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QUESTION: My Mother is an amateur writer and is doing research for a novel about WPMA set in the 1920's . She's 80 yrs old and doesn't do the Internet thing . How can she find information about the daily life of a Cadet in that era ? I haven't been very sucessful myself .

ANSWER: It's good to hear from you Daniel.  Thanks for your interest in West Point on behalf of your mother.

My best suggestion is to contact the Special Archives and Collections branch of the Academy Library.  They can be reached at (845) 938-3259.  Just tell them you are looking for open access references regarding Cadet life in the 1920s. They should be most helpful.

Good luck to you and your Mother in her research and writing.

Best Regards,

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QUESTION: What are " open access references " and is this something she will be able to handle on her own ?

It's good to hear from you again, Daniel.

By "open access references" I mean references that are readily available to the public, primarily through libraries such as the one at West Point.  Your mother should be able to phone or correspond with libraries most anywhere.  The West Point Library should be able to send her copies of relevant materials; or simply point her to a reading list of books about Cadet life in the 1920s; or point her to other libraries or even publishers for relevant content.  

I hope this clarifies what I meant.  Good luck to your Mother in her research.

Best Regards,

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I can answer questions about admissions to West Point; about the history of West Point; about how to travel to West Point, where to eat, where to stay, etc.; and about West Point`s alumni organization, the West Point Association of Graduates.


I am a 1970 Graduate of West Point. I served six years on active duty and another 8 years in the active reserve. I have been actively involved as a Field Admissions Representative for over 20 years and have participated on my Congressman's Academy Selection Panel for over 25 years. I am actively involved in West Point Alumni affairs, serving in roles both with the West Point Association of Graduates and the local alumni chapter in Annapolis, MD. I also have two sons who graduated from West Point in 1995 and 2001. Both are veterans of the Iraq War and Afghanistan War. The 1995 Grad continues to serve on Active Duty in the Army.

Bachelor of Science, US Military Academy, 1970 Master of Science (Computer Science), The Johns Hopkins University, 1980

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