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World War II ration books

 Collection — Box: 1. 1943
Identifier: MSS-005

Scope and Contents

This collection contains six World War II ration books with stamps issued to Ruby Robinson, Adelard St. Dennis, and Margaret St. Dennis. Three books are marked as number 3 and three are marked number 4. Some books have spots near the spine or opposite edge and should be handled carefully in case of inactive mold.


  • Creation: 1943

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with Archives & Special Collections staff.

Biographical / Historical

The United States Office of Price Administration produced a series of war ration books beginning in 1942 for rationed items such as rubber, gasoline, and sugar. War ration book no. 3 was distributed May 20, 1943 and valid September 1943. War ration book no. 4 was distributed later in 1943.

At the time the ration books in this collection were distributed, Ruby Robinson, Adelard St. Dennis, and Margaret St. Dennis lived in Bridgewater with Albert G. Robinson. The 1943 Street List records Ruby’s occupation as nurse, Margaret’s occupation as at home, Adelard’s occupation as a correction officer, and Albert’s as US Navy.


0.17 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This collection includes six ration books issued during World War II.


Ration books are arranged in alphabetical order by book recipient last name then numerical order.

Physical Access

There are no physical restrictions on this collection.

Technical Access

There are no technical restrictions on this collection.

Physical Location

Bridgewater Public Library Historical Room

Custodial History

Ration books were purchased at a yard sale and donated to the Bridgewater Public Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Kim MacDonald, 2019.


Accruals are not expected.

Related Archival Materials at the Bridgewater Public Library

The following materials may also be of interest:

Helen M. Cassiani papers Bridgewater Independent newspapers Town of Bridgewater military information cards A. Evelyn Keith military ball collection Town of Bridgewater World War II records


  • Street List of the Town of Bridgewater 1943. Historical Reference collection. Bridgewater Public Library Archives & Special Collections.
  • WWII Ration Books. University of Delaware.
World War II ration books
Allyson Sekerke
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Repository Details

Part of the Bridgewater Public Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

15 South Street
Bridgewater MA 02324 USA