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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:

Ruth Lofthouse Bingham interview

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341379]
Identifier: MSS 2626
Scope and Contents

Typed interview. "Sister Bingham did not remember many of the experiences she had while she served as a nurse at war. With the help of her son, Byron, and through asking her many questions, she was able to remember a small amount of her service. Her main memory was that 'I took care of patients.'" She was born in Brigham City, Utah, and married Fred Alvin Bingham in 1947.

Dates: 2002

Paul Blad interview and correspondence

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341361]
Identifier: MSS 2627
Scope and Contents

Typescript of an interview conducted on 8 Oct. 2001 and typed copies of correspondence from 1991. Blad talks about his experiences in Saudi Arabia in a hospital in 1990 and 1991. The letters were sent to and from Blad in 1991.

Dates: 1991-2001

Audrey Fryer Kent autobiography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341296]
Identifier: MSS 2621
Scope and Contents

Typewritten autobiography. She served in the Letterman General Hospital at the Presidio in San Francisco, California. She was assigned to operating rooms and helped with reconstructive surgery. She married D. W. Kent in 1944.

Dates: 2000

Memories of an Army nurse in World War II, 1944-1945

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341189]
Identifier: MSS 2609
Scope and Contents

Typed autobiography. Ora Mae Sorensen was born in 1922 in Taylor, Texas and married Edmond Preston Hyatt in 1945. Many letters addressed to family memers have been typed into the autobiography which largely describes her military service as a nurse. She served mainly in the Pacific area.

Dates: 2002

Eleanor Nicholes

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341205]
Identifier: MSS 2611
Scope and Contents

Typewritten biography of Eleanor Nicholes. Eleanor was born in American Fork, Utah, in 1915. She became an officer in the Army and served much of the war in hospitals in the Midwest, mostly in Iowa. She never married and died in 1997 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dates: 2000

Recollections of an Army nurse

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230336833]
Identifier: MSS 2687
Scope and Contents

Typescript of an interview conducted on 6 Nov. 2001. Shortly after the attacks on 11 Sept. 2001, Bond was sent by the Red Cross to Washington, DC. She told about her service at the Pentagon and with the people who were injured in the attack on that building. She served there from 15 Sept. to 5 Oct. 2001.

Dates: 2000

Dorothy Cabris Peay autobiography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341254]
Identifier: MSS 2617
Scope and Contents

Typewritten autobiography. Dorothy Cabris was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1924, served as a nurse for the United States Army from 1944 to 1945, and married Richard V. Peay in 1945.

Dates: 2000

Barbara Toomer autobiography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341288]
Identifier: MSS 2620
Scope and Contents

Typewritten autobiography. Toomer was born in 1929 and went into nursing. She served as a nurse at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from 1953 to 1955. She married Ross Toomer in 1953.

Dates: 2000

Wartime experiences : Aug. 1943 to Sept. 1945

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341460]
Identifier: MSS 2634
Scope and Contents

Typed copy of an interview. Fife was stationed at Fort George Wright in Spokane, Washington, and was later transferred to Fairmont Army Airforce Base near Fairmont, Nebraska. She talked about her association with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the war. She married Leland James Fife in 1944.

Dates: approximately 2001

Bessie Rachel Weeter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230341338]
Identifier: MSS 2625
Scope and Contents

Typewritten biography of Bessie Rachel Weeter by an unknown author. Weeter graduated from the LDS Hospital School of Nursing in Salt Lake City, Utah. She served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps for 31 years and retired in 1976. She died in 1999.

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