Abbie Voorhies DeVerges papers

Finding aid prepared by Julianna Gil, Student Processing Assistant.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Abbie Voorhies DeVerges papers
Date (inclusive): circa 1941-1995
Date (bulk): circa 1941-1947
Collection Number: MS 361
Creator: Deverges, Abbie Voorhies, 1915-
Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: The Abbie Voorhies De Verges papers contain photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, certificates, and other material from Abbie Voorhies DeVerges, a nurse in the Air Force who worked at the Tuskegee Army Air Field during the Second World War.
Languages: The collection is in English.

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [date if possible]. Abbie Voorhies DeVerges papers (MS 361). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

Provenance unknown.

Processing History

Processed by Julianna Gil, Student Processing Assistant, 2017.
Processing of the Abbie Voorhies DeVerges papers was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

Biographical Note

Abbie Voorhies was born on August 20, 1915, in Louisiana. She graduated from the Kansas City General Hospital Nursing School, and began working at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Voorhies joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1941, after hearing that military nurses were not discriminated in pay unlike her position in New Orleans. She served as a second lieutenant at Camp Livingston in Louisiana, before transferring to the Tuskegee Army Air Field where she worked as a night nurse.
In 1943 Voorhies married Captain Mac Ross, who was part of the 99th Pursuit Squadron and was a member of the first graduating class from the Tuskegee Army Flying School in 1942. While serving as the Operations Officer for the 332nd Fighter Group in Italy in 1944, Ross was killed in a crash while on a local transition flight. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the Purple Heart among other medals for his service.
By 1946, Abbie Voorhies was promoted to first lieutenant, and was one out of five nurses transferred from the Tuskegee Army Air Field to Lockbourne Army Air Base as the Tuskegee base was closing. She separated from the army in 1947 at the rank of captain. After leaving the army Voorhies remarried and had two sons. She settled in Los Angeles in 1950s.

Collection Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials from Abbie Voorhies DeVerges, an Army Corps nurse who served at the Tuskegee Army Air Field during the Second World War. Items in the collection consist mostly of photographs of Voorhies, her husband Mac Ross, and other Tuskegee Airmen and nurses. The collection also includes Voorhies' military separation records, correspondence, news clippings, and items from a dedication of a philatetic room to Ross.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically.

Related Materials

See also an interview with Abbie Voorhies DeVerges on DVD in Box 8 of the Tuskegee Airmen collection (MS 176).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Ross, Mac, 1912-1944
Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
African American fighter pilots
African American nurses
United States -- Armed Forces -- African Americans
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, African American

Genres and Forms of Materials


Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1947, 1989-1991

Box 1, Folder 2

Mac Ross Memorial Philatelic Room dedication 1989

Box 1, Folder 3

Military service records - Abbie Voorhies Ross 1947

Box 1, Folder 4

Newspaper clippings 1970-1991, undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Photographs - Abbie Voorhies circa 1943-1947

Box 1, Folder 6

Photographs - African American nurses circa 1941-1947

Box 1, Folder 7

Photographs - Buildings and airplanes circa 1941-1947

Box 1, Folder 8

Photographs - Captain Mac Ross circa 1941-1944

Box 1, Folder 9

Photographs - Tuskegee Airmen circa 1941-1947

Box 1, Folder 10

Tuskegee Airmen 24th Annual National Convention program 1995