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.
“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 email@example.com
oral history project
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
KneeBoardSuzette VanDaell Douglas Collection
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.
Santiago Blue Dress BeretEleanor Brown Collection
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.
Flight Jacket & PatchMarvin A. Krieger Collection
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.
Congressional Gold Medal PenBee Haydu Collection
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 email@example.com or call at 325.236.6996.