Dr. Frederick Douglas Funderburg papers
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Dr. Frederick Douglas Funderburg papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Funderburg, Frederick Douglass, 1889-
Title: Dr. Frederick Douglas Funderburg papers
Dates: [ca. 1940]-1986
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection dates from the 1940s to 1986 and consists of photographs of Funderburg and other family members, clippings about Funderburg's medical contributions and his brother George's bronze star, and plaques related to his medical and civic service.
Identification: aarl94-008

Biographical/Historical Note

Mr. Frederick Douglas Funderburg was a native of Anniston, Ala., who worked as a Pullman employee, and a barber for eight years before entering medical school. Mr. Funderburg graduated from Meharry Medical School, and soon after graduation, he went to Monticello to practice medicine for a short while. But the " Negro Physician", (as he was referred to, because he tended only the black community), stayed in Monticello for fifty years, from 1922 to 1972.

During Dr. Funderburg's "Short Practice", Monticello's only black physician died, and he was called upon to become the physician to the white community as well.

In 1938 a flu epidemic hit Georgia, and killed the only available white doctor in Jasper and Putman Counties. The white citizens had no other choice but to call on Dr. Funderburg, who attended as many as sixty white patients a day, and succeeded in checking the epidemic.

The relationship between a Negro doctor and a white Georgian was awkward at first, but Dr. Funderburg's competence convinced grateful whites, and he later won their respect. Among the white people who visited him regularly were bank officials, schoolteachers, and several members of prominent Georgia families.

Dr. Frederick Douglas Funderburg overcame prejudice with skill, and opened doors for other African American doctors, who won the respect of many white Southerners. He is believed to have retired in 1982.

Scope and Content Note

The Funderburg Collection includes newspaper clippings about various events, which took place during Dr. Funderburg's career. The collection, which spans the years 1940s to 1979.


I. Plaques (1979-1986)

II. Newspaper Clippings

III. Photographs

IV. Oversized Materials

Index Terms

African American physicians--Georgia--Monticello.
African Americans--Medical care--Georgia--Jasper County.
African Americans--Medical care--Georgia--Putnam County.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Funderburg, Frederick Douglass, 1889-
Jasper County (Ga.)--Race relations.
Medical care--Georgia--Jasper County.
Medical care--Georgia--Putnam County.
Plaques (flat objects)
Putnam County (Ga.)--Race relations.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dr. Frederick Douglas Funderburg papers. Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


Mr. G. Newton Funderburg and Mrs. Lois Bye Funderburg donated the Funderburg Collection to the Auburn Avenue Research Library, on August 22, 1994.

Processing Information

Processed by Regina Broh-Gastin. Completed on 1994


Restrictions of Access

There are no restrictions on the research use of this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.

Container List


Series I: Plaques, 1979-1986

This box contains plaques two plaques, which were awarded to Dr. Frederic Douglas Funderburg, for his contributions of resources and talents to programs of academic excellence at the Morehouse School of medicine, and for his efforts in effecting changes in the Politico-Social Arena.


1Atlanta Medical Association, Inc. Citation Award, 1979
Morehouse College of Medicine, 1986
A portrait of George Funderburg

Series II: Newspaper Clippings

Contains a framed newspaper clipping, an article reads, " Former Army Officer Gets Bronze Star", naming George N. Funderburg.


1A framed newspaper clipping: an article about George Funderburg - "Former Army Officer Gets Bronze Start"

Series III: Photographs and Portrait

Contains photographs and portrait, featuring three generations of the Funderburg family.


2Chas Funderburg
George Funderburg, 1953
Three generations of the Funderburg family, during an award ceremony, 1954

Series IV: Oversized materials

Framed news clipping from Time Magazine


3Article: " Medicine - What Color Is Death?"
Article: " Money Isn't Everything, Monticello Doctor Learns" - pictured Dr. Funderburg.


4Article: " Negro Doctor Saves County; Fills Medical Breach, Wins Full Confidence."
Article: " Monticello Names Major Street for Epworth's Dr. Funderburg"


5One large framed photograph of Dr. Frederick D. Funderburg


6One framed certificate awarded to Dr. Funderburg
One photograph of Dr. Dr. Funderburg