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Elma J. Ashby Oral History Interview, February 6, 1981

Oral History #OH0065

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Title: Elma J. Ashby Oral History Interview
Creators: Ashby, Elma J.
Lennon, Donald R.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.01 Cubic feet, 2 audiocassettes, 2.25 hour, 36 pages .

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General note

1927-1972

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Repository does not own copyright to the oral history collection. Permission to cite, reproduce, or broadcast must be obtained from both the repository and the participants in the oral history, or their heirs.

Preferred Citation

Elma J. Ashby Oral History Interview (#OH0065), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Elma J. Ashby

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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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.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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