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Evelyn Henson Collection

Identifier: WV 0214

Content Description

The collection includes an oral history transcript, 13 May 2001; portrait photograph of Evelyn; Army Nurse Corps service uniform and garrison cap, circa 1945.


  • 1945, 2001

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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Evelyn Small Henson (b. 1922) of Lancaster, South Carolina, served at Camp Gordon, Georgia, with the Army Nurse Corps from 1943 to 1946 and later worked as a public health nurse in North Carolina.

Evelyn Small Henson of Lancaster, South Carolina, was born on 16 February 1922 to a barber and a homemaker. After graduating from Lancaster High School, she attended Mercy Hospital Nursing School in Charlotte, North Carolina, for three years.

After graduating in 1943, Henson immediately joined in the Army Nurse Corps. Henson was commissioned a second lieutenant and went directly to the hospital at Camp Gordon, Georgia. Henson remained at Camp Gordon as a general duty nurse until August 1945, when she was transferred to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for a few months until she resigned her commission in early 1946.

Hensen attended the Peabody School in Nashville, Tennessee, for one year before transferring to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a bachelor of science in public health nursing in 1950. She worked as a public health nurse in Hillsborough and Greensboro, North Carolina, for several years before raising a family.


3.21 Linear Feet (2 folders, textile box 1)

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Condition Description

The condition is good.

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Processed by Matthew McCarthy.

Evelyn Henson Collection
Matthew McCarthy
2023 February
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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