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Morgan Goodhart Papers

Identifier: Ms-2011-017

Scope and Content

This collection contains the correspondence of Morgan Goodhart, a staff officer in the U. S. Army during World War II and afterward. Included are outgoing as well as incoming letters, consisting largely of exchanges between Goodhart and his mother (Pauline Boyd Goodhart) and sister (Jean Goodhart Akin) and other family members and friends. The letters trace Goodhart's war service from Fort Dix to England, Africa, and finally Italy. Goodhart's frequent letters focus on family matters, daily activities, and descriptions of his surroundings. Included among these letters are several examples of V-mail ("victory mail"), The collection also contains letters received by Goodhart's mother and sister from other correspondents, and a few letters exchanged among third parties. Also included are materials relating to Goodhart's service as commanding officer and professor of air science and tactics of the Air Reserve Officers Training Corps at University of Oklahoma. The collection also includes a small selection of personal financial papers, invitations, and photographs. A folder of notes and ephemera contains, among other things, two blank sheets of Goodhart's stationery; a page of genealogical notes on the Boyd/Baldwin family of Virginia; a treasurer's report for the Art and Literature Club of Kansas City; and a guide to an Angelo di Benedetto and Lee Porzio gallery show at the Kober Shop (Denver, Colorado).


  • 1933 - 1961


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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Biographical Note

Morgan Harrison Goodhart, son of Clarence R. and Pauline Boyd Goodhart, was born in New Mexico on August 3, 1907. He attended the University of Georgia, earning a bachelor's degree in education and history and a commission as second lieutenant in the Army Infantry Reserve in 1933; and a master's degree in history and government in 1936. While attending college, Goodhart served as an instructor at Darlington School for Boys (Rome, Georgia) from 1933 to 1935; then worked as assistant instructor of history at the University of Georgia (1936) and as assistant instructor of history at Louisiana State University (1936-1938). In 1939, Goodhart joined the U. S. Army Air Forces, and during World War II, he received assignment to photo reconnaissance units, serving in the Mediterranean Theater and in Italy. With creation of the U. S. Air Force in 1947, Goodhart was integrated into the service as a career officer. By 1949, Goodhart had been promoted to lieutenant colonel and was in charge of the passenger terminal at Rhein Air Base in Frankfurt, Germany. He served as executive officer of the liaison section of the U. S. forces in Austria from 1946 to 1948 and as terminal officer during the Berlin Airlift. Following his return to the U. S. in 1949, Goodhart served as chief of staff in charge of psychological warfare within the Air Resupply and Communications Service at the Pentagon. He received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Vienna in 1951. In 1952, Goodhart was named commanding officer and professor of air science and tactics of the Air Reserve Officers Training Corps at University of Oklahoma. In 1956, he became director of the maintenance laboratory at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado. Goodhart retired from the Air Force on October 31, 1960. Course catalogs of The Citadel list him as an assistant professor of history from 1961 to 1968, and associate professor of history from 1969 to 1972. Morgan H. Goodhart died January 19, 1987, and was buried in Oakhill Cemetery, Bartow County, Georgia.


1.9 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)


Correspondence of Morgan Goodhart, a U. S. Army officer during World War II, consisting mostly of letters to and from mother, sister, and friends.

Source of Acquisition

The collection was acquired by Special Collections and University Archives prior to 2012.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Morgan Goodhart Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 ( work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Morgan Goodhart Papers was completed in February 2011. Additional processing, arrangement, and description commenced in August, 2023, and was completed in September, 2023.

Morgan Goodhart Papers, 1933-1961
Isidoro Rodriguez-Hazbun, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
2011 (CC0 1.0)
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2021-07-28: LM Rozema updated notes to new standards, addd source note, and added box instance.
  • 2023-09-07: Two boxes of papers integrated and sorted; scope and content, bio, abstract notes expanded and updated; box-folder list revised. jmj

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US