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Anne Elisabeth Heyer Collection

 Collection
Identifier: WV 0320

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, military material, photographs, military insignia, and other artifacts document Anne Elisabeth "Betty" Heyer's service in the WAAC and WAC between 1942 and 1945. Lengthy letters to family members describe her training in the United States and her subsequent service in the Pacific Theater as a photography repair technician. Overseas letters document her observation of New Guinea and the Philippines. Printed military material reflects Heyer's professional interest in photography and the collection contains publications specifically regarding military photography. Heyer's diplomas are included in her personal papers. More than 500 photographs, largely unidentified, document recreation and work-related activities in the military. Aerial photographs show the destruction in New Guinea and the Philippines and also contain pictures of native villages. Scrapbook material consists primarily of unidentified photographs.

Dates

  • 1942-1946 and undated

Creator

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

Anne Elisabeth Betty Heyer was born in Denver, Colorado on 7 October 1918, and grew up in Los Angeles, California where she graduated from Hollywood High School in 1936. Heyer had an older brother, Vernon, and a younger sister, Harriette "Topsy". Before joining the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in November of 1942, Heyer worked at Sears Roebuck.

Heyer served as a sergeant in the WAAC and Women's Army Corps (WAC) until she was discharged in November 1945. She attended basic training at Daytona Beach, and also trained at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. In addition, Heyer graduated from Photography School at Lowry Field in Colorado in 1943, where she trained to be a photographic repair technician. Heyer served for roughly one year, beginning in November 1944, in New Guinea and the Philippines. During this time she received several decorations, including the Good Conduct Medal, the Women's Army Corps Service Medal, the Asian Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation.

After her discharge in 1945 Heyer attended North Hollywood Night School, Sawyer's Business School, Pasadena City College, and Marymount College. Heyer had a variety of jobs after leaving the army, including working as an editor and manager of technical publications at Garrett Air Turbine from 1967 to 1983.

Biographical information provided by Heyer's niece.

Extent

2.25 Linear Feet (Approximately 600 items (5 manuscript boxes, 1 artifact box, 1 scrapbook box))

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Sergeant Anne Elisabeth "Betty" Heyer served as a photography repair technician in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and the Women's Army Corps (WAC) from November 1942 until she was discharged in November 1945. Between December 1944 and October 1945 Heyer was stationed in the Philippines and New Guinea.

Correspondence written by Anne Elisabeth "Betty" Heyer, primarily addressed to her sister, contains information regarding Heyer's experiences in the WAAC and WAC between 1942 and 1945. Specific subjects include basic training, her daily life, photography, recreation, her physical surroundings in the Philippines and New Guinea, descriptions of native villages, and visits to Manila and Corregidor. Personal and printed military material, approximately 500 military photographs, a scrapbook, and other artifacts also document Heyer's military service.

Arrangement Note

Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Military Materials, Photographs, Military Insignia and Other Artifacts, and Scrapbook.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of the Damiano family in 2005.

Offensive Language Statement

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Processing Information

Processed by Beverley Roberts, July 2006.
Title
Anne Elisabeth Heyer Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Beverley Roberts
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

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

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