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  • Title: Lulu Ryan Rolston papers
    Date (bulk): 1914-1918
    Collection Number: 2006C7
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes, 7 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 framed caricature (5.4 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Personal documents, newspaper issues, scrapbooks, photographs, and postcards relating to Allied nursing in France during World War I.
    Creator: Rolston, Lulu Ryan, 1890-
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2006.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lulu Ryan Rolston papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    April 23, 1889 Born, Rouses Point, New York
    1914 Graduated from the New York Hospital
    1915-1916 Nurse at American Ambulance Hospital of Paris
    1916 Taught the Carrell-Dakin Method in the United States
    1917 Worked at Ellis Island, New York
    1917-1919 Nurse at New York Hospital, Base #9 A.E.F. Hospital in France
    1918 Decorated with the Medaille des Epidemies
    1919 Discharged and sailed for the U.S. on the George Washington
    1920-1930 Public Health Nurse for the City of Los Angeles
    1940 Served as WWII nurse
    1980 Honored by President Jimmy Carter in recognition of services to the U.S. Armed Forces
    1980 Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains a series of mementos from Lulu Rolston's time at the American Ambulance Hospital of Paris the and New York Base #9 Hospital in France. Assigned to the New York Base #9 Hospital, Rolston worked as an Allied nurse during World War I. Rolston treated soldiers wounded in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, which was one of the largest battles in U.S. military history. The collection highlights her time as an Allied nurse with a series of personal documents, newspapers, scrapbooks, photographs, and postcards. A number of her husbands, Howard Rolston's, photographs and documents are also included in the collection. Howard Rolston was an enlisted soldier in France while Lulu Rolston worked at the New York Base #9 Hospital. The bulk of the collection involves Lulu Rolston's work in and around France. The collection contains documents written in French. Box one includes an inventory of the collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1914-1918 -- Medical care
    Nursing -- France
    United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces