A Guide to the Dr. James Lewis Early Collection, 1891-1938 Early, James Lewis 031

A Guide to the Dr. James Lewis Early Collection, 1891-1938

A Collection in
University Archives, McConnell Library, Radford University
Collection number 031


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University Archives, McConnell Library, Radford University
Collection number
Dr. James Lewis Early Collection, 1891-1938
1.0 Linear feet (1 archival box).
Early, James L., 1876-
Contains various newspaper clippings and numerous letters to Miss Melita Rorer Wilson (fiance and later wife) collected by Dr. James Lewis Early.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

An appointment for research is required. The collection is open for research. No interlibrary loan.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dr. James Lewis Early Collection, Appalachian Collection, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA. Dr. James Lewis Early Collection, Accession # 031, University Archives, McConnell Library, Radford University


No accruals are expected.

Biographical Information

Dr. James Lewis Early was a son of William K. Early and Miss Mary Louisa Belo. Dr. Early's father was a Veteran Confederate Soldier and served as a Private to Colonel A. C. Dunn and General W. E. Jones for about four years before being honorable discharged from Service. William K. Early also appears to be a close relative to General Jubal Early, Robert E. Lee's "Bad Old Man." - information came from Ancestry.com and from the materials in this collection.

James Lewis Early was born about 1876 in Virginia. He Resided in Saltville, Smyth, Virginia and worked for Mathieson Alkali Works as an Assistant Surgeon. On the evening of June 30, 1910 at 8:00 PM Dr. J. L. Early and Miss Melita Rorer Wilson were married in Radford. The Couple soon moved back to Saltville where they had a home established. Mrs. Dr. James Lewis Early was the daughter of William A. Wilson and Miss Mary Miller Wilson.

James Lewis Early was not only a prominent physician in Saltville, but he was also a prominent shooter. He loved the sport and even held onto newspaper clippings that recorded how well he did. He was also a member of the Elk's Lodge and received a postcard from the Elk House in Jacksonville, Florida.

In 1922 at the annual convocation of the Grand Lodge of Virginia he was elected deputy grand master of the Free and Accepted Masons - information came from Virginia Medical Monthly, volumes 47-48 page 727.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, photographs, and printed materials (1891-1938) document the activities of Dr. James Lewis Early and his family.

Index Terms

  • Early, James L., 1876-
  • Saltville (Va.)--History
  • Virginia, Southwest

Contents List

Box 1
Folder 1
Photos of Dr. J. L. Early and other miscellaneous people, undated
Box 1
Folder 2
Newspaper food recipes and clothing advertisements, undated
Box 1
Folder 3
Dr. J. L. Early's shooting scores listed in the newspaper, undated
Box 1
Folder 4
Check of 15 dollars to First National Bank, 1929
Box 1
Folder 5
Southwest Corner - newspaper clipping , undated
Box 1
Folder 6
Miscellaneous newspaper clipping, undated
Box 1
Folder 7
Normal Review, Vol. 7, No. 9 - Stuart, VA, 1891
Box 1
Folder 8
Correspondence between Rev. F.B. Layman and John Preston McConnell regarding General Early and Daniel Boon - Deed, 1935
Box 1
Folder 9
Happenings in Saltville - newspaper clipping, undated
Box 1
Folder 10
Early/Wilson Marriage - newspaper clipping, 1910
Box 1
Folder 11
Death of William A. Wilson - newspaper clippings, 1923
Box 1
Folder 12
Golden Wedding Announcement - newspaper clipping, 1923
Box 1
Folder 13
Death of Mrs. W. K. Early - newspaper clipping, undated
Box 1
Folder 14
Postcard from Jacksonville, Florida with mention to membership to the Elks Lodge, undated
Box 1
Folder 15
Letter to Mrs. W. A. Wilson from Addie Bradley Puig, 1910
Box 1
Folder 16
Letter to Dr. Early from friend, 1927
Box 1
Folder 17
Correspondence between M'ledge Moffett and Miss Anderson, 1938
Box 1
Folder 18
Letters to Melita, August 23-December 24, 1909
Box 1
Folder 19
Letters to Melita, January 2-February 7, 1910
Box 1
Folder 20
Letters to Melita, February 8-March 28, 1910
Box 1
Folder 21
Letters to Melita, April 5-28, 1910
Box 1
Folder 22
Letters to Melita, May 4-June 23, 1910
Box 1
Folder 23
Letters to Melita, undated