Virgilia Williams Collection
Scope and Contents
- 1942 - 1945
- Williams, Virgilia (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.
Williams joined the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in May 1944 and was sent to the U.S. Naval Training School at Hunter College in the Bronx, New York. She attended hospital corps school at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and was then assigned to the hospital at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, where she served as a pharmacist's mate. In August 1945 she was transferred back to the Bronx, where she worked as an instructor of pharmacist's mates.
When Williams was honorably discharged from the Navy in December 1945, she returned to the Midwest where she taught elementary school for over forty years. Upon her death in 2003, she donated her body to the University of Iowa Medical School for scientific research.
0.40 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)
Language of Materials
The collection contains correspondence, military papers, photographs, postcards, publications, and a scrapbook kept by Williams.
Method of Acquisition
Offensive Language Statement
Our finding aids and other collection descriptions may occasionally re-use language provided by creators or former holders of the materials, but we strive to place outdated or offensive terminology in context. That said, we recognize that we may not always make the right decision and welcome feedback from all sources so we can learn and adjust our practices. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter problematic language in our finding aids or other collection description. We will review the language and, as appropriate, update it in a way that balances preservation of the original context with our ongoing commitment to describing materials with respectful and inclusive language.
- United States. Naval Reserve. Women's Reserve
- United States. Naval Reserve. Women's Reserve -- Military life
- Williams, Virgilia
- Women in war
- Women sailors -- United States -- Correspondence
- Women veterans -- United States
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Female
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- United States
- Virgilia Williams Collection
- Jennifer Motszko
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note