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Using Women's History Sources in the Archives at the Library of Virginia

World War II

Women’s wartime activities on the home front are documented in the records of women’s clubs, such as the Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs (Acc. 25115). Other sources concerning women during the war include records of the Office of Civilian Defense and the World War II History Commission, which compiled a U.S.O. roll of service and collected photographs of Virginia clubs (Acc. 27544).  Also of interest is the United States Army Signal Corps Photograph Collection, Hampton Roads Embarkation Series, 1942–1946. Many of the photographers (as well as the mechanics, clerks, medical personnel, and administrators) were women.