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John C. Morley architectural drawings

Call Number: RH AD 14


This collection contains drawings and negatives pertaining to projects, both public and private, in the Kansas City region and Lawrence, Kansas area. Much of the collection focuses on John C. Morley's work with projects surrounding the Kansas City International Airport (MCI), including the masterplan of the Industrial Park. Other projects include single-family residences, dormitory and other projects at Rockhurst University, and commercial buildings.


  • Creation: 1958 - 1985


Conditions Governing Access

No Access restrictions

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library Staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of John C. Morley

John "Jack" Morley was an architect with Morley and Geraughty Architects in Kansas City. Graduating from Rockhurst College in 1936 with a degree in economics, Morley then went to the University of Kansas and received a degree in architecture in 1939. He and business partner Tom Geraughty established their architectural firm in 1948. Morley designed projects from Masterplanning to more Mid-Century housing from the 1950s through the late 1980s.

Morley served as a pilot and teacher of pilots during World War II, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.

After the war, Morley, in addition to his professional design work, began teaching at the University of Kansas, becoming a full professor in architecture in 1961. He received a Fulbright Fellowship to the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1955-1956, giving a series of lectures on American construction and contemporary design.

Morley married Marie Thompson in 1946. They had four sons: Thomas, Michael, Brian, and Kevin; and one daughter, Shila. John C. Morley died in September 2001.


59 oversize folders (59 oversize folders + 1 oversize box) ; Folders range in size from 59x90 cm to 90x120 cm.

Language of Materials



The collection has been organized into two series: Residential projects for private single-family dwellings and Commercial projects. The bulk of the collection are commercial project drawings, which include dormitories and hotels as well as businesses and offices, school buildings, churches, industrial facilities, and the Industrial Park by the MCI airport.

Physical Location

RH AD 14

Physical Location

RH MS Q447

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, John C. Morley, 1998.

Guide to the John C. Morley Collection
John C. Morley architectural drawings
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Preferred citation
John C. Morley architectural drawings, RH AD 14, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States