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Dorothy Marshman Fredrickson papers

 Collection — Box: 07.0117 - Box 1
Identifier: 07.0117

Scope and Contents

This collection pertains to Dorothy Marshman Fredrickson who served as a WAVE at the United States Navy Fleet Post Office in San Francisco, California. The collection contains letters from Fredrickson to her mother and sister. There are also photocopies of scrapbook pages as well as leisure photographs, newspaper clippings, greeting cards, menus, ticket stubs, railroad timetables, playbills, and show programs from the scrapbooks. The collection also contains periodicals and other publications from various sources, most concerning the Navy and/or WAVES, and WAVES rules and regulations handbooks.


  • Created: 1942-1946
  • Other: Date acquired: 10/16/2007


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dorothy Jane Marshman Fredrickson was born on July 15, 1924, in Deposit, New York, to Helen Pearsall Martin and William Daniel Marshman. Her father served in the Navy during both World Wars and was declared missing in action, later presumed dead, following the destruction of the USS Barton during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. In June of 1942, she graduated from Deposit Central High School. She then worked in the research laboratory of the American Casein Company (now known as AMCO Proteins) in Bainbridge, New York. Fredrickson enlisted as a WAVE in Birmingham in honor of her father shortly after her 20th birthday in July of 1943. She was sworn in in Rochester in late July.

Fredrickson received training at Hunter College in the Bronx, New York. She was assigned to the Pacific Fleet Post Office in San Francisco, California, where she worked as a section leader. She served there for the duration of the war. After the war she used the G.I. Bill to attend Cornell University. She majored in Biology as a pre-veterinary medicine program. She was honorably discharged in April 1946. On August 30, 1948, she married Elwood Harry Fredrickson.

Fredrickson passed away on May 22, 2006.


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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Related Materials

Other collections held by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience that are pertinent to this collection are the William Daniel Marshman collection (07.0115) and the Elwood Harry Fredrickson papers (07.0116).

Dorothy Marshman Fredrickson papers
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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