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Robert E. Dibble Papers, 1943-1946

Manuscript Collection #702

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Title: Robert E. Dibble Papers
Creator: Dibble, Robert E
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1943-1946) including correspondence, letters, post cards and miscellaneous.
Extent: 0.055 Cubic feet, 39 items, consisting of correspondence and miscellaneous.

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Accessions Information

May 22, 1995, 39 items; Correspondence (1943-1946) of U.S. Naval air crewman. Gift courtesy of Friends of ECU Library.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Robert E. Dibble Papers (#702), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Friends of ECU Library

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The collection consists of correspondence and post cards from Robert E. Dibble (Bob) to his mother while stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, 12th Regiment, Great Lakes, IL (1943), and while at the Naval Air Technical Training centers in Tennessee, Virginia, and Oklahoma (1944). These letters include references to security measures enforced in classrooms due to the sensitive nature of code and semaphore practices. Dibble trained in gunnery and radio aviation, including the actual construction of a radio while attending one of the schools.

Dibble graduated from the Naval Air Station in DeLand, FL (1945), and was stationed in Jacksonville, FL. Letters from this phase of his career elaborate on training schedules, classroom procedures, liberty, descriptions of training facilities, vaccinations, war bonds and pay, materials shortages, difficulties between Northerners and Southerners, and personal relationships.

Also included in this collection are letters and post cards from Dibble's brother James, who was stationed at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, CA. These letters pertain to liberty, duty, pay, change of boot training camp location, and his trip to California.

There is also correspondence concerning the Portland, FL, family history of Mavis Pitts (a girl Dibble dated), including her mother's work experience and education.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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