In the late 1980's, Bryant University Professor Judy Barrett Litoff launched a nationwide search for letters written by civilian and military women during World War II. That search resulted in an archive of 30,000 wartime letters written by United States women. These letters provide clear and unequivocal evidence of the important ways that women participated in the war effort, and vividly illustrate women’s growing sense of self as well as their place in the world. They offer perceptive insights into unexplored, but fundamental, aspects of the war and have formed the basis of the numerous books that Professor Litoff has written on World War II:

Additionally, the U.S. Women and Letter Writing Project has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles and has been featured on a number television and radio programs. The letters have also been incorporated into documentary films, including the Emmy Award nominated PBS documentary, "The Perilous Fight: America's World War II in Color." They have also been featured in various anthologies on World War II. The Women and Letter Writing Project represents the largest archive of its kind in the United States – if not the world. This collection also includes supplemental information about the letter writers, which was provided by the donors of these letters.

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