Skip to main content

Elna Allran Jones Collection

Identifier: WV 0023

Content Description

The collection includes an oral history transcript, 25 January 1999; various photographs of Jones will serving with the Cadet and Army Nurse Corps, 1944-1947; various Navy publications, 1944-1945; 2 copies of Jones poetry, 1945-1947; various ephemera from locations Jones was stationed, 1945-1946; various holiday menus from military camps, 1945-1947; Cadet Nurse Patch With Caduceus Pin; Cadet Nurse Patch; Caduceus Pin; photograph album, 1945-1947 containing photographs from: Camp Rucker, Alabama, Nurse Basic Training Center; Battey General Hospital, Rome, Georgia; Regional Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia; New York Port of Embarkation, and Brooklyn Station hospital, Camp Kilmer, New Jersey.


  • circa 1944-1999


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 / Historical

Elna Violet Allran Jones (1923-2019) of Hickory, North Carolina, served in the Cadet Nurse Corps and Army Nurse Corps (ANC) in the 1940s, followed by a twenty year career in nursing. Elna Violet Allran Jones of Hickory, North Carolina, graduated from high school in 1940. She attended Lenior-Rhyne College in Hickory for one year before beginning training at Charlotte Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.

In 1944, Jones joined the Cadet Nurse Corps. She graduated in July 1945 and joined the Army Nurse Corps. She reported to Camp Rucker, Alabama, but World War II ended before she finished basic training. Jones had committed to a two-year term and was thus assigned briefly to Battey General Hospital in Rome, Georgia, before being transferred to Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. She was later stationed at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, and assigned to the New York Port of Embarkation, where her duty was to ride on trains transporting wounded soldiers returning from overseas. She was discharged as a first lieutenant in July 1947.

After World War II, Jones worked as a nurse at Harborview Hospital in Seattle, Washington, before returning to North Carolina in 1955 to work at the Children's Home in Winston-Salem. Five years later, she moved to Greensboro and took a nursing position at Moses Cone Hospital. In April 1973, Jones returned to work at the Children's Home, while also volunteering at Camp Dogwood summer camp for the blind. In 1977, she went to work for the Greensboro School for the Deaf, where she remained for twenty years. Jones died 10 July, 2019 in Greensboro, North Carolina.


3.42 Linear Feet (4 folders, scrapbook box, textile box, artifact box 1)

Language of Materials


Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.

Condition Description

The condition is fair.

Offensive Language Statement

The UNC Greensboro University Libraries collects, preserves, and makes accessible unique and historical materials for learning and research. The nature of historical materials is such that some material may represent positions, norms, and values that are offensive and objectionable. These materials represent the opinions and actions of their creators. By providing access to these records in our reading room and through our digital collections, we recognize that archives and rare books can play a vital role in holding those creators accountable and in helping us learn from the past.

Our finding aids and other collection descriptions may occasionally re-use language provided by creators or former holders of the materials, but we strive to place outdated or offensive terminology in context. That said, we recognize that we may not always make the right decision and welcome feedback from all sources so we can learn and adjust our practices. Please contact us at if you encounter problematic language in our finding aids or other collection description. We will review the language and, as appropriate, update it in a way that balances preservation of the original context with our ongoing commitment to describing materials with respectful and inclusive language.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew McCarthy.

Elna Allran Jones Collection
Matthew McCarthy
2022 May
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

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