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MC 219

Barbour, Louise. Papers of Louise Barbour, 1917-1939: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 219
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Barbour, Louise
Title: Papers of Louise Barbour, 1917-1939
Date(s): 1917-1939
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Papers of Louise Barbour, who served as a telephone operator with the Signal Corps in France during World War I.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 70-4
The papers of Louise Barbour were deposited with the Schlesinger Library in 1970 by Louise Barbour.

Processing Information:

Processed: February 1976
By: Joellen Wlodkowski

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Louise Barbour is held by President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Louise Barbour Papers, 1917-1939; item description, dates. MC 219, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

BIOGRAPHY

Louise Barbour served as a telephone operator with the Signal Corps in France during World War I, 1918-1919. In August 1918 she was made Chief Operator of the Signal Service at Large in Tours, a position she held for the rest of the war. These French-speaking telephone operators were recruited by General Pershing from American Telephone and Telegraph Company, for which Barbour had worked before the war, and were to help American soldiers with no knowledge of French in telephone conversations. In 1935 AT&T began planning an article for the Bell Quarterly on women in the telephone industry, including a section on the Signal Corps, by sending out questionnaires to former employees. Much of the correspondence in this collection has to do with this article. Helen Cook, often mentioned in this collection, also served as an operator with the Signal Corps.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection includes Barbour's article for the Bell Quarterly, letters to AT&T and friends, and various personal mementoes of the Signal Corps.

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Additional Index Terms

Telecommunication--Employees
Telephone companies--Employees
Telephone operators
United States--Armed Forces--Women
World War, 1914-1918--France--Communications
World War, 1914-1918--Participation, Female
American Telephone and Telegraph Company
Cook, Helen
United States. Army. Signal Corps

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