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About the Collection

During World War II, the Women’s Reserve of the U.S. Navy was created. More commonly known as WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), these women trained at several colleges in the U.S. and were assigned full military status.

In October 1942, Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College began training WAVES on its campus as one of three college training sites. The first class of WAVES at OAMC included 500 women who were trained in a twelve-week course in clerical and administrative skills. By the end of the war, more than 10,000 WAVES were trained at OAMC, with as many as 1,250 women in each training class.  

The WAVES at OAMC collection details the history of the WAVES training school at OAMC. The items in this collection include articles from the Alumni Magazine, photographs, correspondence from WAVES and other administrative documents for the program.

Access the Physical Collection

These materials are housed in the Archives. They can be consulted by appointment in the Archives office (2nd floor) of the Edmon Low Library at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. For more information please contact the Archives at 405-744-6311 or

The Archives at the OSU Library
204 Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-6311

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