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Lillie Evans Ration Book

Identifier: MS-2167

  • Staff Only

This collection consists of a copy of Ration Book Four (number 107643) issued to Lillie Evans of Servilla, Tennessee, in approximately 1943. In general, these books contained six types of stamp: blue (for canned foods), green (for processed foods), red (for meats, butter, fats, and oils), spare (which were validated for various types of foods based on availability), coffee, and sugar. With the exception of coffee and sugar stamps, all of these varieties are present in this book.


  • circa 1943

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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.


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This collection consists of one copy of War Ration Book For (number 107643) issued to Lillie Evans of Servilla, Tennessee in approximately 1943.

Biographical/Historical Note

The American World War II rationing system was made possible by the Emergency Price Control Act, which was passed on January 30, 1942. Rationing proper began in spring of 1942 with War Ration Book 1 and evolved as problems were encountered. This evolution culminated with War Ration Book Four, first issued in 1943. Ration tokens were added to the original book later on, and this system was used until rationing was officially abolished in 1946.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection in September of 2003.

Repository Details

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

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA