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WAVES on Campus

(Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service)

During World War II, the Iowa State Teachers' College provided housing, facilities, and training for units of the U.S. Navy and the Army Air Corps. After the 1942 Fall term, the women housed in Bartlett Hall moved to the newly-completed Lawther Hall to make room for approximately 1,000 WAVES. The WAVES remained on campus until May 1945.

The IOWAVE booklet contains mainly photos, but also includes an essay The Navy at Cedar Falls 1942-45. The January 1943 issue of the Alumnus publication highlights the WAVES, as well as The Hobo Day (cut day) and Dance with "jiving".


The IOWAVE magazine focused on the activities of the WAVES who were being trained at the Naval Training School temporarily located on campus, and the IOWAVE newspaper included many articles regarding the day-to-day life of the WAVES trainees, as well as articles chronicling the ongoing progress of the war effort.


The WAVES photos displayed in this collection show the trainees engaged in a variety of activities, including marching on campus, getting a haircut, eating in the "mess hall", and shopping.



Front page of The Alumnus January 1943

 

Front cover of the IOWAVE pamphlet

 

Front cover of The IOWAVE: class magazine

 

Cedar Falls WAVES staff

 

Front page the IOWAVE newspaper


For more information about the WAVES at UNI see the Bartlett Hall essay of the Special Collections and University Archives unit.

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