Elma J. Ashby Oral History Interview

February 6, 1981
Oral History #OH0065
Ashby, Elma J. (Interviewee); Lennon, Donald R. (Interviewer)
Physical description
0.01 Cubic Feet, 2 audiocassettes, 2.25 hour, 36 pages
Preferred Citation
Elma J. Ashby Oral History Interview (#OH0065), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Scope and arrangement

Miss Ashby, a native of Tunneltown, West Virginia, spent twenty seven years as a Methodist missionary in Rhodesia. In this interview she recounts her background and eduction, her appointment as missionary to China in 1940 and her return to the U.S. due to the outbreak of World War I I, and her subsequent appointment to work in Africa. Miss Ashby remained in Rhodesia from 1945 until 1972 where she worked in nurses training.

Topics discussed include her work as a nurse, impressions of the Congo and Rhodesia, medical care among the natives, training of native nurses and other medical personnel, economic and physical factors in Rhodesian life, hospital construction, Zimbabwe independence, and impressions of conditions in that country during the past decade.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Elma J. Ashby

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Key terms
Personal Names
Ashby, Elma J.
Medical care--Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Methodists--West Virginia
Missionaries--Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Missionaries--West Virginia
Nurses--Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Nurses--West Virginia
Rhodesia and Nyasaland--Description and travel