Mary Janeway Conger
Mary Janeway Conger attended private schools, including the Baldwin School; then matriculated at Douglass College, the women's college of Rutgers University. In 1944, she left college to join the Women's Army Corps (WACs). Conger served at Hamilton Field Air Base in California; she worked as an ambulance dispatcher, sending drivers to meet planes carrying soldiers wounded in the Pacific. After the war, she returned to college at the New School in New York, earning a BA in 1951. Conger later attended the University of Indiana, earning master's degrees in both Philosophy (1953) and Social Work (1955). Conger worked as a social worker in Indiana, Illinois, and New York before settling in Vermont, where her family had a summer home. This collection consists of letters Conger wrote to her mother and father while serving with the Women's Army Corps. The letters address her transfers within the base, furlough days, the difference between her life as a civilian and a WAC, and her opinions of the Army and of World War II. Several photographs of Conger, mostly in her WAC uniform, and professional and military documents are also included.