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William H. Trimble papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS249

Scope and Content

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.


  • 1909-1945, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


2.09 linear ft. (2 document cases, 1 oversize box)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1976

Related Archival Materials

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

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2011.
William H. Trimble papers
Laura Starratt
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305