Thanks to the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Valentine is home to a spectacular Red Cross collection. Among the thousands of items are photographs, booklets, uniforms, hats, pins, dolls, papers and other items that document the history of one of Richmond’s most important service organizations.
Over 40 uniforms from various units of the Red Cross are under review, including those worn during World War I, World War II, and Vietnam, two-piece wool suits from the Motor Corps, overcoats, disaster services jumpsuits, and cotton dresses worn by nurses and volunteers. A lovely collection of dolls also showcases Red Cross uniforms. Other artifacts include Red Cross patches, pins, shoes, hats, purses, and Motor Corps hood ornaments.
Papers, photographs and documents cover Nursing Service, Civilian Defense, Blood Donor Service, Junior Red Cross, Motor Corps, Volunteers, Lifesaving and First Aid. The collection also includes artifacts documenting Richmonders’ service following September 11, 2001. The Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross was organized in 1917 to serve the community during World War I. From their original work with servicemen and disabled veterans in hospitals, the group’s work has grown to include disaster preparedness and recovery, life safety, first aid, and community service.
Accessing the collection is by appointment only. For hours, fees and available services, see Research.
To access the collections online, see Search the Online Collections Database.
For information about donating objects to the Valentine’s collection, see Donate an Object.