Carolyn V. Adkins papers, 1942-1987

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Adkins, Carolyn V.
Title: Carolyn V. Adkins papers, 1942-1987
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1170
Extent: 1 linear foot (2 boxes) and AV Masters: .25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:Collection of materials of Emory University graduate and nurse, Carolyn V. Adkins, including corespondence, photographs, and printed material.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Gift, 1967 with subsequent additions.


[after identification of item(s)], Carolyn V. Adkins papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Carolyn V. Adkins, registered nurse, born November 8, 1908 in Brewton, Alabama, was the daughter of Bland Wallace Adkins (1874-1945) and Winona Morgan Atlkins (1885-1972). Bland Wallace Adkins was a newspaper publisher and printer, who worked for the Waycross Georgian in Waycross, Georgia, where he lived for 20 years.

Carolyn graduated from Emory University in 1932 and then attended the Sheppard Pratt Psychiatric Institute (Baltimore, Maryland). After graduating from Sheppard Pratt she joined the Navy nurse corps and served for 5 years, part of the time in Guam. When she returned to the States, she primarily did private duty nursing. Among her clients were Lettie Pate Evans and Robert W. Woodruff. She also served as executive secretary of the 5th District Nurses Association for a number of years. She died on December 29, 1992 and is buries in Greenlawn Cemetery in Waycross, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Carolyn V. Adkins from 1942-1987. The papers include correspondence, photographs, and printed material. The correspondence includes letters from fellow nurses including Lucille Huffman and Edith Honeycutt. There is extensive correspondence from Robert W. Woodruff from 1946 to his death in 1984. The photographs include images of Adkins, Nell Hodgson Woodruff, and Robert W. Woodruff and some relating to events including the groundbreaking and dedication of Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the Woodruff Room in the Robert W. Woodruff library. The collection also includes printed material relating to Carolyn Adkins, Edith Honeycutt, Nell Hodgson Woodruff, and Robert W. Woodruff.

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General correspondence
Box Folder Content
1 1 Correspondence, undated
1 2 Correspondence, 1942-1948
1 3 Correspondence, 1951-1959
1 4 Correspondence, 1960-1969
1 5 Correspondence, 1970-1973
1 6 Correspondence, 1974-1979
1 7 Correspondence, 1981-1987
Robert W. Woodruff correspondence
2 1 Correspondence, undated
2 2 Correspondence, 1946-1972
2 3 Correspondence, 1973-1977
2 4 Correspondence, 1978-1984
Other papers
AV1 1 Audiovisual, 5th District Georgia State Nurses Association, Dr. J. Elliott Scarborough, November
2 5 Photographs, 5th District Nurses Association headquarters, 1968
2 6 Photographs, Adkins, Carolyn V.
2 7 Photographs, Adkins, Carolyn V. at TE Ranch, Wyoming
2 8 Photographs, Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Groundbreaking, 1968
2 9 Photographs, Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Groundbreaking, Dedication, 1970
2 10 Photographs, Emory University, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Woodruff Room, 1970
2 11 Stone Mountain Park, Herbie Koch and dedication of the Carillion, 1966
2 12 Photographs, Woodruff, Nell Hodgson
2 13 Photographs, Woodruff, Nell Hodgson, memorial service, St. Joseph Infirmary, 5th District Nurses Association, 1968
2 14 Photographs, Woodruff, Robert W. and nurses
2 15 Printed material, Adkins, Carolyn V.
2 16 Printed material, Honeycutt, Edith
2 17 Printed material, Woodruff, Nell Hodgson
2 18 Printed material, Woodruff, Robert W.