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TWU receives $100,000 gift for WASP Endowment Fund


DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University Foundation has received a $100,000 gift to support the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) archival collection at TWU.

The gift was given anonymously by a donor who gave TWU $100,000 in 2009 for the WASP Endowment Fund.

The WASP were the first women in history to fly for the U.S. military, serving between 1942 and 1944 at the height of World War II. TWU’s Blagg-Huey Library is home to the official WASP archives, the most extensive archival collection of WASP material in the United States.

“This gift enables the Blagg-Huey Library to use 21st century technologies to provide online access to WASP records, photographs and oral histories,” said Sherilyn Bird, dean of the TWU Libraries. “More than 5,000 images and documents are accessible online as part of the TWU Libraries digital initiative.”

More information on the WASP can be found at For more information on the TWU Foundation, visit

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