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Mary E. Williamson Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Collection

 Collection — Box: 1-3
Identifier: MSS-0030

The Mary E. Williamson Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Collection comprises the personal effects of Mary E. Williamson relating to her service as a Women Airforce Service Pilot during World War II (1943-1944). The collection includes photographs, awards, certificates, official documents, forms, correspondence, WASP class books (44-W-10 and 44-W-7), CD-ROMS of ceremonies, a commemorative medal, and needlecraft artwork depicting an aircraft with the phrase "I'd rather be flying."


  • Majority of material found within 1943-2012


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Archives & Special Collections will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Further information about copyright policy is available at


1.3 Cubic Feet (3 boxes; 94 items)

.55 Cubic Feet


This collection has been arranged into the following series: Series: WASP Service; Series: WASP Printed Materials and Artifacts; and Series: Awards and Recognition.

Custodial History

This collection was gifted to Criss Library from Mary Williamson's estate in June 2013. The collection was received by Les Valentine, of Criss Library, from Peggy McCracken, a personal representative of Mary Williamson's estate on behalf of a close group of Williamson's friends.

Related Materials

Dr. Williamson was interviewed for the Reflections in Time program in December 2002. The bibliographic record and a link to a streaming version of the interview is available at

Processing Information

Processed by Criss Library staff prior to 2014. Further processed by Erin Duerr, Archives & Special Collections volunteer, between December 2014 and February 2015.

Mary E. Williamson Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Collection
Angela Kroeger, Archives & Special Collections Associate, Erin Duerr, Volunteer, arranged and described the collection in December 2014-February 2015.
Description rules
Description based on DACS
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Revision Statements

  • 2015-02-16: Erin Duerr, Archives & Special Collections Volunteer, arranged and described the collection and updated the finding aid from December 2014-February 2015.

Repository Details

Part of the UNO Libraries' Archives & Special Collections Repository

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States