Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wednesday's Wonderful Collection - Marion Reed Biddle papers, MS.00397


The youngest daughter of Howard and Eva Massingill Reed, Marion Reed was born December 22, 1919, in Heber Springs Arkansas. She was inducted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) on August 25, 1942. After basic training she became a cook and baker (C'B). She was accepted for Officer Training in February 1943. She went as a second lieutenant to Lafayette then Shreveport, Louisiana, to recruit for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. In July 1943 the Army changed the name to the Women's Army Corps (WAC). As a second lieutenant in the WAC she was transferred to Camp Hood, Texas, and became a mess and supply officer. Reed was then transferred to Europe, and served in England through V-J Day. In October 1945 she was reassigned to Frankfurt, Germany, in personnel, finding civilian jobs for those who wanted to stay overseas at the end of World War II. Marion Reed left Europe in May 1946 for the United States and Little Rock. She was discharged from the United States Army as an officer in 1946. She married Robert Guy Biddle in 1947. Marion Reed Biddle died April 20, 1997.

This collection contains a diary and correspondence of Marion Reed Biddle with her mother, sisters, brother, and husband.

  • Diary of Marion Reed
    • 1. 1942 August-1943 November (Box 1)
  • Letters from Marion Reed, Des Moines, Iowa
    • 2. 1942 June-September
    • 3. 1942 October 1-10
    • 4. 1942 October 15-31
    • 5. 1942 November
    • 6. 1942 December 1-14
    • 7. 1942 December 15-31
  • Letters from Marion Reed, Lafayette and Shreveport, Louisiana
    • 8. 1943 January 1-14
    • 9. 1943 January 15-31
    • 10. 1943 February 1-14
    • 11. 1943 February 15-28
    • 12. 1943 March
    • 13. 1943 April
    • 14. 1943 May
    • 15. 1943 June
    • 16. 1943 July 1-15
    • 17. 1943 July 16-31
    • 18. 1943 August
    • 19. 1943 September 1-15
    • 20. 1943 September 16-30
    • 21. 1943 October
    • 22. 1943 November
    • 23. 1943 December 1-15
    • 24. 1943 December 16-31
  • Letters from Marion Reed, Camp Hood, Texas
    • 25. 1944 January-February (Box 2)
    • 26. 1944 March 1-15
    • 27. 1944 March 16-30
    • 28. 1944 April 1-15
    • 29. 1944 April 16-30
    • 30. 1944 May 1-15
    • 31. 1944 May 16-31
    • 32. 1944 June
    • 33. 1944 July
    • 34. 1944 August
    • 35. 1944 September
    • 36. 1944 October
    • 37. 1944 November 1-15
    • 38. 1944 November 16-30
    • 39. 1944 December
  • Letters from Marion Reed, England and Germany
    • 40. 1945 January (Box 3)
    • 41. 1945 February
    • 42. 1945 March 3-11
    • 43. 1945 March 12-19
    • 44. 1945 March 20-31
    • 45. 1945 May 1-8
    • 46. 1945 May 1-8
    • 47. 1945 May 9-21
    • 48. 1945 May 22-30
    • 49. 1945 June 1-7
    • 50. 1945 June 8-19
    • 51. 1945 June 20-30
    • 52. 1945 July 1-7
    • 53. 1945 July 8-19
    • 54. 1945 July 20-31
    • 55. 1945 August 1-15 (Box 4)
    • 56. 1945 August 16-22
    • 57. 1945 August 23-30
    • 58. 1945 September 1-11
    • 59. 1945 September 12-30
    • 60. 1945 October 1-15
    • 61. 1945 October 16-31
    • 62. 1945 November 1-15
    • 63. 1945 November 16-30
    • 64. 1945 December 1-15
    • 65. 1945 December 16-31
  • Letters from Marion Reed, Germany
    • 66. 1946 January 1-21
    • 67. 1946 January 22-30
    • 68. 1946 February 1-11
    • 69. 1946 February 12-28
    • 70. 1946 March 1-12
    • 71. 1946 March 13-31
    • 72. 1946 April
    • 73. 1946 May
    • 74. Undated
  • Letters to Marion Reed
    • 75. 1940 December (Box 5)
    • 76. 1942 May
    • 77. 1942 June
    • 78. 1942 July-September
    • 79. 1942 October 1-6
    • 80. 1942 October 7-14
    • 82. 1942 October 22-31
    • 81. 1942 October 15-21
    • 83. 1942 November 1-7
    • 84. 1942 November 8-27
    • 85. 1942 November 28-30
    • 86. 1942 December 1-6
    • 87. 1942 December 15-21
    • 88. 1942 December 15-21
    • 89. 1942 December 22-31
    • 90. 1943 January 1-5 (Box 6)
    • 91. 1943 January 6-15
    • 92. 1943 January 16-30
    • 93. 1943 February 1-8
    • 94. 1943 February 9-15
    • 95. 1943 February 16-22
    • 96. 1943 February 23-28
    • 97. 1943 March 1-12
    • 98. 1943 March 13-31
    • 99. 1943 April 1-11
    • 100. 1943 April 12-30
    • 101. 1943 May 1-11
    • 102. 1943 May 12-31
    • 103. 1943 June
    • 104. 1943 July 1-12
    • 105. 1943 July 13-31
    • 106. 1943 August
    • 107. 1943 September
    • 108. 1943 October
    • 109. 1943 November
    • 110. 1943 December 1-14
    • 111. 1943 December 15-31
    • 112. 1944 January (Box 7)
    • 113. 1944 February
    • 114. 1944 March
    • 115. 1944 April
    • 116. 1944 May
    • 117. 1944 June
    • 118. 1944 July
    • 119. 1944 August
    • 120. 1944 September-October
    • 121. 1944 November
    • 122. 1944 December
    • 123. 1945 January-February
    • 124. 1945 March 1-9
    • 125. 1945 March 10-31
    • 126. 1945 April
    • 127. 1945 May 1-12
    • 128. 1945 May 13-31
    • 129. 1945 June 1-15
    • 130. 1945 June 16-30
    • 131. 1945 July
    • 132. 1945 August 1-15
    • 133. 1945 August 16-30
    • 134. 1945 September
    • 135. 1945 October 1-15
    • 136. 1945 October 16-31
    • 137. 1945 November 1-19
    • 138. 1945 November 20-30
    • 139. 1945 December 1-15
    • 140. 1945 December 16-31
    • 141. 1946 January 1-10 (Box 8)
    • 142. 1946 January 11-30
    • 143. 1946 February
    • 144. 1946 March
    • 145. 1946 April
    • 146. 1946 May
    • 147. 1946 June-October
    • 148. 1946 November-December
    • 149. Undated
    • 150. Undated
    • 151. Undated
    • 152. Undated
  • Letters of family members
    • 153. 1942
    • 154. 1944
    • 155. 1945 and undated
  • Correspondence of Bob and Marion Biddle
    • 156. 1947 January-July
    • 157. 1947 August-December
    • 158. 1948-1952 and undated

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