Benjamin H. Charles Photographs and Drawings

Hand drawn portrait sketch of Benjamin H. Charles. Grand Hotel, Bou Hanifia, Algeria. Fata Morgana. Mess line, German POW camp. Benjamin H. Charles examining patients. Fleet at anchor, Bay of Naples, Italy or Algeria, North Africa. Chateau Charles near Strasbourg, France. Administration Building, 21st General Hospital, Ravenel Hospital complex, Mirecourt, France, 1945. View of the countryside near Ravenel Hospital, Mirecourt, France. Canal view, Metz or Nancy, France. German POWs restoring Strasbourg Cathedral. View of Freiburg, Germany from a hillside. Street view, Strasbourg, France. Cathedral Square, Freiburg, Germany. Cathedral Square, Freiburg, Germany. Canal view, Strasbourg, France. Street view, Strasbourg, France. Benjamin H. Charles and Lester H. Jasper standing in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France. View of Notre Dame Cathedral and the Seine River, Paris, France. Exterior view of the Chateau Chaumont-sur-Loire.
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Benjamin H. Charles Photographs and Drawings


  • 1943-1945 (Creation)


0.45 cubic feet (2 boxes)

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Biographical history

Benjamin H. Charles, M.D., was a Washington University School of Medicine alumnus who served as a major for the 21st General Hospital during World War II. Charles was the chief officer of the POW section of the 21st General Hospital.

Scope and content

This collection consists of 137 photographs and drawings documenting the years Benjamin H. Charles spent serving as a major for the 21st General Hospital during World War II. The collection includes photographs of Charles, fellow hospital staff and other military personnel, and German prisoners of war (POWs) at various locations in France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, and Algeria. The collection also includes watercolors depicting Charles and various scenes from Bou Hanifia, Algeria by German POW Walter Köhnlein, as well as several promissory notes and a Taittinger champagne label.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Immediate source of acquisition

Gift, Benjamin H. Charles, MD, 1981, (1981-055).

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"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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