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Jackson, Julia M., 1911-2000. Scrapbook, 1942-1947. 1 vol.

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Mss. SB J13 - See Digital Collections


This scrapbook was created by Julia M. Jackson, an African American woman from Louisville, Ky., who enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (later known as the Women's Army Corps) in November 1942. Jackson did much of her training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, near the Mexican border; she also served stints in Des Moines, Iowa and Midland, Texas. A clipping on one of the initial pages of the scrapbook notes that Jackson was one of Louisville's first volunteers to join the WAAC. She ultimately reached the rank of sergeant and served in the military police force. The scrapbook contains greeting cards, newspapers clippings, and ephemera from Jackson's service, as well as more than 20 insignia and patches collected from various units, including her own sergeant stripes. A few items at the end of the volume relate to Jackson's postwar life in Louisville. After her service, she married Thomas Harry Woods (1914-1961) and was hired as the head of the all-Black Western Kentucky Vocational Training School Department of Cosmetology in Paducah, Kentucky, by 1946. Due to the physical condition of the volume, please use digital access copy: . See also related museum collection.

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Jackson, Julia M., 1911-2000. Scrapbook, 1942-1947. 1 vol.