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Alden Aaroe papers

Alden Aaroe papers, 1873-1993
Alden Aaroe papers
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  • Papers, 1873-1993, of Alden Peterson Aaroe, containing biographies, brochures, certificates, clippings, contracts, correspondence, directories, military records, obituaries, photographs, programs, and publications. Included are photographs, ca. 1873-1920, and commencement programs of the Peterson family of New Jersey; birth certificates, biography, teaching contracts, programs, and photographs of Anna Peterson Aaroe; and clippings and photographs of George Aaroe
  • The bulk of the collection contains materials from Alden Aaroe's childhood, military service, and career at WRVA. Included are air logs, clippings, correspondence, history of the 26th Aero Squadron, pilot license, programs, military records, and photographs from Aaroe's service with the U.S. Air Force during World War II in Europe and the Middle East. Also included are photographs and clippings relating to his first wife, Edna Kirby Aaroe, 1940-1960; architectural drawings and plans of the Aaroe family home; and invitations, correspondence, clippings, and photographs of Aaroe's daughter, Anna Lou Schaberg, and her family. Included are brochures, programs, clippings, photographs, WRVA Dialog, and photographs documenting Aaroe's career with WRVA, 1946-1993
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Alden Peterson Aaroe was born 5 May 1918 in Washington, D.C., to George and Anna Peterson Aaroe. He attended the University of Virginia and began his broadcasting career with WCLS in Charlottesville, becoming the stations program director. He served in the U.S. Air Force 1941-1946. In 1946 he started working for WRVA in Richmond, where he was best remembered for news reporting, creating the fictional character, Millard the Mallard, and founding the WRVA-Salvation Army Shoe fund which raised millions for needy children. He married Edna Louise Kirby in 1942 and Frances Perry in 1975. He died 7 July 1993 in Hanover County and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.
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Alden Aaroe papers
  • The Library of Virginia
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Schaberg, Anna Lou
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