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Ruth G. Babcock WAC Mothers' Association Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ruth G. Babcock WAC Mothers' Association Collection
    Dates: 1943-1945, 1968
    Collection Number: RGB
    Creator/Collector: Babcock, Ruth G. United States. Army. Women's Army Corps
    Extent: 0.21 linear feet, 1 box
    Repository: Glendale Library, Arts and Culture. Glendale Central Library History Room
    Glendale, California 91205
    Abstract: Ruth G. Babcock was a resident of Glendale, California and the founder and president of Chapter 71 of the WAC Mothers' Association, an organization established to aid members of the Women's Army Corps wherever they served during World War II. The Ruth G. Babcock WAC Mothers' Association Collection primarily consists of administrative correspondence, reports, procedural documents, newsletters and news clippings, as well as WAC recruitment materials. Two items, one a group photograph, document the enlistment of Ruth's daughter Virginia. Another item documents the imprisonment of Ruth's son-in-law, Sherwin L. Barton in a German prisoner of war camp.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    The collection is open for research use.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to Glendale Central Library. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    Ruth G. Babcock WAC Mothers' Association Collection. Glendale Library, Arts and Culture. Glendale Central Library History Room

    Acquisition Information

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    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Ruth G. Babcock WAC Mothers' Association Collection consists of administrative papers and correspondence of Chapter 71 of the WAC Mothers' Association. The Collection documents the proceedings and programs of the organization, and includes its constitution and by-laws, reports of the organization's activities, lists of chapters with member names and addresses, copies of the newsletter, News and Views To and From the WAC, as well as WAC brochures and booklets. In addition, the collection includes administrative papers and correspondence of the Women's Army Corps of Southern California, Civilian Advisory Committee, an organization headed by Helen H. Garretson. The Committee worked in collaboration with the WAC Mothers' Association to help with WAC recruitment, and the two groups also organized at least one memorial service together. Two of Ruth's daughters, Virginia and Dorothy, enlisted as WACs. Dorothy’s activities are not represented in the collection. However, a few items from Virginia's service are present, including the collection's only photograph, a group portrait of Company 15, 3rd Regiment. On the photograph's verso, Virginia noted the names of several officers and others. Another item of interest in the collection is a photocopied page of a card documenting the imprisonment of Ruth's son-in-law, Sherwin L. Barton in a German prisoner of war camp. Barton's WW II diaries are held in the archives of Pennsylvania State University.

    Indexing Terms

    World War, 1939-1945--Women
    Women's history
    United States. Army. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps
    Babcock, Ruth G., 1894-1992
    Babcock, Virginia Andrews, 1920-2010
    Garretson, Helen H., 1894-1997
    Babcock, Henry Andrews, 1891-1975
    Barton, Sherwin L. (Sherwin Lemmon), 1918-1995
    Women's Army Corps of Southern California. Civilian Advisory Committee
    United States. Army. Women's Army Corps
    Glendale (Calif.)
    Los Angeles County (Calif.)
    Paper Records
    Photographic Materials

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