Skip to main content

Marie Louise Pihlblad Collection

Identifier: WV 0326

Scope and Contents

Marie Louise Pihlblad was a member of the Women's Army Corp (WAC) during World War II. Correspondence from Marie Louise Pihlblad begins in August 1942 and ends in April 1945. Letters detail Pihlblad's daily routine as a WAC; life in the WAC barracks and mess hall at Camp Lee; USO shows; her brief stay at Washington and Lee University where she attended military classes; and her social activities and personal travels. Described in detail are the WAC uniforms, including elements of design, patterns, seasonal fabrics, colors, and cost. Also frequently mentioned in letters is the financial situation of WACs, including the changing rules concerning WACs being able to claim dependents for financial aid as servicemen were able to do. All letters in the collection are written to her mother, Louise Kiesling, of Los Angeles, California. There is only one letter from August 1942. The rest of the correspondence is from November 1943 to April 1945.


  • 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.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical Note

Marie Louise Pihlblad, a school music teacher from Los Angeles, California, was a member of the Women's Army Corp (WAC) during World War II. Pihlblad completed her basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and was stationed at Camp Lee, Virginia, in 1943. While at Camp Lee, Pihlblad worked at the base post office and later the base library. During 1944 she spent several months attending military classes for WACs at Washington and Lee University just outside of Lexington, Virginia. Upon the completion of her classes she returned to Camp Lee. Philblad's discharge date from the WAC is unknown.


0.40 Linear Feet (84 items (1 archival box))

Language of Materials



Marie Louise Pihlblad was a member of the Women's Army Corp (WAC) during World War II.

Letters document Marie Louise Pihlblad's experiences in the WAC while stationed at Camp Lee, Virginia (now Fort Lee), from 1943 to 1945. Detailed accounts are given of her daily life at Camp Lee, USO shows, uniforms, traveling along the United States eastern seaboard, and the financial situation for a WAC.

Arrangement Note

Collection is arranged chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

Purchased in 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Natalie Edwards, January 2007.
Marie Louise Pihlblad Collection
Natalie Edwards
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

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