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Collection Number: 04908

Collection Title: Mary Margaret McLeod Papers (#4908) 1842-1994

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Size About 800 items (1.0 linear ft.)
Abstract Mary Margaret McLeod was a pediatrician, who in 1946 started the first pediatric medical practice in Sanford, N.C. After practicing for 50 years, McLeod retired in 1987 and began serious study of her family's history. This collection chiefly contains material collected by Mary Margaret McLeod in the course of researching her family history. Some of McLeod's personal correspondence and material concerning her career and her civic activities are also included. Letters, 1888-1994, and postcards, 1908-1994, are from family members about their activities and to McLeod from friends and patients. Included in the correspondence are letters from John Archibald McLeod and James Burgess McLeod to their mother, Evvie Thomas McLeod, and postcards from Private Thomas C. McLeod in Europe during World War I. Autobiographical materials include notes about McLeod's early years and also some information about her professional activities. Genealogical materials, 1875-1994, relate to the McLeod family of Moore and Lee counties, N.C. (Lee County was formed in 1907 from Moore and Chatham counties), including materials that went into McLeod's Duncan McLeod and Barbara Kelly and Their Descendants, and materials relating to James A. McLeod and to the Buie, Dye, Gaster, McBryde, McDonald, McGregor, Shaw, Smith-Campbell-Graham, Thomas, and Williams families. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994, are chiefly of McLeod family members. Also included are bills, receipts, and notes, 1855-1908, some relating to Duncan McLeod; McLeod family deeds and land records, 1842-1939, tax receipts, 1869-1915, and account books, 1871-1886, including some store and farm records; newspaper clippings about McLeod, McLeod family members, and Lee and Moore county history; and other materials.
Creator McLeod, Mary Margaret, 1910- .
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stiputlated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from James Vann Comer of Sanford, N.C., in January 1998 (Acc. 98022).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Mary Margaret McLeod was born 13 September 1910 in Lee County, N.C. She expressed an interest very early in life in becoming a "baby doctor." McLeod graduated from Sanford High School in 1928 as valedictorian and graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1932 with a B.S. in medicine. She received an M.D. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1935. McLeod interned at Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., 1935-1936, and at the Children's Hospital at the University of Iowa, 1936-1937. She did her residency at the California Babies' and Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, Cal., 1937-1938.

McLeod practiced as an industrial pediatrician at Riegel Hospital in Trion, Ga., and then as assistant to Dr. Mercer Blanchard in private practice in Columbus, Ga., 1941-1942. After this, she served as Chief of Pediatrics at Little Traverse Hospital in Petoskey, Mich., 1942-1946, at a time when very few hospitals would hire female doctors.

When her father died in 1946, McLeod returned to Sanford, N.C., and started the first pediatric practice in Sanford. This was the only pediatric practice between Raleigh and Wilmington. At its peak, her practice served 21,290 children. The Sanford Herald named McLeod Citizen of the Year in 1979 for her devoted service to the community. After 50 years of practicing medicine, McLeod retired in 1987.

During her retirement, McLeod pursued her interest in genealogy. She researched many branches of her family tree, particularly focusing on her Scottish ancestry. She compiled much of her research into a monograph, Duncan McLeod and Barbara Kelly and Their Descendants, which contains charts, pictures, reproductions of documents, and explanatory notes.

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This collection contains chiefly material collected by Mary Margaret McLeod in the course of researching her family history. Some of McLeod's personal correspondence and material concerning her career and her civic activities are also included. Letters, 1888-1994, and postcards, 1908-1994, are from family members about household matters and activities and to McLeod from friends and patients. Among the postcards are some from Private Thomas C. McLeod in Europe during World War I. New Hope correspondence, 1972-1974, relates to the closing of New Hope Shelter Home, a center for at-risk juveniles, when McLeod was chair of the Lee County Youth Development Center. Autobiographical materials include notes about the early part of McLeod's life and also some information about her professional and civic activities. Genealogical materials, 1875-1994, relate to the McLeod family of Moore County (later Lee County), N.C. (Lee County was formed in 1907 from Moore and Chatham counties), including materials that went into McLeod's Duncan McLeod and Barbara Kelly and Their Descendants, and to the Buie, Dye, Gaster, McBryde, McDonald, McGregor, Shaw, Smith-Campbell-Graham, Thomas, and Williams families. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994, are chiefly of McLeod family members.

