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World War II

The Maine Women Writers Collection holds a variety of books and archival materials that document women’s experiences during the war.  

Archival Material

Clifford-Flanders family papers, circa 1852-1989

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

Ruth Elaine Hawkins collection, 1945–1946

Ruth Hawkins was a 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

Judith Magyar was born in Kaposvar, Hungary in 1925. In 1944, when she was 19, her family was deported 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 met Irving Isaacson, a captain of the U.S. Army Office of Strategic Services in May of 1945, and they were married shortly after. The couple moved to the United States in 1946, and settled in Lewiston, Maine. 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

Barbara Banker enlisted in the WACs in May 1943 and received her commission in December 1943. After her training at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, she worked as a Special Service Officer at Fort Lewis, Washington from January 1944 to March 1945. She married Charles Martin Kamar in October 1944. He was a career Army officer and reached the rank of Captain before retiring in the early 1960s. There is significant correspondence from Kamar’s years as a WAC in Georgia and Washington, and some post-war letters from Charles Kamar while he was stationed abroad.

Marjorie Palmer Power collection, circa 1942

The collection consists of two poetry broadsides, written by Power, on the subject of World War II.