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Accession 1582

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Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

6000 pieces, 3.0 linear feet



Scope and Content Note

The William Randolph Sims Papers consists of records primarily relating to the York County Hospital. Dr. William Randolph Sims, Sr. (1886-1972) was a longtime Chairman of the York County Hospital as well as the former Vice-President and Manager of J.P. Phillips Drugs Inc. The York County Hospital (also known as York General Hospital) opened on May 15, 1940 in the corporate limits of the Town of Ebenezer (now part of Rock Hill, SC) and included a nursing school and a home for nursing students. It was approved by the American College of Surgeons on February 2, 1944. It was later replaced by Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, which was built in 1983. The collection includes records concerning the school of nursing including both graduates and dropouts and their successes as nurses. Correspondence is also included on a variety of topics that range from general hospital relations to community relationships. Dr. Sims was also a record keeper and included in his papers are employee applications from the most basic to the position of administrator. Also, the collection contains Board of Trustees minutes spanning several years of the hospital and its business operations. The chairman also oversaw construction and additions to the building of York General and its affiliate locations. Finally, the collection contains financial and fiscal reports that show the expenses of the hospital.


The Dr. William Randolph Sims Sr., Papers were donated to the Winthrop University Archives and Special Collections on June 12, 1981 by Mr. Fred E. Ellison, York General Hospital Administrator.




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Dr. William Randolph Sims Papers - Accession 1582

LC Subject Headings

Sims, William Randolph--Archives; York County Hospital (Rock Hill, S.C.); York County Hospital (Rock Hill, S.C.)--History; York County Hospital (Rock Hill, S.C.)--Employees; Hospitals--South Carolina--York County; York County Hospital (Rock Hill, S.C.). School of Nursing; Nursing schools--South Carolina; Nursing students--South Carolina