1 January 1918 - 29 April 1919
Osborn, Ella Jane (fl. 1918-1919)
Autograph manuscript signed
Title: [Diary of World War I army nurse Ella Jane Osborn] [word processed inventory available]
Ella Jane Osborn, originally from Wainscott, Long Island, New York, departed as an Army Nurse in January of 1918 and spent the majority of her assignment stationed near Toul and Nancy, in the Lorraine region of northeastern France, near the German border. She traveled extensively, spending time in London, Paris, Cannes, Blois Monte Carlo, Nice, and Antibes. She returned to New York by boat in March of 1919. Occasionally describes a particularly sad or touching death. Discusses in great detail the rumors and news she receives regarding Allied victories and defeats, and the negotiations of Armistice between the warring factions. Focuses on the daily life and society she creates for herself in France. Most entries describe her daily schedule, chores she undertakes, and her social engagements. Describes social activities such as hitching rides with soldiers into nearby towns, nearly missing curfews, climbing mountains, and viewing moving pictures. Discusses a serious battle with what might have been the Spanish Flu during the pandemic of 1918. Entries date from 1 January 1918 until 29 April 1919. Inserted items removed but stored with diary. Inventory available.