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Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project: Conflicts and Women's Service Recorded in History

By    |   Wednesday, 08 July 2015 04:46 PM

The role of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) is to fill in some of history's blanks. Project curator Beth Ann Koelsch wrote in 2010 that "the contributions of women have generally been overlooked" in accounts of U.S. military service and armed conflicts, according to North Carolina Libraries.

Koelsch wrote that the project had made "significant strides" in documenting the bravery and dedication of women veterans through recorded interviews, wartime letters, diaries, photographs, military uniforms and numerous other objects and artifacts.

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Based at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNCG), the WVHP says its research collections span the era from World War I through the post-9/11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq — a century of women in military roles that ranged from field nurse to fighter pilot.

WVHP materials cover every service branch that's ever been open to women, beginning with the Army Nurse Corps and Navy Nurse Corps, both of which sent women into conflict zones during World War I.

The project continues on to World War II, which saw the establishment of Women's Army Corps (WAC), Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and Marine Corps Women's Reserve, among other services. In oral histories recorded by the project, women veterans of World War II recount assignments as varied as flight instructor, aid worker, hospital dietitian and undercover agent.

At the project website, the collections are searchable by era.

"The WVHP’s strengths are oral histories and materials from veterans of World War II," says an online introduction, "but it also includes the stories and materials of women who served in World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, The Cold War, Desert Storm, the Gulf Wars, and the War on Terror."

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