Ruth E. Curtis Letters, 1945-1946 | Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives
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Scope and Contents: Seven letters from Ruth Curtis to her family in Springfield, Massachusetts, that trace her travels to India in late 1945 and early 1946 and her service with the Red Cross in the China-India-Burma theater during World War II. Curtis provides excellent descriptions of her surroundings and social life on the ships as well as at both hospitals in India. Specific subjects include the separation of women and men on the USS General Muir; the large hospital complex near Ledo; her observations on the native Indian people that she encountered; her Red Cross uniform; the administration of Red Cross workers in India; Indian tea gardens; and her travels along the Ledo Road and Pangsau Pass on the India-Burma border. Of particular note is Curtis's excursion to an elephant camp and her description of elephants moving logs onto flat cars. Also included is one photograph of Curtis.