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Nancy E. Carter Family Collection

 Collection
Identifier: WV 0322

Scope and Contents

Correspondence to and from Nancy E. Carter beginning in 1942. Letters written by Carter between 1942 and 1943 describe her recruiting experience in the WAAC, basic training at Daytona Beach, her daily routine, and social activities. Lengthy letters from France between 1944 and 1945 include information about her daily life, accommodations, and entertainment activities. Specific subjects include attending ballets, operas, and USO shows, as well as shopping and sightseeing in Paris. A few letters comment on the reception of the WACs in France and note their portrayal by the press. In the 1950s, Carter comments on the reception of African Americans into her regiment of WACs. Carter's later letters focus more on her family life.

The collection also contains correspondence written to Mrs. Mildred Carter, primarily by her daughter, Peggy. Also included are letters from her brother, Rodney, and other family members between 1943 and 1964. These letters comment on the daily life of the Carter family, rather than on Nancy's life in the military. However, a few letters from 1942 do contain references to Nancy's decision to join the WAAC.

Dates

  • 1942 - 1992

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.

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Biographical Note

Nancy E. Carter, the daughter of Mr. W.F. and Mrs. Mildred Carter of Charlottesville, Virginia, joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in the fall of 1942, and became a sergeant by 1943. Carter attended basic training in Daytona Beach, Florida, and remained stationed in the area until 1944 when she was sent to Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia. In this same year Carter joined the Women's Army Corps (WAC). After a brief time in England in 1944, Carter's regiment was sent to France where they were primarily stationed in Paris. During this period Carter was awarded a bronze star. After she returned to the United States in 1946 she worked at Fort Dix in New Jersey. She went overseas again between 1948 and 1950, and spent part of this time in Germany. Upon her return she worked at Fort Monroe in Virginia. Her date of discharge is unknown but appears to be after the mid-1960s. By the 1970s, Nancy Carter had moved back to Charlottesville, Virginia.

Extent

.80 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Nancy E. Carter of Charlottesville, Virginia, served as a sergeant in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II and remained in the army at least until the 1960s.

Correspondence written chiefly by Nancy E. Carter and various members of the Carter family document Carter's military service and the lives of her family members in California and Ohio from the 1940s to the 1960s.

Arrangement Note

Collection is organized into the following series: Nancy E. Carter Letters and Carter Family Letters.

Method of Acquisition

Purchased in 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Beverley Roberts , June 2006.
Title
Nancy E. Carter Family Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Beverley Roberts
Date
2007
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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