The Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives serves Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as a permanent repository and reference center for documents – written, oral and visual. The Archives was established to encourage the systematic retention of historical inactive records in the following categories:

  • Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

  • North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Inc.

  • Wake Forest University

  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine  

  • Publications  

  • Personal Collections  

  • History of Medicine  

  • Museum Objects and Textiles

  • Photograph Collections  

  • Oral Histories 

  • Selected Medical Associations

The purpose of the Archives is to provide reference services, maintain and collect materials, and tape oral histories. It is also the mission of the Archives to support and promote interest in the history and growth of the practice of medicine in North Carolina and to maintain collections of several medical associations.





Using the Archives


The Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives encourages the public's interest and inquiries into their holdings for research or general information. Archival records do not circulate. Materials are retrieved from the holding area and brought to Archives' research area. We reserve the right to close for brief periods when sufficient staff presence cannot be maintained. Patrons should call ahead of time to make sure we can accommodate their requests.

Drinks, food, or tobacco products are not permitted in the Archives. Portable computers, tape recorders, and typewriters may be used, as long as other patrons are not disturbed. A limited number of electrical outlets are available.


The patron assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel and literary property rights, which may be involved in the use of any document preserved in the Archives.

The Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives makes every attempt to preserve dates and identification of photographs and documents from their original source. The Archives is not responsible for misinformation used in any printed material from these photos or documents.

The archivists make every effort to obtain both personal and institutional archival materials for the collection. These materials vary in form and subject. Included in the collection are faculty authored monographs, subject file materials, audiovisual materials, photographs, museum objects, dissertations, institutional publications, and organizational records.

Warning regarding Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

Carpenter Library/Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives Copyright Policy


Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives Collection Development Policy

Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives Gifts Policy

Coy C. Carpenter Library Collection Development Policy

Coy C. Carpenter Library Gifts Policy

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Contact Information

The Archives is on the E floor of the Gray Building of Wake Forest University School of Medicine on the Bowman Gray Campus. Since the Archives is in a building that requires badge access, patrons may go to the Carpenter Library Circulation desk to request access to the Archives.


The Dorothy Carpenter Medical Archives
Coy C. Carpenter Library
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157

Telephone Numbers:



Dianne Johnson
Monica Garnett
Lesa Chilton

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Regular hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. The staff strongly suggests that you contact them before your visit.

The Archives is closed on the weekends and will be closed for the following 2011 holidays:

Please contact the Archives if you have any questions, comments, requests, or suggestions.

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The Archives was established in the spring of 1974, located in what is today the History of Medicine room in Carpenter Library. The idea for the archives was developed by   Michael Doss Sprinkle, former director of the Carpenter Library. In 1983, the library was dedicated in memory of Coy C. Carpenter, founding dean of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. The Archives was named in honor of his widow, Dorothy.

The 1990’s brought several important changes to the medical school. In 1991, the school celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its move from Wake Forest, North Carolina to Winston-Salem. During this time, the Archives was renovated and then dedicated in honor of Mrs. Carpenter. And in 1997, the medical school was renamed Wake Forest University School of Medicine (on the Bowman Gray Campus). This change was part of a restructuring plan involving the school and North Carolina Baptist Hospital, which made it clear that the school is part of Wake Forest University

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