World War I hospital photographs

World War I hospital photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: World War I hospital photographs
Dates: circa 1918
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms3386

Biographical/Historical Note

Rehabilitation and medical treatment of wounded soldiers became a governmental and societal concern during and after World War I. The purpose of most therapies was to integrate disabled soldiers back into society, with the goal they would be "rebuilt." This was a dramatic shift from the Civil War, where soldiers were often placed aside in soldier's homes, where they became inactive. World War I rehabilitation was meant to reconstruct wounded young men into whole citizens again, so they could participate in society fully. Great attention was paid to these injured men, who suffered from amputations to shell shock, though certainly the effects of treatment varied from man to man. Whether or not all or any integrated back into society cannot be easily seen.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of fifty photographs and one postcard. The photographs include mainly images taken at an unidentified military hospital or hospitals. The only identified photo shows a group of officers and nurses in front of Officers Ward U.S. Army General Hospital No. 1. The photographs depict various groups of doctors, nurses, and wounded soldiers. Images of wounded soldiers show them being treated as well as resting in various wards. Other photographs show dining halls, dining staff, and a hospital baseball team. There are also a few photographs of nurses, apparently at the nurses' rest home. There also seem to be a few unrelated photographs of soldiers in World War I, including a picture of German soldiers in the field.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

United States. Army. -- Medical personnel--Photographs
United States. Army. -- Officers--Photographs
United States. Army. -- Soldiers--Photographs
World War, 1914-1918--Hospitals--Photographs.
World War, 1914-1918--Medical care--Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

World War I hospital photographs. MS 3386. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Assorted (inside/outside the hospital)

11#1 - Group photo outside USA General Hospital No. 1
2#2 - USA General Hospital No. 1
3#3 - Group photo inside hospital (doctors, nurses, officers)
4#4 - Group photo inside hospital (officers)
5#5 - Group photo outside hospital (soldiers, nurses)
6#6 - Group photo outside hospital (soldiers, nurses, officers)
7#7 - Group inside hospital (nurses, officers) at leisure


18#8 - Doctor working on wounded soldier, nurses around, amputee sitting nearby
9#9 - Doctors doing surgery on soldier (with nurses)
10#10 - Demonstration where doctors examined soldier under sheet with other doctors sitting and watching
11#11 - Wounded soldiers (with doctors and nurses)

Various Wards

112#12 - Wounded soldiers (with nurses and officers)
13#13 - Many wounded soldiers at rest or in wheelchairs (with nurse and officer)
14#14 - Wounded soldiers with nurse at rest
15#15 - Group photo of wounded soldiers (in chairs and beds) with nurses and doctors
16#16 - Group photo of wounded soldiers (in chairs and beds) with nurses
17#17 - Group photo of wounded soldiers (more at attention than previous images)
18#18 - Group photo of wounded soldiers in wheelchairs (with nurse and officer)
19#19 - Group photo of soldiers (in relative good health) with nurse
20#20 - Group of wounded soldiers (at various levels of health) with nurses
21#21 - Group photo of officers, soldiers, and nurse with a phonograph
22#22 - Group photo of wounded soldiers (injured arms, hands, legs most commonly) with a nurse and a dog
23#23 - Group photo with "more healthy" appearing soldiers (and nurse and possible doctor)
24#24 - Group of wounded soldiers at various levels of health
25#25 - Group photo of doctor, soldiers, and nurses with a phonograph
26#26 - Group photo with "more healthy" appearing soldiers (and nurses)
27#27 - Copy of #26


128#28 - Two soldiers with leg injuries, tended to by doctor and nurses
29#29 - Soldier with pelvic wound being examined by two doctors and two nurses
30#30 - Grimly smiling soldier looking at camera while his leg is tended to by doctor and nurse
31#31 - Two soldiers in bed, doctor and nurse examining one
32#32 - Officer having his foot looked at with soldier in "steam box" on far right
33#33 - Nude soldier being showered by man with another showered by machine in background (hydrotherapy)
34#34 - Five soldiers with leg/foot injuries on crutches with two nurses outside hospital

Staff and Leisure

135#35 - The cooking staff at the hospital in the kitchen
36#36 - More cooking staff in different part of kitchen
37#37 - Wounded soldiers resting outside on porch
38#38 - Soldiers eating dinner in formal dining room
39#39 - Soldiers in leisure area with officers and nurses by a pool table
40#40 - Healthy soldiers at attention at guard duty at unknown location
41#41 - Healthy appearing soldiers in baseball uniforms by a baseball field (USA hats)


142#42 - Nurses outside their separate residence in casual dress
43#43 - Group photo of nurses lined up in casual dress by their residence
44#44 - Group photo of nurses in casual dress, smiling (with cat), by residence
45#45 - Group photo of nurses in casual dress, smiling (with cat), on steps to residence
46#46 - Nurses on front lawn of residence (sitting/laying)
47#47 - Nurses inside their separate residence at leisure

Misc. (non-hospital)

148#48 - An officer at his desk with papers by tall telephone
49#49 - Three soldiers on horses in uniform
50#50 - German soldiers (with pickelhauben, or spiked helmets) in the field
51#51 - Postcard from Fort Oglethorpe, GA: "Waiting for orders, Souther Military Training Camp," with written note, address, and stamp