographs, 1970-1971, 1975, 1978." Printbox 1, Folder 05613/0013

Printed Materials

5 items

Publications/items included: Southern Exposure, Summer, 1978; vol VI, No.2; Palm Beach Post, September 1970; Letyer from U.S. Senator Howard Baker (Tenn.) 27 January 1975; Oak Ridger, 14 July 1971; Tennessee Valley Perspective, Fall 1976, Vol. 7, No. 1

Digital Item DI-05613/0001

Digital sideshow: Student Health Coalition: 1970-1971, circa 1970s (images) and 12 November 2012 (.mp4 file) #05613, Series: "1. Appalachian Student Health Coalition Photographs, 1970-1971, 1975, 1978." DI-05613/0001

Digital Images

Runtime 48:30

Video created for Student Health Coalition reunion event in 2012 using Davidson's photographs from the 1970s.

Image Folder PF-5613/1

Student Health Coalition: Deer Lodge, Tenn., 1971 #05613, Series: "1. Appalachian Student Health Coalition Photographs, 1970-1971, 1975, 1978." PF-5613/1

27 photographs

Description by the donor, Richard (Rick) Davidson: "Those are all pictures that were taken by my father and myself when he was visiting health fairs in Deer Lodge. They were taken in the summer of 1971, the second year of the TVA van health fairs. That was the year that Carolyn Klyce and I were co-directors. Some of the color ones were taken at Frozen Head State Park. They include my parents and Mary Ruth's parents."

Individuals in the photographs include Rick Davidson, Tom John, Mary Ruth, Betsy Scott, and Carolyn Burr.

Received in June 2017 (Acc. 103089).

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Mountain People's Health Council Photographs, 1975-1976.

42 images.

Arrangement: Original.

Slides are grouped according to order imposed by creator. Slides appear to have been compiled to highlight the activities Mountain People's Health Council in Tennessee and Virginia, between 1975-1976, and were used for sideshow presentations.

Color Film Box 1

Slide 05613/0010

Mountain People's Health Councils: Activities and People: Stoney Fork and Briceville, Tenn., circa 1975-1976 #05613, Series: "2. Mountain People's Health Council Photographs, 1975-1976." Cfilmbox 1, Slide 05613/0010

Color 35mm Slides

19 images

Descriptions by Richard Davidson (November 2014):

Numbering corresponds to original frame numbers on materials

Davidson: "These pictures were taken mostly in 1975, some in 1976. I had left my residency and was the physician for Mountain People's Health Councils, a clinic collaborative that included three clinics: Norma, in Scott County; Stoney Fork, in Campbell County, and Petros, in Morgan County. I lived in Lake City and spent a day and a half in each clinic per week. We had nurse practitioners in Petros and Stoney Fork and a midwife from Frontier Nursing in Norma. MPHC is still operating, although all the clinics now are located in Scott County."

  • Slides 8, 20, and 61: Pictures of the Beech Fork/Stoney Fork church.
  • Slides 10,11,12, and 19: Pictures of the wall being raised at the Stoney Fork Clinic.
  • Slide 17: Odes McKamey, president of the Stoney Fork Health Council.
  • Slide 16: Odes McKamey, his father Walter and his brother.
  • Slides 2 and 9: Pictures of a patient being seen at the Stoney Fork Clinic.
  • Slides 53-54: Fundraiser for the Stoney Fork Clinic.
  • Slides 32, 66, 43, 70, and 111: These are pictures of some of the strip mining and its effects on the mountains surrounding Stoney Fork and Briceville.
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Slide 05613/0011

Mountain People's Health Councils: Landscapes, Tenn., circa February - May 1975 #05613, Series: "2. Mountain People's Health Council Photographs, 1975-1976." Cfilmbox 1, Slide 05613/0011

Color 35mm Slides

23 images

Davidson: "These are all assorted pictures that I took in the mountains during my time with Mountain People's Health Councils."

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