Jean M. Bright Collection
Scope and Contents
Papers, photographs, an oral history interview, and artifacts and textiles document Jean M. Bright's Red Cross service in New Guinea, Japan, and the Philippines during World War II. Papers include five postcards from New Guinea; a postcard of the S.S. Lurline, the passenger troop ship that Bright sailed on; a 1945 Christmas card from the Philippines; and a 1944 immunization register. Postcards contain brief messages about an all-African American church in New Guinea and about the cabin Bright shared with five other African American Red Cross workers on the Lurline. Photographs depict a Red Cross club building; Bright in her Red Cross uniform; the city of Manila and locals in the Philippines; Tokyo in late 1945 and after the war; and the Kamakura Buddha in Japan. Artifacts and textiles include Bright's Red Cross overseas cap and skirt as well as souvenirs from her service in Japan and the Philippines, including Japanese and Filipino shoes and a Filipino salacot. Collection also includes photocopies, clippings, letters and other materials about Bright's non-military life.
- 1944-1946, 2004-2005
- Bright, Jean Marie (Person)
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Collection is open to research. Oral history interview available by appointment only. Please contact University Archives staff for more information.
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Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
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Jean M. Bright served with the American Red Cross in the South Pacific from 1944 to 1946.
4.55 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
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- License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.
Method of Acquisition
Gift of Jean M. Bright of Greensboro, N.C., on April 2, 2004, April 16, 2004 and October 16, 2006.
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Processed by Elizabeth Carmichael, September 2004.
- African American women -- History -- 20th century
- American Red Cross -- Interviews
- Bright, Jean Marie
- Bright, Jean Marie -- Interviews
- North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University -- Alumni and alumnae -- Interviews
- Women and the military
- Women in war
- Women veterans
- Women veterans -- United States
- World War, 1939-1945
- World War, 1939-1945 -- African Americans
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Female
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- United States
- Jean M. Bright Collection
- Elizabeth Carmichael
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