A nurse from the Brazilian Expeditionary Force in the Second World War: The Virgínia Portocarrero archive at Casa de Oswaldo Cruz/Fiocruz

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This study investigates the potential of the Virgínia Portocarrero archive, at Casa de Oswaldo Cruz/Fiocruz. It was donated in life by Portocarrero, a Brazilian nurse and Second World War veteran. The documents include records from her education and training and show evidence of a determination to preserve her memories from the frontline and after the war, in a symbolic battle to record an essentially female story in a characteristically male setting. The archive contains a broad variety of types of historical sources, notably a diary on her participation in the conflict, demonstrating everyday and unusual aspects of her work as a health professional at that dramatic time in human history.

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Bernardes, M. M. R., Kaminitz, S. H. D. C., Maciel, L. R., Beatriz De Sá Almeida, A., Barbosa De Oliveira, A., & Porto, F. R. (2022). A nurse from the Brazilian Expeditionary Force in the Second World War: The Virgínia Portocarrero archive at Casa de Oswaldo Cruz/Fiocruz. Historia, Ciencias, Saude - Manguinhos, 29(2), 531–550. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0104-59702022000200013

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