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G. Victor Hurley papers

Identifier: Ax 343

Scope and Contents

Collection includes book length manuscripts, articles and short stories, miscellaneous items, memorabilia, and correspondence.

Book length manuscripts include "Blades In the Sun," "The Coronado Island Adventures," "Jungle Patrol," "Men in Sun Helmets," and "The Three Bachelors."

Non-fiction articles include "Appointment with Paddock," "Banzai," "Cobras in the Sea," and "The Tropic Dowager."

Fiction articles include "Bird on the Wing," "Feeling of Privacy," and "Perfume of Glory."

Miscellaneous items include notes on sport fishing in the Philippines, interview material, a poem, notes on writing, selling, and editing the historic novel, Red Cross Drive radio spot, and U.S. Navel Vessels-Standard nomenclature.

Correspondence includes incoming, outgoing, and war correspondence.

Memorabilia includes photographs, clippings, scrapbooks, and dust jackets for his books.


  • 1938-1960


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Gerald Victor Hurley (1898-1978), a businessman, historian and writer, was born in Springfield, Missouri and grew up in the American Northwest, attending the University of Washington. He served in the U.S. Army in WWI, and later travelled to the Philippines, living and working in Zamboanga, Mindanao as a Goodyear Rubber executive. In WWII, he served as a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy. He is known for writing the books Southeast of Zamboanga, Men in Sun Helmets, Swish of the Kris, Jungle Patrol, and The Parthian. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Duane Richards and Jim Duane.


2 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Gerald Victor Hurley (1898-1978) was a businessman, historian, and writer. Collection includes book length manuscripts, articles and short stories, miscellaneous items, memorabilia, and correspondence.


Collection is organized into the following series: Manuscripts, Non-Fiction Articles, Fiction, Miscellaneous, Correspondence, and Memorabilia.

Materials within this collection are arranged first by initial accession(s) that were processed together as a whole and then by subsequent accession(s). This organization reflects the fact that the collection had been processed at one point in time and then more materials were acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them into a whole at this point in time, given the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by G. Victor Hurley.

Related Materials

Collections regarding G. Victor Hurley can also be found at the Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections: Gerald Victor Hurley Papers, Cage 68; New Holland Library, Pullman, WA 99164, (509) 335-6691.

Physical Description

one record storage box and one manuscript box

Processing Information

Collection processed by Staff, 1967, 1979.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents. Folder titles are based on those created by the creators or previous custodians. Titles have not all been verified against the contents of the folders. In some cases, staff supplied folder titles during initial processing.

Guide to the G. Victor Hurley Papers
Complete Description
University of Oregon Libraries Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Jenn Newby
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA