Slanger, Frances Y. (1913-1944)
Scope:
The Frances Y. Slanger collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, photographs, memorabilia, and audio/visual material.

Manuscripts in the collection includes a number of poems written by Slanger during her service as an Army Nurse, dating from 1932 to 1942. Most are not related to aspects of her service life, but there are exceptions, specifically "To General Douglas MacArthur" (1942). The other important piece of manuscript material in the collection is Ambassador Sawyer's speech given on Memorial Day, May 1945, at the Henri Chapel Cemetery near Liege, Belgium, the site of Frances Slanger's first grave, before being returned to the United States.

Correspondence includes only one letter from Frances Slanger, at Camp Rucker, Alabama, to a Captain Grady (1943); and a letter from C.F. Lehrmann, 53rd Field Hospital, Army Service Forces Unit Training Centre, to Lt. Frances Slanger (1944). The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters notifying Slanger family members of her death and expressing their condolences. These letter writers include Adjutant General A.J. Ulio, sending the initial official notification of death (1944); Chaplain Orlow A. Rucker, U.S.A. Headquarters, 45th Field Hospital (1944); F.W. Foss, Supervisor, City of Boston Veteran's Graves Registration (1944); Mabel E. Bowker, Headmaster, High School of Practical Arts (1944); Major Bertha M. Grady, Commandant, Army Nurse Corps (1944); Carl Dreyfus, President, Board of Trustees, Boston City Hospital (1944); Leverett Saltonstall, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1944); Ann T. Ashmon, U.S. representative for The Stars and Stripes, Mediterranean Theatre of Operations (1944-1945); Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of War (1944); Virginia Dunbar, Director, Nursing Service, American Red Cross (1944); Mrs. Henry D. Singman, Frances Slanger Chapter, B'nai B'rith Young Women (1945); John E. Kerrigan, Mayor, City of Boston (1945); Thomas P. McCusker, Private Secretary to Maurice J. Tobin, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1945); Edward A. Lieberman, Field Representative, First Service Command, Jewish War Veterans of the United States (1945); Sylvia Andelman, Commander Pro Tem, Lt. Frances Slanger Post, Jewish War Veterans of the United States; Sgt. Sidney T. Leyman, with an enclosed photograph of U.S. Cemetery No. 1, Henri Chapel, Belgium, the grave of Frances Slanger (1945); Edward A. Lieberman, with an enclosed clipping: "German Shell Killed Girl from Roxbury" (1945); Mme. Louise Ostermann, Godfathership of the Graves of the Dead American Soldiers (1946); Basil O'Connor, Chairman, American Red Cross (1946); G.C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, reporting on the re-naming of the Saturnia, as the Frances Y. Slanger, United States Army Hospital Ship (1946); A. B. Kapplin, Director, National Post War Service – Americanism Department, B'nai B'rith (1946); and Marjorie R. Jackson, Boston Unit, Women's Overseas League (1946).

Printed material includes various certificates showing Slanger's successful completion of classes at the Abraham Lincoln Intermediate School and at the High School of Practical Arts (1930, 1933); and certificate of incorporation for a Nurses' National Memorial, along with a printed address given by Major General Norman T. Kirk, Surgeon General, at the Memorial's dedication (1946). Burelle's Press Clipping Bureau provided many articles from a number of national papers reporting on the death of nurse Frances Slanger (1944); along with a number of other publications reporting on her death: The Congressional Record, The Stars and Stripes, Paris, Sunday Boston Advertiser, Boston Herald, New York Times (1944); Overseas Women (1945); and the High School of Practical Arts' Shuttle (1945). There are also clippings concerning the return of Frances Slanger's body from Belgium, to be re-buried in West Roxbury, appearing in Boston Daily Globe, Boston Traveler, and The Jewish Weekly Times (1947).  

Photographs include prints of Slanger alone and with and her family; a group of nurses at the 229th Station Hospital, Fort Rucker, Alabama; a family photo album, including photos of Slanger's family, relatives, and friends; Slanger during her training at Boston City Hospital and prior to her enlistment in the U.S.N.C.; and a set of photos taken in camp in the European theatre of operations. There are also color prints of a ceremony honoring the approval to erect a plaque commemorating Frances Slanger in the Massachusetts State House (2004).

Memorabilia includes the casket flag that was draped over Slanger's coffin at her funeral (1947); a menorah made from bullet shells that were fired as a salute at Frances Slanger's funeral service; and a scrapbook with various poems, inspirational quotes, and poems by Slanger (1933), photographs and prints cut from magazines, military ephemera and documents related to Slanger, and photographs. Awards in the Frances Slanger collection include the American National Red Cross medal, and a Purple Heart.

Audio and video material in the collection include one record manufactured by the Empire Broadcasting Corporation from the "We the People" program, "Lt. Frances Slanger Spot" (1945), with digital copy of the same audio recording; and one VHS video cassette titled "Francis Slanger Tree Memorial" (2005).
Notable Figures
1. Slanger, Frances Y., 1914-1944
Associated Subjects
1. Memorabilia – United States
2. World War, 1939-1945 – Europe – Casualties – United States
3. Nurses – United States
4. World War, 1939-1945 – Europe – Women – United States – Death
5. Nursing
6. Audiotapes -- United States
7. Manuscripts for publication
8. World War, 1939-1945 – Europe – Medical care – United States