The Wynne Gibson collection on the Minute Women of Los Angeles consists of material collected by stage and screen actress
Wynne Gibson (1898-1987) on the World War II volunteer organization, the Minute Women of Los Angeles. According to a press
release included in the collection, "The Minute Women - Los Angeles is an organization formed for the purpose of providing
trained women to serve our communities, without pay, in times of emergency and to do everything possible to help the successful
outcome of the war." Included in the collection is an original insignia painting for the Minute Women of Los Angeles by the
Walt Disney Studios. The insignia painting, which features a woman in uniform patching an inflatable tube, is rendered in
gouache on illustration board and housed in a Walt Disney Productions mailing envelope dated May 12, 1942 and addressed to
Gibson. The collection also includes another insignia painting for the organization by Los Angeles artist Claude G. Putnam.
Aside from the insignia paintings, the collection holds press releases, an informational pamphlet which notes that the Minute
Women met twice a week for classes and drills at Virgil Junior High School in Los Angeles, correspondence addressed to Gibson,
two patches, an armband, Gibson's Modern Rescue & Transportation certification card, and seven original photographs (most
8 x 10"), including a shot of Gibson and her fellow officers at Camp San Luis Obispo and three images of Gibson and other
Minute Women at a war savings stamp drive. The only dated material in the collection is the 1942 mailing envelope from Walt
Disney Studios and a letter to Wynn Gibson dated April 27, 1944.
The Wynne Gibson collection on the Minute Women of Los Angeles includes a press release with a description of the organization
(copied below).The Minute Women - Los Angeles is an organization formed for the purpose of providing trained women to serve our communities,
without pay, in times of emergency and to do everything possible to help the successful outcome of the war. It is sponsored
by the War Savings Committee of the Treasury Department and has headquarters at 416-417 Security Title Insurance Building,
530 West 6th Street. Should there be a major disaster, either bombing, earthquake, fire or flood, there are Minute Women,
trained in the following types of work, who are ready and willing to give immediate assistance wherever it is needed: First
Aid – Red Cross – Standard and Advanced, Home Hygiene – Red Cross, Army First Aid, Rescue Work - California Forestry Medical
Corps – Bureau of Mines, Nurses Aides, Motor Mechanics, Drivers (Ambulance) Los Angeles Police Officer Requirements, Commissary
and Canteen, Saleswomen – War Bonds and Stamps, Photography, Map Reading, Doctors' Aides - Civilian Defense Casualty Stations.
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