National WASP WWII Museum
Avenger Field Sweetwater, Texas

Digital collection




A grant was awarded by the Texas State Library & Archives Commission for a collaborative effort between our Museum and the public County-City Library in Sweetwater.

This digitization project includes premiere collections such as Jacqueline Cochran, WASP Helen Wyatt Snapp, WASP Eleanor Brown, WASP Suzette VanDaell Douglas, WASP Peggy Ward, Charles A. Prince, WASP Instructor Paul Hill and the WASP collection from the Pioneer City County Museum. Researchers will be able to search and view thousands of photos, letters, drawings, historic documents and personal papers.

Donate today and preserve the WASP legacy for generations.




Traveling Exhibit


“The WASP: Untold Story- a Photographic Exhibit.” The exhibit features unfiltered and uncirculated photographs both of and by the young women who were training to become part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during World War II. Individually and collectively these photos showcase the WASP’s life at Avenger Field, the impact of World War II on daily life, and their experience in West Texas. Bring the exhibit to your local library, museum, airport or community center and help us travel this exhibit to all 50 states.

Reserve the Exhibit today and learn more by calling Lead Archivist Ann Haub at 325-236-6996 or email ann@waspmuseum.org


oral history project


COMING SOON!

Stories are memories that need to be told over and over again. Hearing stories, your stories, in the voice of the teller make a lasting impression on the listener. The Museum wants to capture these memories of the WASP and other Female Pilots. Help us capture these lasting memories. Share your story of these trailblazers.

Email your experience to Ann Haub at ann@waspmuseum.org



Featured Artifacts


Young Elementary

KneeBoard

Suzette VanDaell Douglas Collection
2015.15.219


This is the kneeboard of WASP Suzette VanDaell Douglas 44-W-10 which she used to take notes of her flights. It is a small wooden table with leather straps in order to attach it to her leg just above the knee.
Hat

Santiago Blue Dress Beret

Eleanor Brown Collection
2014.08.013


The Women Airforce Service Pilots were considered civilians in the military, but they still had to wear uniforms. Regulation uniforms consisted of jacket, skirt, white shirt, black tie, beret, black shoes, hose, and gloves. A black shoulder purse and gray overcoat completed the uniform.
Marvin Flight Jacket

Flight Jacket & Patch

Marvin A. Krieger Collection
2014.17.001


Marvin A. Krieger personalized his leather flight jacket with a unique hand painted leather patch which he designed.  During WWII, he served in the Army Air Corps as an instructor at Randolph Field and Kelly Field in San Antonio.  He later taught the Royal Air Force pilots and WASP trainees at Avenger Field.
Marvin Flight Jacket

Congressional Gold Medal Pen

Bee Haydu Collection
2015.52.061


On July 1, 2009, President Obama used this pen to sign into law S.614, a Bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). During the signing ceremony, the President expressed his gratitude for their service.


Donate an Artifact


Our collections consist of objects ranging in size from WASP wings to military aircraft. For generations to come, we will be a, resource to researchers and educators. These artifacts and documents are enormously important in preserving the WASP story.

Our archives are ever growing. We are seeking additions such as pilot logs, uniforms, personal stories, wartime letters, diaries, film, photographs, and any artifacts pertaining to the WASP.

To donate an artifact, email Lead Archivist Ann Haub at ann@waspmuseum.org or call at 325.236.6996.