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Edward F. Morley U.S. Navy Photograph Album

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: GTM-20210430

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the six-year career of Edward F. Morley, was a sailor in the U.S. Navy serving in the Pacific from 1935 to 1941. It consists of one photograph album and one scrapbook.

The album contains 279 photographs, including ships at Pearl Harbor, and other stops in Long Beach, Norfolk Air Station, Panama, Parris Island, San Diego, Washington, Haiti, and Guantanamo, as well as images of friends and family at home. Many of the photographs depict shipboard life, including a ceremony for sailors crossing the Equator for the first time. The album also includes images of various Navy ships, Navy combat planes (in flight and on the ground), and members of Fighting Squadron Five.

The scrapbook contains hundreds of items from Morley's travels, including menus, business cards, clippings, maps, matchbook covers, and other ephemera. It contains an 8 page manuscript chronology of his time in the Navy. The scrapbook also contains photographs, jokes, and commentaries by Morley. The scrapbook includes thirteen pages of addresseses which were updated through 1973.

Note on Problematic Materials

Content warning: The photograph album contains racist imagery depicting minstrelsy/blackface and the scrapbook contains xenophobic and sexist materials.


  • 1935 - 1973
  • Majority of material found within 1935 - 1941


Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Edward F. Morley was a sailor from Arlington Heights, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1935 and was attached to Fighting Squadron Five (VF 5B) on the aircraft carriers Ranger and Yorktown. He primarily served in the Pacific and was discharged just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

(Source: William Reese Company, Multimedia Archives & Scrapbooks catalog, 2021)


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from William Reese Company, 2021.

Processing Information

The collection has been rehoused in an archival-quality box.

John Zarrillo
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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