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Women Airforce Service Pilots

Between 1942 and 1944, at the height of World War II, more than a thousand women left their homes and jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime--to become the first in history to fly for the U.S. military. They volunteered as civilian pilots in an experimental Army Air Corp program to see if women could serve as pilots and relieve men for overseas duty. These women became the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, better known as the WASP. Under the determined leadership of Jacqueline Cochran, Nancy Harkness Love, and General Henry "Hap" Arnold the WASP exceeded beyond all expectation.

The goals of the WASP Archive at Texas Woman’s University include:

  • Enhance the history and legacy of the WASP for future generations.
  • Continuous and active promotion of the Women Airforce Service Pilots
  • Improve digital access to the WASP history
  • Strengthen resources to better carry out the needs of researchers
  • Strengthen and preserve the collection beyond traditional archival services

About the Archive

The Woman's Collection at Texas Woman's University is the official archive of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. The WASP Collection includes over 1 million wartime and postwar items as well as the personal collections of hundreds of the WASP.  The archive houses:

  • Photographs
  • Documents & Reports
  • Military Records
  • Rules & Regulations
  • Procedures
  • Diplomas & Certificates
  • Maps
  • Log Books & Pilots Licenses
  • Articles & News Clippings
  • Rosters
  • Newsletters
  • Artifacts & Ephemera
  • Uniforms
  • Insignia & Memorabilia
  • Congressional Records
  • Oral Histories & Letters Written Home
  • Class Books
  • Media
  • Scrapbooks & Photo Albums
  • Diaries & Journals
  • Official Orders & Assignments
  • Accident Reports
  • Base Histories
  • Biographical Files
  • Reunions
  • In Memoriam

WASP Digital Archive

View scans of original documents, military records, images, and artifacts from the WASP Collection.

View the WASP Digital Archive