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
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).