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World War II

WAVES Training at Radcliffe

The United States Naval Reserve operated a Supply Corps School for the training of officers at Harvard College during World War II. Those who trained at Harvard and Radcliffe included nearly 1000 female members of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). While these women were not directly affiliated with Radcliffe, the college did provide them housing and meals for the duration of their training. You can learn more about the program and its records here (please note that the actual records of the Supply Corps School are held by the Harvard University Archives and in Baker Library's historical collections, and are not available at Schlesinger).