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Mary Williamson Papers

 Collection — Box 1-3
Identifier: MSS-0030

Scope and Contents

The Mary E. Williamson Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Collection comprises the personal effects of Mary E. Williamson relating to her service as a Women Airforce Service Pilot during World War II (1943-1944). The collection includes photographs, awards, certificates, official documents, forms, correspondence, WASP class books (44-W-10 and 44-W-7), CD-ROMS of ceremonies, a commemorative medal, and needlecraft artwork depicting an aircraft with the phrase "I'd rather be flying."

New material added August 16, 2019: Photographs of Williamson from throughout her life including as a baby and her childhood in Missouri through her life in Omaha. The photographs include personal and family events as well as professional events.


  • Creation: 1924-2012


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

The Conditions Governing Access policy of UNO Libraries' Archives and Special Collections is available at

Conditions Governing Use

The Conditions Governing Use policy of UNO Libraries' Archives and Special Collections is available at


2.35 Cubic Feet (4 boxes; 94 items)

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This collection has been arranged into the following series: Series: WASP Service; Series: WASP Printed Materials and Artifacts; Series: Awards and Recognition; and Series: Photographs.

Custodial History

This collection was gifted to Criss Library from Mary Williamson's estate in June 2013. The collection was received by Les Valentine, of Criss Library, from Peggy McCracken, a personal representative of Mary Williamson's estate on behalf of a close group of Williamson's friends.

New material added August 16, 2019: Gifted to UNO Libraries by Angelika Walker, who received the material from a neighbor and friend of the late Mary Williamson.

Related Materials

Dr. Williamson was interviewed for the Reflections in Time program in December 2002. The bibliographic record and a link to a streaming version of the interview is available at


The Statement on Harmful Materials of UNO Libraries' Archives and Special Collections is available at

Processing Information

Processed by Criss Library staff prior to 2014. Further processed by Erin Duerr, Archives & Special Collections volunteer, between December 2014 and February 2015.

Mary Williamson Papers
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Angela Kroeger, Archives & Special Collections Associate, Erin Duerr, Volunteer, arranged and described the collection in December 2014-February 2015.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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2nd edition

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States