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Collection Number: 40347

Collection Title: Office of the Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1956-2013

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Size 90 feet of linear shelf space
Abstract In 1951, Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill selected white doctor Nathan A. Womack to be the first chair of the Department of Surgery, which began offering clinic care and instructing students September 1, 1952. The Department provides services to adults and children, trains surgeons, and specializes in treating various illnesses and conditions. The records consist of Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Faculty Day records and programs, materials from the University’s Bicentennial, professional organization materials, event files, publications, annual reports, health policy materials, a self-survey, committee files, meeting minutes, materials related to the history of the department, and photographs. Also included are files of the third department chair, white doctor George F. Sheldon. These include lecture slides, correspondence, and administrative files. Acquired as part of University Archives.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Office of the Chair of the Department of Surgery.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. University Archives.
Language English
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Office of the Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40347, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals 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 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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