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Lena Gibbons Papers

Identifier: ARL131

Scope and Contents

Includes newspaper clippings, programs, invitations, black and white photographs of Dr. May Edward Chinn (the first African American women to graduate from University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York), Book "Africa's Gift to America" (1966, inscribed to Gibbons).


  • 1963-2003

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Lena Gibbons (formerly Pasqualine Lawson) was one of the few African Americans who served as a Psychiatric Social Worker in the field of neuropsychiatry during World War II. She graduated with a bachelors and graduate degree from New York University and did coursework at Fordhams School of Social Work. Her exemplary record of service went unrecognized by the Air Force which was common for many African Americans, Japanese Americans and other minorities who served during World War II. In 2005, US Representative Diana DeGette passed a house resolution that formally recognized Gibbon's service and declared that her rank upon discharge from the Air Force should have been Technical Sergeant, rather than Private First Class.


1 box (.25 linear feet)

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Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Repository

2401 Welton St.
Denver Colorado 80205