Morley-Mower, Geoffrey Papers, 1999-2001 *JMU Faculty Papers*

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Morley-Mower, Geoffrey, 1918-2005
Title:
Geoffrey Morley-Mower Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0194
Date:
1999-2001
Extent:
1 box, 0.17 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Geoffrey Morley-Mower Papers, 1999-2001, include a draft of Morley-Mower's memoir Flying Blind, correspondence with artist and collection donor Richard McNealy, and images and copies of paintings used to illustrate Flying Blind.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Geoffrey Morley-Mower Papers, 1991-2001, SC 0194, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Bio/Historical Note

Geoffrey Morley-Mower (1918-2005), was born in London, England. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1937 and served for 31 years. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Force Cross. He flew Hawker Hurricanes, American Mustangs, and subsonic jet aircraft and his assignments included India, the Middle East, Gibraltar and Cyprus. Towards the end of his service with RAF, he was assigned to the Pentagon and subsequently moved his family to the United States. In 1968, Morley-Mower became a James Madison University professor in the English Department. He continued his career at James Madison until his death in 2005.

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Scope and Content

The Geoffrey Morley-Mower Papers, 1999-2001, consist of a draft of Morley-Mower's Flying Blind, correspondence with artist and collection donor Richard K. McNealy, and images and copies of paintings used to illustrate Flying Blind.

The collection includes correspondence received by McNealy from Morley-Mower, which primarily deals with the illustrations that McNealy created for Flying Blind. A copy of correspondence from Yucca Tree Press is also included. The images and copies of the collection include a hand drawn diagram of the "Wapiti" in ink, photograph copies of paintings by McNeily, John Young, and Wilfred Hardy,a copy of the publisher's proof for the cover of Flying Blind, and photocopies of Morley-Mower's personal aerial and ground photographs.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged topically in three folders.

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Converted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl.Revised by Tara Mastrangelo 2013-11-21September 2010

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk. (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated in 2006 by Richard K. McNealy, retired USA colonel and cover artist for Morley-Mower's Flying Blind.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 5015.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms

Subject

  • Air pilots, Military -- Great Britain

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Bibliography

Morley-Mower, Geoffrey. Cabell Under Fire. New York: Revisionist Press, 1975.

Morley-Mower, Geoffrey. Flying Blind. New Mexico: Yucca Tree Press, 2001.

Morley-Mower, Geoffrey. Messerschmitt Routlette. Minnesota: Phalanx Press, 1993.

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Draft of Flying Blind, undated box 1 folder 1
Correspondence, 1999-2001 box 1 folder 2
Images, undated box 1 folder 3