Helen Shaddock Rockwell Papers

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Helen Shaddock Rockwell papers
Creator: Rockwell, Helen Shaddock
Call Number: D.318
Dates: 1943-1946
Physical Description: 3 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Printed material
Series III: Visual material
Collection Overview
Title: Helen Shaddock Rockwell papers
Creator: Rockwell, Helen Shaddock
Call Number: D.318
Dates: 1943-1946
Physical Description: 3 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Helen Shaddock graduated from the University of Rochester in 1937. Before the war she worked at St. Paul's Episcopal Church as Secretary of Religious Education and at the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Shaddock joined the WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) in July 1943. The WAVES trained to perform secretarial and clerical functions for the United States Navy in order to free more men to fight in the war.

Shaddock attended Midshipmen's School at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts (July 31- September 21, 1943) then the U.S. Naval Communications School at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts (September 23- November 16, 1943). Shaddock's first assignment was in Miami, Florida (November 22, 1943- August 10, 1944) as a courier for both the Seventh Naval District and the Gulf Sea Frontier Headquarters.

As a courier in Miami, Shaddock would receive messages from the code room, sealed in an envelope. She would then, "strap on a .38 revolver, call for a jeep, sign for the messages and be off" to the Port Authority, the Coast Guard Station, and other facilities. Port Authority messages were usually orders to a specific sub-chaser that an unknown sub was in the area. More than once Shaddock had to go on board a ship to deliver its sailing orders. In August 1944 Shaddock received orders to go to Washington, DC, where she worked in Postal Affairs. In this position she notified Postal Operations of the location of all ships in the Atlantic.

Shaddock returned to Rochester after the war and worked as Supervisor of Office Services for Distillation Products, an Eastman Kodak Company. She married Rev. James A. Rockwell in February of 1965. The papers consist of Shaddock's letters during her time in the WAVES to her mother in Rochester and her transcriptions of the letters. The collection also includes a photo album and various miscellaneous items about the WAVES. Mrs. Rockwell donated the papers to the University in 2005.

Scope and Content
The Helen Shaddock Rockwell Papers consist of Shaddock's letters during her time in the WAVES to her mother in Rochester and her transcriptions of the letters. The collection also includes a photo album and various miscellaneous items about the WAVES.

Subject(s):
World War (1939-1945)--Women
World War (1939-1945)
Correspondence
Photographs
Rockwell, Helen Shaddock
United States. Naval Reserve. Women's Reserve
Access
The Helen Shaddock Rockwell papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Helen Shaddock Rockwell papers, D.318, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, August 1, 1943-September 21, 1943
Box 1, Folder 2Transcriptions of correspondence, August 1, 1943-September 21, 1943
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, September 24, 1943-November 17, 1943
Box 1, Folder 4Transcriptions of correspondence, September 24, 1943-November 17, 1943
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence, November 21, 1943-January 23, 1944
Box 1, Folder 6Transcriptions of correspondence, November 21, 1943-January 23, 1944
Box 1, Folder 7-12Correspondence, January 31, 1944-April 13, 1945
Box 2, Folder 1Transcriptions of correspondence, August 15, 1944-April 10, 1945
Box 2, Folder 2-8Correspondence, April 26, 1945-April 3, 1946
Box 2, Folder 9Transcriptions of correspondence, April 15, 1945-April 3, 1946
Series II: Printed material
Box 2, Folder 10Marching To Victory song book
Box 2, Folder 11Reflections - essays and a poem written by Shaddock, 2001-2003
The material reflects on her time in the Navy

Box 2, Folder 12Rank information - notification of appointment to the rank of Lieutenant
Box 2, Folder 13Graduation programs
From the Naval Reserve Midshipman's School at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts on September 21, 1943 and the U.S. Naval Communications School at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts on November 16, 1943

Box 2, Folder 14FDR memorial program
Box 2, Folder 15Release from duty materials - honorable discharge certificate
Box 2, Folder 16Legal documents
Including: Affidavit Concerning Naval Record, Certificate of Demobilization Factors, Officer's Qualification Report

Box 2, Folder 17Miami documents
Papers assigning duty from N.T.S. Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA to Miami FL - Gulf Sea Frontier

Box 2, Folder 18Naval documents - personnel file
Box 2, Folder 19Naval documents, miscelleanous
Including requests for leave of absences

Box 2, Folder 20The Havelock published monthly for WAVES of the Washington Area, November-December 1945
Box 2, Folder 22Materials from the Veterans History Project
Including Project Instruction Kit, etc.

Series III: Visual material
Box 2, Folder 21The News about the University of Rochester, a special issue of the Alumni-Alumnae Review, photo of Shaddock as a WAVE
Box 2, Folder 23Photographs of Helen Rockwell
Includes: Helen viewing A Nation At War: An Exhibition Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the End of World War II in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation, May 2005 ; a scan of an original photo of Helen Rockwell standing by "University of Rochester, Women in Service" plaque ; a portrait of Helen in a naval uniform

Box 3, Volume 1Scrapbook: "A pictorial record of the life of the Shaddock WAVE", July 8, 1943-May 11, 1946


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