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Betty U. Baker Collection

Identifier: WV 0042

Content Description

The collection includes an oral history transcript, 19 February 1999; photographs of Baker's Army Air Force service and after, 1944-1999.


  • circa 1944-1999

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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Betty Baker (1922-2012), of Culpepper, Virginia, was an air base historian and a troop information and education specialist with the Women's Army Corps (WAC) from 1944 to 1946. Betty Baker was born in Culpepper, Virginia, where her father was a small manufacturer and her mother a school teacher. She was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Dickson, Tennessee, where she graduated from high school. Baker attended the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) from 1939 to 1944 and majored in English. During that time she also worked for one year at the Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Factory in Baltimore, Maryland. Baker enlisted in the WAC in the spring of 1944. She completed basic training at Fort Oglethorpe in Georgia and then became the base historian at the Miami Army Air Field in Florida.

In early 1945 Baker was sent to Karachi, India (now Pakistan), where she served as a troop information and education specialist. She remained in Karachi until early 1946 and was discharged from Love Field in Dallas, Texas, on 16 January 1946. Baker held various positions after leaving the service, including literary agent assistant; sport camp assistant manager; radio news director; and newspaper editor and owner. She then spent twenty-eight years as director of the Community Action Agency for Wilkes, Ashe, and Allegheny counties in North Carolina. She also volunteered at the Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.


0.21 Linear Feet (2 folders)

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Condition Description

The condition is good.

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Processed by Matthew McCarthy.

Betty U. Baker Collection
Matthew McCarthy
2022 May
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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