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Josephine L. DePietro Collection

Identifier: WV 0461

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of twenty-eight letters written to and from DePietro's friends and family. The collection begins with the letters written by DePietro when she attended nursing school; the last letter in the collection is addressed to her parents and discusses news from family and provides updates on her activities. Most of the letters are written to her; there are letters from her significant other Sam, who was stationed with the Army Air Force at Bowman Field in Kentucky. There are also letters from a friend who was in the Navy Nurse Corps and another from the Army Nurse Corps, and letters from other friends, family, and a patient. The remainder of the collection includes a Valentines's Day card from Sam, two school annuals, one photograph, one Thanksgiving Day menu, and three postcards.


  • 1938 - 1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 2009 April 13


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical or Historical Information

Josephine L. "Tootie" Bufano DePietro was born on 12 April 1919 in New York, to Andrew and Lillian Bufano. After graduating from Mont Pleasant High School in Schenectady, New York in 1938, she began nursing school at the Schenectady Hospital Association's Training School for Nurses (now known as the Ellis Hospital School of Nursing), graduating in 1941.

By 1944, she had enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, and was first stationed at the Thomas H. England General Hospital in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Other postings included the Halloran General Hospital in Staten Island, New York, and Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York.

DePietro later married Salvatore Ridolfi, and died at age eighty-seven in New York City on 9 January 2006.


0.16 Linear Feet (2 oversized folders)

Language of Materials



Josephine L. DePietro (1919-2006) was a nurse and 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Nurse Corps during World War II. Throughout the war she served at the Thomas H. England General Hospital in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Halloran General Hospital in Staten Island, New York, and at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York.

This collection primarily consists of letters to and from DePietro friends and family, as well as a small collection of school annuals, postcards, and Valentine's Day card, a Thanksgiving Day menu, and a photograph of an unnamed individual.

Arrangement Note

Items in Folder 1 containing DePietro's letters and nursing school annual are arranged in chronological order, items in Folder 2 containing photographs and other memorabilia are arranged by size.

Source of Acquisition

Purchased from eBay.

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Repository Details

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

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