When WAC Was a Dirty Word by Bertha Marie Strittmatter Clark, 1977?
Personal account of Bertha Marie Strittmatter Clark's experiences as a member of the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps.
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Materials in English.
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Copyright. Copyright in When WAC Was a Dirty Word is held by Bertha Marie Strittmatter Clark. Upon her death, copyright will transfer to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library.
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Extent.21 linear feet linear feet (1/2 file box)
Bertha Marie Strittmatter Clark was among the enlistees in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC), later known as the Women's Army Corps (WAC). When WAC Was a Dirty Word is a personal account of her experiences as a WAC stationed at Stout Field, Indianapolis, Indiana, from the beginning of World War II to the German surrender. Included are anecdotes showing unfavorable attitudes towards WACs, and how these attitudes changed with the recognition of the WAC contribution to the war effort. Specifically, the account illustrates the problems WACs encountered in their social lives, their marriage and family relationships, and their work, especially when doing work formerly done only by men. Corporal Strittmatter's activities as a columnist, first for WACTIVITIES and later for the Fielder are also described. There are secondhand accounts of the experiences of soldiers in the Normandy invasion and in the Pacific.
Bertha Marie Strittmatter Clark was a corporal in the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC), later known as the Women's Army Corp (WAC). She was stationed at Stout Field, Indianapolis, Indiana, where she was a columnist for WACTIVITIES and the Fielder.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 77-M157
This volume was given to the Schlesinger Library in October, 1977 by Bertha Marie Clark.
Processed: November 1977
By: Gael Simonson
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