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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

WINONA FRANKLIN WALKER PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Winona Franklin Walker (b. 1908) of South Boston, Virginia, worked as a librarian in the U.S. Army Special Services from 1945 to 1946. She also worked as a school librarian in various cities, including Shelby, North Carolina (1935-1943) and Greensboro, North Carolina (ca. 1948-1973)


COLLECTION SUMMARY

This Winona Franklin Walker Papers contains three scrapbooks, an oral history interview, and textiles and artifacts. The scrapbooks include a number of photographs, postcards of historical sites, travel brochures, and correspondence. One scrapbook contains pictures primarily of Bremen and Germany, the second scrapbook contains pictures and postcards from Miss Walker's travels to Denmark and Switzerland and the third contains more personal pictures and photographs/memorabilia from her stay in Bremen. The correspondence found in the scrapbooks has been removed for preservation purposes. The correspondence consists of letters to Miss Walker's mother and other members of her extensive family with only a few letters that she in turn received from her family.

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BIOGRAPHY

Winona Franklin Walker was born in South Boston, Virginia, on 9 August 1908, the oldest of seven children. After graduating from Harrisonburg State Teachers College, she taught English and history for three years. Walker then attended library school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1935.

Walker worked as a librarian at a high school in Shelby, North Carolina, for eight years. In 1943, she took a civilian job at the post hospital library at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Two years later, she was approached by the Army Special Services for an overseas librarian assignment, which she accepted. On 18 August 1945, Walker left New York City for Europe.

After arriving in Paris, France, for a week of training, she went to Oberammergau, Germany, for an additional week's training. Walker first served in the Bremen Enclave as command librarian where she was responsible for the setting up, staffing, and supervising of several libraries in the enclave, as well as a bookmobile. She also traveled extensively to Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Walker returned to the United States in October 1946 and worked briefly in Kecoughtan, Virginia; Greenwood, South Carolina; and High Point, North Carolina. She was then hired by the Greensboro, North Carolina, school district and worked at four school libraries throughout the city until retiring in 1973.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Oral history interview with Winona Franklin Walker, 2003
Item # WV0284.5.001
From the Winona Franklin Walker Papers
Winona Franklin Walker, circa 1945
Item # WV0284.6.001
From the Winona Franklin Walker Papers
Winona Franklin Walker, circa 1945
Item # WV0284.6.002
From the Winona Franklin Walker Papers
Winona Franklin Walker, circa 1945
Item # WV0284.6.003
From the Winona Franklin Walker Papers
Army Special Services librarian garrison cap, 1945
Item # WV0284.8.001
From the Winona Franklin Walker Papers