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Women Veterans & Civilian Support of Santa Cruz County records
MS 124  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Women Veterans & Civilian Support of Santa Cruz County records
    Dates: ca. 1940-2004
    Collection number: MS 124
    Creator: Women Veterans & Civilian Support of Santa Cruz County
    Collection Size: 1 box, 1 flat
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This collection includes minutes, personal histories, resource material, photographs, calendars and scrapbook covering the ten year history of the group.
    Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Women Veterans & Civilian Support of Santa Cruz County records. MS 124. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Robin Zimmer, 2006.

    Organizational History

    From the beginning, women have served our nation in the military and continue to do so in ever increasing numbers. Although all forms of recognition provided by a grateful citizenry have always been open equally to women veterans, they remain historically under represented in using the benefits offered to them and seem more reluctant to embrace their status as veterans than their male counterparts.
    To honor the Women Veterans of Santa Cruz County, the Mid-County Senior Center was held a formal tea in November 1994. The tea was met with enthusiam and so additional November teas were held in 1995 and 1996. Thanks to the Santa Cruz Sentinel's advance coverage of the 1996 event, attendance exceeded expectations and the enthusiastic attendees wished to meet more often. From 1997-2004 the group met quarterly and more formally. The name "Women Veterans and Civilian Support of Santa Cruz County was formally accepted during this period.
    The term "Civilian Support" denotes those women who served in defense support capacities, either during a conflict or currently during peace time. Some catagories are: Air raid wardens, defense workers, ferry pilots, nurses, Red Cross workers, shipyards workers, hospital staff, "Rosie the Riveter", and USO workers. These women, especially during WWII, took over traditionally held male jobs in order that the men could "Go off to war" and defend the country. They sacrificed time with their families and their own pursuits in order to better the war effort.
    The organization ended in 2004 due to declining membership.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection includes minutes, personal histories, resource material, photographs, calendars and a scrapbook covering the ten year history of the group.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Women Veterans & Civilian Support of Santa Cruz County--Archives
    Women veterans--California--Santa Cruz County
    Women veterans--Services for--California