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Ruby Ficklin Bryant Collection

Identifier: WV 0476

Content Description

The collection includes a copy of newspaper clipping from Tale Spinning with the Editor article, 1961 August; a copy of Richmond Times-Dispatch article "Veteran Army Nurse Enjoys Her New Status as Civilian," 1961 September; 2 letters of correspondence with a woman named Jackie, 1949 May and 1977; a postcard with message to a Mrs. Floyd Mabie (copy), 1938; handwritten questions and responses from an interview Bryant did with 4th grader Hilary Humphrey at Greensboro Day School, 1977; invitation for portrait unveiling and Tea to honor Bryant (copy); a newspaper clipping from Times-Dispatch "Ruby Ficklin Bryant, Army colonel, dies at 95" (copy), 2002 January; a yearbook from Richmond County Intermediate School titled "Close Ties," 1997; various photographs of Bryant stationed in the Far East, including places in China, Guam, Panama Canal, circa 1930s, along with 1 from portrait unveiling, in Morocco 1966, and Bryant at home.


  • circa 1934 to 1961


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Ruby Ficklin Bryant (1908-2002) of Emmerton, Virginia, was born in 1908. She graduated from the Army School of Nursing, Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, DC in 1932. She enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps in 1934.

She served in Manila and Corregidor, Philippines from 1937-1940 where she helped establish the Malinta Tunnel Hospital. During World War II she served in Georgia and Maryland and in 1944 she was promoted to lieutenant colonel while serving as director of nursing service at the Fourth Service Command in Atlanta, Georgia.

After World War II, Bryant returned to the Philippines where she was the director of nurses in the Far East Command based in Tokyo. From 1 October 1951 to 30 September 1955, she was promoted to colonel and served as the ninth chief of the ANC (Army Nurse Corps).

She later served as the chief of the nursing service in Europe and then as nursing director at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas until she retired on 30 June 1961. She was awarded the Legion of Merit. Bryant died on 3 January 2002 in Warsaw, Virginia.


0.21 Linear Feet (3 folders )

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Ruby Ficklin Bryant (1908-2002) of Emmerton, Virginia, served in the United States Army Nurse Corps from 1934-1961.

The collection includes articles about Bryant; various correspondence; photographs; and a 1997 Richmond Intermediate School article "Close Ties", circa 1997.


The collection is organized into the following series: personal papers, yearbook, and photographs.

Condition Description

The condition is good.

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Ruby Ficklin Bryant Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US