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Gladys Eileen Sparks Papers

Identifier: 2011-010-r

Scope and Contents

Ephemera belonging to Gladys Eileen Sparks, who served in the Coast Guard during the WWII era. Most of the collection relates to the Coast Guard experience, but included are her two diplomas and her M.A. in History thesis, and personal photographs of WWII era and later in life, including travel photographs. Also, two b & w oversized group portrait photographs of women Coast Guard Reserves (SPARs).


  • 1939 - 1969

Language of Materials

The materials in this collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Gladys Eileen Sparks was born on October 15, 1917 in Moline, Illinois, received her Bachelor's and Masters' degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and served in the United States Coast Guard (Women's) Reserve from Feb. 3, 1944 until May 8, 1946. She died in Long Beach, CA in October, 1993.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)


This is a small collection of Glady's Eileen Sparks' papers related to her two years in the United States Coast Guard (Women's) Reserve from 1944-1946 and her college career before that at the University of Illinois. This collection primarilty includes documents and photographs.


This collection is arranged by material type.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries

Separated Materials

2 oversize b & w photographs of the women Coast Guard Reserves (SPARs) are in Flat File A, Drawer 1.

Physical Description

Green photo album cover is deteriorating. Blue photo album and other material are in good to excellent condition.
Finding Aid for the Gladys Eileen Sparks Papers
Claudia Horn
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange 92866 USA US