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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Josephine Hobbs Kaser Collection, 1942-1973



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kaser, Josephine Hobbs
Title: Josephine Hobbs Kaser Papers
Dates: 1942-1973
Abstract: Second Lieutenant Kaser served as a US Army nurse between 1944 and 1945 on the USAHS (United States Army Hospital Ship) Marigold, which was stationed in the South Pacific. Papers include correspondence, photographs, ephemera, clippings, and military records pertaining to Josephine Hobbs Kaser’s career as an Army Nurse assigned to the USAHS Marigold during World War II and as a public health nurse in Japan following the War.
Accession No.: 2007-101
Extent: 7 inches
Language: Materials are written in English. A small portion of documents are in Japanese
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Josephine Hobbs Kaser was born in Idaho in 1912. She trained as a nurse and joined the US Army in 1942. Second Lieutenant Kaser served as a nurse between 1944 and 1945 on the USAHS (United States Army Hospital Ship) Marigold, which was stationed in the South Pacific. She later worked for the Public Health and Welfare Department of the US Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands (Japan) as the administrator for the Japanese national training program for public health nurses between 1947 and 1952.

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Scope and Contents

Papers include correspondence, photographs, ephemera, clippings, and military records pertaining to Josephine Hobbs Kaser’s career as an Army nurse assigned to the USAHS Marigold during World War II, and to her job as a public health nurse in Japan in the postwar years. The correspondence is primarily from Jo to her mother with occasional letters to her sister Mary Rasor. The letters reveal much about Kaser’s daily life aboard a military hospital ship, as well as her observations of culture and conditions in postwar Asia. The bulk the photographs depict the aftermath of the War in the Philippines and Japan, and to a lesser extent postwar Italy, Sicily, and Capri.

Forms part of the Institute for Studies in American Military History.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Josephine Hobbs Kaser Papers, 1942-1973, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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4Zf44 Correspondence, 1942-1945, 1947-1949
Correspondence, 1950-1966
Journal, 1947
Photographs, circa 1944-1945
Publications:
Life magazine, September 10, 17, 1945, October 8, 1945
Yank magazine, February 16, September 7, December 28, 1945
Nippon Times, September 23, 1945
Stars and Stripes-Pacific, November 7, 1945
Military Papers, 1943-1945
Japan, 1943-1952
Ephemera, 1943-1945
Clippings, 1945
Identification Cards, Passports, and Similar Documents, 1943-1973
Drawings & Cards, circa 1945
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LIBRARY Books:
Japan in Pictures, 1945-1951
The Best from Yank: the Army Weekly, 1945

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