A0038 – Weems Family Collection

A0038 – Weems Family Collection


Date span: 1921-1970
 Physical description: 3.6 linear ft. (3 boxes)
 Language note: English



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Acquisition information: Provenance unknown.

Custodial history: Chiefly found in collection; 2023.005

Preferred citation: Collection title including series, box, and folder numbers, Boynton Beach City Library



Biographical  note: Nathaniel Marion Weems (1898-1978) came to Boynton Beach in 1925 and established a medical practice. (He was the second physician to set up practice in the community, the first being Dr. Owen Baird Van Epps in 1915.) He married Truly Veta Fain (1903-1947) in 1925; they ultimately had five children. In 1935, Weems Clinic was opened. In 1947, his wife Truly Fain died and he remarried Margaret Dudley, with whom he had two more children. In 1962, his son took over his medical practice; Weems continued to work at Bethesda Memorial Hospital until he retired in 1971. Dr. Weems proudly stated that he delivered 7,500 babies, and never turned away a patient for lack of money or the color of their skin. The Boynton police complex built in 1972 was named in his honor.

Dr. Nathaniel Marion Weems Junior (1927-2015) was a family physician in Boynton Beach from 1957 to 1990, and was the son of one of the first physicians in the Boynton Beach area, Nathaniel Marion Weems Senior. Nathaniel Marion Weems Junior attended the Boynton school until tenth grade, when he attended a prep school before attending Emory. After earning his medical degree at University of Miami, he began practicing medicine in Boynton Beach in 1957, joining his father’s medical practice until the mid-1960s. He retired in 1990 and later died in 2015.

Alice “Nain” Weems (1931-2020) married Curtis Arnold Weaver (1928-2020) in 1956.

Scope and content note: Includes three educational diplomas, mounted on plaques, papers, and family photographs.


Processing information: Collection processed in 2017, 2023 / sms
Date of finding aid: May 2019, 2023 / gc



Box 1

  • Mounted diploma, Doctor of Medicine, Emory University, 1922
  • Mounted diploma, Bachelor of Science in Medicine, University of Alabama, 1924
  • Mounted diploma, Florida State Medical Board, 1924

Box 2

  • Photographs
  • Papers
    • Photocopy of clipping
    • Tribute poem
    • Photocopy of crumpled 1938 grade school Christmas program
    • Program: City of Boynton Beach official dedication ceremony for Dr. Nat Weems Police Complex, 30 Dec 1972


Box 3

  • Scottish rite Masonic certificate, 1929 [missing 3/7/2023]