WWII Homefront Diary

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0970

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a 5-Year diary written by a North Carolina woman in the Raleigh, North Carolina area at the outset of WWII (1939-1943). She details an active life marked by frequent car trips, bridge club meetings, and duties around the home.

The author is a homemaker, and her days are taken up by the normal tasks of maintaining a home, such as cleaning, shopping, cooking, and sewing. She travels often to Raleigh to shop and socialize. She is active in local clubs, churches, and activities. She plays bridge often and appears to have served as President of the Raleigh Bridge Club from an unknown date until May 9, 1940 when she remarks, "Well my duties as President is over in the Club. They gave me silver candle holders." The author is also a fan of Duke University basketball, and frequently mentions travelling to watch games.

She has an interest in public affairs and visits the Legislature somewhat regularly. She also attended the Democratic Convention in North Carolina on May 17, 1940. When the United States entered WWII, she participated in community activities to support the war effort such as bond and stamp drives and hosting visiting servicemen.

Dates

  • 1939 - 1943

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact specialcollections@vanderbilt.edu.

Biographical / Historical

The author of the diary is unidentified, but from the context of the diary, she lives in the Raleigh area. Her husband is alternatively called "Guy" or "My Sweet", and her children are named "Dorothy" (born April 20, 1922) and "Marshall". She is a fan of Duke University basketball, and frequently mentions travelling to watch games. She appears to have served as President of the Raleigh Bridge Club from an unknown date until May 9, 1940 when she remarks, "Well my duties as President is over in the Club. They gave me silver candle holders."

Other bits of identifying information include: - Her mother was born on October 26. - Her father was born October 7 and died in 1919. - Guy's parents were married Jan. 7, 1880.

Extent

.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains a 5-Year diary written by a North Carolina woman in the Raleigh area at the outset of WWII. She details an active life marked by frequent car trips, bridge club meetings, and duties around the home.

Physical Location

Special Collections & Archives

Title
Finding Aid for the WWII Homefront Diary
Status
Completed
Author
Zach Johnson
Date
March 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


 

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