Guest Speaker Karen Vaughn, Navy Seal Gold Star mother, will speak about her son and the importance of patriotism at a talk on Friday, April 24th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence on the second floor of the Denton campus' Blagg-Huey Library. Following the talk, tour the National Archives of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Collection with Associate Professor of History Dr. Kate Landdeck and Kimberly Johnson, Coordinator of Special Collections for the TWU Libraries. See uniforms, artifacts, photos and memorabilia on display in the Woman’s Collection, and watch We Served Too: The Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, 2014 winner of the coveted Gracies Award for Outstanding Documentary. The event is free and open to the public.
The WASP board voted to establish its archive at Texas Woman’s University in 1992. Since then the WASP Archive has served over 20,000 researchers around the world, supporting their scholarly endeavors and facilitating the advancement of their projects. Staff have provided reference assistance and research support to students of all ages in addition to filmmakers, documentarians, historians, scholars, journalists, authors, media and broadcast professionals, the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, and state legislatures across the country. The WASP Archive includes more than 600 individual WASP collections of records, papers, photographs, and memorabilia; 700 oral histories; and 1,200 biographical files. It has supported hundreds of exhibits across the country with artifacts, photographs, uniforms, documents and papers. The WASP Digital Archive hosts more than 6,000 images and documents, freely accessible through the Gateway to Women’s History.
The Women's Airforce Service Pilots were a group of more than a thousand women who left homes and jobs between 1942 and 1944, at the height of WWII, to volunteer as civilian pilots in an experimental Army Air Corp program. In the process, they became the first women in history to fly for the U.S. military.
The Women's Collection is the largest depository in the Southern United States of research material about women. For more information, please contact the collection via Ask an Archivist or by phone at 940-898-3751. Regular operating hours for the Women's Collection are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
~Sandy Cochran and Kimberly Johnson