March 15 - June 11, 2010



Image from the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Archives

Huskies on the Home Front:
The War Years at UConn

Dodd Research Center Gallery
Curator: Erika Toto

World War II was a turning point in the lives of millions of people throughout the world. Although the war was a time of uncertainty and fear, it aroused a patriotic desire to serve one’s country. At the University of Connecticut, students, faculty and staff rose to the challenge of fighting for their country in whatever ways were available to them. They bought and sold war bonds, held scrap and book drives, prepared surgical dressings for the Red Cross, and donated hundreds of pints of blood during the war years.

The University was home to several training programs in support of the war effort, including an expanded ROTC program, the Connecticut Woman’s Land Army, and the Army Specialized Reserve Training Program. These programs offered courses in military sciences, aviation, mechanics, agriculture, and engineering.

While many UConn men fought in Europe and Asia, women stepped forward to take on the work left behind. Co-eds worked in factories when they were not attending classes and performed the manual labor required in agricultural jobs. Women also served in leadership positions as members of the University Senate, editors of the Daily Campus, and community organizers.

The photographs and other materials in this exhibit are drawn from the University Archives in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center; they document this turbulent period on campus and in American history. Erika Toto, Class of 2010, organized the exhibit as an Honors thesis.

The Dodd Research Center will be open for a reception, which is on Sunday, March 28th, 2-4pm. The public is cordially invited to attend.