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Annie L. Alexander papers

Identifier: MS0247

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised primarily of material relating to Annie L. Alexander as student and physician. Includes correspondence, essays, financial records, and patient records. Also includes a few civic-related and personal items.


  • 1881 - 1929


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Annie Lowrie Alexander was born January 10, 1864 near Cornelius in Mecklenburg County, N.C. Her parents were Dr. John Brevard Alexander (1834-1911) and Ann Wall Lowrie Alexander (1834-1893). Alexander graduated from Woman's Medical College in Philadelphia in 1884. After a year as an intern at the college, she became an assistant teacher of anatomy at the Woman's Medical College of Baltimore, Maryland. She returned to North Carolina in 1887 as the first woman to practice medicine in the South. Although medicine was considered an improper field for women, Alexander gained the respect of her community. In 1909 she was elected to her first of several terms as president of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society. She also served on the staffs of St. Peter's Hospital (now Carolinas Medical Center) and Presbyterian Hospital and on the boards of the Charlotte YWCA, the Florence Crittendon Maternity Home, the Associated Charities, and the Cooperative Nursing Association. During World War I, Alexander became a first lieutenant in the army and worked in North Carolina with the U.S. Health Service, serving as acting assisting surgeon at Camp Greene in Charlotte. For 23 years, she served as the physician to the Presbyterian College for Women (now Queens College). Alexander never married. She died October 15, 1929 in Charlotte from pneumonia, an illness she contracted from a patient. She is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte. [For more information, see William S. Powell, ed., The Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, vol. 1 (1979).]


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Annie Alexander was born in Mecklenberg County, NC in 1864 and graduated from Woman's Medical College in Philadelphia in 1884. She returned to North Carolina in 1887 as the first woman to practice medicine in the South. The collection includes letters she wrote to her father, Dr. John Brevard Alexander, while a student and intern at the Women's Medical College in Philadelphia (1884-85); patient records; financial accounts; essays on medical topics; and newspaper clippings.


The collection is organized into three series, with several files not belonging to any series. The three series are: Essays and Fiction, Patient Records and Oversize Material (1884, undated).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Alexander Way, 1997.

Related Materials

Alexander and Ramsey Family Papers (UNCC Manuscript 162). John B. Alexander Papers (UNCC Manuscript 218).

Processing Information

Processed by Joanna Goltzman, November, 1997.
Annie L. Alexander papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated