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Draper, Hazel Archibald, 1891-1973



  • Existence: 1891-1973

Biographical Note

Hazel Marjory (Archibald) Draper was the sister of Norman S. Archibald and served as with the Red Cross during World War I.

Draper was born to Silas Archibald and Elizabeth J. Langille Archibald on March 28, 1891. During World War I, she served with the American Red Cross in Paris, France. She was accepted for service in October 1918, a month after her brother, who was serving in the military, was captured in France. Draper performed as an entertainer in the Red Cross Hospital Hut Service and later worked in the vocational department. She was reunited with her brother in Tours, France in early December 1918, and served until May 1919.

After the war, Draper regularly wrote for the Seattle Times under the pseudonym "Dora Dean." She moved to New York around 1921, where she was successful as a songwriter, pianist, and performer. On November 12, 1926, she married Congressman Eben Sumner Draper, Jr., son of former Massachusetts governor Eben S. Draper (Sr.).

Draper was highly active in promoting her brother's book before and after its 1935 publication. She continued to compose music with great success, with one of her songs being used in a Broadway musical and writing an operetta to be performed for a United Nations Relief benefit.

Draper died in February 1973.

Sources: Museum of History and Industry, Norman Archibald and Hazel Archibald Draper Papers, (finding aid).

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Norman "Jim" S. Archibald Collection

Identifier: 1986-10-10A
Abstract Norman "Jim" Silas Archibald (1894-1975) of Seattle, Washington served in the U.S. Army Air Service, 95th Aero Squadron during World War I, and later published a bestselling book on his experience. He served again in the Air Force during World War II at home in Seattle. The collection contains correspondence, military documents, photographs, and other materials relating to Archibald's life and military service.

Hazel M. (Archibald) Draper Scrapbook Page

 Collection — Box: World War I Oversize Box 1, oversize: folder
Identifier: 2021-00-00-37
Content Description The Hazel M. (Archibald) Draper Scrapbook Page is a small collection consisting of one oversize scrapbook page documenting Draper's time serving with the Red Cross and her brother Norman Archibald's military service during World War I.The scrapbook page inludes: a clipping of the masthead from the Seattle Sunday Times from June 14, 1919 promoting an article by Draper; a clipping from the June 29, 1919 Seattle Sunday...

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