Also included are financial documents, 1856-1908, mostly bills and receipts, some relating to Duncan McLeod; summons for debts owed to Duncan McLeod, 1855-1860; deeds and land records, 1842-1939, of the McLeod family; tax receipts, 1869-1915; and account books, 1871-1886, including store and farm records.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1888-1994.

About 100 items.

Arrangement: by type of document.

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About 60 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters, 1888-1908, from Mary Margaret. McLeod's uncles John Archibald McLeod and James Burgess McLeod to their mother, Evvie Thomas McLeod. Most of the letters concern household matters and news about their jobs and activities. folder 3 contains letters to Mary Margaret McLeod from friends and patients spanning many years. folder 4 contains letters from McLeod's close friend Norris Hartley.

Folder 1

1888, 1894 #04908, Subseries: "1.1. Letters, 1888-1994 " Folder 1

Folder 2

1895, 1908 #04908, Subseries: "1.1. Letters, 1888-1994 " Folder 2

Folder 3

1953-1994 #04908, Subseries: "1.1. Letters, 1888-1994 " Folder 3

Folder 4

Letters and cards from Norris Hartley #04908, Subseries: "1.1. Letters, 1888-1994 " Folder 4

Folder 5

Undated letters #04908, Subseries: "1.1. Letters, 1888-1994 " Folder 5

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.2. Postcards, 1908-1994.

About 30 items.

Postcards in folder 6 are to a variety of McLeod family members from locations in North Carolina and all around the country. The postcards in folder 7 are from Private Thomas C. McLeod in Europe during World War I to his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. G. McLeod. The album contains many cards, ca. 1905, from North Carolina and other states, along with some greeting cards.

Folder 6

Postcards #04908, Subseries: "1.2. Postcards, 1908-1994. " Folder 6

Folder 7

Postcards from World War I Europe #04908, Subseries: "1.2. Postcards, 1908-1994. " Folder 7

PA-04908/1. Album of postcards #04908, Subseries: "1.2. Postcards, 1908-1994. " Folder 7

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.3. New Hope Correspondence, 1972-1974.

About 15 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence about the closing of New Hope Shelter Home, a center for at-risk juveniles. Mary Margaret McLeod was the chair of the Lee County Youth Development Center at this time.

Folder 8

New Hope Correspondence #04908, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1888-1994. " Folder 8

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Family History, 1875-1994.

About 600 items.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.1. Mary Margaret McLeod, 1942-1989.

About 45 items.

Material McLeod collected for her autobiography, including handwritten notes about the early part of her life, focusing mostly on her memories of her family and their lives when she was a child. She also made notes about her school career: subjects studied, punishments for misdeeds, games played, and chores after school.

McLeod also compiled a more formal summary of her life, apparently information needed for an award, describing her professional activities up until 1985. Also included is an unsigned biography of about two pages summarizing the main events of McLeod's life. This includes some information designated as "trivia": McLeod diagnosed the first case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Georgia and she invented a cream for babies' buttocks. There are also clippings about McLeod, information about her volunteer work for the Constitutional Bicentennial, and information about her 60th high school reunion.

Folder 9

Autobiography #04908, Subseries: "2.1. Mary Margaret McLeod, 1942-1989. " Folder 9

Folder 10

Awards #04908, Subseries: "2.1. Mary Margaret McLeod, 1942-1989. " Folder 10

Folder 11

Constitutional Bicentennial #04908, Subseries: "2.1. Mary Margaret McLeod, 1942-1989. " Folder 11

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

Clippings #04908, Subseries: "2.1. Mary Margaret McLeod, 1942-1989. " Folder 12-13

Folder 14

Sanford High School Class of '28, 60th Reunion #04908, Subseries: "2.1. Mary Margaret McLeod, 1942-1989. " Folder 14

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About 40 items.

