Beatrice H. Stroup papers
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Beatrice H. Stroup papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Stroup, Beatrice H.
Title: Beatrice H. Stroup papers
Dates: 1883-2005
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (1 box)
Identification: MS 1749

Biographical/Historical Note

Mrs. Beatrice Hood Stroup, born February 28, 1908 in Philadelphia, lived an eventful life. Associated with the Society of Friends (Quakers), she dedicated her life to benefit others. Around the mid 1930s, she attended Kings College, University College of London, receiving an M.A. in Literature. At unknown dates, she received a Master's degree in literature from University of Pennsylvania, and attended the University of Oslo, Norway to study Anglo Latin and International Law. Between college and the outbreak of WWII, she married Donald Stroup who was in the U.S. Navy. Mrs. Stroup unofficially adopted a boy named Peter Hefmo. In her 50s, she earned a political science Masters from Case Western Reserve University.

In 1943 at the outbreak of World War II, Mrs. Stroup entered the Army as a private in WAC (Women's Army Corps). When asked why she joined, she stated, "It isn't just my brother's country, or my husband's country, it's my country as well. And so the war wasn't just their war, it was my war, and I needed to serve in it" (quoted from Alliance for National Defense: A Positive Voice for Military Women homepage, accessed June 20, 2006). This quote is memorialized on the ceiling of the National Museum of Women in Military Service in Washington, D.C. She was promoted to captain after working intelligence in Japan, and in November 1946, she was one of the few women to be promoted to Major. She was active in the Eastern front in Japan, the Western front in Germany, and the home front in Washington, D.C.

In 1970, Mrs. Stroup settled in Savannah, Georgia upon the death of her husband in Cleveland, Ohio. She moved several times while living in Savannah, initially living at E. Gordon Street House 19, then Whitaker Street (1997), 54 Timber Ridge Court (1999-2000), and finally Savannah Square Drive, apartment 54. For many years, she was heavily involved in the cultural life of the city and the state of Georgia as a whole. For instance, she bought and then helped preserve a 1799 house, transforming it into a tea parlor known as Laura's House. Additionally, she "served on the Boards of the Savannah Symphony, the Telfair Museum, was president of the Poetry Society and the English Speaking Union, and was a founder of the History Museum and the council on world affairs," and the Ogeechee Four Loving Brothers Society (quoted from Obituary in the Savannah Morning News, August 28, 2006). Mrs. Beatrice Hood Stroup died on August 24, 2006.


Scope and Content Note

Mrs. Beatrice H. Stroup's records span a period from 1883-2005. The bulk of the collection consists of 3 folders of correspondence with her future husband, Donald Stroup and her unofficially adopted son Peter Hefmo spanning from August 11, 1935 through March 21, 1936. Mrs. Stroup, then Miss Hood, was studying and traveling, while Mr. Stroup was stationed at different Naval posts. Many of the letters were written on hotel letterhead from such diverse places as Japan, India, Spain, and Germany.

The next largest group details her involvement with the preservation of Laura's House in Savannah, Georgia in 1972 through clippings, fliers, a bookmark, and a letter. Of special note is the letter from S.C. Dedman, who was the Borough Librarian and Curator in Surrey County Branch Library, England in 1972. It explains the history of tea, and includes handwritten annotations, possibly from Mrs. Stroup, that corresponds with one of the flyers.

This collection also includes a damaged copy of a newspaper article (unknown date and title) mentioning her military service, a "Military Record and Report of Separation Certificate of Service" form (April 1946), and her promotion to major in November 1946. One folder is dedicated to the burial plot she bought for her employee U.Z. Hutchins in Magnolia Memorial Gardens in 1985, two postcards (one of the artist Barry Thomas and another of Jim Williams in the Mercer House circa 1991), and an interview with two photographs conducted by the student Sumaya El-Khalidi in 2005. Finally, the collection possesses items pertaining to Sarah A. Cunningham. The series spans from 1883 to June 9, 1976. Interestingly, there is a letter written to Miss Cunningham in French from a group of women she assisted after World War 1 in 1920, and a music score from John H. Mercer entitled "Georgia-Georgia."


Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Fliers (printed matter)
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration.
Letters (correspondence)
Photographs.
Postcards.
Scores.
Stroup, Beatrice H.
United States. Army. Women’s Army Corps.
Women--Georgia--Savannah.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from a representative of the estate of creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Beatrice H. Stroup papers, MS 1749, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lorraine Warlick for the estate of Beatrice H. Stroup, 2007


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 
Letters

Box

Fldr

11August 11, 1935-September 30, 1935
2October 3, 1935-December 6, 1935
3February 7, 1936-March 21, 1936
 
4Story fragments, October 1, 1935-January (?) 1936
 
5Military memorabilia and form, April 10, 1946-November 19, 1946
 
6Laura's House, 1972-1973
 
7Sarah A. Cunningham papers, January 21, 1883-June 10, 1976
 
8Hutchins burial plot papers, 1985; two postcards, 1991; Sumaya El-Khalidi Interview, April 23, 2005