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Frances S. Szalay Second World War correspondence, photographs, and other material

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2016-012-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence, service records, periodicals, and photographs from Frances Stephanie Szalay who served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during the Second World War (1943 to 1948). The collection also includes correspondence and photographs after the Second World War. Some photographs depict WAC events and exhibits that Szalay attended.


  • 138 personal correspondence, 1937-1948
  • 1032 photographs
  • 351 negatives
  • one 30x20 inch poster
  • one glass negative
  • one Super 8 film reel
  • 38 pieces of ephemera
  • four maps
  • three certificates
  • 33 military newspapers, documents, and narratives
  • three scrapbooks
  • seven miscellanous booklets
  • nine military history booklets
  • 37 WAC related periodicals
  • three textiles
  • one pair of binoculars
  • one box of ceramic tile pieces
  • 10 realia
  • three pages of supplemental information


  • 1937 - 2003

Language of Materials

The bulk of the collection is in English but some of the letters are in Hungarian.

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. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Biographical / Historical

Frances Stephanie Szalay, Women's Army Corp (12/26/1905 - 05/27/2003) was born in Budapest, Hungary and died at Fountain Care Center in Orange, California. As a civilian, Szalay worked as a photographer. She first enlisted into the Women's Army Corps as a clerk typist on December 22, 1943 and was honorably discharged August 4, 1948. She reenlisted as a photographer on April 25, 1946 and was honorably discharged a second time on November 13, 1950.


2 Linear Feet (3 cartons)


This collection contains material donated by Frances Stephanie Szalay from her time in service in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during and after the Second World War.


This collection is arranged by material type and date.

  • Series 1. Correspondence with Frances Stephanie Szalay, 1937 - 1985
  • Series 2. Photographs, negatives, 8mm film reel, and stereo book, 1944 - 1984
  • Series 3. Military discharge papers, service record and certificates, 1943 - 2003
  • Series 4. Booklets and periodicals, 1943 - 1990
  • Series 5. Military newsletters, documents, and narratives, 1943 - 1972
  • Series 6. Maps, 1945 - 1946
  • Series 7. Realia and textiles, 1970
  • Series 8. Ephemera, 1946 - 1943
  • Series 9. Supplemental biographical information, 2003
  • Series 10. Artifacts, 1944 - 1947
  • Series 11. Scrapbooks, 1944 - 1947

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of April Mae Holznecht

Finding Aid for Frances S. Szalay Second World War correspondence
John Encarnacion
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States