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Preliminary Guide to the William Erwin Stauber papers, 1942-1980 and undated (bulk 1942-1945)

Abstract

Head of a Durham, N.C. advertising firm and lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

Collection contains materials related to Stauber's service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Some of the material contains notes and scripts of announcements and news reports made by Stauber on a radio show onboard the USS Biloxi. These radio broadcasts are dated January-April and document, among other things, the US invasion of Iwo Jima and contain marks of official censorship. A large part of the collection consists of correspondence, primarily from Stauber to his mother (1942-1945). Also included are photographs of USS Biloxi reunions (1974-1980), one of which was located in Durham, North Carolina.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Stauber, William Erwin
Title
William Erwin Stauber papers 1942-1980 and undated, bulk 1942-1945
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.4 Linear Feet, 1800 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

Collection contains materials related to Stauber's service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Some of the material contains notes and scripts of announcements and news reports made by Stauber on radio broadcasts onboard the USS Biloxi. These radio broadcasts are dated January-April, 1945 and document, among other things, the U.S. invasion of Iwo Jima and contain marks of official censorship. A large part of the collection consists of correspondence, primarily from Stauber to his mother (1942-1945). Also included are photographs of USS Biloxi reunions (1974-1980), one of which was located in Durham, North Carolina.

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Contents of the Collection

Collection contains materials related to Stauber's service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Some of the material contains notes and scripts of announcements and news reports made by Stauber on a radio show onboard the USS Biloxi. These radio broadcasts are dated January-April 1945 and document, among other things, the U.S. invasion of Iwo Jima and contain marks of official censorship. A large part of the collection consists of correspondence, primarily from Stauber to his mother (1942-1945). Also included are photographs of USS Biloxi reunions (1974-1980), one of which was located in Durham, North Carolina.

Handwritten notes for radio broadcasts on the USS Biloxi. Dated January-April, 1945, these shows contain news and updates related to the Biloxi' service in the Pacific, most notably during the United States invasion of Iwo Jima.

January 1-January 6, 1945
Box 1
January 7-January 11, 1945
Box 1
January 12-January 19, 1945
Box 1
January 20-January 25, 1945
Box 1
February 10-February 18, 1945
Box 1
February 19-February 28, 1945
Box 1
March 21-March 31, 1945
Box 1
April 1-April 10, 1945
Box 1
Typed script, August 27, 1944
Box 2
Personal notes and clippings
Box 2
Correspondence, January 21, 1942-May, 1943

Primarily consists of letters from Stauber to his mother. The letters chronicle his training and service during the war.

Box 2
Correspondence, June, 1943-October, 1944
Box 3
Correspondence, November, 1944-November, 1945
Box 4
USS Biloxi reunions, 1974-1980
Box 4
Photographs of a ship's mast

Mast in a park. Presumably a memorial for the Biloxi.

Box 4

This series includes images from Stauber's military career and private life; records from his time in the military, including health information, roster of officers, etc.; newspaper clippings; correspondence and military orders; and records on the event of various reunions for the crew of the USS Biloxi. The reunion subseries contains a book with extensive photographs of the mariners, the USS Biloxi, and their travels.

Correspondence & Military Orders, 1940s
Box 1
Correspondence & Military Orders, 1950s
Box 1
Records
Box 1
Reunion 1974
Box 1
Newspapers & Publicity
Box 1
Photographs
Box 1

Historical Note

William (Bill) Erwin Stauber ran an advertising agency in Durham, N.C. and was a Durham County Commissioner in the 1970s. Stauber graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1940 and became a production manager for WPTF Radio in Raleigh, N.C. Stauber enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and was a deck officer on the light cruiser USS Biloxi in a year and half tour in the Pacific. In 1945, the commanding officer of the Biloxi arranged for Stauber to make a daily 3:45 radio broadcast for the ship, giving the crew news from the communications office.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Erwin Stauber Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Provenance

The William Erwin Stauber papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by John Mayrose, August 2007

Encoded by John Mayrose, August 2007

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.