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77th Evacuation Hospital records

Identifier: KUMC-MSS-15

Scope and Contents

The 77th Evacuation Hospital collection contains unit records, official correspondence, personal letters, photographs, artifacts, videos, assorted ephemera, and documents pertaining to the unit's historical journal, Medicine Under Canvas.


  • 1942 - 1977


Conditions Governing Access

Some folders are restricted because of their sensitive nature or because they contain personal or confidential information. These records are protected by federal laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Examples of restricted records are personnel files, medical records, financial records, and any materials containing personal information such as addresses and social security numbers. Restricted materials are identified at the box and/or folder level within the finding aid. Questions about these materials may be directed to the Archivist. Access may be allowed on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the KUMC Archives and only after a proposal has been reviewed and approved by the University of Kansas Human Subjects Committee. All requests are subject to review by the Archives staff to determine accessibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Archives staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of materials. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection.

Biographical / Historical

During the summer of 1940, the United State Surgeon General contacted H.R. Wahl, M.D., Dean of the KU School of Medicine, and proposed the organization of the school’s professional personnel, doctors, and nurses, for an affiliated evacuation hospital unit. Conceived during the days before Pearl Harbor, and activated in early 1942, the 77th was hurried through training, rushed to a staging camp, sped to a port of embarkation, and shipped to England.

The doctors and nurses of the 77th immediately joined the North African invasion, and continued on to Sicily, England, France, Belgium and Germany, demonstrating the resourcefulness, speed, and hard work which were to characterize the unit. During the War, the 77th supported the Allied troops during most major offensives in the European Theatre of Operations.


5.6 Cubic Feet (14 archives boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection folders are arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically.

Preliminary Guide to the 77th Evacuation Hospital Collection
77th Evacuation Hospital records
Finding aid prepared by CAW. Finding aid encoded by CAW.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the KUMC Archives Repository

University of Kansas Medical Center
2017 Robinson, Mail Stop 1025
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City KS 66160 United States