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Guide to the Dr. Bonner letters MSS.0185

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

May 2009

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-12-21T16:30-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

December 2012
Collection Title:

Dr. Bonner letters

Unit ID:

MSS.0185

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

15
Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet (2 items)

Dates:

1958

Abstract:

Thermo-fax copy of letter dated 19 October 1958 by Bonner to Professor James H. Newman, executive vice-president University of Alabama, summarizing Bonner's trip to England, also a brief letter dated 21 October by Newman to W.S. Hoole, to whom he forwarded Bonner's letter.

creator

Bonner, Dr.

Scope and Contents note

Thermo-fax copy of letter dated 19 October 1958 to James H. Newman, executive vice-president University of Alabama, containing summary of Dr. Bonner's trip to England, during which he tried unsuccessfully to find the gravesite of British surgeon Sir James Paget (1814-99), in order to place a wreath containing, among other things, a Confederate flag, on it. His search took him to Westminister Abbey and St. Pauls, but to no avail, probably because Paget was interred in Finchley cemetery. As for why Bonner felt compelled to identify Paget with the Confederacy--during the short existence of which Paget was a surgeon at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London--the only clue is that the wreath was also to contain "a card of thanks from my father for the privilege of reading his text-book on Physiology, while waiting in a Richmond, Virginia boarding house for General Lee to make preparations for his trip to Gettysburg." Bonner's letter is accompanied by a brief note dated 21 October 1958 from Newman, to W.S. Hoole, Director of Libraries at Alabama, to whom he forwarded Bonner's missive.

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Preferred Citation:

Dr. Bonner Collection, W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Sent to W.S. Hoole by J.H. Newman, Executive Vice President of the University of Alabama, 21 October 1958

Biographical/Historical note

Bonner is referred to in the covering letter by J. H. Newman as "our friend in New Orleans."

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Biographical/Historical note

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Education (localbroad)

Letters (correspondence) (aat)

Travel and Tourism (localbroad)

University of Alabama (localbroad)

University of Alabama Faculty/Staff (Local)