William H. Trimble papers
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William H. Trimble papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Trimble, Grace Fincher
Creator: Trimble, Lina Brazell
Creator: Trimble, William H., 1902-1955
Title: William H. Trimble papers
Dates: 1909-1945, undated
Quantity: 2.09 linear ft. (2 document cases, 1 oversize box)
Identification: ahc.MSS249

Biographical/Historical Note

William H. Trimble was born in 1902 in Hogansville, Georgia, to William A. and Lina (Brazell) Trimble. He had a sister, Florence (1899-1998) who married Dr. Grover Jones of Macon, Georgia. William H. Trimble enrolled at Emory University in 1919 where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and began studying medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1923. He also studied at Atlanta Medical School in Atlanta, Georgia, and at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He practiced medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, for over twenty-five years. A member of the Emory Unit from Atlanta, Georgia, in World War II, Trimble was stationed in North Africa from 1943-1945. Trimble married Grace Fincher and had three children: Ann, William, and Grace. He died at age 52 on July 26, 1955 in Atlanta, Georgia. Additional biographical information about William H. Trimble has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, financial records, and class notes. Correspondence with family members includes letters from his mother, Lina; his wife, Grace; and his sister, Florence. The letters date 1910-1945 and include his school years through his military service in North Africa during World War II. There are newspaper clippings on topics such as his childhood in rural Hogansville, Georgia; novelist Corra Harris and her home in Bartow County, Georgia; and Trimble's family. Other newspaper clippings contain full sections of the Atlanta Journal rotogravure section of images. Other clippings cover topics such as the end of World War I, Woodrow Wilson's marriage, and the Southern Cross of Honor awards. There are bank records from his time at Emory University and a receipt for land taxes in 1941 as well as two maps of Alaska and Mexico from 1914 and 1916, respectively. Also included are Trimble's class notes from primary school in Hogansville, Georgia; notes from French and Biology undergraduate classes at Emory University; medical school notes and assignments from the University of Pennsylvania; and notes taken from the works of Dr. J. S. Todd; Dr. Willis F. Westmoreland; and Virgil O. Hardon while at the Atlanta Medical College. There are also textbooks, with notes in Trimble's hand, included in the collection and an article co-written by Trimble.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Atlanta Medical College.
Emory University.
Hogansville (Ga.)
United States. Army. General Hospital, 43rd.
University of Pennsylvania. School of Medicine.
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Georgia--Atlanta

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William H. Trimble papers, MSS 249, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1976

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2011.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the James G. Kenan Research Center.

Related Material

Visual arts materials have been separated from the collection and are unprocessed. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Container List




11Article, A Case of Patent Ductus Arteriosus with Primary Bacterial Pulmonary Endarteritus, 1931
2Books with class notes, 1926, undated
3Class notes, Atlanta Medical School, undated
4Class notes, Emory University, Biology, 1919-1920, undated
5Class notes, Emory University, languages, undated, 1919-1920, undated
6Class notes, primary school, Hogansville, Georgia, undated
7Class notes, University of Pennsylvania, Physics I, 1922 October-December
8Class notes, University of Pennsylvania, Physics II, 1923 January-March
9Class notes, University of Pennsylvania, Physics III, 1923 April-October, undated



21Class notes, University of Pennsylvania, undated
2Correspondence, 1910-1930
3Correspondence, 1942
4Correspondence, 1943
5Correspondence, 1944-1945
6Correspondence, undated
7Correspondence, undated
8Financial Records, 1881, 1922, 1941



MSS OS Box 5.691Maps, 1914, 1916
2Newspaper Clippings, 1901-1923
9Newspaper Clippings, 1913, 1935, 1941
3Newspaper Clippings, Rotogravure Section, Bulk, 1919-1920, 1919-1937