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Guide to the Pauline Lyon papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1884-1994
Creator: Lyon, Pauline (1922- )
Extent: 1.00 linear foot.
Collection Number: IWA0202
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: Waterloo, Iowa, native who served in WAVES during World War II and later worked for the American Red Cross.

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 audiocassettes [AC325 and AC326]
1 videocassette [V90]
Photographs in boxes 1-2

Access: The papers are open for research.

Use: Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Acquisition: The papers (donor no. 283) were donated by Pauline Lyon in 1995.

Preferred Citation: Pauline Lyon papers, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.

Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason
Email: lib-women@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa

Pauline Dryden Lyon was born on November 18, 1922 in Waterloo, Iowa, to Clifford and Grace Dryden. After graduating from high school in 1941 Dryden decided that she needed to make a contribution to the war effort and joined the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) in 1943. She began her naval training in New York City and completed her education in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She served as a WAVES Yeoman second class in charge of advancement in rating of enlisted personnel at the Ottumwa Naval Air Station in Ottumwa, Iowa, from 1943 to 1946.

Much of the rest of Lyon's career was spent in the service of the Black Hawk county chapter of the American Red Cross. She served both in volunteer and professional capacities. Several of the positions she held were assistant director of the Black Hawk county chapter, director of Service to Military Families, Volunteers, and Youth, which she held from 1971 to 1977, and director of donor resources and development, which she held from 1977 until her retirement in 1984.

The Pauline Lyon papers date from 1884 to 1994 and measure 1 linear foot. The papers are arranged in three series: Personal, American Red Cross, and Military.

The Personal series (1884, 1909,1922-1994 and undated) consists of Lyon's birth announcement, school records, biographical writings, family information, personal correspondence and Christmas letters, and skits and speeches she wrote. Also contained in this series are scrapbooks and photo albums from her youth, a record of her wedding, and many family photographs. The 1884 document is Lyon's father's birth certificate, and the 1909 document is her mother's graduation announcement.

The American Red Cross series (1959-1988 and undated) contains materials from Lyon's American Red Cross experiences.There is general Red Cross information, a listing of her job responsibilities, honors and certifications, newsletters she created and contributed to, and buttons promoting Red Cross blood donation. Correspondence created in her position as director of donor resources is also included.

The Military series (1943-1995 and undated) consists of Lyon's memorabilia about the Navy in World War II and the WAVES inparticular. There are pages of scrapbooks, newsletters, correspondence about naval and WAVES matters, photographs, and recruiting posters. Lyon also taped her memories of her World War II experiences on audiocassette; the tape is included here, as is a videocassette on the history of and war experience at the Ottumwa Naval Air Base.
Muriel Anne Dryden papers (IWA): Muriel Dryden is Pauline Lyon's sister.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: PERSONAL
Series 2: AMERICAN RED CROSS
Series 3: MILITARY

  • Series 1: PERSONAL
  • Box 1:
  • Birth announcement - 1922
  • Biographical writings: "By Polly Dryden, Yeoman, second class," undated
  • Biographical writings: Resume, undated
  • Biographical writings: "World War Two Memories of a Navy WAVE," undated
  • Correspondence - 1931-1991
  • Correspondence: Christmas letters - 1980-1981, 1985, 1989-1992
  • Education: High school diploma - 1941
  • Education: Newspaper clippings and memorabilia - 1938-1941
  • Education: Report cards - 1928-1947
  • Family, Parents: Important documents - 1884, 1909, 1960
  • Family, Parents: Memorial services - 1960, 1973
  • Family, Extended family: Newspaper clippings - 1947-1948
  • Interests - 1970-1971
  • Skits, speeches, and stories - 1985-1986
  • Scrapbooks: Childhood - 1922-1939
  • Scrapbooks: High school - 1939-1941
  • Box 2:
  • Wedding: Newspaper clippings - 1953
  • Wedding: Invitation - 1953
  • Wedding: Guest book - 1953
  • Photographs: Album - 1935-1939
  • Photographs (2 folders) - 1923-1985
  • Series 2: AMERICAN RED CROSS
  • Box 2:
  • Buttons, undated
  • Correspondence - 1959-1991
  • General Red Cross information - 1977, 1984
  • Job responsibilities, undated
  • Newspaper clippings - 1977
  • Red Cross certifications - 1969-1988
  • Newsletters: Life Savers - 1985
  • Newsletters: The People Next Door - 1983-1984
  • Retirement: Program - 1985
  • Retirement: Newspaper clippings - 1985
  • Series 3: MILITARY
    [unavailable for research use november 2007-may 2008]
  • Box 3:
  • Correspondence - 1987-1994
    [unavailable for research use november 2007-may 2008]
  • Navy memorabilia: For Service Women in New York City - 1943
    [unavailable for research use november 2007-may 2008]
  • Navy memorabilia: Newspaper clippings - 1943-1994
    [unavailable for research use november 2007-may 2008]
  • Navy memorabilia: 5 Sullivan Brothers Convention Center Dedication program - 1988
    [unavailable for research use november 2007-may 2008]
  • Navy memorabilia: The Sullivan Family of Waterloo - 1988
    [unavailable for research use november 2007-may 2008]
  • Newsletters: Five Season WAVES - 1990-1991
    [unavailable for research use november 2007-may 2008]
  • White Caps: The Newsletter for WAVES National - 1993
    [unavailable for research use november 2007-may 2008]
  • Ottumwa Naval Air Station, undated [shelved in videocassette collection: V90]
    [unavailable for research use november 2007-may 2008]
  • WAVES and navy photographs - 1944
    [unavailable for research use november 2007-may 2008]
  • WAVES memorabilia: How to serve your country in the WAVES, undated
    [unavailable for research use november 2007-may 2008]
  • WAVES memorabilia: Newspaper clippings - 1944, 1994
    [unavailable for research use november 2007-may 2008]
  • WAVES memorabilia: Official papers - 1943
    [unavailable for research use november 2007-may 2008]
  • WAVES memorabilia: "The Old Gold" yearbook - 1943-1944
  • WAVES memorabilia: Scrapbook pages - 1943, 1944
  • WAVES memorabilia: Scrapbook, undated
  • WAVES national convention - 1994
  • Women in the military: Calendars - 1992, 1995
  • Women in the military: Reprints of recruiting posters
  • Pauline Lyon, "World War Two Memories of a Navy WAVE" [AC325 and AC326]