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Carol Bell Collection of World War II Women's Air Corps (WAC) Interviews

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2562

The Carol Bell WAC Interviews, 1996, consists of audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with 20 women who served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. The interviews, conducted by Carol Owen Bell, set out to discover the long-term effects of military experience on women who actually served in the war.

Dates

  • 1993-1996

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Carol Bell WAC Interviews, 1996, consists of audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with 20 women who served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. The interviews, conducted by Carol Owen Bell, set out to discover the long-term effects of military experience on women who served in the war.

Biographical/Historical Note

During World War II an estimated 150,000 women served in the WAC. These women were the first, besides nurses, to serve with the Army. The branch was created when it was apparent that there weren't enough men to do the job, despite conservative opinions that women shouldn't be allowed in uniform. Created by law in 1942, the WAC modeled itself after similar outifts created by the British military. Douglas MacArthur referred to the WACs as his best soldiers, and Dwight Eisenhower noted how immeasurable their contributions to the war were.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by Carol Bell in 1996. It is the primary research of her Master's Thesis, The Long-Term Impact of Military Experience on World War II Women's Army Corps Veterans, December, 1996.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480