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Latter-day Saint Nurses at War Project



  • Existence: 2002-


The Latter-day Saint Nurses at War project (2002- ) gathers and publishes wartime experiences of Latter-day Saint nurses. The project is led by Dr. Patricia Rushton of the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University.

UPB files, April 20, 2020 (Latter-day Saint Nurses at War Project; gathered and published wartime experiences of LDS nurses; project director Patricia Rushton of the College of Nursing, BYU; began collecting narratives in 2002)

Latter-day Saint nurses at war, [2001] : page 1 (LDS Nurses at War Project)

Latter-day Saint nurses at war, 2005 : conclusion (Nurses at War project is ongoing)

Found in 32 Collections and/or Records:

Kent D. Blad interview

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341353]
Identifier: MSS 2629
Scope and Contents

Typescript of an interview of Blad conducted on 19 Nov. 2001. Blad was stationed in Saudi Arabia in 1990 and 1991. He talked about his service during the Persian Gulf War and about the challenges working in a hospital at that time.

Dates: 2001

A. Elaine Bond interview

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341346]
Identifier: MSS 2630
Scope and Contents

Typescript of an interview conducted on November 6, 2001, shortly after the attacks on September 11, 2001, Bond was sent by the Red Cross to Washington, D.C. She tells about her service at the Pentagon and with the people who were injured in the attack on that building. She served there from September 15 to October 5, 2001.

Dates: 2001

Estelle M. Burton autobiography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341221]
Identifier: MSS 2614
Scope and Contents

Typewritten autobiography. Burton was a nurse for the United States Navy. She was stationed at Jacksonville, Florida, in 1948. She was in the service from 1948 until 1949. She married Lee D. Burton in 1949 and later joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dates: 2003

Idonna Davis Doerig autobiography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341270]
Identifier: MSS 2619
Scope and Contents

Typed autobiography. Doerig was born in 1923 in Greenville, Utah. She married Albert Doerig, Jr. in 1954. After the war, she joined the United States Air Force Reserve Program and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

Dates: 2000

Beth Smith Edvalson interview

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341478]
Identifier: MSS 2633
Scope and Contents

Typescript probably taken from an interview. Edvalson talked about her nursing education at the University of Utah starting in 1943. She married Frederick M. Edvalson on 4 July 1945 after she completed her training.

Dates: approximately 2002

Lillie Jacobs Fitzsimons interviews

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341452]
Identifier: MSS 2635
Scope and Contents

Typescript of an interview. Fitzsimons was sent to Australia and New Guinea in 1943. After 18 months, she went to a hospital in the Philippines. She talked about the challenges of nursing in a tropical area. She treated both American soldiers and Japanese captives.

Dates: approximately 2001

Erma Louise Hirschi Gantenbein interview

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341445]
Identifier: MSS 2636
Scope and Contents

Typed copy of an interview. Gantenbein was born in Idaho in 1921, graduated from the L.D.S. Hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in 1942, and served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946. She served in hospitals in Great Britain and France. She married Earl Gantenbein in 1946.

Dates: approximately 2001

Edith Maurine Edwards Garrard interview

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341437]
Identifier: MSS 2638
Scope and Contents

Typed interview. Garrard was a cadet nurse starting in 1943. She graduated from the LDS Hospital 3 year diploma program in 1946. She never served as a nurse for the military during World War II. She talked about her training and education.

Dates: 2002

Rosmary Clara Klatt Harms interview

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341411]
Identifier: MSS 2644
Scope and Contents Typed interview dated 9 May 2002. Harms was drafted into the Red Cross in 1940-1 and served in a field hospital in Russia in 1942. In this interview, she talked about her training and the conditions she faced in Russia. She was captured by the Americans at the end of the war and imprisoned with the men until she was recognized as being a woman. She met her husband, George Harms, at that time, and they were married in August of 1947. They later lived in the United States. She joined the...
Dates: 2002

Maurine Harris autobiography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341262]
Identifier: MSS 2618
Scope and Contents

Typed autobiography. Harris was born in Wellsville, Utah, in 1927 and started her training in the Cadet Corps in August of 1945. She studied nursing at the University of Utah.

Dates: 2000

Additional filters:

Military 29
Politics, Government, and Law 29
Nurses -- United States -- Biography 21
World War, 1939-1945 -- Medical care 19
Latter Day Saint women -- Biography 18