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Elizabeth Hudson papers

Call Number: MS 1464

Scope and Contents

The Elizabeth Hudson Papers consist of four albums of photographs and autographs which document Elizabeth Hudson's service as a nurse in Paris during World War I. The photographs depict French and Moroccan wounded soldiers being treated at the American Ambulance Hospital in 1916 and 1917. The American Army and Red Cross took over the hospital in 1917 after which it was known as American Military Hospital No. 1. Photographs after 1917 also portray American wounded. The albums contain identifications of patients giving names, hometowns, and place, date and extent of injuries. There are also patients' autographs, expressions of gratitude, occasional letters, and Hudson's later annotations scattered through the volumes. Several photographs, especially in the album in folder 3, picture battlefields and the destruction of towns. The album in folder 4 contains photographs of the hospital staff and of the victory parade in Paris in 1919.

The Elizabeth Hudson Papers were transferred to the Manuscripts and Archives Department from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 1987.


  • 1914-1950
  • Majority of material found within 1916 - 1919


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscripts Library, 1987.


Arranged chronologically.

Related Materials

Elizabeth Hudson Collection of E. Œ. Somerville & Personal Papers (GEN MSS 28), Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers consist of four albums of photographs and autographs documenting Elizabeth Hudson's service as a nurse in American Military Hospital #1 in Paris during World War I. The albums contain pictures of French, Moroccan, and American wounded soldiers with written identifications by Hudson and comments by her patients. There are also scenes of battlefields, hospital staff, and of the victory parade in Paris in 1919.

Biographical / Historical

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Elizabeth Hudson traveled to France during World War I to assist in the relief efforts for children left destitute by the war. While in France, she trained as a volunteer nurse, and served at the American Military Hospital No. 1 (also known as the American Ambulance Hospital) in Paris. She also served as a "marraine de guerre," a correspondent with soldiers, many of whom wrote to her even after the war. During World War II, Hudson served on the board of directors for the Coordinating Council of French Relief Societies.

Guide to the Elizabeth Hudson Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Diane E. Kaplan
April 1987
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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