• “Photograph of a J. A. Jones Construction Company female welder with face protection removed, Brunswick, Georgia, 1943-1945.” Courtesy of Special Collections, Marshes of Glynn Libraries (Ga.) via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    J.A. Jones Construction Company female welder with face protection removed
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    • 1943/1945
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    • Copy of a photograph taken for the Atlanta Constitution showing a female welder (Nanelle Surrency Bacon) from the J.A. Jones Construction Company in Brunswick, Georgia, with her face protection removed. Original photograph scanned by the Brunswick-Gl... more
      Copy of a photograph taken for the Atlanta Constitution showing a female welder (Nanelle Surrency Bacon) from the J.A. Jones Construction Company in Brunswick, Georgia, with her face protection removed. Original photograph scanned by the Brunswick-Glynn County Library. Described by the Digital Library of Georgia as a part of Georgia HomePLACE: an initiative of the Georgia Public Library Service and GALILEO. Photograph held by the Special Collections, Brunswick-Glynn County Library, Marshes of Glynn Libraries, J.A. Jones Construction Company collection, Photographs series, The people and the shipyards subseries, notebook 2, photograph 2-40. less
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  • “United Steel Workers of America, women in wartime industrial service,” 1944. Courtesy of the Georgia State University Library Special Collections and Archives via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    United Steel Workers of America, women in wartime industrial service
    • Date
    • 1944
    • Creator
    • Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers (Atlanta, Ga.)
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    • Envelope description: United Steel Workers of America. Local identification number: LBCE23-026g. Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.
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    • Http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/. Cite as: LBCE23-026g, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. This Item is... more
      Http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/. Cite as: LBCE23-026g, Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection, 1920-1976. Photographic Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. In addition, no permission is required from the rights-holder(s) for educational uses. For other uses, you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s). less
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  • Women working at the Savannah Quartermaster Depot in Savannah, Georgia, ca. 1943. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

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    Women Deployed at Savannah Quartermaster Depot, Savannah, Georgia
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    • Department of Labor. Women's Bureau. 7/1/1920-7/21/1967.
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    • Unrestricted.
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    • National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures

  • “Women working on electrical harnesses” at the Bell Aircraft Corporation in Marietta, Georgia, 1942-1945. Courtesy of the Department of Archives, Rare Books and Records Management, Kennesaw State University via Digital Library of Georgia.

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    Women working on electrical harnesses
    • Date
    • 1942/1945
    • Creator
    • Bell Aircraft Corporation. Neeson, Hugh.
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    • Row of female employees working on electrical components. Local identification number: B-03-037. Bell Aircraft Georgia Division (Marietta) Collection, 1942-1945. Http://archon.kennesaw.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=98&q=bell. B-03-037, 1... more
      Row of female employees working on electrical components. Local identification number: B-03-037. Bell Aircraft Georgia Division (Marietta) Collection, 1942-1945. Http://archon.kennesaw.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=98&q=bell. B-03-037, 1942-1945, Photographs, Bell Aircraft Georgia Division (Marietta) Collection, 1942-1945, SC/B/001, Kennesaw State University Archives. less
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      Http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/. The digital reproductions on this site are provided for research consultation and scholarly purposes only. Further distribution and/or any commercial use of the works from this site is strictly forbidden without the permission of Kennesaw State University, Department of Archives, Rare Books and Records Management. less
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More than six million women were employed in wartime industrial services nationwide during World War II, providing support in areas that were vacated by men called away to fight in the war. Women helped meet national production demands for weapons, planes, tanks, and ships by learning how to weld, build aircraft, repair tanks, manufacture armaments, and work with machines. They proved to be a valuable source of trained personnel in the support of American military expansion. Women worked in the shipyards of Brunswick and Savannah, and in the naval ordnance plants of Macon and Milledgeville.

In Marietta, Georgia, the federal government-sponsored Bell Aircraft Corporation built a facility in 1942 that produced B-29 aircraft for the Army. Nearly 30,000 Georgians were employed at this plant, more than half of them were women; Bell employees ultimately produced 663 B-29 aircraft for the US Army Air Forces between 1943 and 1945. Training and support in how to handle tools and engage in proper shop practices were provided for women being placed on the assembly line, and tasks in the Bell facilities were broken down into components that could be readily assimilated by women who had never worked in factories before.