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Myrtle Otto Hanke Collection

Identifier: WV 0147

Content Description

The collection includes an oral history transcript, 11 February 2000; various correspondence, 1941-1945; various newspaper clippings, 1942-1946; photographs and 16 artist color renderings of Coolangatta, Queensland/Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia.


  • circa 1941-2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical / Historical

Myrtle Otto Hanke (1922-2014) of Brookline, Massachusetts, served at the Naval Communications Annex in Washington, D.C., in the U.S. Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from October 1942 to 1947.

Myrtle Otto Hanke was born in Newton, Massachusetts, on 7 May 1922. She grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, and graduated from Brookline High School in 1939. Hanke returned to school for a postgraduate course and then worked for the National Fire Protection Association.

Hanke joined the United States Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in October 1942. In December she went to basic training at Iowa State Teachers' College in Cedar Falls, and then in February 1943 she went to a month of cryptographic training in Washington, D.C. Hanke then worked at the Naval Communications Annex in D.C. for the remainder of the war, transferring to a larger crypotographic unit after six months in Washington. She left the WAVES as a chief petty officer in 1947.

After the war, Hanke moved to Chicago, Illinois, and attended Columbia College, where she met her husband. She had children and worked for a number of companies, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, IBM, and Honeywell. Her husband was in the navy during World War II and the Korean War.


0.21 Linear Feet (3 folders, archival box)

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Condition Description

The condition is good.

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Processed by Matthew McCarthy.

Myrtle Otto Hanke Collection
Matthew McCarthy
2022 August
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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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