While American men fought oversees during War World II America’s women remained busy ensuring the country ran without a wrinkle. Not only did the women take care of the home and worked in manufacturing plants but some also enlisted in the Armed Forces of America.
Between 1942 and 1944 women trained and flew under an experimental program, Women Airforce Service Pilots, WASP. By 1944 the need for women pilots lessened leaving the program deactivated and forgotten until 1977 Congress voted to grant the WASP of WWII military status and full veteran’s benefits.
In 1992, the WASP voted to establish their national archives at Texas Woman’s University. The growing collection is available for research as part of the Woman’s Collection. The archives include documents, reports, trainee handbooks, military records and artifacts.
The Woman’s Collection is located at Blagg-Huey Library on the Texas Woman’s University main campus off Bell Avenue.
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Women Airforce Service Pilots (Wikipedia)