Compiled by the Wirtz Labor Library Staff
U.S. Department of Labor
American Women’s History: World War II
Records of the Women's Bureau of the US Department of Labor, 1918-1965. Part II: Women in World War II.
Includes a listing of references, oral histories, journals and microform collections about women during World War II.
American Red Cross Museum
By the time World War II ended in September 1945, nearly every family in America
had a member who had either served as a Red Cross volunteer, made contributions of money or blood, or
received Red Cross services. The American Red Cross became involved in the war in a major way as
early as 1939, becoming the chief supplier of civilian relief supplies for the International
Red Cross Movement.
Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was established on March 15, 1989,
succeeding the Veterans Administration. The Department is responsible for providing federal benefits to
veterans and their dependents. Of the 25 million veterans currently alive, nearly three of every
four served during a war or during an official period of hostility. About a quarter of the
nation's population - approximately 70 million people - are potentially eligible for VA
benefits and services because they are either veterans, family members of veterans, or survivors of
veterans. The number of GI Bill recipients includes 7.8 million veterans from World War
II, 2.4 million from the Korean War and 8.2 million post-Korean and Vietnam era
veterans and active duty personnel.
Harvard Law School Library, Nuremberg Trials Project
The Harvard Law School Library has approximately one million pages of documents
relating to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany before
the International Military Tribunal, and relating to the twelve trials of other
accused war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals. The
documents include trial transcripts, briefs, document books, evidence files, and
National Archives, Research Room
An estimated 8 million photographs and graphic images makeup the holdings of the
Still Picture Unit of the Special Media Archives Services Division, located at
the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. Audiovisual records include,
“Pictures of World War II ,” “Pictures of African Americans During World
War II (1993),” and “Pictures of United States Navy Ships, 1775--1941.”
The National WW II Memorial
The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million Americans who served in the
armed forces during World War II, the more than 400,000 who died, and the
millions who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event
of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and
commitment of the American people. The World War II Memorial was dedicated on
Memorial Day, 2004.
Women’s Army Corp
Over 150,000 American women served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World
War 11. Members of the WAC were the first women other than nurses to serve
within the ranks of the United States Army. In 1948 the Women's Army Corps
became a separate corps of the Regular Army. It remained part of the U.S. Army
organization until 1978, when its existence as a separate corps was abolished
and women were fully assimilated into all but the combat branches of the Army.
They Drew Fire: Combat Artists of World War II
During World War II, more than 100 U.S. servicemen and civilians served as
“combat artists.” This Web site is a companion to the PBS documentary They Drew
Fire, which originally aired in May 2000. Here you will find an extensive art
gallery displaying the pieces shown in the film, as well as other paintings by
the combat artists. Many of these images have been hidden from the public eye
since the time of the war. In addition, biographies of the artists themselves
help fill out their stories as seen in the film.
Veteran’s History Project
The Veterans History Project collects and preserves the extraordinary wartime
stories of ordinary people. These stories are told through personal narratives,
correspondence and visual materials. The stories are not a formal history of
war, but a treasure trove of individual feeling and personal recollections.
Updated August 2006