This week we're focusing our attention on the papers of Clara Barton, whose 201st birthday falls on December 25. From volunteering on the front lines of the Civil War as a nurse to founding the American Red Cross, Barton gave so much to the world. This month, give back to her legacy by reviewing transcriptions in "Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield"!
Wondering where to start? Here are some items from the Barton Papers we think you might find particularly interesting:
- Correspondence of the Friends of the Missing Men of the U.S. Army, which Barton founded. By the time the office closed in 1868, she and her staff had identified the fate of over 22,000 men.
- Reports and writings on the Franco-Prussian War. Barton devoted herself to helping the wounded and worked with the International Red Cross, which inspired her to found the American Red Cross.
- Correspondence related to Barton's position as Superintendent of the Women's Reformatory Prison in Sherborn, Massachusetts, 1883-1884
- File on Red Cross organization of Humanitarian relief for the Boer War
- File on organizing an exhibit on Barton and the Red Cross for the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis
- Inventories of Barton's personal property
Find another good pocket of Barton needing review? Learn anything new about Clara? Let us know with a reply below!