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World War II Resources

Books and archival materials from our collection that document women’s experiences during the war.  

Archival Material

Clifford-Flanders family papers, circa 1852-1989

Marion Lee Flanders worked as a clerk at the War Department, Office of Post Engineer at Camp Langdon, NH. The collection houses correspondence between Marion and her military friends, as well as memorabilia from the war period.

Ruth Elaine Hawkins collection, 1945–1946

Maine native who enlisted in the WAVES in 1945 and was discharged in 1946. The collection consists of Hawkins’s official US Navy discharge papers and ephemera, Navy literature, a few documents related to Hawkins’s duties during her service, and a photograph of her in uniform.

Judith Magyar Isaacson papers, 1976–1990

Born in Kaposvar, Hungary in 1925 and deported along with her family at age 19 to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where her grandmothers and an aunt were killed upon arrival. Judith, her mother, and her aunt were sent to Hessisch Lichtenau and were liberated by American forces in April 1945. Judith married U.S. Army Captain Irving Isaacson and moved to Lewiston, Maine in 1946. Her memoir, Seed of Sarah: Memoirs of a Survivor, was published by University of Illinois Press in 1990. The collection documents Isaacson’s research and writing of Seed of Sarah, including papers relating to a reunion of former inmates of the Lichtenau concentration camp.

Barbara Banker Kamar collection, 1885–2012, undated

Banker enlisted in the WACs in May 1943 and worked as a Special Service Officer at Fort Lewis, Washington from January 1944 to March 1945. She married career Army officer Charles Martin Kamar reached the rank of Captain before retiring in the early 1960s. Includes correspondence from Kamar’s years as a WAC and post-war letters from her husband while he was stationed abroad.

Marjorie Palmer Power collection, circa 1942

Two poetry broadsides, written by Power, on the subject of World War II.