The most detailed source we've had for Base Hosptial 46 has been Otis Buckminster Wight, Donald Macomber, and Arthur S. Rosenfeld, eds., On Active Service with Base Hospital 46 U.S.A. March 20, 1918 to May 25, 1919 (Portland, Oregon: Arcady Press, 1920) available in digital format from the Library of Congress. This compilation details the personnel and history of various portions of the unit, with some important information about the experiences of nurses and civilian women.
But now we can investigate much more about the women on staff, thanks to materials from the wonderful Historical Collections & Archives at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland the Grace Phelps Papers (Accession 2010-005); the Eleanor Donaldson Collection (Accession 2008-020), including personnel information and some correspondence. And materials from Record Group 112, Army Nurse Corps Historical Data File 1898-1947 at the U.S. National Archives contain narratives written by several women from Base Hospital 46 that did not make it into Otis Wight's On Active Service. We can now hear more of their voices and analyze their specific experiences in much more detail. I'll share some of this information with you in upcoming posts.
|Outline Map of France Showing Fixed Hospital Center, Medical Department US Army WWI, Vol. 2, facing p 288.|
|View of Bazoilles Hospital Center, Medical Department US Army WWI, Vol 2, p 238|
|General Layout Hospital Center Bazoilles, Medical Department US Army WWI, Vol 2, p 261|
|General Layout of Hospital Unit Type A, Medical Department US Army WWI, Vol 2 p 242|
|Nurses Quarters Type A Base Hospital, Medical Department US Army WWI, Vol 2 p 246|