Mary Ellen West Collection
Scope and Contents
- 1943-1948, 1999
- Other: Majority of material found within 1943 - 1948
- West, Mary Ellen (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
West enlisted in the WAVES in 1943 and was sent to Hunter College, New York, for basic training. She was then sent to Indiana University for storekeeper school, where she learned typing, shorthand, and bookkeeping. West was assigned to Whiting Field, Pensacola, Florida, and worked opening an office at a housing project. In 1944 she was sent to Officer's Candidate School at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She was then assigned to the Bureau of Aeronautics in the Publication Division in Washington, D.C., where she worked in publications and procuring. West was discharged in 1946.
After the war West worked temporarily for the Imperial Tobacco Company. She went on to work for a general contractor as a bookkeeper and secretary. In 1968 she began work at the Electrical Equipment Company in Greensboro, North Carolina. West retired from the company in 1985.
Language of Materials
The Mary Ellen West Papers primarily date from 1943 to 1948 and contain papers, printed material, photographs, textiles, artifacts, and an oral history interview which document West's military service.
Method of Acquisition
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- United States. Naval Reserve. Women's Reserve
- United States. Naval Reserve. Women's Reserve -- Military life
- United States. Naval Reserve. Women's Reserve -- Uniforms
- West, Mary Ellen
- 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
- Mary Ellen West Collection
- Linda Jacobson
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