Collection SCA406-GA473 - Mabel E. Neiley collection.

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Mabel E. Neiley collection.

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  • 1918-1920 (Photography)

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206 photographs : b&w, some sepia toned ; 23 x 18 cm or smaller

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Mabel Edena Neiley was born in Greenwood, Nova Scotia on September 27, 1887 (although some census records indicate 1889 as her birth year). She lived in Greenwood, Kingston, and Yarmouth (Nova Scotia) before migrating to the United States of America on December 11, 1913.
Neiley trained as a nurse and was called into active service on July 1, 1918. Since then and until April 15, 1920, Neiley worked as a U.S. Army nurse living in New York, Washington D.C., Georgia, and Ohio being part of the nursing U.S. staff during part of the First World War and the 1918 Influenza pandemic. During that time, she served in at least three hospitals: Walter Reeds in Washington D.C., Camp Gordon in Georgia, and the Columbus Barracks in Ohio.
In March 1925, Neiley moved to Los Angeles County and lived in Palo Alto, Pasadena, and Ventura. While in California, Neiley worked at the Pasadena Preventorium (Pasadena, California) as a nurse and superintendent.
Mabel E. Neiley died in Ventura (California) on March 14, 1976, at 88 and is buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles.

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Photograph album compiled by Mabel E. Neiley during her time working as a nurse in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Album reflects the life of a Canadian woman who emigrated to the United States in the early 20th Century and worked in the medical profession during the First World War and the 1918 Influenza pandemic.

Album includes photographs and postcards featuring photographs of the experiences of Mabel E. Neiley during her time as a U.S. Army nurse. Photographs capture nurses in uniform at the hospitals and barracks, nurses taking care of patients, nurses socializing with each other and with soldiers, and nursing posing in different areas of the hospital facilities. Album also contains photographs of soldiers by themselves and official visits (including one of possibly Edith and Woodrow Wilson).

According to annotations in some photographs, images were taken at Walter Reed hospital (Washinton DC, U.S.A), Camp Gordon (Georgia, U.S.A), and Columbus Barracks (Ohio, U.S.A).

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Leather cover and some pages are fragile. Some photographs are loose.

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Purchased from Michael R. Thompson Rare Books in 2022.


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  • English

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People photographed in the album are predominantly white with exception of one photograph that features a group of ten Black men dressed in uniform standing or sitting in a group, possibly weaving baskets. In the centre of the group stands a white woman dressed in a nurse uniform holding a basket. None of the individuals in the photograph are identified and it is not known when or where the picture was taken.

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Some photographs in album contain annotations in verso.

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One of the photographs in album portraying seven people on horses includes note in verso that reads: "Columbus / Barracks / Columbus / Ohio. 10-8/19 / Do you recognize these? / Taken down by the old Post Office / From right to left – First two / Utility nurses. Third myself on / Bolsheviko. Fourth Miss [?] / on Bill. Next two Utility. / Seventh - Price on Blackie. / [Wad…?] is closed. I was / Transferred to Walter Reeds / on the 20th. Stayed there one / week. And was transferred / up here last Friday. Only / six nurses at this Post. Am / going on night duty tonight. / Sincerely, / Mabel E. Neiley."

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Described by CGD in 2022.
Updated by NM in 2023.

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  • English

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