William B. Conway family papers

William B. Conway family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Conway, William Buchanan, 1845-1920
Title: William B. Conway family papers
Dates: 1864-2008
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3749

Biographical/Historical Note

William Buchanan Conway (1845-1920) was born on Ellerslie plantation in Madison County, Virginia to Battaile Fitzhugh Taliaferro and Cornelia Buchanan Conway. In 1870 he married Julia Ellen Thomas (1848-1916), and after her death married Lee DuBose Armstrong (1858-1919). He served in Company C, 4th Virginia Cavalry. After the war he studied medicine and graduated from Washington University (Baltimore, Md.) in 1869. He was a surgeon for Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College for 15 years. In 1891 he moved to Athens (Ga.) and practiced medicine.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of biographical information, financial papers, scrapbook/school book, medical notebooks, printed material, and photographs. Conway’s typed autobiography describes his life as a child on the plantation, his Civil War experiences, and his medical career. His medical notebooks list patients and their treatments. He also wrote a notebook about early medicine and remedies. The school notebook of Mamie Conway (Dr. Conway’s daughter) was begun while she was a student at the Lucy Cobb Institute (Athens, Ga.) and later turned into a scrapbook of clippings and mementos. Photographs include the wedding of Mamie Conway and William C. Mizelle/Mizell in 1904. Additionally, there are postcards to Mary Ann and Ola Kemp and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas P. Dent; a small number of items from Conway Mizelle's travels in Cuba; and material related to Patrick Mizelle at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers, Ga.).

Index Terms

Confederate States of America. Army. Virginia Cavalry Regiment, 4th.
Medicine--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions--History--19th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

William B. Conway family papers, ms 3749, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens. GA

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Biographical information [including the Autobiography of William Buchanan Conway of Athens, Georgia, 1845-1905]
2Correspondence, 1877-1920, 1958
3Financial papers, 1864-1917
4Writings – Re: double-barrel cannon (Athens, Ga.) by William B. Conway, 1912
5Writings – Re: early medicine – by William B. Conway, undated
6Writings – “The relation between physician and patient” by William B. Conway, 1989
7Scrapbook/School notebook – Mamie Conway [includes clippings, correspondence and photographs], 1902-1905, undated
8Medical notebooks – cases and treatments, 1866-1881
9Prescriptions, 1919, undated
10Printed material – includes Dr. Conway’s business cards, pharmacy blank prescription forms, roster of Georgia Cavalry Brigade (1914), Confederate Veteran magazine (August 1920), 1914-1920
11Photographs, 1904, undated
Includes photos of Mamie Conway Mizell's wedding (1904); a group photo of William H. Thomas, Dr. W. B. Conway, Rev. W. E. Hubbert, Byrd Anderson, and Judge Charles F. McKenna; picture postcard of W. B. Conway's Residence in Athens (Ga.); and Capers Mizell and Mamie Conway.
21Postcards - Mary Ann Kemp and Ola Kemp, 1907-1921
2Postcards - W. C. Mizell, 1909
3Postcards - Mr. and Mrs. Douglas P. Dent, 1946-1947
4Postcards - Mr. and Mrs. Conway Mizelle, 1962
5Postcards - blank
6Printed material - Conway Mizelle (Cuba), 1930s
7Printed material - Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers, Ga.), Patrick Mizelle
8Patrick Mizelle - Alice Fischer Memorial Student Support Fund
9Eagle Pharmacy (Athens, Ga.) blank forms
10Confederate money and World War II Japanese coins