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RUTH SHAVER PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Ruth Shaver served as a recruiter in Ohio and an intelligence officer in Europe as a member of the WAC and WAAC during World War II.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

Correspondence, interviews and news releases, military papers, publications, newspaper clippings, poems, scrapbook, and photographs.

Publications:
WAAC/WAC/Army Printed Material, ca. 1942-1945: 155 WAC Jobs, 1943; Guide for the Operation of Block Leader Service, 1943; Physical Examinations of Personnel of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, 1943; Tentative WAAC Drill Regulations, ca. 1942-1943; Train Regulations, ca. 1942-1945; W.A.A.C. Recruiting Training Memorandum, ca. 1942-1943; WAC Songs, ca. 1943-1945; and Women's Army Corps Fact Sheet, 1943.

WAAC/WAC/Army Publications, ca. 1942-1946: 73 Questions and Answers about the WAC, 1943; 90,000 More WAAC Recruits, 1943; A Plan for Increasing the Rate of Enrollment in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, 1943; Graduation Seventeenth Officer Candidate Class of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, 1943; Summary of Organizational and Promotional Work Effected for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, 1943; , July 1943; and When You Are Overseas, 1943.


BIOGRAPHY

Ruth Shaver was born in Ohio in 1900. She attended Muskingham College in New Concord, Ohio, and Winthrop College in Rock Hill, South Carolina, before being employed as a School of Education instructor and methods supervisor in the Curry Training School of the Woman's College (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) in 1937.

In 1943 Shaver enrolled in the Woman's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). After basic training at Ft. Des Moines, Iowa, and Officer Candidate School, Shaver was appointed to head recruiting for both the WAAC and it's successor, the Women's Army Corps (WAC), for the state of Ohio, and also served as the liaison officer to the governor. In 1944, Shaver received orders overseas to join the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force in the Intelligence Section of Psychological Warfare, and was also appointed commanding officer of a company of WACs going overseas. To prepare for her work in intelligence, she was sent to British Intelligence School, where she and one other WAC were the first two women to ever attend that school. Shaver was then sent to Paris, where she worked as an interpreter and as an interrogator of French prisoners of war and deportees. She was later transferred to Germany, where her duties included working to counteract German propaganda. Her last position in Europe was in France as dean of women and teacher of French at Biarritz American University. By this time she had been promoted to captain. For her distinguished service during the war, she was awarded the American Bronze Star and the French Croix de Guerre.

After the war, Shaver returned to Greensboro and Curry School. In 1950 she moved over to Woman's College, as associate professor in the Department of Romance Languages.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
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Ruth Shaver at her desk, 1943
Item # WV0226.6.007
From the Ruth Shaver Papers
Ruth Shaver and fellow WAC at a storefront, circa 1944
Item # WV0226.6.004
From the Ruth Shaver Papers
Portrait of Ruth Shaver, circa 1944
Item # WV0226.6.002
From the Ruth Shaver Papers
WACs in front of a jeep, circa 1944
Item # WV0226.6.003
From the Ruth Shaver Papers
Women's Army Corps newsletter, July 1943
Item # WV0226.2.001
From the Ruth Shaver Papers
Ruth Shaver on recruiting duty, circa 1944
Item # WV0226.6.001
From the Ruth Shaver Papers
WACs and soldiers in Paris on VE Day, 1945
Item # WV0226.6.005
From the Ruth Shaver Papers
WACs and soldiers in Paris on VE Day, 1945
Item # WV0226.6.006
From the Ruth Shaver Papers
Servicemen in Paris on VE Day, 1945
Item # WV0226.6.014
From the Ruth Shaver Papers
WACs, servicemen, and civilians in Paris on VE Day, 1945
Item # WV0226.6.015
From the Ruth Shaver Papers
Ruth Shaver and Jacques dine in Paris, 1945
Item # WV0226.6.008
From the Ruth Shaver Papers
WACs and soldiers in Paris on VE Day, 1945
Item # WV0226.6.009
From the Ruth Shaver Papers
WACs and soldiers in Paris on VE Day, 1945
Item # WV0226.6.010
From the Ruth Shaver Papers
Ruth Shaver and Major Fehr in Reims, 1945
Item # WV0226.6.011
From the Ruth Shaver Papers
Ruth Shaver and a fellow WAC, 1943
Item # WV0226.6.012
From the Ruth Shaver Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Correspondence, interviews and news releases, military papers, publications, newspaper clippings, poems, scrapbook, and photographs