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

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Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Geoffrey Morley-Mower Papers, 1999-2001

Collection No.: SC 0194
Creator: Morley-Mower, Geoffrey, 1918-2005

Extent: 1 box; 0.17 cubic feet

Language: 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.

 

Administrative Information

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

Arrangement:

This collection is arranged topically in three folders.

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.

Contents:

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Draft of Flying Blind, undated
1:1
Correspondence, 1999-2001
1:2
Images, undated
1:3

Compiled by: Julia Merkel, March 2006; Tara Mastrangelo, September 2010