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Helen C. Bragdon Papers, 1937-1993
2 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 218

Abstract:
Actress; Playwright; Women's Army Corps, World War II. The Helen Bragdon Papers include letters to her family from her basic training in Florida, her stateside service in Texas and Georgia, and overseas tours of duty in Australia, New Guinea, Netherlands East Indies, and the Phillipines. Additional materials include correspondence, clippings, photographs, and programs related to her theater activities.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Helen Bragdon and Caroline Fisher Rathbone on the set of "Present Laughter," Fish Creek, Wis., 1953

Helen Bragdon and Caroline Fisher Rathbone on the
set of "Present Laughter," Fish Creek, Wis., 1953

Helen "Casey" Cushman Bragdon was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She studied drama at Smith College and graduated in l933. She was an actor in summer stock in Wisconsin, coached drama, and joined the Actor's Workshop in New York City. In 1943, Bragdon joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACS). She was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, and was in the first contingent of WAACS sent to the Southwest Pacific in 1944. Returning to New York after the war, Helen Bragdon continued her work in summer stock, wrote plays ("Almost Crazy," l955) and lyrics, and contributed in various ways to musicals off and on Broadway. In the late l960s, she moved with her mother from Connecticut to North Carolina, where she was active in summer theater for a number of years. She died in Arden, North Carolina, 6 January 1998.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Helen Bragdon Papers include letters to her family in Larchmont (NY) providing a detailed account of the day-to-day routine of a WAAC detachment, with particular emphasis on social activities. She wrote regularly from her basic training in Florida through her stateside service in Texas and Georgia, and her overseas tours of duty in Australia, New Guinea, Netherlands East Indies, and the Phillipines. The letters are supplemented by several photographs and a small selection of newsletters from Fort Bliss and overseas. Additional material includes correspondence, clippings, photographs, and programs related to her theater activities, circa 1930s-90s

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Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works by the creator of this collection. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Helen C. Bragdon Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection


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Language
English
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


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Subjects
  • Actresses--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Bragdon, Helen C., 1911-1998
  • United States--Armed Forces--Women--Personal narratives
  • United States. Army. Women's Army Corps--Personal narratives
  • Women and the military--United States--History--Sources
  • Women in the theater--United States--History--Sources
  • World War, 1939-1945--Women--Personal narratives, American


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