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Helen D. Nowels-Mark collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 00.0262

Scope and Contents

Helen D. Nowels-Mark served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps stationed in the North African and Pacific Theaters during the World War II. This collection contains letters sent to Helen D. Nowels-Marks from soldiers she had met at her various stations. They reflect the trials of long-distance love, the frustrations of war, and the relief at the war's end. Included in this collection are photographs and newspaper articles about some of her nurse friends, a picture diary, and her wedding in 1952.


  • 1943-1948
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1944-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/13/2000


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 / Historical

Helen D. Nowels-Mark was born March 7, 1919. She achieved the rank of first lieutenant before leaving the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in 1946. She was stationed in North Africa in 1943. In 1944 and 1945 she was stationed in Oahu, Hawaii. Throughout the war, she corresponded with many soldiers stated in North Africa, Italy, and the Pacific. Nowels-Mark, living in Ft. Myers, passed away on May 29, 2009.


1.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

This collection is sorted into folders by the author of the letters, and in chronological order within the folders.

Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Helen D. Nowels-Mark. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on March 13, 2000.

Helen D. Nowels-Mark collection
Kristina Hopf
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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