Karen Fritz papers, 1972-2021

Overview of the Collection

Fritz, Karen
Karen Fritz papers
1972-2021 (inclusive)
.10 cubic ft. (1 box) + 25.48 GB
Collection Number
Karen Fritz was a nurse with an international non-profit medical team that worked in Afghanistan in the 1970s and 1980s. Collection contains slides, a biographical sketch, and an oral history transcript regarding Karen Fritz's experiences as a nurse in Afghanistan
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Karen Fritz was a nurse with an international non-profit medical team that worked in Afghanistan in the 1970s and 1980s. She was also the daughter of Dale and Muriel Fritz, who were part of a University of Wyoming team of agricultural advisor’s for ICA (International Cooperation Agency) in the 1950s. Karen was born in Worland, Wyoming in 1948 and when she was five the family moved to Kabul, Afghanistan where she spent most of her youth. In 1966 she returned to Wyoming, graduating from the University of Wyoming with a nursing degree in 1970. After obtaining her RN license she worked in Denver, Colorado and Kentucky before returning to Afghanistan in 1972 until 1974 as part of a nonprofit medical team that worked with medical outreach services to isolated rural areas of Afghanistan, setting up clinics, hospitals, and health education services. These medical facilities were supported by the Medical Assistance program (MAP) and International Assistance Mission (IAM). In 1985 Karen returned to Afghanistan to work with the Mother and Child Health Clinic (MCH) in a city that was under occupation and dealing with war in the region. She worked there for five years and in 1990 she moved to the United Kingdom and became a nurse educator until retirement.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection contains slides of Fritz’s experiences in Afghanistan in the 1970s and 1980s, a biographical sketch, a transcript of an oral history with Karen Fritz, and digital copies of the collection with metadata spreadsheets.

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Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Karen Fritz at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

This material was received from Karen Fritz in 2019 and Barbara Jenkins from 2019-2021.

Processing Note

The collection was processed by Jamie J. Greene in October 2020 and updated in October 2022.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Biographical sketch - Karen Fritz September 9, 2019
1 and Digital ahcdm_12743_001 Interview with Karen Fritz (transcript and digital copy) May 21, 2017
1 and Digital ahcdm_12743_001-003 Slides: Afghanistan, #K1-K180 (35mm slides, master scans and metadata spreadsheets for digitized 35mm slides) 1972-2021

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Health care teams
  • Health education -- Afghanistan
  • Missions, Medical -- Afghanistan
  • Nursing

Geographical Names

  • Afghanistan -- History -- 20th century

Form or Genre Terms

  • Color slides