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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

MARCELLE FISCHER PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Marcelle K. Fischer served in the WAC from 1942-1945.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

The Marcelle Fischer Papers primarily consists of correspondence, printed materials, photographs and artifacts, most of which date from or pertain to Fischer's service in the WAAC and WAAC during World War II. Correspondence from Fischer includes discussion her duties teaching office work to male soldiers and general WAC life, such as barracks life, dating, social outings, her feelings regarding her contribution to the war effort, and her desire for advancement in the WAC. The correspondence also includes letters from male soldiers, both stateside and overseas, and correspondence from WAC friends such as Mildred Estabrook, who was stationed in Europe in 1945, and Ruth Tamayo, who primarily wrote about religious topics and mysteries while posted in Germany and Japan from 1950 to 1953.

Printed Materials in this collection take many forms, primarily booklets, souvenirs, newspapers and newspaper clippings, event programs, certificates, and training manuals. Most of these are related to Fischer's duties in the WAC or collected by her during her time of service, and some can be found in the Oversize Series. Also included in this collection are a few artifacts, primarily uniform accessories, and a significant number of photographs of Fischer and her WAC friends.

For a complete listing of the contents of this collection, please visit:
http://libapps.uncg.edu/archon/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=460&q=fischer


BIOGRAPHY

Marcelle K. Fischer of Skokie, Illinois, had already held several jobs, one with the Treasury Department in Washington, DC, when she decided to enlist in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942. She went to basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, and then had advanced training in army administration at Drake University, also in Des Moines, where she prepared for duties in handling technical manuals and teaching office work to male soldiers. In early 1943 she was sent to Fort Custer, Michigan, then by fall of 1943 had moved to Rapid City Army Air Base in South Dakota. She was finally stationed at Ft. McPherson, Georgia, where she was discharged from the WAC in November 1945.

After the war, Fischer went to work for the Railroad Retirement Board, until, in 1951, she decided to resume her college studies and enrolled in the Sorbonne in Paris, France. While in Europe, she began visiting flea markets, a hobby which eventually launched her into a career of dealing in antiques.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Marcelle Fisher and Mildred fix menus at mess hall, 1943
Item # WV0253.6.007
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
WAC on mail duty, circa 1943
Item # WV0253.6.008
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
WAC with lieutenant at desk, circa 1943
Item # WV0253.6.024
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Captain Naomi Scully at desk, circa 1943
Item # WV0253.6.025
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Elaine Zeigweid in tech library, circa 1943
Item # WV0253.6.029
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Three WAC officers, circa 1944
Item # WV0253.6.026
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Three WACs, circa 1944
Item # WV0253.6.016
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Marcelle Fischer and fellow WACs, circa 1944
Item # WV0253.6.017
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Portrait of Marcelle Fischer, 1943
Item # WV0253.6.011
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Portrait of Marcelle Fischer, 1945
Item # WV0253.6.013
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
WAACs marching, 1943
Item # WV0253.6.014
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
WACs in formation, circa 1943
Item # WV0253.6.028
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
WACs drill at Rapid City Army Air Base, 1943
Item # WV0253.6.005
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
WACs celebrate Halloween in the mess hall, 1943
Item # WV0253.6.006
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
WACs singing, circa 1943
Item # WV0253.6.012
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
WACs dine, circa 1943
Item # WV0253.6.009
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
WACs singing, circa 1943
Item # WV0253.6.010
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
WACs standing at attention, circa 1944
Item # WV0253.6.018
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Three WACs, circa 1944
Item # WV0253.6.019
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Group of WACs, circa 1944
Item # WV0253.6.020
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Portrait of WAC, circa 1944
Item # WV0253.6.021
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Halloween dinner party in WAC mess hall, 1943
Item # WV0253.6.022
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
WACs dining in mess hall, circa 1943
Item # WV0253.6.023
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fischer to her parents, 1942
Item # WV0253.4.001
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her parents, 1942
Item # WV0253.4.002
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her parents, 1942
Item # WV0253.4.003
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her parents, 1942
Item # WV0253.4.004
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her parents, 1942
Item # WV0253.4.005
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her parents, 1942
Item # WV0253.4.006
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her parents, 1943
Item # WV0253.4.007
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her mother, 1943
Item # WV0253.4.008
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to a Miss Herzog, 4 February 1943
Item # WV0253.4.009
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her mother, 1943
Item # WV0253.4.011
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her mother, 1943
Item # WV0253.4.012
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her mother, 1943
Item # WV0253.4.013
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her parents, 1943
Item # WV0253.4.014
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her parents, 1944
Item # WV0253.4.015
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her Parents, 5 April 1944
Item # WV0253.4.016
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her parents, 1944
Item # WV0253.4.017
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Letter from Marcelle Fisher to her parents, 1944
Item # WV0253.4.018
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Marcelle Fisher outside barracks, circa 1943
Item # WV0253.6.001
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Marcelle Fisher in front of a house, circa 1943
Item # WV0253.6.002
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Marcelle Fischer in the snow, 1943
Item # WV0253.6.003
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
WACs with duffel bags, circa 1944
Item # WV0253.6.004
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers
Group portrait of WAC unit, circa 1943
Item # WV0253.6.027
From the Marcelle Fischer Papers