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Betty Magnusson Collection

 Collection
Identifier: WV 0341

Scope and Contents

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. Letters from Fort Des Moines describe WAC uniforms; drills, including a gas mask drill; WAC facilities and buildings; and social activities at the fort and in Des Moines. Letters from Newport News detail Magnusson's perspective on the South and southerners; the reaction of male soldiers and civilians to the WACs; entertainment, including dances, movies, holiday parties, and snowball fights; and dating and weddings in the military.

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.

Dates

  • 1943 - 1945

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical Note

Betty Magnusson of Duluth, Minnesota, served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. She attended basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, in 1943 and was then stationed at Newport News, Virginia, from April 1943 to at least January 1944. Magnusson served in Paris, France, from September 1944 to June 1945 as secretary to a general with the 29th Traffic Regulating Group.

Extent

.08 Linear Feet (24 items (1 oversized folder))

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Betty Magnusson of Duluth, Minnesota, served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II.

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.

Arrangement Note

Collection is arranged chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

Purchased in 2006.

Offensive Language Statement

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Processing Information

Processed by Beth Carmichael, February 2006.

Title
Betty Magnusson Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Beth Carmichael
Date
01/10/2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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