Guide to the Dr. Wilson H. Turner Papers,

Record Group 155

Date Span:  ca. 1890-1978

Biography: Dr. Wilson Hudson Turner was a Dothan physician educated in Mississippi and at Northwestern University.  He amassed a considerable fortune, which he converted into an endowment for a scholarship fund for Wiregrass medical students.  He practiced until 1966 and lived until 1998.

Scope/Content: Diplomas, licenses, photographs, college yearbooks, and graduation programs owned by Dr. Wilson H. Turner. 

Organization: This accession forms part of the Historical Collections Subgroup of the Dothan Landmarks Foundation, Inc. Records, Record Group 030 at The Wiregrass Archives.  Organized into 4 series:  1. Diplomas and Certificates2. Books and Programs3. Photographs and Artwork4. Artifacts.

Provenance:   Given to Dothan Landmarks Foundation, Inc. (DLF) by Sam Vann, friend of Dr. Turner and executor of his estate.  Passed from DLF through Angelia Stokes, author of a paper on Dr. Turner and his scholarship, to The Wiregrass Archives.

Processing Notes:  Dothan Landmarks Foundation, Inc. retains possession of a number of Dr. Turner's artifacts, particularly his shadow-boxed stethoscope and his brass microscope.

Preferred Citation: Dr. Wilson H. Turner Papers, RG155 Wiregrass Archives, Troy University--Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.

Access Limits?  Open per donor agreement

Date processed:   May 2007
Processed By:
TB


Inventory

Series 1:  Diplomas and Certificates
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Resolution - W. Hudson Turner, M.D. Medical Scholarship [framed] - 18.5" x 21.75" OD (overall dimension) - dark green matting

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Medical license - State of Alabama

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Diploma - Medical Degree - Northwestern University

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Diploma - Bachelor of Science degree - University of Mississippi

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Diploma - Water Valley High School - 1922

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Certificate of Completion - Medical School - Northwestern University

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Certificate of Completion - Internship - Charity Hospital of Louisiana - New Orleans

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Certificate of Completion - 2 yr course in Medicine - University of Mississippi

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Medical license - No. 447 - State of Mississippi

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Certificate [of Completion] - Practical Obstetrics - 1928 - The Chicago Lying-in Hospital & Dispensary

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Certificate of Membership - Phi Rho Sigma fraternity - 1927


Series 2:  Books and Programs
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Book - Ole Miss Yearbook - 1923 - University of Mississippi

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Book - The Chickasaw - 1924 - Blytheville, AR

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Book - The Syllabus - 1928 - vol. 43 - Junior class of Northwestern University

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Book - Ole Miss Yearbook - 1924 - University of Mississippi

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Book - Ole Miss Yearbook - 1925 - University of Mississippi

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Book - Ole Miss Yearbook - 1926 - University of Mississippi

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Book - The Alarming History of Medicine… R. Gordon. 1993. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-3112-10411

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Program - Commencement Day Exercises - 1926 - University of Mississippi

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Program - Class Reunion - Water Valley High School - 1922 - 1972

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Program - Class Reunion - Water Valley High School - 1922 - 1972

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Commencement Invitation - 8 June 1928 - Northwestern University

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Commencement Program - Northwestern University - 1928

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Commencement Program - University of Mississippi - 1926


Series 3:  Photographs and Artwork
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Sketching - female profile - by J. [-] Barrett

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Portrait - Young boy - white top/dark kneepants [framed] - 23.75"(w) x 27.75"(h) OD (overall dimension) - wooden frame - antique gold finish

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Photograph/Print - Musicians/Band - 20.25" x 10.25" OD

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Print - group shot - Graduating Class of 1928 - Northwestern University Medical School

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Photograph/Print - Group shot - University of Mississippi - [class reunion]

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Print - group shot - 2 males, 1 female - seated on a guard rail

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Negative - group shot - 2 males, 1 female - seated on a guard rail

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Negative - 2 males next to advertising signs

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Print - 1 male, 1 female - standing

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Negative - 1 male, 1 female - standing

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Print - view of a metal bridge - near view

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Print - view of a metal bridge - far view

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Print - 2 males - white suits

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Print - 2 males - white suits

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Print - 2 males - white suits

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Print - 1 male - head shot photograph

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Print - 1 male - standing beside car

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Print - 1 male - crouching with dog

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Print - infant - with paper hat on

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Print - infant - without paper hat on

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Print - 1 male - white suit - leaning on roadside railing

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Print - 1 male - darker hair - white suit - seated on car front bumper

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Print - 2 males - 1 female - has large cut out where upper body and face of female would be

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Print - 1 female - partial picture - cut from corner of separate print

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Print - 1 female - dress with lace appliqué and white high neck blouse

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Print - 1 male - slender with moustache - sepia tone

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Print - group - 1 male, 1 female, 1 infant / on back "S. H. Turner # 17" in ink

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Print - 1 female - dark dress with hair ornament/bow

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Print - 1 child - tin type

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Photograph - Water Valley [MS] - busy street corner

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Photograph - studio portrait - [W. H. Turner]

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Photograph - Fiftieth Anniversary Reunion - Class of 1926 - photo taken May 1976 [8" x 10"]

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Photograph - Graduating Class of Water Valley High School 1922 - student names on back of photo


Series 4:  Artifacts
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Artifact - picture frame [empty] - metal - antique gold finish - ornate leaf/vine motif - 4" x 6" picture size

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Artifact - Wall plaque - 50 years medical service - 1978

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Artifact - dual picture photo frame - red vinyl - 5" x 8" OD

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