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Janet Wells collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 02-99.0123

Scope and Contents

The collection of Janet Wells contains an oral history transcript of an interview provided by the Reichelt Program for Oral History, photographs and documents pertaining to her experience serving with the WAVES during World War II. Included are photographs of WAVES recreational activities, military portraits, and personal photographs of family and friends. Collection documents include letters regarding qualifications and service, receipts, certificates of satisfactory service, graduation, certificates, WAVES anniversary celebration programs, identification cards, tourist memorabilia, photographs, invitations, a booklet on transitioning back to civilian life, and uniform tickets. Publications included are a WAVES newspaper (1944), a personal letter (1944), WAVES handbooks and pamphlets, WAVES magazines (The Havelock, 1944-45), and a copy of Sounding Off (18 Jan. 1944), and Up Came a Ripple which was a book of WAVES cartoons by Dorothy J. Byerly in 1945.


  • Created: 1943-2001
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1943-1946
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/04/1999


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical or Historical Information

Janet Wells was born in Palatka, Florida, and was a 1942 graduate of Florida State College for Women (FSCW). She taught at Leesburg, Florida until she joined US Naval Reserve, the WAVES, an acronym for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service in June of 1944. She served in the WAVES from 1944-1946. She received training at Midshipman's School, Smith College in Northhampton, Massachusettes, and Personnel and Recreation School, Washington and Lee University in Virginia. Wells was stationed at the US Naval Barracks in Washington, DC at WAVES Quarters "D" and "F" where she remained for the war's duration. She was in charge of housing for all Naval Personnel. Wells was commissioned as an Ensign; she was a permanent duty officer at WAVES Quarters "D" and a barracks officer at WAVES Quarters "F", and maintained and supervised quarters and provided recreational opportunities for the other WAVES.  After serving in World War II, Wells returned to FSU for a 30-year career, ultimately serving as chair of the Department of Physical Education.


1.00 boxes

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Source of Acquisition

Lucy Janet Wells

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Link to additional FSU collection finding aid for Janet Wells:

Janet Wells collection
Robin Rodriguez
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository