Mary Cugini Necko Collection
Scope and Contents
The Mary Cugini Papers consist of correspondence, photographs, military papers, Necko's poems, newspaper clippings, souvenirs, copies of the newsletters The U.S. Marine Corps Beachhead and The Marine Corps Women's Reserve The Word, a 1999 oral history recording and transcript, and textiles.
A scrapbook from her time in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve has been digitized.
- 1942 - 1999
- Majority of material found within 1945 - 1946
- Other: Date acquired: 06/17/1999
- Necko, Mary Cugini (Person)
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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.
Mary Cugini Necko (1924-2009) of Brighton, Massachusetts, served in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve from November 1944 to May 1946. Mary Cugini Necko was born 14 November 1924, in Brighton, Massachusetts. She graduated from high school in 1942 and went to work as a statistical clerk for the U.S. Department of Commerce, while also studying accounting at Boston University. In November 1944, Necko joined the Women Marines. She was sent basic training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in January 1945, and then went to work in reimbursement at Marine Corps Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. In May 1946, Necko was discharged as a corporal. Necko attended Strayer Business College after her discharge and then worked for a finance company in Washington, DC. In 1948, she married Val Necko and they had two children. Necko also worked for the Navy Department as a civilian and at the Federal Building as a meteorological technician. She volunteered at a Veterans Administration hospital and was involved with the Women Marines Association. Necko moved to High Point, North Carolina where she died 15 June 2009.
1.40 Linear Feet (1 textile box, 1 box)
Language of Materials
Mary Cugini Necko (1924-2009) of Brighton, Massachusetts, served in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve from November 1944 to May 1946.
The Mary Cugini Necko Papers primarily date from 1945 to 1946 and contain correspondence, photographs, official military papers, Necko's poems, newspaper clippings, souvenirs, copies of the newsletters The U.S. Marine Corps Beachhead and The Marine Corps Women's Reserve The Word, a 1999 oral history interview which document Necko's military service, and textiles.
The items comprising this collection are divided by materials type and the correspondence by date.
Method of Acquisition
Gift of Mary Cugini Necko in 1999.
Accruals and Additions
Additions donated by Valentine G. Necko, Jr. on 28 August, 2013.
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Processed by Beth Ann Koelsch.
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