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Anne Elisabeth Heyer Papers

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Anne Elisabeth Heyer Papers, 1942-1946 and undated | Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Anne Elisabeth Heyer Papers, 1942-1946 and undatedAdd to your cart.

ID: 03/WV0320

Primary Creator: Heyer, Anne Elisabeth

Extent: 2.25 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Collection is organized into the following series: Correspondence, Military Materials, Photographs, Military Insignia and Other Artifacts, and Scrapbook.

Subjects: Heyer, Anne Elisabeth, New Guinea - Description and travel, Philippines - Description and travel, United States. Army. Women's Army Auxilliary Corps, United States. Army. Women's Army Auxilliary Corps - Military life, United States. Army. Women's Army Corps, United States. Army. Women's Army Corps - Military life, Women in war, Women veterans - United States, World War, 1939-1945 - Participation, Female, World War, 1939-1945 - Women - United States

Forms of Material: Women soldiers - United States - Correspondence

Languages: English

Abstract

Sergeant Anne Elisabeth "Betty" Heyer served as a photography repair technician in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and the Women's Army Corps (WAC) from November 1942 until she was discharged in November 1945. Between December 1944 and October 1945 Heyer was stationed in the Philippines and New Guinea.

Correspondence written by Anne Elisabeth "Betty" Heyer, primarily addressed to her sister, contains information regarding Heyer's experiences in the WAAC and WAC between 1942 and 1945. Specific subjects include basic training, her daily life, photography, recreation, her physical surroundings in the Philippines and New Guinea, descriptions of native villages, and visits to Manila and Corregidor. Personal and printed military material, approximately 500 military photographs, a scrapbook, and other artifacts also document Heyer's military service.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Correspondence, military material, photographs, military insignia, and other artifacts document Anne Elisabeth "Betty" Heyer's service in the WAAC and WAC between 1942 and 1945. Lengthy letters to family members describe her training in the United States and her subsequent service in the Pacific Theater as a photography repair technician. Overseas letters document her observation of New Guinea and the Philippines. Printed military material reflects Heyer's professional interest in photography and the collection contains publications specifically regarding military photography. Heyer's diplomas are included in her personal papers. More than 500 photographs, largely unidentified, document recreation and work-related activities in the military. Aerial photographs show the destruction in New Guinea and the Philippines and also contain pictures of native villages. Scrapbook material consists primarily of unidentified photographs.

Biographical Note

Anne Elisabeth Betty Heyer was born in Denver, Colorado on 7 October 1918, and grew up in Los Angeles, California where she graduated from Hollywood High School in 1936. Heyer had an older brother, Vernon, and a younger sister, Harriette "Topsy". Before joining the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in November of 1942, Heyer worked at Sears Roebuck.

Heyer served as a sergeant in the WAAC and Women's Army Corps (WAC) until she was discharged in November 1945. She attended basic training at Daytona Beach, and also trained at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. In addition, Heyer graduated from Photography School at Lowry Field in Colorado in 1943, where she trained to be a photographic repair technician. Heyer served for roughly one year, beginning in November 1944, in New Guinea and the Philippines. During this time she received several decorations, including the Good Conduct Medal, the Women's Army Corps Service Medal, the Asian Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation.

After her discharge in 1945 Heyer attended North Hollywood Night School, Sawyer's Business School, Pasadena City College, and Marymount College. Heyer had a variety of jobs after leaving the army, including working as an editor and manager of technical publications at Garrett Air Turbine from 1967 to 1983.

Biographical information provided by Heyer's niece.

Subject/Index Terms

Heyer, Anne Elisabeth
New Guinea - Description and travel
Philippines - Description and travel
United States. Army. Women's Army Auxilliary Corps
United States. Army. Women's Army Auxilliary Corps - Military life
United States. Army. Women's Army Corps
United States. Army. Women's Army Corps - Military life
Women in war
Women veterans - United States
World War, 1939-1945 - Participation, Female
World War, 1939-1945 - Women - United States

Administrative Information

Repository: Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: Approximately 600 items

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:

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.

