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Thelma L. Meyer Petty Collection

Identifier: WV 0375

Scope and Contents

The collection contains Thelma Meyer's diary of the years 1943 to 1945 when she worked in the motor pool out of Fort Myer outside of Washington D.C. It also includes miscellaneous papers regarding her time in the WAAC and WAC. The collection also contains many newspaper clippings, some concerning the WAACs, military humor and life around the time of her service. Correspondence consists of letters to her, some from friends in the service including a serviceman stationed in Italy. The miscellaneous folder contains various ephemera from those years.

The collection also contains a How WAAC Officers are Selected poster, uniform accessories including a Good Conduct Medal and accompanying ribbons and pins; pins from her time in the WAAC; and patches and sergeant stripes.


  • 1942 - 1948
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1942 - 1945


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.

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Biographical Note

Thelma Lucile Meyer Petty (1900 - 2000) was born 2 September, 1900 in Willow Lake, South Dakota. She joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in March 1943 and served until she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) on 1 September, 1943. She served as a motor pool driver, part of the 2525th Service Unit stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia. She received an Honorable Discharge from the service 16 September, 1945 at the rank of sergeant. She was residing in Baxter Springs, Kansas as Thelma Petty at the time of her death on 1 May, 2000.


0.20 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 poster in general Oversize Box 1, artifacts in Artifact Box 3.)

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  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.

Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Ebay, 2006

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Processed by Edward Lee Love, June 2015.

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Repository Details

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

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US