Marcia Watts papers
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of an oral history interview transcript of Marcia Wilkinson who served with the USO on the home front during World War II. This collection also contains personal photographs.
- Created: 1943
- Other: Date acquired: 04/28/2003
- Watts, Marcia, 1927-2012 (Person)
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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 or Historical Information
Marcia Wilkinson Watts was born on June 2, 1927, in Gadsden, Alabama and died March 7, 2012, in Lakeland, Florida. While Watts was born in Gadsden, she was raised in Eufaula close to nearby military camps. At 16, Watts began participating in the USO. The USO bus toured her and other women to Fort Benning, Camp Rucker, and Napier Field for dances. Watts remembered her father, with his ear to the radio, listening to the news of Pearl Harbor years previous. She described her interactions with the soldiers with whom she danced. Watts also discussed racial segregation in her town and how her experience as a Roman Catholic shaped her perspective on the plight of African Americans.
Language of Materials
Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.
Source of Acquisition
Method of Acquisition
- Alabama Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Camp Shows, Inc.
- Dance Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Fort Benning (Ga.)
- Gadsden (Ala.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--African Americans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--United States Subject Source: Local sources
- Marcia Watts papers
- Jenna Pope
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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