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Frances Barringer Bailey Collection

Identifier: WV 0069

Content Description

The collection includes an oral history transcript, 25 April 1999; various photographs of Bailey's time with the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), 1943-1946; a booklet from the Naval Reserve Midshipman's School, 1943; various military papers; an officer hat insignia; Navy discharge pin.


  • 1943-1999


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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

Frances B. Bailey (1920-2006) of Concord, North Carolina, worked in supply, disbursing, and payroll in the United States Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) from April 1943 to October 1946. She then resumed her career in education as a math teacher and school administrator in the Carolinas.

Frances Barringer Bailey grew up in Concord, North Carolina, and graduated from Concord High School in 1936. She attended Pfeiffer Junior College in Misenheimer, North Carolina, for two years, and then transferred to the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro). After graduating with a bachelor's degree in math in 1940, she taught in Troy, North Carolina, for two years.

After six weeks of training at N.C. State University, Bailey went to Baltimore, Maryland, to work in the civil service inspecting gas mask gauges. In April 1943, Bailey joined the WAVES. She attended basic training at Smith College for six weeks and then supply school at Radcliffe College. Bailey was first assigned to Montauk Point, New York, but went instead to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Illinois, where she worked in receiving and payroll. In the summer of 1945 she was sent to Corpus Christi, Texas, where she worked in the dispersing and payroll offices.

Bailey was discharged from the WAVES as a lieutenant on 4 October 1946. After a vacation to the West Coast, Bailey returned to Chicago and worked for A.B. Dick, a mimeograph company. She later moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she met and married William E. Bailey in 1950. The couple moved to Greensboro, where Frances Baily taught at Greensboro High School. She continued her career in education in Lancaster, South Carolina, as a teacher and administrator, and as a math program supervisor. She later moved to Florence, South Carolina.


3.22 Linear Feet (3 folders and archival box )

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Condition Description

The condition is good.

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Frances Barringer Bailey Collection
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Matthew McCarthy
2022 June
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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