Joan Wehlen Morrison and Susan Signe Morrison in 2005.
Joan Wehlen Morrison wrote these diaries between 1937 and 1943. Her daughter, Susan Signe Morrison, found them, transcribed them, created a narrative arc for them, and sought out a publisher. Once it was accepted for publication by Chicago Review Press, Susan wrote the Preface to the Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America. The Preface gives a biography of Joan, tells about the discovery of the diaries and editing process, and concludes by suggesting how these diaries added to our historical record and could affect the reader.
Susan also added footnotes to help the reader know what Joan is referring to historically or culturally. Finally, the book has an index so you can find references quickly, such as when Joan talks about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, London, or even the “Beautiful Blue-Eyed Boy in Biology” [listed the way Joan does, under B. B. B. in B.!].