Acquisition Method: Gift of the Damiano family in 2005.

Original/Copies Note: For digitized material see: http://library.uncg.edu/dp/wv/collection.aspx?col=156

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Anne Elisabeth Heyer Papers, Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project, Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, USA.

Processing Information: Processed by Beverley Roberts, July 2006.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1942-1946 and undated],
[Series 2: Military Material, 1942-1946 and undated],
[Series 3: Photographs, circa 1940-1949 and undated],
[Series 4: Military Insignia and Other Artifacts],
[Series 5: Scrapbook],
[All]

Series 1: Correspondence, 1942-1946 and undatedAdd to your cart.
More than fifty items of correspondence, primarily written between 1942 and 1946, describe Heyer's experience as a WAAC and WAC. The majority of letters are to Heyer's sister, Harriette "Topsy". Letters before Heyer went overseas cover her experience in basic training. They focus specifically on her classes, softball games, parades, and other daily activities. While in New Guinea, Heyer wrote lengthy letters describing native villages, customs, and her visits to the surrounding area. Letters from the Philippines include vivid descriptions of natives villages, arriving in Manila right after the Japanese occupation, and her visit to Corregidor. Overseas letters also include her attitudes about dating and her reaction to the end of the war in Europe. Letters also include money from occupied areas in the Pacific. Also included are undated items attached to correspondence.
Extent: 56 items.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1942-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 1944 March-SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: 1944 October-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: 1945 January-FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: 1945 March-AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: 1945 May-JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: 1945 July-OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 9: undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 2: Military Material, 1942-1946 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Personal papers and printed military material document Heyer's experiences in the WAAC and WAC.
Extent: 55 items.
Sub-Series 2.1: Personal Papers, 1943-1946 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Heyer's personal papers include diplomas, financial material, religious material and other miscellaneous papers relating to her activities in the WAAC and WAC.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Financial Material, 1942-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 11: WAC Papers, 1943-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 12: WAC Papers, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Religious Material, undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2.2: Printed MaterialAdd to your cart.
Printed material includes newspapers that Heyer saved, such as the Denver Post from 7 December 1941. Other publications, such as The Shutter and The Mad Mapper, relate to military photography. Other publications, including WAC and Wings, document the WAC experience. An army songbook and a WAAC songbook are also included.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Denver Post, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 16: The Mad Mapper, 1943-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Photographic Procurement Detachment BookAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: PostcardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: The Shutter, 1943 June-AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: The Shutter, 1943 September-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: The Shutter, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Songbook, ArmyAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Songbook, WACAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Spanish BookAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Wac and WingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Wac and WingsAdd to your cart.
Artifact Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 25: U.S. Army-Navy Journal of Recognition Add to your cart.
Series 3: Photographs, circa 1940-1949 and undatedAdd to your cart.
Photographs, presumably taken by Heyer in the 1940s, document her experiences in the WAAC and WAC. Topics include photographs of Heyer, photographs of unidentified WACs, basic training, softball and other forms of recreation. This collection also contains photographs and material from Heyer's scrapbook. These photographs, although unidentified, show the destruction in the Pacific Theater and pictures of rural and urban life in New Guinea and Philippines. Aerial photos show testing of atomic bombs. The loose material from the scrapbook consists of personal papers and photographs. Roughly 100 of the photographs in the collection can be identified to a specific date and location. The rest have been grouped thematically with the intention of reflecting Heyer's activities. Although labeled as unidentified, a few folders have been identified according to the envelopes in which they were received. The collection also contains about 50 negatives which appear to correspond primarily with other photographs in the collection.
