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Thelma L. Meyer Petty Papers

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

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Artifact Box WV Gen 03

Box (oversized) WV Gen 01



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Thelma L. Meyer Petty Papers, 1942-1948 | Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives

By Edward Lee Love

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Collection Overview

Title: Thelma L. Meyer Petty Papers, 1942-1948Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1942-1945

ID: 03/WV0375

Primary Creator: Petty, Thelma L. Mayer

Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into the following: Diary, Papers, Clippings, Correspondence, Miscellaneous and Artifacts.

Subjects: United States. Army. Women's Army Auxilliary Corps, United States. Army. Women's Army Corps, Women veterans - United States, World War, 1939-1945

Languages: English

Abstract

Thelma L. Meyer Petty (1900 - 2000) served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) from around March 1943 to September 1943 when she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) and served as part of the motor pool in Fort Myer, Virginia until September 1945.

The Thelma L. Meyer Petty Papers contain a diary, correspondence, artifacts and miscellaneous ephemera.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains Thelma Meyer's diary of the years 1943 to 1945 when she worked in the motor pool out of Fort Myer outside of Washington D.C. It also includes miscellaneous papers regarding her time in the WAAC and WAC. The collection also contains many newspaper clippings, some concerning the WAACs, military humor and life around the time of her service. Correspondence consists of letters to her, some from friends in the service including a serviceman stationed in Italy. The miscellaneous folder contains various ephemera from those years.

The collection also contains a How WAAC Officers are Selected poster, uniform accessories including a Good Conduct Medal and accompanying ribbons and pins; pins from her time in the WAAC; and patches and sergeant stripes.

Biographical Note

Thelma Lucile Meyer Petty (1900 - 2000) was born 2 September, 1900 in Willow Lake, South Dakota.  She joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in March 1943 and served until she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) on 1 September, 1943. She served as a motor pool driver, part of the 2525th Service Unit stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia. She received an Honorable Discharge from the service 16 September, 1945 at the rank of sergeant. She was residing in Baxter Springs, Kansas as Thelma Petty at the time of her death on 1 May, 2000.

Subject/Index Terms

United States. Army. Women's Army Auxilliary Corps
United States. Army. Women's Army Corps
Women veterans - United States
World War, 1939-1945

Administrative Information

Repository: Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: One box, one poster in general Oversize Box 1, artifacts in Artifact Box 3.

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 Source: Purchased from Ebay, 2006

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item],Thelma L. Meyer Petty 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 Edward Lee Love, June 2015.


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Artifact Box WV Gen 03Add to your cart.
Item 1: Box with Good Conduct Medal, 1943-1945Add to your cart.
Box with Good Conduct Medal and accompanying pins and ribbons.
Item 2: WAAC Enrollee Pin, 1943Add to your cart.
Item 3: WAAC cap pin, 1943Add to your cart.
Cap pin for WAAC enlisted personnel (eagle on disc).
Item 4: Pair of collar/lapel pins, 1943Add to your cart.
Two enlisted collar devices, one with "US" and other Pallas Athene.


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