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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Dr. Will D. Gorton Papers, 1888-1941

Austin History Center

Dr. Will D. Gorton Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Gorton, William D.
Title: Dr. Will D. Gorton Papers
Dates: 1888-1941
Dates (Bulk): 1888-1925
Abstract: Dr. Will D. Gorton, a native of New York, moved to Texas in 1885 and began practicing medicine in Austin from 1888 into the early 20th century. Correspondence, postcards, subscription cards, and financial documents describe his activities as a homeopathic doctor in Austin, and his familial relationships.
Accession number: AR.2003.033
Quantity: 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Dr. William D. Gorton was born on May 9, 1850 in New York. He attended school at Alfred University in Alfred, New York and began studying medicine at age 15. He moved to Texas in 1885 and obtained his license to practice medicine in 1888. He opened his practice in Austin as a homeopathic doctor specializing in chronic diseases. Located at 500 Congress Avenue, he shared the practice with fellow homeopath and theosophist Dr. Julia H. Bass. Some time before coming to Austin, he married Della Burges, and the two had a son, William D. Gorton, Jr., who moved first to Palestine, Texas, and then to El Paso. Dr. Gorton was a member of several professional organizations, including the Texas Homeopathic Association, the Southwestern Homeopathic Association, the State Homeopathic Medical Society, the Austin Dharma Lodge, and others. After a prolonged illness, Dr. Gorton died at the age of 78 at his home on Salado St. on December 21, 1928.

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Scope and Contents

The Dr. Will D. Gorton papers document Dr. Gorton's homeopathic practice in Austin, Texas from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Postcards received from patients all over Travis County contain notes of gratitude for his professional care, as well as information on the types of ailments people faced at that time. A few letters of personal correspondence written to Dr. Gorton from his father and niece, Josephine (Burch) Bibber, offer a glimpse of daily life in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Blank subscription cards and financial receipts describe the financial side of Dr. Gorton's practice, and there are also open envelopes sent to both Dr. Gorton and his practice colleague, Dr. Julia H. Bass (although there is no other written documentation to or from her in the collection). The rest of the collection is the doctor's stamp collection, mostly domestic with a few foreign ones kept in a separate envelope.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gorton, William D.
Bibber, Josephine Burch.
Subjects
Medicine--Texas--Austin.
Physicians--Texas--Austin.
Postcards--Texas--Travis County.
Stamps--Collectors and collecting.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Social conditions.
Document Types
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Financial records.
Memorabilia.
Notes.

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Separated Material

The original donation included a ledger and folding ruler, both of which were separated into two other collections: the Elroy Farmer's Gin Company Ledger (AR.2003.032) and the Hall Family papers (AR.2003.031), respectively.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dr. Will D. Gorton Papers (AR.2003.033). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2003/144

Donation Date: 17 December 2003

Processing Information

Original donation arranged by Ruth Baker in 2003. The title of the collection was changed in 2019 from the Dr. Will D. Gorton, Jr. Papers to the Dr. Will D. Gorton Papers after it was discovered the original title was in error. Collection rearranged, finding aid created and encoded by Toni Cirilli in 2019.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Dr. Will D. Gorton Papers, 1888-1941

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, notes, and financial records, 1888-1925
2 Postcards received, 1888-1925
3 Subscription cards, 1941, undated
4 Envelopes, 1888-1941
5 Stamps, foreign and domestic, undated

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