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Margarette S. Miller Scrapbook

Identifier: MSS 0242

Scope and Contents

This scrapbook, titled "Phil and Mack on the Road with Shaffer's All-Girl Band," was compiled and created by Margarette S. Miller. It includes postcards and photographs from many of the towns and cities throughout the United States where the band played. Greeting cards and letters written by both Phil and Mack chronicle their lives on the road. There are also newspapers advertisements and other memorabilia promoting the band's performance dates. Widener created a list of dates and locations of their performances between November 23, 1942 and March 20, 1943.


  • 1942 - 1946


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Margarette S. Miller was the cousin of trumpeter Phyllis Widener, also known as "Phil." Phil and drummer Ruth Mary Mack, also known as "Mack", were members of Freddie Shaffer's Victory Sweetheart's All-Girl Band. Shaffer, a musician and music teacher based in Frankfort, Indiana, organized the fifteen-member band in 1938. The band played its first engagement on Thanksgiving Day, 1940, and was well received by the local audience. As part of United Service Organization's camp shows, the band played with other musical and Vaudeville styled acts to troops and officers on military bases and those recuperating in military hospitals. The girls helped to lift the spirits of the soldiers who were away from their homes, families and girlfriends. The experience was equally rewarding for the band members as the experience provided an opportunity to travel and express their patriotism.


0.50 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Margarette S. Miller was the cousin of trumpeter Phyllis Widener, who played in Freddie Shaffer's Victory Sweetheart's All-Girl Band, which played for military bases and hospitals as part of the United Service Organization's camp shows during World War II. This scrapbook includes postcards, photographs, correspondence, newspapers advertisements and other memorabilia.

Method of Acquisition

Purchased in July 2001.

Related Materials

Another former member of The Victory Sweethearts, Patricia Wolff, formerly Patsy Kaster, has written a book about her life in the band in I Ran Away with an All-Girl Band: My Life on the Road with The Victory Sweethearts. The book is a detailed account of her experience in the all-girl band starting in 1940, when she was 14 years old, up to 1953 when the band played its last engagement (although she was not a member at that time). The book is held in the University Archives' Womens Veterans Collection (w ML419.W650A3 1999).

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Repository Details

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

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