Extent: About 500 items.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 28: 1943 January-FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 29-30: Heyer, Anne ElisabethAdd to your cart.
Folder 31-32: Macdill Field, FloridaAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: PortraitsAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Softball Tournament, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Unidentified Military Photographs, AnimalsAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Unidentified Military Photographs, ChristmasAdd to your cart.
Folder 38-39: Unidentified Military Photographs, Daily Life of WACsAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Unidentified Military Photographs, Gas Mask DrillsAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Unidentified Military Photographs, Lowry Field, Colorado, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Unidentified Military Photographs, Mapping GroupAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Unidentified Military Photographs, Philippines, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 44-45: Unidentified Military Photographs, PicnicAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Unidentified Military Photographs, PlanesAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Unidentified Military Photographs, PlanesAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Unidentified Military Photographs, PlanesAdd to your cart.
Folder 49-50: Unidentified Military Photographs, RecreationAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Unidentified Military Photographs, SoldiersAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: Unidentified Military Photographs, Train TripAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Unidentified Military Photographs, Uniforms, Air ForceAdd to your cart.
Folder 54-57: Unidentified Military Photographs, WACsAdd to your cart.
Folder 58-61: Unidentified Military PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 62: Negatives, Heyer, Anne ElisabethAdd to your cart.
Folder 63-64: Unidentified Military Negatives, WACsAdd to your cart.
Folder 65: Unidentified Military NegativesAdd to your cart.
Folder 66-68: Loose Scrapbook MaterialAdd to your cart.
Folder 69: Unidentified Scrapbook Photographs, CorregidorAdd to your cart.
Folder 70: Unidentified Scrapbook Photographs, PhilippinesAdd to your cart.
Folder 71: Unidentified Scrapbook Photographs, WeddingAdd to your cart.
Folder 72-73: Unidentified Scrapbook PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 74-87: Unidentified Scrapbook PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 87: Unidentified Scrapbook NegativesAdd to your cart.
Artifact Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Unidentified Military Photographs, Atomic Bomb TestingAdd to your cart.
Series 4: Military Insignia and Other ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
Military insignia include medals and awards, ribbons worn with awards, shoulder sleeve insignia, and other unidentified items.
Extent: 30 items.
Sub-Series 4.1: Medals and AwardsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Army Good Conduct MedalAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Presidential Unit Citation (Army)Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4.2: RibbonsAdd to your cart.
Item 3: American Campaign MedalAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Army Good Conduct MedalAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Asiatic Pacific MedalAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Philippine Liberation MedalAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Women's Army Corps Service MedalAdd to your cart.
Item 8: World War II Victory MedalAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4.3: Shoulder Sleeve InsigniaAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Air Force, U.S. East, First, 1944Add to your cart.
Item 10: Air Force, U.S., Northwest, Second, 1943Add to your cart.
Item 11: Air Force, U.S., Pacific, Fifth, 1943Add to your cart.
Item 12: Air Force, U.S., Pacific, Thirteenth, 1944Add to your cart.
Item 13: Air Force, Far East, 1945Add to your cart.
Item 14: Air Force, Troop Carrier, IX, 1944Add to your cart.
Item 15: Army Service ForcesAdd to your cart.
Item 16: Overseas StripesAdd to your cart.
Item 17: Pacific Ocean Areas, 1944Add to your cart.
Item 18: Photography SpecialistAdd to your cart.
Item 19: Port of EmbarkationAdd to your cart.
Item 20: Rank Insignia, Staff SergeantAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4.4: Other Insignia and ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
Item 21: Hat InsigniaAdd to your cart.
Item 22: Collar/Lapel Insignia DiscAdd to your cart.
Item 23: Identification TagsAdd to your cart.
Item 24: Red Cross Donor PinAdd to your cart.
Item 25: Phone-meterAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4.5: Unidentified InsigniaAdd to your cart.
Item 26: Airplane PinAdd to your cart.
Item 27: Australia PatchAdd to your cart.
Item 28: CrossAdd to your cart.
Item 29: Unidentified PatchAdd to your cart.
Item 30: Unidentified PinsAdd to your cart.
Series 5: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Item 1Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1942-1946 and undated],
[Series 2: Military Material, 1942-1946 and undated],
[Series 3: Photographs, circa 1940-1949 and undated],
[Series 4: Military Insignia and Other Artifacts],
[Series 5: Scrapbook],
[All]


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