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Records of Women Veterans at UTSA

November 11, 2009

The Women’s Overseas Service League (WOSL) designated the UTSA Archives for Research on Women and Gender, now the UTSA Archives and Special Collections Department, the official repository for the organization in the mid-1990s and began donating materials to UTSA in 1995. The project was organized by the direction of Jill Jackson, Archivist for UTSA, and Doris Cobb, WOSL Liason to the UTSA Library. Over the years, UTSA has received more than 100 donations of archival material from WOSL units all over the county, not to mention the numerous monetary donations that help fund the preservation and processing of the WOSL materials.


Gerrianne Schaad and Doris M. Cobb, UTSA Archives Reading Room, 2001

While the Women’s Overseas Service League Records contain materials that document the organization on a national, regional and local level, it should be no great surprise that Archvies’ staff has had the most contact with the San Antonio Unit. Begun as the Lone Star Unit in 1927, it was the first WOSL group to form in Texas.


“Texas Unit on Way to Organization,” Carry On, August 1927

One of the first activities the San Antonio WOSL women organized was the delivery of Easter lillies to two wards at Fort Sam Houston hospital on Easter Sunday 1927. Over the years the women have supported local halfway houses through their volunteer work and the donation of American flags. They have organized numerous USO events, including the preparation and serving of Thanksgiving dinners. San Antonio unit has been the gracious hosts of several national and regional WOSL Conventions as well as participating in and organizing fundraising efforts for veterans, war memorials and orphans.

Happy Veteran’s Day from the Women’s Overseas Service League and UTSA Archives.


San Antonio WOSL unit participates in Ft. Worth Veteran’s Day Parade, 1965
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  1. Shelia Gibson permalink
    February 11, 2013 11:54 am

    Please call me to discuss WOSL records/archives access for info related to Maurine Ramsey, Fort Worth, Texas. I knew Maurine well and still stay in contact either her friend, Rebecca “Becky” McCoy, in FW who I worked with at the FAA for over 15 years from the late 1960’s until Becky’s retirement in 1976!!

    Please give me a call at 816 269-3445 to discuss how I cano ate records on Maurine Ramsey via the WOSL organization. My cell number is : 817 269-3445. Thank you!

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