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  • Gertrude Bray Papers
  • Bray, Gertrude Cottrell, 1888-1975
Call Number:
  • MSS 303
Record Level:
  • Collection
Physical Description:
  • 1 ft
  • 1 HB, 1 AB, 1 AB
Inclusive Dates:
  • 1918-1968
Bulk Dates:
  • 1918-1919
Cataloged By:
  • Jennifer Galpern, 2018
  • Gertrude C. Bray Papers. Diary, 1918-1919. 117 pages, typescript.
Historical Note:
  • Gertrude Cottrell Bray (1888-1975) was the daughter of Ferdinand and Mary T. (Cottrell) of Pawtucket, R.I. and was a graduate of Pawtucket High School and Wheaton College (1909). Prior to her deployment to France, Bray worked from approximately 1909-1917 as a clerk for William H. Haskell Mfg. Co. , a nut and bolt manufacturer located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. On January 26th, 1918, Bray began her service as a militarized member of the Armed Services YMCA of the American Expeditionary Force in France and Germany. As a canteen worker, Bray was attached to the 167th Regiment of the famous 42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division under Colonel Douglas MacArthur. She spent over a year in the front lines during World War One as a volunteer in the American Red Cross and for the Y.M.C.A. After the war, she worked as a psychiatric investigator for the Veterans Administration.
Accession Number:
  • 1975.54
  • 1975.66.1-
  • 1976.144.1-6
  • The bulk of the material is this collection came with #1975.66.1- with other material from #1976.144.1-6 & #1975.54
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