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Mary Cooper Floyd Collection

Identifier: WV 0048

Content Description

The collection includes an oral history transcript, 3 March 1999; newspaper article from the "610 Project: The Special Devices Association," circa 1946.


  • circa 1946-1999

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Collection is open for research.

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

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Biographical / Historical

Mary Elizabeth Cooper Floyd of Leaksville-Spray, North Carolina, performed clerical work while serving in the United States Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during World War II.

Mary Elizabeth Cooper Floyd was born in Critz, Virginia, and raised in Leaksville-Spray, North Carolina. She attended Leaksville-Spray High School and then performed clerical work in a cotton mill in Spray.

Floyd enlisted in the WAVES and completed basic training at Hunter College in New York. She was stationed in Washington, D.C., where she worked in the Radar Section of the Office of Research and Invention. She was later transferred to Long Island, New York, where she continued her clerical work, primarily taking dictation.

Floyd returned home after being discharged in 1945. She attended McClung business school in Greensboro on the GI Bill. While there, she met and married her husband, who had also been in the navy. She went on to do clerical work at General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC), but resigned after her marriage. The Floyds went on to have two daughters and a son and continued to live in Greensboro.


0.21 Linear Feet (2 folders)

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Condition Description

The condition is good.

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Processed by Matthew McCarthy.

Mary Cooper Floyd Collection
Matthew McCarthy
2022 May
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Repository Details

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

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US