George E. Lovell, Jr. Papers
||George E. Lovell, Jr. Papers
||2.0 linear feet
||Purchased from Pacific Coast Auction, 1993
||JEO, 2-8-1994; JEF, 11-16-1998; JLY,
8-2007; MN, 11-2012
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The George E. Lovell, Jr. Papers consist of documents,
photographs, and memorabilia regarding Lovell’s career as an Army
Aviator from World War I through the late 1950s. Other related materials
display his family and social life including photographs of his mother,
father, wife and family both in leisure and military-related life. The materials
serve as a tool in understanding life, dress, and military history from
the early to mid-20th century.
Detailed Description: Series Listing
||Box 1 FF 1-9
||Military Career Documents
||Box 1 FF 10-12
||Box 1 FF 13
||Box 1 FF 14-Box 2 FF 6
||Box 2 FF 7
Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing
Series 1 – Military Career Documents
||Two documents, one dated October 24, 1908 informing
Lovell as admitted to West Point and a certificate of mental qualifications
dated February 2, 1909 for attending West Point.
||Several documents pertaining to Lovell’s
early military service including the following: a War Department
Personal Order rating Lovell as “Military Aviator,”
October 5, 1920, a certification of graduation from United States
Special Service Schools Air Service, August 15, 1922. Copies of
military orders to Lovell on December 6, 1922.
||Various documents including witnesses to George
Lovell Sr.’s marriage, 1886. War orders dated August 17, 1913
and several documents tracing Lovell’s family and military
||Four personnel orders dated between 1939 to 1945
to Lovell. Also, an unsigned undated poem found among the orders.
||Documents including Lovell’s record of service
to April 4, 1945, also clinical abstracts, physical reports, interviews
pertaining to Lovell’s retirement.
||Documents and memos dated from April 2, 1946 to
April 26, 1950 pertaining to Lovell’s retirement and veteran
benefits. Included also is a “Graphological Analysis of Colonel
Lovell, Jr.” by Virginia Drew.
||Documents and correspondences July 15, 1949 to
June 19, 1957 from the War Department and Veterans administration
on retirement and pension for Lovell. Included also is a typed draft
and newspaper obituary from 1972 on George Lovell.
||Letter of confirmation for Lovell to the “Ordine
de Santi Meurzio e Lozzaro” (in Italian) dated March 26, 1931.
||Certificate honoring the memory of Lovell following
his death in 1972, signed by Richard Nixon (possibly stamped).
Series 2 – Memorabilia
||Memorabilia: A shoulder rank insignia patch; A
medal given by Italians to Lovell of a Maltese Falcon (its gem stone
center has been chipped off); another medal of an enamel and metal
cross with “Terza Armata” (third army) inscribed.
||Memorabilia. An 1913 edition of “The Howitzer,”
the West Point yearbook including a picture of Lovell.
||Several typewritten papers explaining the family
history of the Lyter Family, a description of a Coat of Arms for
the Miller Family and a family history of Mary Reynolds.
Series 3 – Genealogy
||Family photographs including photographs of Lovell’s
father; a photo of a young Lovell addressed to his parents; two
large portrait photographs of Lovell’s mother and father (in
military dress); a photo of Lovell with parents and sister; photos
of Lovell’s parents at a young age.
Series 4 – Photographs
||Several photographs from 1915 to 1931 depicting
Lovell’s civilian life including family, children and a photograph
of Lovell at a pre-teen age with the family dog (presumably).
||Photographs of family including wedding, daughter,
and two large photographs of George Lovell and wife dated June 1,
||Three separate studio pictures as Lovell as a
West Point cadet.
||Photographs of Lovell pertaining to military service
including those with Lovell by airplanes, other servicemen, in Rome,
and decorating another serviceman.
||Two photos. One of unidentified man with two young
girls. The second of a dinner party with participants identified,
left to right, Lt. Walter Joyce, Frances, Lt. Bill Murray and Lt.
and Mrs. Hal Oliver.
||These photographs show Lovell in middle years.
Photographs of Lovell with other officers at attention, one entitled
“Review for Col. Lovell” of serviceman, and of Gen.
Arnold stepping out of a plane.
||Collection of mounted, dated photographs from
1915 to approximately November 11, 1944 (last date listed). Included
are photographs of aircraft, vacations, and Lovell with aircraft.
This album was kept by Lovell’s daughter.
||Several photographs of Lovell: as a West Point
cadet, in uniform, at work at desk, and an older Lovell in profile
||Photographs of Lovell and Lovell with Cavalry
company in older-style cavalry dress regalia.
||Album of approximately 450 photographs dated from
1914 to possibly mid-1930s. Photos include Lovell with aircraft,
family, or on vacation. Many of photographs are captioned and glued
into the album.
||Large photos of Lovell in uniform.
||Large leather bound photo album of approximately
Series 5 – Miscellaneous
||Framed certificate in Italian, 1931.
Series 6 – Military Certificates
||Large certificates: Diploma from West Point, 1913;
From the President of the United States appointing Lovell to Second
Lieutenant of Cavalry, 1937; From the President of the United States
appointing Lovell to First Lieutenant of Cavalry, 1941; certificate
in Italian, 1937.