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Betty S. Gilson papers

 Collection — Box: 00.0209
Identifier: 00.0209

Scope and Contents

Betty S. and husband John Gilson were both medical doctors in residence in Cleveland, Ohio until John was called on active duty in the Navy. The letters in this collection were exchanged from 1944-1945 and discuss his experience in the Navy as well has her struggles on the homefront with balancing child care and professional duties while her husband served away in the U.S. Navy.


  • Created: 1943-1946
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1943-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 08/11/2000


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

According to a letter from Betty Gilson accompanying the collection, after graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in March 1943, the Gilsons went on to medical residency in Cleveland at Western Reserve University, Lakeside Hospital. John Gilson's service in the Navy Reserve was deferred until he completed his training, after which he was called to active duty and assigned as ship doctor on the USS Lindenwald, a Landing Ship Dock (LSD). John's letters are from training at Corona Del Mar, the USS Lindenwald, and from Aiea Heights Naval Hospital, Honolulu.  Meanwhile, Betty Gilson remained home to care for two children, continued her residency, and conducted laboratory research on malaria and psittacosis.


1.00 boxes

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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

Betty S. Gilson

Method of Acquisition

Gifted by Betty S. Gilson.

Betty S. Gilson papers
Jan-Ruth Mills
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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