In her genealogical research, Mary Margaret McLeod focused on the McLeod family. Duncan McLeod and Barbara Kelly and Their Descendants is a book she put together out of genealogical charts, photos, and additional notes. The folder labeled James A. McLeod contains photocopies from the Davidson College Yearbooks, 1898-1901, showing his class pictures and activities. This folder also contains a speech that James A. McLeod gave in 1909 while he was Superintendent of Schools. The Sunday School Minute Book folder contains photocopies of an attendance book used by Duncan McLeod when he taught Sunday School. The photocopied cover is labeled 1877, but the folder contains photocopies of materials dated 1875-1886. For each Sunday, he recorded the number of students, male and female; the number of officers and teachers, male and female; the readings used to open and close the session; and the text upon which the lesson was based.

Mary Margaret McLeod's genealogical research led her to people in many other families. Most folders contain a family tree and notes about connections to the McLeods. The Buie and McGregor files contain photocopies of books or articles written about those families' genealogy.

Folder 15

McLeod documents and notes #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 15

Folder 16

Newspaper articles: Family and Moore County #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 16

Folder 17

Duncan McLeod and Barbara Kelly #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 17

Folder 18

Duncan McLeod Sunday School Minute Book #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 18

Folder 19

James A. McLeod #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 19

Folder 20

McLeods since the Civil War #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 20

Folder 21

Buie family #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 21

Folder 22

Dye family #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 22

Folder 23

Gaster family #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 23

Folder 24

McBryde family #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 24

Folder 25

McDonald family #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 25

Folder 26

McGregor and Jackson families #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 26

Folder 27

Shaw family #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 27

Folder 28

Smith-Campbell-Graham families #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 28

Folder 29

Thomas family #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 29

Folder 30

Williams family #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 30

Folder 31

Sanford Herald Bicentennial #04908, Subseries: "2.2. Genealogy, 1875-1994. " Folder 31

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About 500 items.

Arrangement: estimated chronological.

Pictures of family members and family homes collected by Mary Margaret McLeod. Some of the unidentified people might be friends or patients. Some of the unlabeled photographs may be identified in McLeod's book, Duncan McLeod and Barbara Kelly and Their Descendants.

SF-P-04809/1 and 2. Ambrotypes #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 31

SF-P-04809/3-11. Tintypes #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 31

Folder 1/P-4908

Copies of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 1/P-4908

Folder 2/P-4908

Ca. 1880-1940: Identified people #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 2/P-4908

Folder 3/P-4908

Ca. 1880-1940: Identified groups #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 3/P-4908

Folder 4/P-4908

Ca. 1880-1940: Unidentified people #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 4/P-4908

Folder 5/P-4908

Ca. 1880-1940: Unidentified groups #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 5/P-4908

Folder 6/P-4908

Ca. 1940-1970: Identified people #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 6/P-4908

Folder 7/P-4908

Ca. 1940-1970: Identified groups #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 7/P-4908

Folder 8/P-4908

Ca. 1940-1970: Unidentified people #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 8/P-4908

Folder 9/P-4908

Ca. 1940-1970: Unidentified groups #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 9/P-4908

Folder 10/P-4908

Ca. 1970-1990s: Identified people and groups #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 10/P-4908

Folder 11/P-4908

Ca. 1970-1990s: Unidentified people and groups #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 11/P-4908

Folder 12/P-4908

Pictures of places #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 12/P-4908

Folder 13-16/P-4908

Folder 13

Slides of family members #04908, Subseries: "2.3. Pictures, ca. 1880-1994. " Folder 13-16/P-4908

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Financial Documents, 1842-1939.

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Items separated include: photographs (P-4908), ambrotypes and tintypes (SF-P-4908), and a postcard album (PA-4908).

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