Collection SCA418-GA487 - WAVES scrapbook.

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WAVES scrapbook.

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SCA418-GA487

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  • 1944-1953 (Creation)
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    Beardsley, Ruth

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86 photographs : b&w ; 24 x 20 cm or smaller
3 cm of textual records

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(1923-1990)

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Ruth Beardsley (August 4, 1923-April 25, 1990) was born in Sommerville New Jersey to Marjorie (nee White) and Alvaro Beardsley. During the Second World War Beardsley served in United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), better known as the WAVES (for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). She trained at the Naval Training Centre at Hunter College in New York City and then later went to Yeoman training at Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She also took classes in Engineering at the University of Maryland. Later in life she worked as a secretary for American Cyanamid and her and her husband (William H.A. Weber d.1988) founded Weber Trucking Co., Irvington. Beardsley retired from the business in 1980 and passed away in 1990 in Holiday City at the age of 66.

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One scrapbook kept by Ruth Beardsley, a member of the United States Naval Reserve, known as WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). The album includes 86 photographs showing Ruth and classmates at training at Hunter College in New York a well as Oklahoma A&M College; Ruth with family and friends; the USS Woodworth; and a trip to Washington. Also included in the scrapbook are three wartime ration books from members of the Peterson family, two postcards to Edwin Peterson, a Petty Officer training manual for John Peterson from 1950, a clipping regarding Ruth visiting the factory where her father worked, an invitation to a party on the USS Kearsarge (CV-33) issued only to women, an Easter card, a certificate for Beardsley from the Maryland College of Engineering in Engineering Drawing, and a transcript of a broadcast given on CBS by Eric Sevareid on the day of the truce in the Korean War. The scrapbook itself features a drawing of WAVES on the cover.

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Purchased from Michael R. Thompson Rare Books in 2022.

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  • English

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Described by JB August 2022.

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Described by JB August 2022.

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  • English

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