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Wilfred Jeannerette Rivers Papers

One hundred sixty-nine manuscripts, 1885-1947 and undated, and thirty-one manuscript volumes, 1890-1922, of Dr. Wilfred Jeannerette Rivers (1863-1946), son of South Carolina College professor William James Rivers, document Rivers' work as a physician in the Richland County community of Eastover. Born on 19 April 1863 on the grounds of South Carolina College, W.J. Rivers moved to Maryland in 1873 when his father assumed the presidency of Washington College. His medical training was at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, from which he graduated in 1888. In 1889, Rivers married Annie Drucilla Wilson and settled near Eastover, where he continued to practice into the 1930s. Dr. Rivers died on 28 February 1946.

Prominent among the collection are travel letters and postal cards from Europe, Cuba, Egypt, India, Japan, the Far East, Australia, and New Zealand addressed to Rivers by his brother, Arthur David Rivers, and sister, Lily Lucas Rivers. Physician's visitation lists, 1890, 1893-1899, 1901-1920, evidence Dr. Rivers' visits to patients, courses of treatment, and fees collected. In addition, they record births and deaths in the community he served. Also present are letters of application from persons seeking teaching positions at Eastover School and various black and white schools in lower Richland County, as well as a souvenir of Eastover Public School District No. 4, 1902-1903, complete with a list of students and a small photograph of the school. Postal cards addressed to Mrs. W.J. Rivers from Richard Singleton, trustee of Zion Church, acknowledge the receipt of money raised by women of the church and deposited to the Zion Church Building Society, 1902-1907.

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