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Dr. Frederick Douglas Funderburg papers

Identifier: aarl94-008

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.


  • [ca. 1940]-1986


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.

Historical Sketch

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.


2.5 Linear feet




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.


  1. I. Plaques (1979-1986)
  2. II. Newspaper Clippings
  3. III. Photographs
  4. IV. Oversized Materials


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

Inventory of the Dr. Frederick Douglas Funderburg Papers aarl94-008 aarl94-008
Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
2004 September 15
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Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta GA 30303