Wednesday, November 11, 2015

In honor of Veteran's Day: Resources on veterans, World War I and World War II

Cliff Morris, who joined Base Hospital 46 in 1942 after training at UOMS, kisses his bride Irene Ehlers.
The experience of veterans is woven throughout the fabric of OHSU's history. In honor of Veteran's Day, I want to highlight some of our primary sources that concern the experience of those who have served. Our collections are especially rich in materials related to Base Hospital 46 (World War I) and the 46th General Hospital (World War II),  the University of Oregon Medical School's organized contingents of volunteer medical personnel during the wars.

Base Hospital 46 nurses and officers, Camp Lewis, WA, 1918

We have many archival collections that were created by or contain information on OHSU's veterans, including significant holdings of documents and images. Some images have been digitized and are available to peruse via our Digital Collections. In addition, our Oral History program features quite a few stories from veterans among our OHSU faculty and alumni.

Archival collections & manuscripts on Archives West:
Collections with materials on World War I
Collections with materials on World War II

Digitized images:
Digital Collections images of World War I
Digital Collections images of World War II

Library Catalog items:
Base Hospital 46 (World War I)
46th General Hospital (World War II)

Oral histories (search by keyword, such as "World War II"):

46th General Hospital nurses marching in Oran, Algeria, ca. 1942
If you have questions about our holdings, or have specific reference questions related to these materials, email me at or call 503 494-5587 and I'll be happy to act as your guide to these rich resources.

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