Maude French papers, 1923, 1942-1943 Rauner Manuscript MS-1342

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Maude French papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1342

Collection Dates:

1923, 1942-1943

Size of Collection:

.25 linear ft., 1 box


Maude D. French (1900-1985), art librarian, Baker Library at Dartmouth College. The collection contains instruction materials related to her service as an air raid warden in Hanover, NH during WWII.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Maude D. French contain memoranda, ration cards, books and tokens, flyers, letters and photographs related to her service as an air raid warden in Hanover, District A-1, NH during WWII. The material is primarily instructional in nature.


Maude Dorrance French was born on August 31, 1900. She attended Simmons College from which she graduated with a library degree in 1923. She worked for the Detroit Public Library and the New York Public Library before joining the staff at Baker Library at Dartmouth College in 1928. In 1929, she became the art librarian, a position she held until her retirement in 1963. French died on April 14, 1985.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: WWII Air Raid Warden, 1923, 1942-1943bulk

Box: 1, 1923, 1942-1943

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, United States Government Thrift Card, 1923
  • Folder: 2, "Air Raid Warden Handbook" and "Air Raid Emergency Exit Plan" , circa 1942
  • Folder: 3, "Air Raid Precautions" (ARP), circa 1942
  • Folder: 4, "An Air Warden Must...," rules from the New Hampshire Council of Defense, circa 1942
  • Folder: 5, Air Warden List of Residents in Area A-1, Hanover, with sketches of locations, 1942-01
  • Folder: 6, "Blackouts", circa 1942
  • Folder: 7, "Carry your Identification Card - Our Watchword is Arp! Arp!", circa 1942
  • Folder: 8, Certification of Maude French for completion of motor mechanic training, 1942
  • Folder: 9, "Marching", circa 1942
  • Folder: 10, "Memorandum for Wardens in District A-1", 1943
  • Folder: 11, "Meet Your Air Warden," leaflet, circa 1942
  • Folder: 12, "Your Home in an Air Raid," New Hampshire Council of Defense, circa 1942
  • Folder: 13, "Organization of Hanover ARP District A-1", 1942
  • Folder: 14, Letter from Office of Civil Defense notifying French that Henry Dargan is the head warden, 1942-07-18
  • Folder: 15, Letter from Henry M. Dargan regarding scheduling, 1942-07-19
  • Folder: 16, "Convoy Instructions", circa 1942
  • Folder: 17, Ration card and books made out to others, circa 1942
  • Folder: 18, Photographs of house facades with numbering system identification numbers, circa 1942
  • Folder: 19, Ration cards made out to Maude French, circa 1943-1944
  • Folder: 20, Office of Price Administration "1" Red Tokens, undated
  • Folder: 21, Warden Report Form, blank, undated
  • Folder: 22, Miscellaneous notes, undated

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