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Catalog Number MC20
Title Olive Williams Autograph Books
Collection Name Olive Williams Autograph Books
Object Name Autograph Books
Scope & Content This collection contains two autograph books originally belonging to Ms. Olive "PeeWee" Williams. Ms. Williams was an English immigrant living in Jacksonville, at 124 E. Adams St., during World War II. Ms. Williams was a volunteer hostess to visitors at the Jacksonville Salvation Army-Armed Services Center in charge of making tea for visitors, many of whom were young English airmen of the Royal Air Force, R.A.F. Many of the British airmen who visited Olive at the Salvation Army-Armed Services Center recorded their names in the autograph books with appropriate comments. Added poignancy comes from the subsequent penciled annotations beside some names of "killed", "MIA", and "POW."
Ms. Williams met her future husband, Peter Hawkins, while they both were in Jacksonville. Peter Hawkins was in the Royal Air Force and visited the "drop in" centre, where Olive volunteered.
Also included is a B & W photograph of Olive Williams inscribed, "All my Love, Olive.'
Also a newspaper clipping from an unknown Jacksonville newspaper with an article and picture, "Tea Pot is Souvenir of a Jacksonville Romance" and "Pot of Tea Aids Cupid in Uniting English Couple."
Caption Olive Williams
Date 04/09/2010
Search Terms Hawkins, Peter
Williams, Olive
Salvation Army- Armed Services Center
Autograph book
Royal Air Force
World War II
World War Two
British Servicemen
Jacksonville, Florida
Subjects Autograph book
Military air pilots
Military life
Military personnel
Servicemen missing in action
Category 10: Unclassifiable Artifacts
People Williams, Olive
Hawkins, Peter
Catalog date 2010-04-09
Creator Olive Williams
Year Range from 1942
Year Range to 1945