Brooks, Ethel G. (1886-1976)
The Ethel G. Brooks collection consists of printed material, correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia.
Printed material related to Brooks' career as a military nurse serving in Europe during World War I includes various printed forms: her Ordre de Transport - Armee Americaine; Transfers and Movement papers; a worker's permit with an attached photograph, Port of Embarkations, special orders no. 326 Military Police Pass-Metz; and a U.S. War Department request for transportation (all 1919). Also present are issues of The Vanguard; a passenger list and menu from the S.S. Matsonia, sailing from Hawaii (1915); an Order of Worship for a Service for the Personnel of Base Hospital No.5 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston (1917); an Order of Worship for a Service of Intercession at Westminster Abbey (1917); theater programs for shows in France (1917-1918); a Guidebook for Nice, Beaulieu, Monaco, and Vicinity (1912); "Browning For the Trenches," Boston Browning Society (1918); program from the Dedication Excercises of the Oscar C. Tugo Circle, Boston, MA (1922); a menu from the Base Hospital No. 5 Reunion Dinner (1940); and a menu from the Retirement Dinner in honor Brooks (1957). Also included are various newspaper clippings and articles, most regarding Brooks (1917-1976).
Correspondence in the collection includes: censored letters between Brooks and her sister Sue M. Brooks of North Grafton, MA (1917-1919); letters between George R. Brooks and his sister Sue M. Brooks (1917-1919); letters between Brooks and her brother (1917); letters from Brooks to her father (1917-1919); and letters between Brooks and her aunt, Mrs. Dean (Sue) W. Hacker (1918). Other correspondence includes letters from various individuals to and from Brooks (1915-1919 and 1937-1938). Also present is a collection of postcards representing Brooks' various postings, including Hawaii, England, and France.
Photographs in the collection include: a group family photo of brother Henry, sister Susie, and Ethel (1891); Brooks' high school graduation photo (1904); Brooks in a nursing uniform (ca. 1905); Brooks in an Army nurse uniform (1917-1919); World War I photographs of tents; a hospital Christmas party; sightseeing, on board a ship; Brooks at Harvard Base No. 5 (1917); rescue work and damage done by a flood in Wheeling, West Virginia; portraits Brooks and her family; and various other images.
Memorabilia in the collection includes a flag presented to Ethel Brooks during World War I by Sir Thomas Lipton, who had placed his yachts at the disposal of the Red Cross, among other hospital organizations.