Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
Hilary Smith Collection
Association
Minh Quy Hospital
Collection Number
2330
Date(s)
Undated
Size
0.5 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
D013.7C, Library, Map Drawers section 12 drawer 12, Photograph Collection
Processed by
R. Nanes, Mar. 2012[Updated: Apr. 2014 by A. Hooker]

Scope and Content

Book titled Lighting Candles: Hospital Memories of Vietnam's Montagnards by Hilary Smith documents the activities from 1971-1973 at Minh Quy Hospital which was established by Dr. Pat Smith of Seattle to care for Montagnards in Kontum in the Vietnamese Central Highlands. Letters written by Hilary Smith to her father during her service at Minh Quy Hospital, including letter exchanges between Hilary and other nurses from the hospital. Also included in the donation is an early manuscript draft of Smith's book Lighting Candles, and photocopies of newspaper articles about Minh Quy Hospital. Also two large maps of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, a Tacitaal Zone map, and a large collection of photographs, and negatives of Minh Quy Hospital.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
Basic information on Vietnam
1
1
D013. 7C
New York Times newspaper clippings from August 1972- April 1975
Vietnam Trip Report October 1-8, 1981
2
Letters to Hilary from Susan and Pat 1972-1975, plus a drawing of a hut
3
Letters to Louis Braille from Pat, John, and Rita 1972
4
Miscellaneous letters from Smith's friends
5
Articles about the Minh Quy Hospital
6
List of nurses, medication at Minh Quy Hospital and a Minh Quy newsletter
7
Letters to Pat Smith September 26, 1971- February 8, 1972 (evelopes behind letters)
8
Letters to Ames & David 1971
9
Letter to Jill and Chris 1972
Excerpts from Smith's journal with personal notes
10
Vietnam Dreams
"Lighting Candles" manuscript pages 1-106 with 2 photocopy maps and typed note
11
"Lighting Candles" manuscript pages 107-233 & i-v
12
Letters to Hilary from her father August 13, 1971- April 22, 1972
13

Separated Materials

Books
Lighting Candles: Hospital Memories of Vietnam's Montagnards by Hilary Smith, 1988.
Photographs
519 negatives 120 photos.
Maps
II Corps Tacitcal Zone Special Map 1:250,000 Series 1501 Map Drawer Section 12 Drawer 12.

National Geographic Magazine Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand 1:1,900,800 Map drawer Section 12 Drawer 12.