- Interview with Louise Pearsall Canby, Navy veteran, concerning her experiences as a member of the WAVES during World War II. Youth and education in Elgin Illinois; effects of Great Depression on Elgin and her family; community attitudes toward the role of women; high school education in Elgin Academy; brief college career at Bradley University and the University of Iowa; actuarial work in Chicago; bookkeeping work in Fresno, California, 1942; family debate concerning internationalism versus the America First Committee; shock of Pearl Harbor attack; decision to join the WAVES and process of enlisting, September, 1942; radio school in Madison, Wisconsin; assignment to Naval Intelligence, Washington, D.C., 1943; breaking German submarine codes; working with Enigma; dealing with permutations and mathematical equations; lodging and eating arrangements; social life; transfer to Dayton, Ohio, and security arrangements; German Bund; continuation of work with Enigma in Dayton at the National Cash Register plant; construction of code-breaking computers; moving the computers from Dayton to Washington; using the new computers in breaking codes; Officer Candidate School, Northampton, Massachusetts, January, 1944; transfer back to Naval Intelligence in Washington, 1944; job-related stress; her sense of accomplishments and her contributions to the war effort; adjustments to civilian life; lasting effects of her experience in the WAVES. Includes appendix that consists of various photographs and two documents,  leaves.
- Item content: English
- Interview conducted in 1997 for the WAVES Oral History Project. Interviewer: Sarah Canby Jackson.
- 128 pages, 5 unnumbered leaves ; 29 cm
- OH 1163