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Willie Mae Williams collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 02-04.0144

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Willie Mae Williams, an African American woman, who served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. The collection includes an oral history interview, photographs, newspaper clippings, a cassette tape of the oral history, a woman's veterans hat, a Women's Army Corps souvenir tray, a Women's Army Corps tag, and a yearbook for the 1881st Service Command unit. In her oral history interview, she discusses basic training for women and the WAC's unpreparedness for the women. She worked in the hospital and talks about life as a female on base and in traveling off base to visit civilians; talk about female pregnancy in the WAC.


  • Created: 1943-1945
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/16/2009


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

Willie Mae Williams was born on October 23, 1912, in Archer, Florida, and enlisted as a WAC on February 27, 1943. She was from the Tampa, Florida area. She worked stateside as a cook in hospitals, learning to make food for large groups and for special diets. She was discharged in 1945 at Ft. Bragg. Williams passed away on March 14, 2009, in Tampa, Florida.


1.00 folders

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Source of Acquisition

Veleta Cheney

Method of Acquisition

Willie Mae Williams collection
Destinee E. Haller
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository

Florida State University
Room 401 BEL, 113 Collegiate Loop
Tallahassee FL 32306 US