This collection sheds light on how daily life changed during World War II in the Statesboro region, and also the rest of the United States. Due to the shortage of certain materials and the halting of the production of others, rationing became necessary. The United States Office of Price Administration established a system of rationing. Americans were issued a series of ration books that contained removable coupons. These coupons were used to obtain weekly or monthly allowances of materials, such as gasoline, sugar, fuel oil, tires, shoes, and meats. Rationing began in the fall of 1942 and ended in late 1946, after which the availability of supplies quickly returned to normal.