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Oscar Fitz Allen Baxter Autobiography

Finding Aid & Inventory

Oscar Fitz Allen Baxter was born July 5, 1819, in Currituck County, N.C. He received his bachelor's (1840) and master's degrees (1842) from Wake Forest College and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Baxter went on to become a passed assistant surgeon in the U.S. Navy. Materials in this collection include a listing from the General Catalogue of Wake Forest detailing Baxter's educational and professional background along with an autobiographical letter addressed to the Medical Naval Board in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Biographical and Historical Note

Oscar Fitz Allen Baxter was an alumnus of Wake Forest College (1840, 1842) and native of Currituck County, N.C. He was born in Currituck County, N.C., on July 5, 1819, and attended Wake Forest College (1835-1842), receiving both Bachelor (1840) and Master of Arts (1842) degrees. Baxter then attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for medical school. He married Sarah Francis Talbot and became Assistant of Surgery in the U.S. Navy. Before 1861, he attained the rank of Passed Assistant Surgeon. Once the Civil War broke out, he resigned his position with the U.S. Navy and became a surgeon in the Confederate States Army. He served in the 49th NC Infantry as Physician. He later became a planter and resided in Elizabeth City, N.C., where he died October 3, 1892.

Collection Overview

This collection contains a photocopy of the General Catalogue of Wake Forest, listing Oscar Fitz Allen Baxter's educational and professional background and a handwritten autobiographical document that outlines a "brief history" of Baxter's "nativity, age, and general education." The document was written December 22, 1841, and is addressed to the Medical Naval Board in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Oscar Fitz Allen Baxter Autobiography
ID
MS440
Date
circa 1841
Extent
0.21 Linear Feet  1 folder in 1 half-document box
Text [folder]
1

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for use. 
Conditions Governing Use
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Preferred Citation
Oscar Fitz Allen Baxter Biography (MS440), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

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