Correspondence, photographs, audiocassettes, manuscripts, professional papers, and other materials, 1921-2011, from lesbian
speech pathologist and veteran, Esther Herbert, and her partner, Marvyl Doyle. The correspondence contains letters between
Herbert and Doyle written between 1944 and 1996 with the bulk of the letters being exchanged during World War 2 while they
were stationed separately in the Women's Army Corps. Also included is an extensive collection of photographs documenting their
military service. Among the papers are published materials by both Herbert and Doyle regarding their respective work in speech
pathology and writing composition; as well as a collection of Doyle's poetry. The collection also includes recorded interviews
with Esther Herbert regarding her experience of living as a lesbian in the 1940s and 1950s.
Esther Herbert was born in Rochester, New York on May 25, 1920. Herbert graduated from Brooklyn College in 1941 and shortly
after, began a Masters Program in Speech Pathology at the State University of Iowa. In 1942, she briefly taught at Boise Junior
High School in Boise, Idaho before joining the army in 1943. For most of the war, she worked in the Women's Army Corps (WAC)
company administrative office, eventually earning the rank of Technical Sergeant. It was during this period that she met her
lifelong partner, Marvyl Doyle.Marvyl Doyle was born in Clear Lake, Iowa on May 10, 1921. She graduated from Hampton High School in Hampton, Iowa in 1939
and was later accepted to National Youth America Training Corps to be trained in radio. After completing her training, she
joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942 and became an Advanced Radio Mechanic.
6.4 linear feet.
3 archive boxes + 3 archive binder-boxes + 1 archive shoebox.
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