Nancy E. Carter Family Letters, 1942-1992 | Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives
France - Description and travel
United States. Army. Women's Army Auxilliary Corps
United States. Army. Women's Army Auxilliary Corps - Recruiting, enlistment, etc.
United States. Army. Women's Army Corps
United States. Army. Women's Army Corps - Recruiting, enlistment, etc.
Women in war
Women veterans - United States
World War, 1939-1945 - Participation, Female
World War, 1939-1945 - Women - United States
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.