"Living St. Louis" Explores the Letters of Jean Schwarting Anderson

Jean Schwarting Anderson in Washington D.C. [Jean Schwarting Anderson Papers (C4024)]

Nine PBS–U.S. Navy Lieutenant J.G. Jean Schwarting Anderson was a WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during World War II. A St. Louis native, she wrote extensive letters back home to family. On a recent episode of Living St. Louis, Ruth Ezell spoke with Phyllis Carlyle, Anderson’s daughter, to explore Anderson’s life and the legacy of the letters Anderson left to SHSMO. Heather Richmond, SHSMO archivist, also talks to Ezell about the SHSMO World War II Letters collection.

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With the gracious help of SHSMO volunteers, Anderson’s letters have been digitized and transcribed, and they are freely available worldwide to those wishing to research the impact of women in military service during World War II.

Also, thanks to an extensive project completed just last year, a large manuscript collection of over 3,000 World War II letters was digitized and transcribed by SHSMO volunteers.