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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

HELEN BOLLING POTTS PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Helen Bolling Potts (1919-2012) of High Point, North Carolina, served overseas with the American Red Cross during World War II.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

Collection consists of a 2003 Oral History Interview, Photographs, postcards, newspaper clipping, custom made uniform (skirt and jacket), shirt, boots, and a 29th Rangers shoulder patch.


BIOGRAPHY

Helen Bolling Potts was born in 1919 in High Point, North Carolina. She attended Woman’s College and graduated with a degree in physical education in 1939. Potts taught for two years in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, worked on a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Potts joined the Red Cross in December of 1942. She was assigned to the 23rd Street YMCA in New York City, where she accompanied French sailors on tours of the city. In 1943 she was sent overseas to work as a "doughnut girl" in England, France, and Germany.

After leaving the Red Cross, Potts settled in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she worked with the Girls Scouts of America. She died on 18 June, 2012.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Portrait of Helen Bolling Potts, circa 1943
Item # WV0234.6.001
From the Helen Bolling Potts Papers
Red Cross workers and a soldier, circa 1945
Item # WV0234.6.002
From the Helen Bolling Potts Papers
Red Cross Clubmobile, circa 1945
Item # WV0234.6.003
From the Helen Bolling Potts Papers
American Red Cross postcard, circa 1945
Item # WV0234.2.002
From the Helen Bolling Potts Papers
American Red Cross postcard, circa 1945
Item # WV0234.2.001
From the Helen Bolling Potts Papers
Newspaper clipping about Helen Bolling Potts' overseas service, circa 1945
Item # WV0234.2.003
From the Helen Bolling Potts Papers
Letter from Helen Bolling Potts to Mary Channing Coleman, 1944
Item # WV0234.4.001
From the Helen Bolling Potts Papers
Oral history interview with Helen Bolling Potts, 2003
Item # WV0234.5.001
From the Helen Bolling Potts Papers