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Robert C. Ruiz Papers


Robert Charles Ruiz was born in Oteen, Buncombe County in 1929 to Cipriano Nilo and Elsie M. Brown Ruiz (1893-1984). He trained as an x-ray technician, working as early as 1947 and thereafter as an X-ray technician with the Tuberculosis Section of the N.C. State Board of Health (NCSBH). By the late 1940s he was involved in a state-wide survey that utilized mobile tuberculosis X-ray units travelling to all counties within the state, in an effort to eradicate tuberculosis in North Carolina. In 1951 Ruiz enlisted for service in U.S. Army Medical Corps and from 1951 to 1953 he served in mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) units, from Fort Meade, Md. Camp Pickett, Va. to Korea. Following his hon ... (more below)

Title

Robert C. Ruiz Papers

Collection Number

PC.2014

Date(s)

1940-1960

Language

English

Physical Description
4.0 cubic feet
Abstract

Robert Charles Ruiz was born in Oteen, Buncombe County in 1929 to Cipriano Nilo and Elsie M. Brown Ruiz (1893-1984). He trained as an x-ray technician, working as early as 1947 and thereafter as an X-ray technician with the Tuberculosis Section of the N.C. State Board of Health (NCSBH). By the late 1940s he was involved in a state-wide survey that utilized mobile tuberculosis X-ray units travelling to all counties within the state, in an effort to eradicate tuberculosis in North Carolina. In 1951 Ruiz enlisted for service in U.S. Army Medical Corps and from 1951 to 1953 he served in mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) units, from Fort Meade, Md. Camp Pickett, Va. to Korea. Following his honorable discharge, Ruiz returned to North Carolina and worked with the NCSBH in Raleigh.

Papers reflecting personal, military, and professional work and interests, including photography and work as an x-ray technician with the Tuberculosis Section of the N.C. State Board of Health (circa 1940s-early 1960s) and its statewide survey consisting of mobile tuberculosis X-ray units traveling about the state in a concerted effort of the state board and county health departments to detect and ultimately eradicate tuberculosis in the state; and service in U.S. Army Medical Corps, 1951-1953 in mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) units, from Fort Meade, Md., Camp Pickett, Va. to Korea. Materials include correspondence primarily with family; greetings cards; scrapbook and five photo albums containing a variety of materials in addition to photographs, and negatives, such as personal and official army correspondence, clippings, church bulletins; postcards, photocopies of pocket diary; negatives; slides; printed materials; loose materials of the type contained in albums; a Korean maps; ephemera and miscellaneous materials, with dates ranging ca. 1949-2010, with the bulk from the early 1950s. Additionally, a small quantity of World War I and World War II materials, photocopies and two items of correspondence, 1918, and two v-mail letters, 1944. Note: this collection is partially arranged, but can be used by researchers.

Creator

Unknown

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Available for research


Available for research


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Robert Charles Ruiz was born in Oteen, Buncombe County in 1929 to Cipriano Nilo and Elsie M. Brown Ruiz (1893-1984). Cipriano Ruiz was a native of Cuba, while Elsie was born in Buncombe County to natives of the area, Berkley Cane and Lou Emma Ray Brown. The Brown family farmed in a part of the county that is now the Browntown area of Biltmore Forest. The Ruiz family lived nearby and included in addition to Robert Charles, sons, William Nilo (ca. 1926-2011), and Berkley Julian (b. ca. 1927).

In November of 1947 Ruiz was certified as a photofluographic trainee and accepted a job at the High Point Health Department. Subsequently, he worked as an X-ray technician with the Tuberculosis Section of the N.C. State Board of Health (NCSBH). By the late 1940s he was involved in a state-wide survey that utilized mobile tuberculosis X-ray units travelling to all counties within the state. This was part of a concerted effort of the NCSBH and county health departments to detect and ultimately eradicate tuberculosis in North Carolina. In 1951 Ruiz enlisted for service in U.S. Army Medical Corps. From 1951 to 1953 he served in mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) units, from Fort Meade, Md. Camp Pickett, Va. to Korea. Following his honorable discharge, Ruiz returned to North Carolina and worked with the NCSBH in Raleigh. In October of 1961 Ruiz resigned his position with NCSBH, Occupational Health, to work with the Veterans Administration Hospital, Oteen, N.C. Today Ruiz is retired and lives with his wife, Betty, in Swannanoa, Buncombe County.


[Identification of item] in PC.2014, Robert C. Ruiz Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A.


Gift of Robert C. Ruiz, 2010.


Papers reflecting personal, military, and professional work and interests, including photography and work as an x-ray technician with the Tuberculosis Section of the N.C. State Board of Health (circa 1940s-early 1960s) and its statewide survey consisting of mobile tuberculosis X-ray units traveling about the state in a concerted effort of the state board and county health departments to detect and ultimately eradicate tuberculosis in the state; and service in U.S. Army Medical Corps, 1951-1953 in mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) units, from Fort Meade, Md., Camp Pickett, Va. to Korea. Materials include correspondence primarily with family; greetings cards; scrapbook and five photo albums containing a variety of materials in addition to photographs, and negatives, such as personal and official army correspondence, clippings, church bulletins; postcards, photocopies of pocket diary; negatives; slides; printed materials; loose materials of the type contained in albums; a Korean maps; ephemera and miscellaneous materials, with dates ranging ca. 1949-2010, with the bulk from the early 1950s. Additionally, a small quantity of World War I and World War II materials, photocopies and two items of correspondence, 1918, and two v-mail letters, 1944.

Note that the mobile Tuberculosis X-ray units traveling about the state are from the State Board of Health.

First Series (Place this in container list later.) Correspondence, 1918-2010, and undated This series includes letters written by serveral different correspondents, but the bulk of the correspondence is that of Robert Ruiz written to family members in the Asheville area, particularly his mother, Elsie M. Brown Ruiz. Of these, most of the letters were written during the period, 1951-1953, while Ruiz was with the United States Army, MASH unit, primarily stationed in Korea. Box PC.2014.1 Folder 1 World War I Letters, 1918 Two letters were written by John E. Melton, of Dysartville, N.C., to Miss Annie [Logan] Brown, a sister of the mother of Robert Ruiz. Melton was with Company I, 324 Reg. Infantry, 81 Division, American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), France. Annie Brown (1898-1983) eventually married Richard Valentine Nicely. There is one letter written to Miss Brown from Zeb Holder, with Company B., 105. M.P., AEF, France.


This collection may not be in its final arrangement but may be used as is by interested researchers.


  • Ruiz, Robert Charles
  • Ruiz family
  • North Carolina State Board of Health.
  • United States Army Medical Corps.
  • Health care
  • Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Tuberculosis--prevention & control
  • Tuberculosis--treatment
  • Asheville (N.C.)
  • Raleigh (N.C.)