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COLLECTION Identifier: A/D724

David Doss collection of Women's Army Corps and World War II material, 1943-1946


Newsletters, a Thanksgiving menu, and clippings about the Women's Army Corps during World War II.


  • 1943-1946


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by David Doss as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1 folder

The collection includes newsletters from 1943 from two Women's Army Corps bases in Massachusetts and Florida. There are two issues of "Petticoat Soldiers" from Fort Devens, Massachusetts, and one issue, "Wactivities," from the WAAC training Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Both newsletters contain articles documenting local news and social events on the base, as well as material supplied by the Camp Newspaper service of the United States War Department. The issue of "Wactivities" also documents the arrival of new WAC trainees from Fort Devens. In addition, there is a 1944 Thanksgiving menu from the ASF Regional Hospital, Camp Blanding, Florida. The menu contains a roster of hospital military and civilian staff, including the Army Nurses Corps and the WAC detachment hospital personnel. There are also two clippings about the WACS (1946, undated).


David Doss is a collector of historical documents and ephemera.


The Women's Army Corps (WAC) was the women's unit of the United States Army. It was created as an auxiliary unit, the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC), in 1942 to allow women to serve in noncombat positions. In July 1943 it changed from auxiliary status to become an official branch of the United States Army, affording women the same pay, ranks and privileges as male soldiers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2022-M95

The David Doss collection of Women's Army Corps and World War II material were given to the Schlesinger Library by David Doss in 2022.

Processing Information

Processed: July 2022

By: Paula Aloisio

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund and the Kim A. Bendheim Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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