Betty Magnusson Collection
Scope and Contents
Detailed letters from Paris, document Magnusson's overall impressions of the city and specific sights; Red Cross and army facilities; leisure activities, including Christmas celebrations, Parisian nightclubs, military weddings, music, and service clubs; overseas uniforms and patches; and war news. Magnusson also provides vivid descriptions of VE Day parades and celebrations and explains her conflicting desires to remain in the service and to return to civilian life.
Also included is a 1943 letter from a male soldier stationed at Camp Peary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
- 1943 - 1945
- Magnusson, Betty (Person)
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.08 Linear Feet (24 items (1 oversized folder))
Language of Materials
Letters from Magnusson to a friend at home in Duluth, Minnesota, chiefly document Magnusson's service with the Women's Army Corps (WAC) in Iowa, Virginia, and France. Frequent topics include WAC uniforms; WAC facilities and buildings; social activities and entertainment, including dances, movies, holiday parties, and snowball fights; and dating and weddings in the military. Letters from Newport News detail Magnusson's perspective on the South and southerners and the reaction of male soldiers and civilians to the WACs. Detailed letters from Paris document Magnusson's overall impressions of the city and specific sights; vivid descriptions of VE Day parades and celebrations; and her conflicting desires to remain in the service and to return to civilian life.
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- Iowa -- Description and travel
- Magnusson, Betty
- Paris (France) -- Description and travel
- Sectionalism (United States)
- Southern States
- United States. Army -- Military life
- United States. Army. Women's Army Corps -- History
- Virginia -- Description and travel
- Women in war
- Women soldiers -- Minnesota -- Correspondence
- Women veterans -- United States
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Female
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- United States
- Betty Magnusson Collection
- Beth Carmichael
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