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Clara L. Lawrence Papers, 1763, 1883-1888, 1909-1939

Clara L. Lawrence Papers, 1763, 1883-1888, 1909-1939
Mss. Acc. 2009.299
1.6 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

This collection primarily concerns Clara Louise Walde Lawrence's career as a nurse in the period before, during, and after World War I.  Materials in the collection include correspondence, scrapbooks, diaries, photographs and negatives, pamphlets, medical supplies, and other publications.  Most of the correspondence, photographs, and publications relate to either WWI or nursing.  Notable correspondents include a letter from Julia Cherney (Bateman) to Clara Walde while serving as a missionary in China.  Other items of interest include a 1763 Boston Gazette as well as several 19th century American newspapers.  The collection also includes Lawrence's Veterans Administration account books from the 1930s.


Transcriptions were created of the correspondence before the collection was donated to the Special Collections Research Center and are available here as PDFs.

Acc. 2010.784 contains correspondence, 1909-1923, primarily

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Lawrence, Clara L.
World War, 1914-1918--Medical and sanitary affairs
Letters (correspondence)

Detailed Description

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Administrative Information

07/14/2009. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.
Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Sharon L. Zuber.
Related Materials

A compact disc with digital copies of transcripts of letters was pulled from this collection and was added to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection in November 2010.

Artifacts transferred to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection include Eating Utensil Set (2009.299.01); Bread Ration Coupon (2009.299.02); Mauser Patrone 88 Rifle Cartridge (2009.299.03); 10 Pfennig Coblenz Kriegeld Coin (2009.299.04); 200 Mark Coin (2009.299.05); U.S. Army Identification Tag (2009.299.06); La Semeuse 2 Franc French Coin Pin (2009.299.07); Miniature Charm Souvenir Photo Album of Vichy, France (2009.299.08); 'Andenken von Rheinland' Heart Pendant (2009.299.09); Metal Button with Eagle and Anchor Beneath 13 Stars (2009.299.10); 'A' Circle Felt Patch (2009.299.11); Chevron Overseas Service Patch (2009.299.12); and Nurse's Storage Belt (2009.299.13).

Preferred Citation
Clara L. Lawrence Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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