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Jean Simpson transcript

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 1999 Box 13 (99.0280-99.0299), Folder: 99.0287 - Folder 1
Identifier: 99.0287

Content Description

This collection relates to Jean Simpson, who worked at a Barrett and Hilp Contractors shipyard during World War II. This collection contains an oral transcript of an interview with Simpson, in which she shares her experience being a female worker during the war. She recalls events in the shipyard including wages, going up a Jacob's ladder and working with other minorites such as African-Americans and Asian-Americans. She then went to Stanford law school and worked with a civil attorney. Simpson also shares her exerience applying for an Air Force commission in December of 1950 and entering the Air Force in May of 1951, where she served for twenty years.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1943-1951
  • Other: Date accessioned: 1999-02-01


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical / Historical

Jean Simpson was born on March 7, 1926 in San Fransisco, California. She graduated high school in June of 1943 and went to Stanford for a government sponsored course for engineering, drafting, and technical calculations. This helped her get a job on the home front working inventory in a Barrett & Hilp Contractors shipyard. Simpson entered Cal-Berkeley during the summer of 1944 and graduated in 1947 with a degree in economics. She then graduated from Stanford Law School in 1950 and applied for an Air Force commission in December of 1950. Simpson entered the Air Force in May of 1951 and stayed in for twenty years. After her service, she retired and now lives in Tallahassee, FL.


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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Jean Simpson transcript
Sara Canon
February 12, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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