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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3343

Gloria R. Wilson collection of Women in the Air Force (WAF) photographs


Snapshots and related photographs and ephemera of Women in the Air Force (WAF) collected by service member Gloria R. "Corki" Wilson.


  • circa 1951-1959


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.
This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


.125 linear feet (1 box)
Collection of black and white snapshots, and one color photograph, some annotated, and the bulk of them showing evidence of once having been attached in a scrapbook. Many images depict Gloria R. "Corki" Wilson in uniform with other servicemembers, family, and civilian friends in various locations across the United States. One photograph shows a WAFS baseball team (as annotated by Wilson). Also with two pen and ink cartoons ("Your just dreamin' buster", signed Priser), a pencil portrait of a woman, a manuscript letter, an informational pamphlet about the 1701st A.T. Wing at Great Falls Air Force Base, and an Armed Forces Liberty Pass for Wilson in 1951 (which is filled in "1701st WAF Squadron").

Biographical / Historical

WAF was created in 1948 as a result of the Women's Armed Services Integration Act; this gave women permanent status in the Regular and Reserve forces of the United States Air Force. The WAF program ended in 1976 when the Air Force Academy first admitted women.


Collection is minimally processed.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased with funds from the DeCuevas, Deknatel, Loring, Nordell, Rheault and Vershbow fund, 2019 October.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2019 November.
Link to catalog


Wilson, Gloria R., collector. Gloria R. Wilson collection of Women in the Air Force (WAF) photographs, circa 1951-1959 (MS Am 3343): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2019 November 18
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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