Finding Aid of the Nina Melissa Greenlee Letters, PC.1819


Finding Aid of the Nina Melissa Greenlee Letters, PC.1819


Nina Melissa Greenlee (1907-2004), a native of Old Fort in McDowell County, began her career as a school teacher at North Cove and Clichfield Elementary schools. She joined the Women's Army Corps in June 1943, and was stationed in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia; Camp Davis, North Carolina; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and subsequently transferred to Caserta, Italy. She was discharged in 1948 after service at Fort Jay, Governor's Island, N.Y.
This collection contains letters and photographs Nina wrote home to her sister, Ruth, and her mother. The majority of the letters are from camps and forts around the United States, and some during 1946 when she was stationed in Italy. Dates of the collection range from 1943 to 1948.

Descriptive Summary

Nina Melissa Greenlee Letters
Call Number
Greenlee, Nina M.
2.00 boxes
Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.1819, Nina Melissa Greenlee Letters, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.

Collection Overview

The papers include primarily Miss Greenlee's letters home to her family while serving in the Women's Army Corps, 1943 to 1948. This collection contains primarily letters written by Nina to home while she was at various camps in the United States from 1943 to 1945 and overseas in Italy in 1946 to 1947. Letters from 1948 are written to home while Ms. Greenlee was stationed in New York City. There are also approximately 78 photographs.

Arrangement Note

The collection, primarily of letters, is arranged chronologically, with dates corresponding to Ms. Greenlee's movement through the following geographic areas: 1) United States 2) Italy 3) Return to the United States.

Biographical Note

Nina Greenlee (1907 - 12 January 2004), of Old Fort in McDowell County, was the daughter of William Harvey Hemphill (1860-1940) and Kate Young Hemphill Greenlee (1870-1949). She was educated at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and began her career as an elementary school teacher at North Cove and Clinchfield Elementary schools. After the United States entered World War II, Greenlee joined the Women's Army Corps in June 1943 and went through basic training at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. She was assigned to Camp Davis, North Carolina and then Fort Bragg, North Carolina, before transferring to Caserta, Italy and Leghorn, Italy. After a final transfer to Fort Jay, New York, Greenlee was discharged from the Army in 1948. After the war, Miss Greenlee worked as a teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina and later worked as a secretary. Subsequently, she spent seventeen years as an elementary school teacher at American military bases in the Azores Islands, England, and Spain.

Contents of the Collection

1. Photographs, undated

Scope and Contents note:

Photographs document Ms. Greenlee's life and experiences while at various camps throughout the United States. A few are scenic shots of the camps, but most are photographs of people in and around the camps.

2. Letters

Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, January 1943 - September 1943
Box PC.1819.1
Fort Jay, Governor's Island, New York, November 1947 - September 1948
Box PC.1819.2
Camp Davis, North Carolina, September 1943 - December 1944
Box PC.1819.1
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, January 1945 - September 1946
Box PC.1819.2
Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, September 1946 - October 1946
Box PC.1819.2
Caserta, Italy, October 1946 - April 1947
Box PC.1819.2
Leghorn, Italy, April 1947 - October 1947
Box PC.1819.2

Subject Headings

  • Greenlee, George H.
  • Greenlee, Kate Young (Hemphill)
  • Greenlee, Ruth A.
  • Nina M. Greenlee
  • United States. Army. Women's Army Corps.
  • Women in war.
  • World War, 1939 - 1945
  • Women
  • Camp Davis (N.C.)
  • Camp Kilmer (N.J.)
  • Caserta (Italy)
  • Fort Bragg (N.C.)
  • Fort Oglethorpe (Ga.)
  • Governors Island (New York County, N.Y.)
  • Leghorn (Italy)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Gift of Nina M. Greenlee, Old Fort, N.C., 1993

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Amanda Brill, Peace College Intern, February 2011