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World War II coed reunion

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0383
The women listed below attended the reunion, and appear in the following order on the videotape:

* Esther Early (Detweiler) * Ruth M. Smith (Armstrong) * Dorothy Goetz (Jones) * Marillyn Glynn (Reynolds) * Maxine Cardinal (maiden name?) * Roberta McBride (Whitney) * Betty (Elizabeth) Waltenspiel (Zang) * Marilyn Cusick (Amodei) * Barbara Harbit (Burhans) * Edith Saibini (Moore) * Beverly Horton (Burhans) * Mary A. Matthews (Duffy) * Betty (Elizabeth) Porter (Tracy) * Marilyn Perkins (Dugan) * JoAnn Sorenson (Record) * Mary Margaret Pehrson (Mason) * Nora Chipman (Saunders) * Muriel Gamble (Westergard) * Gloria Walker (Mapes) * Elinor Erickson (Jensen) * Mary Lou Noel (Hovenden) * Mary Davis (Ancho) * Estella Marie Brown (Hicks) * Rose Meredith (Nannini) * Marjorie Olsen (Menu)

Videotaped by Joann Peden. 2 hrs., 2 min.

Additional copies provided to the Nevada Women History Project, and the Univeristy Oral History Project.

Dates

  • 1997

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

0.01 Cubic Feet ((1 videocassette (122 min.)), sd., col.; 1/2 in.)

Abstract

At the beginning of the meeting, a synopsis of the war years at the university was read, listing memorable people and events. Then each woman spoke of her personal experiences, which included dating, classes, rationing, housing, and war-related activities.

Administrative History

On January 16, 1997, under the auspices of the Nevada Women's History Project, twenty five women who attended the University during World War II and immediately after, 1939-1950, met and recalled the impact of the war on school and on their lives. Each woman talks about what they did after leaving the university, and tell of families and careers. Esther Early was the discussion leader. Also, a brief presentation was given by Jean Ford, Nevada Women's History Project, and Suzie Kuczynski, Alumni Relations. The women were Esther Detweiler Early, Ruth Armstrong Smith, Dorothy Jones Goetz, Marillyn Reynolds Glynn, Maxine Cardinal, Roberta Whitney McBride, Elizabeth Zang Waltenspiel, Marilyn Amodei Cusick, Barbara Burhans Harbit, Edith Moore Saibini, Beverly Burhans Horton, Mary Duffy Matthews, Elizabeth Tracy Porter, Marilyn Dugan Perkins, JoAnn Record Sorenson, Mary Margaret Mason Pehrson, Nora Saunders Chipman, Muriel Westergard Gamble, Gloria Mapes Walker, Elinor Jensen Erickson, Mary Lou Hovenden Noel, Mary Ancho Davis, Estella Marie Hicks Brown, Rose Nannini Meredith, and Marjorie Menu Olsen.

Under the auspices of the Nevada Women's History Project, 25 women that attended the University of Nevada during the second world war, met and recorded the impact of the war on the school and on their lives. The reunion was held at the Reno Y.W.C.A. on January 16, 1997, and Esther Early was the discussion leader. In addition to the former students, a brief presentation was given by Jean Ford, Nevada Women's History Project, and Suzie Kuczynski, Alumni Relations.

The women had attended the university throughout the period 1939 - 1950. In their remarks they address the changes that resulted when the men students left for the military. Included in the changes was the first woman student body president, and the first woman editor of the school newspaper. But there are also memories of their individual lives, and talk about dating, raffles, rationing, and classes. Each woman also talks about what they did after leaving the university, and tell of families and careers.

The group decided to meet again, and develop as a living history resource, with the objective is to provide schools or groups with speakers from this era.

Arrangement

Unarranged.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift from Esther Detweiler Early; 1997.

Creator

Title
A Guide to the World War ll Coed Reunion
Status
completed
Author
Betty Glass
Date
August 2008
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

Contact:
Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
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University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA
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