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Jean M. Bright Collection

Identifier: WV 0295

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


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research. Oral history interview available by appointment only. Please contact University Archives staff for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical Note

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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Metadata Rights Declarations

  • 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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Processing Information

Processed by Elizabeth Carmichael, September 2004.

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Repository Details

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

P.O. Box 26170
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Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US