Finding Aid of the Annie Laurie Burton Letters, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1942/1945">1942 - 1945</date>, PC.1771

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Finding Aid of the Annie Laurie Burton Letters, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1942/1945">1942 - 1945</date>, PC.1771

Abstract

Annie Laurie Burton, a native of Prospect Hill, Caswell County, began her career as an elementary school teacher. When the United States entered World War II, Burton trained as a field officer in the American Red Cross military welfare service and served in several arenas until the war's end. From 1948-1950, Burton worked with U.S. Army Special Services in occupied Germany. The collection includes primarily letters Burton wrote home from her overseas posts. However, the collection contains nine letters Burton wrote during 1942 from various sites in the United States during her training and preparation for work overseas. The collection includes approximately fourteen photographs, taken primarily overseas. Dates of the collection range from 1942 to 1949.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Annie Laurie Burton Letters
Call Number
PC.1771
Creator
Burton, Annie Laurie
Date
1942 - 1945; 1948 - 1949
Extent
127.00 items, 91.00 letters
Language
English
Repository
State Archives of North Carolina

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Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.1771, Annie Laurie Burton Letters, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.

Collection Overview

Annie Laurie Burton (d. Feb. 14, 1980) of Prospect Hill, Caswell County, educated at Lees-McRae College and Appalachian State University, commenced her career as an elementary school teacher in Caswell County public schools. When the United States entered World War II, she trained as a field officer in the American Red Cross military welfare service and subsequently served until the war's end in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. The collection includes primarily letters Burton wrote home from her overseas posts. However, the collection contains nine letters Burton wrote during 1942 from various sites in the United States during her training and preparation for work overseas. The collection also includes approximately fourteen photographs, taken primarily overseas.

Following the war, 1948-1950, Burton worked with U.S. Army Special Services in occupied Germany. After that tour of duty was completed, Miss Burton began work in the Alamance County Welfare Department and moved her career toward social work. After postgraduate studies in social work at Tulane University, she was named director of Social Services for Alamance County, an office she held until her retirement in September 1979.

The letters in this collection are those written home by Annie Laurie Burton while training in the United States as a Red Cross field officer in 1942, from her overseas postings during the years from 1943 through 1945 in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippine Islands, and during 1948 and 1949 while with Special Services in postwar Germany. Subjects include: her Red Cross training; her social life; preparations for work overseas; American Red Cross clubs and canteens in Sydney, Australia; Eleanor Roosevelt's Australian visit; work assignments and working conditions in New Guinea; native sanitary, social, and economic conditions in the Philippines; Memorial Day service attended chiefly by Filopino children; and her day-to-day life in Frankfurt and excursions to various locations in Germany.

Other materials include ten Australian photographs: one of Miss Burton and Mrs. John Curtin, wife of the Australian prime minister; nine of Miss Burton on outings with servicemen. One Philippines photograph of Miss Burton and Basil O'Connor, American Red Cross National Chairman. Two studio portraits and a "gag" portrait of Miss Burton.

Arrangement Note

This collection, primarily of letters, is arranged chronologically, with dates corresponding to Miss Burton's movement through the following geographic areas: 1)United States; 2)Australia; 3)New Guinea; 4)Philippine Islands; 5) Germany. Photographs in the collection were taken primarily in Australia.

Biographical Note

Annie Laurie Burton (d. Feb. 14, 1980) of Prospect Hill, Caswell County, educated at Lees-McRae College and Appalachian State University, commenced her career as an elementary school teacher in Caswell County public schools. When the United States entered World War II, she trained as a field officer in the American Red Cross military welfare service and subsequently served until the war's end in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. Following the war, 1948-1950, she worked with U.S. Army Special Services in occupiedGermany. After that tour of duty was completed, Miss Burton began work in the Alamance County Welfare Department and moved her career toward social work. After postgraduate studies in social work at Tulane University, she was named director of Social Services for Alamance County, an office she held until her retirement in September 1979.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Letters
16999
Photographs.
17005

Ten Australian photographs: one of Miss Burton and Mrs. John Curtin, wife of the Australian prime minister; nine of Miss Burton on outings with servicemen. One Philippines photograph of Miss Burton and Basil O'Connor, American Red Cross National Chairman. Two studio portraits and a "gag" portrait of Miss Burton.

Subject Headings

  • Burton, Annie Laurie, d. 1980.
  • Curtin, John, Mrs. (Elsie)
  • Knapp, Nicholas van der.
  • O'Connor, Basil, 1892-1972.
  • Burton, Annie Laurie, d. 1980.
  • Curtin, John, Mrs. (Elsie)
  • Nicholas van der Knapp
  • Basil O'Connor, 1892-1972
  • Red Cross and Red Crescent
  • Air pilots.
  • Memorial Day.
  • Recreation.
  • Red Cross and Red Crescent.
  • Soldiers.
  • World War, 1939 - 1945--War work--Red Cross.
  • World War, 1939 - 1945--Women's work.
  • Air pilots
  • Memorial Day
  • Recreation
  • Soldiers
  • 1939-1945--War work--Red Cross World War
  • 1939-1945--Women's work World War
  • Women in war--North Carolina--20th century.
  • Australia.
  • Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
  • Germany.
  • Melbourne (Vic.)
  • New Guinea.
  • Philippines.
  • Australia
  • Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
  • Melbourne (Vic.)
  • New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Acquisitions Information

    Gift of Nancy Burton McCorkle (Mrs. D. H.), Burlington, N.C. 27512, July 20, 1989.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by George Stevenson, July, 1989
  • Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, January, 2003