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Louise Pearsall Canby Scrapbook Collection, 1942-1945 | Manuscripts

Collection Overview

Title: Louise Pearsall Canby Scrapbook Collection, 1942-1945Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1944-1945
ID: 01/AR0048
Extent: 2.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collections is arranged chronologically.
Date Acquired: 00/00/1997
Subjects: Cryptography, Elgin (Ill.), Illinois, Scrapbooking--United States, Scrapbook journaling, United States. Naval Reserve. Women's Reserve, United States. Navy, United States. Navy—Cryptologic technicians, World War, 1939-1945
Languages: English

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Abstract

Scrapbook collection of clippings, correspondence, and programs.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Louise Pearsall Canby scrapbook collection is comprised of two scrapbooks which contain clippings of WWII headlines and of the U.S. Military, clippings of events from Elgin, Illinois, correspondence, invitations to events, and programs from sporting and theatre events.

Collection Historical Note

Louise Pearsall Canby was born in Geneva Illinois on May 20, 1920, though grew up in Elgin, Illinois. Canby joined the women’s Reserve in the Navy, WAVES, in August of 1942, and was part of the first enlisted class.

After her enlistment began, Canby was sent to the radio operator’s school in Madison, Wisconsin. Ending her time at the radio operator’s school in Madison with a ranking of yeoman, Canby was sent to Washington, subsequently to a camp in Dayton, Ohio, then back to Washington to work in Communications Intelligence.  Canby was assigned to work under Lieutenant John Howard, figuring out permutations and figure combinations, which led to code breaking of U-Boat and Luftwaffe codes.

In January of 1944, after fifteen months of enlistment, Canby entered Officer’s Candidate school. Upon conferral of officer status, Canby was re-assigned to her previous position for Communications Intelligence in Washington. She worked in this sector of the Navy until the end of the war. Canby returned to her home state of Illinois and moved fifteen miles from her hometown, in Barrington, Illinois.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: Collection is housed in the UNT Archives and Rare Book department vault. Advance notice for use is preferred. Please contact the UNT Archives and Rare Book department for further information.
Acquisition Source: Louise Canby
Acquisition Method: Gift
Related Materials: UNT Special Collections WWII Collection, UNT Oral History Collection No. 1163
Preferred Citation: {Louise Pearsall Canby Scrapbook Collection }, University of North Texas Special Collections

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1942-1945Add to your cart.
 
Box 1: October 1942-December 1944Add to your cart.

This box contains a scrapbook filled with Louise Pearsall Canby’s mementos. This compilation of mementos has clippings of members of the U.S. military, clippings of WWII headlines, clippings of events from Canby’s hometown, invitations to events from friends and family, correspondence from friends and family, programs of events (sporting events, plays, theatre events) attended by Canby, and photos which are attached to the scrapbook.

This box also contains folders of items which have fallen out of the scrapbook.

Barcode: 706522
Folder 1: The Women’s Reserve, 1940sAdd to your cart.
This folder contains a copy of The Women’s Reserve, a booklet which shows the activities and daily life of the trainees at the Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School in Northampton, Massachusetts and at the Naval Training School in South Hadley, Massachusetts.
Folder 2: Northwestern Indiana, 1945Add to your cart.
This folder contains a copy of Northwestern Indiana from September 29, 1945.
Folder 3: Football program - Navy vs. Notre Dame, 1944Add to your cart.
This folder contains a copy of a program from the Navy Vs. Notre Dame game from November 4, 1944.
Folder 4: Image of  the Jones Library in Amherst, Massachusetts, n.d.Add to your cart.
This folder contains a photo card of the Jones Library in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Folder 5: Clippings, n.d.Add to your cart.
This folder contains undated clippings about WAVES.
Folder 6: Clippings, n.d.Add to your cart.
This folder contains clippings and a photo essay about WAVES.
Folder 7: Name card, n.d.Add to your cart.
This folder contains a name card for Louise Pearsall from an unspecified event.
Box 2: January 1945-October 1945Add to your cart.
This box contains a scrapbook filled with Louise Pearsall Canby’s mementos. This compilation of mementos has clippings of members of the U.S. military, clippings of WWII headlines, Clippings of events from Canby’s hometown, invitations to events from friends and family, correspondence from friends and family, and programs of events (sporting events, plays, theatre events) attended by Canby.
Barcode: 706523

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