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Judith Bullock Nisbet Collection

Identifier: WV 0056

Scope and Contents

Judith Bullock Nisbet was born in Red Springs, North Carolina, and served in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Emergency Services-Navy) from 1942 to 1943. An oral history interview, memoir, photographs and textiles primarily document Nisbet's service during World War II. The oral history interview provides information about Nisbet's childhood in Red Springs, N.C., during the Depression, her education at the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina, and her service as a WAVE. Prominent subjects include training at Mount Holyoke College, her military jobs in Washington, D.C., and Presbyterian minister Peter Marshall. Memoir and photographs also document Nesbit's military service. Textiles include a WAVES dress white summer uniform.


  • 1942-1999


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Collection is open to research.

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Biographical Note

Judith Bullock was born in Red Springs, N.C., the youngest of five children. Her father, George, attended NC State and worked as an agronomist, specializing in tobacco. Her mother attended the Woman's College in Greensboro, N.C., and then Flora McDonald College in Red Springs. The couple married in 1906. George Bullock worked for the American Tobacco Company, eventually leaving North Carolina and working in Puerto Rico and Cuba. The rest of the family lived in Puerto Rico for several years, and then returned to Red Springs, where Judith Bullock attended high school. After graduating from high school, she spent two years at Peace College in Raleigh, N.C. Bullock transferred to Woman's College, where she majored in art, and graduated in 1941.

In August 1942, while taking defense courses in Raleigh, Bullock enlisted in the WAVES. She was called up in December and traveled by train to South Hadley, Mass., for training held at Mount Holyoke. She completed her training in February 1943, and was assigned to Public Works in the maintenance department of the Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington, D.C. She served as a messenger for several months and then held a series of other jobs in the maintenance department until the end of the war.

Bullock was put on reserve in November 1945, and in January 1946 she moved to Charlotte with her husband and started family. She married her first husband, Edward "Shorty" Thomas, on April 24, 1943.


3.21 Linear Feet (4 Folders, Textile box)

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  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Judith Bullock Nisbet of Charlotte, N.C., on November 7, 1998, March 1999, and April 1999.

Separated Materials

Separated items include oral history sound recording and textiles.

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Processing Information

University Archives staff, 1999

Judith Bullock Nisbet Collection
Elizabeth Carmichael
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Repository Details

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

P.O. Box 26170
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Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US