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Marcelle Fischer Collection

Identifier: WV 0253

Scope and Contents

The Marcelle Fischer Papers primarily consists of correspondence, printed materials, photographs and artifacts, most of which date from or pertain to Fischer's service in the WAAC and WAAC during World War II. Correspondence from Fischer includes discussion of her duties teaching office work to male soldiers and general WAC life, such as barracks life, dating, social outings, her feelings regarding her contribution to the war effort, and her desire for advancement in the WAC. The correspondence also includes letters from male soldiers, both stateside and overseas, and correspondence from WAC friends such as Mildred Estabrook, who was stationed in Europe in 1945, and Ruth Tamayo, who primarily wrote about religious topics and mysteries while posted in Germany and Japan from 1950 to 1953.

Printed Materials in this collection take many forms, primarily booklets, souvenirs, newspapers and newspaper clippings, event programs, certificates, and training manuals. Most of these are related to Fischer's duties in the WAC or collected by her during her time of service, and some can be found in the Oversize Series. Also included in this collection are a few artifacts, primarily uniform accessories, and a significant number of photographs of Fischer and her WAC friends.


  • 1935-1961, 1990
  • Majority of material found within 1935 - 1961


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

Marcelle K. Fischer of Skokie, Illinois, had already held several jobs, one with the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., when she decided to enlist in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942. She attended basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and then had advanced training in army administration at Drake University, also in Des Moines, where she prepared for duties in handling technical manuals and teaching office work to male soldiers. In spring of 1943 she was sent to Fort Custer, Michigan, then by fall of 1943 had moved to Rapid City Army Air Base in South Dakota. She was finally stationed at Ft. McPherson, Georgia, where she was discharged from the WAC in November 1945.

After the war, Fischer went to work for the Railroad Retirement Board until she decided to resume her college studies and enrolled in the Sorbonne in Paris, France, in 1951. While in Europe, she began visiting flea markets, a hobby which eventually launched her into a career of dealing in antiques.


1.80 Linear Feet (4 boxes and 6 oversized folders)

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Marcelle K. Fischer served in the WAC from 1942-1945.

The Marcelle Fischer Papers (bulk 1942-1946) contains artifacts, correspondence, instructional materials, military papers, newspaper clippings, and photographs which primarily document Fischer's military service.

Arrangement Note

The Fischer papers are organized into the following series: Correspondence, Papers and Printed Materials, Photographs, Oversize Printed Materials, and Artifacts.

Method of Acquisition

Purchased, 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff, 2002.
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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