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Lauretta Webster Wilkin Collection

 Collection
Identifier: WV 0307

Scope and Contents

Letters to her family in West Covington, Kentucky, and several photographs document Lauretta Webster Wilkin's service in the WAAC and WAC during World War II. Subjects include basic training; WAAC parades; uniforms and equipment; her work in the army's drafting department; the transition from the WAAC to the WAC in 1943; war news; family affairs; and social life and recreation, including her softball team, parties, visits with friends, and her courtship and marriage to George Wilkin. Photographs are of individual and groups of WACs in uniform.

Dates

  • 1943 - 1946

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

Lauretta Webster Wilkin served in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) and the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II. She completed basic training at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in early 1943 and served in the drafting department at the Army Port of Los Angeles in Wilmington, California, from May 1943 to 1945. She married George Wilkin in late 1944.

Extent

.10 Linear Feet (5 folders (60 items) )

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Lauretta Webster Wilkin served in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) and the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II.

Letters to her family in West Covington, Kentucky, and several photographs document Wilkin's military service. Subjects include basic training; uniforms and equipment; her work in the army's drafting department; the transition from the WAAC to the WAC in 1943; war news; family affairs; and social life and recreation. Photographs are of individual and groups of WACs in uniform.

Arrangement Note

Collection is arranged by format and chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

Purchased in 2004.

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Processing Information

Processed by Beth Carmichael, July 2005.

Title
Lauretta Webster Wilkin Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Beth Carmichael
Date
07/20/2005
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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