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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

GENEVA SPRATT CRAIG PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Geneva Spratt Craig (b. 1919) served in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) from 1943-1946.


COLLECTION SUMMARY


BIOGRAPHY

Geneva Spratt Craig was born in Dysartsville, McDowell County, North Carolina in 1919. She graduated from high school in 1937, attending Asheville Normal and Teacher’s College and graduating in 1941. She then worked as a teacher in Wake County, North Carolina, until she decided to enlist in the WAVES in the summer of 1943. One of her older sisters, Sybil, enlisted in the WAVES around the same time. Upon enlisting, Craig was sent to Bronx, New York for basic training. She and her sister were then assigned to Cedar Falls, Iowa for clerical training. Upon completing the training, Craig was stationed in Arlington, Virginia, working in Naval Personnel, where she worked until she left the WAVES in 1946.

After receiving her discharge, Craig returned to High Point, North Carolina, and began working as a teacher. She later used her GI Bill to obtain her master’s degree at the Teacher’s College of Columbia University, and again returned to High Point, where she met her husband.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
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Portrait of Geneva Spratt Craig in WAVES uniform, circa 1944
Item # WV0505.6.001
From the Geneva Spratt Craig Papers
Portrait of Geneva Spratt Craig in WAVES uniform with cap, circa 1944
Item # WV0505.6.002
From the Geneva Spratt Craig Papers
Platoon of WAVES members at Iowa State Teachers' College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, circa 1944
Item # WV0505.6.003
From the Geneva Spratt Craig Papers
WAVES members doing calisthenics, circa 1944
Item # WV0505.6.004
From the Geneva Spratt Craig Papers
WAVES unit in review
Item # WV0505.6.006
From the Geneva Spratt Craig Papers
Geneva Spratt Craig and friend pose in Williamsburg, Virginia, circa 1944
Item # WV0505.6.007
From the Geneva Spratt Craig Papers
Geneva Spratt Craig and friend pose in Williamsburg, Virginia by a trellis, circa 1944
Item # WV0505.6.008
From the Geneva Spratt Craig Papers
Geneva Spratt Craig and friend pose in Washington, D.C. on Victory in Europe Day, 1945
Item # Wv0505.6.009
From the Geneva Spratt Craig Papers
Oral history interview with Geneva Spratt Craig, 2010
Item # wv0505.5.001
From the Geneva Spratt Craig Papers
Geneva Spratt Craig and friend humorously pose in Williamsburg, Virginia, circa 1944
Item # WV0505.6.005
From the Geneva Spratt Craig Papers