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Guide to the American Women's Voluntary Services Enamel Pin, 1940s

Summary

Collection comprises an pin with the text "American Women's Voluntary Services" on a background of red, white, and blue enamel. The back of the pin is marked "Bastian Brothers Co, Rochester, N.Y."

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11135
Title
American Women's Voluntary Services enamel pin
Date
1940s
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 1 item
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises an pin with the text "American Women's Voluntary Services" on a background of red, white, and blue enamel. The back of the pin is marked "Bastian Brothers Co, Rochester, N.Y."

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How to Cite

American Women's Voluntary Services Enamel Pin, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Enamel pin
Box 1
 

Historical Note

American Women's Voluntary Services (AWVS) was the largest American women's service organization in the United States during World War II (WWII). AWVS provided women volunteers who provided support services to help the nation during the war such as message delivery, ambulance driving, selling war bonds, staffing emergency kitchens, cycle corps drivers, dog-sled teamsters, aircraft spotters, navigation, aerial photography, fighting fires, truck driving, and canteen workers. Some of its work overlapped with the Office of Civilian Defense and the American Red Cross. Alice Throckmorton McLean founded AWVS in January 1940, twenty-three months before the United States entered the war, basing it upon the British Women's Voluntary Services.


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Provenance

The American Women's Voluntary Services Enamel Pin was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, February 2016