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Lola H. Ryan Collection

 Collection
Identifier: WV 0362

Scope and Contents

The collection contains approximately 120 letters and v-mail written by Lola Ryan to her parents and brother. Ryan discusses her experiences of being a nurse in basic training, the conditions in wartime France, German prisoners of war, her experiences as a wartime nurse, and her longing to return home and be discharged from the army.

Dates

  • 1943 - 1945

Creator

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.

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

Biographical Note

Lola H. Ryan of McGraw, New York, graduated from the Charles S. Wilson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Johnson City, New York, in June 1943. She joined the Army Nurse Corps in July 1944 and was sent to Thomas M. England General Hospital in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for basic training. In August 1944, Ryan was stationed at Tilton General Hospital at Fort Dix, New Jersey. She was assigned to the 235th General Hospital in Marseilles, France, in December 1944, where she worked as an operating room nurse. In August 1945, Ryan was reassigned to a hospital in Aix, France, and became the operating room supervisor. She was discharged in 1945 with the rank of first lieutenant.

Extent

0.40 Linear Feet (1 half-manuscript box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Lola H. Ryan of McGraw, New York, worked as an operating room nurse in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II.\n The collection contains approximately 120 letters and v-mail written by Lola Ryan to her parents and brother. Ryan discusses her experiences of being a nurse in basic training, the conditions in wartime France, German prisoners of war, her experiences as a wartime nurse, and her longing to return home and be discharged from the army.

Arrangement Note

The letters are arranged chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

Purchased from Ebay in July, 2006.

Offensive Language Statement

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Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Motszko, August 2009.
Title
Lola H. Ryan Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Finding Aid Authors: Jennifer Motszko.
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

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

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