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Morris Fleming civil defense papers, 1951-1983

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
U.S.A.
Phone: 303-688-7730
Email: sboyd@dclibraries.org
URL: http://DouglasCountyLibraries.org

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Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Shaun Boyd 2011-03-08
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
CreatorMorris Fleming (1912-1984)
TitleMorris Fleming civil defense papers
Dates: 1951-1983
Size1.56 cubic ft.; (2 boxes: 26x42x33cm., 8x38x48cm. and 1 folder of 20 photographs)
Abstract:Morris Fleming served as Douglas County Civil Defense Coordinator at the height of the Cold War from 1962 – 1968. Through a series a weekly articles, pamphlets and other methods, Mr. Fleming tried to keep Douglas County prepared in the event of an emergency. The office of Civil Defense was most useful in handling local emergencies such as the flood of 1965 and the UFO hoax of 1968.
Collection Number1994.006
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

Collection is arranged chronologically within subject headings.

Scope and Content

The collection contains training materials, pamphlets, planning calendars, newspaper articles, and other materials relating to the efforts of Douglas County, Colo., in regards to Civil Defense during the Cold War. Some articles of personal correspondence are also included in the collection, as well as the beginning of a manuscript on Mr. Fleming's experiences called “The Reluctant Giant.” The original donated notebooks have been disassembled and their content organized alphabetically by subject. The original copies of full-page newspaper articles that Mr. Fleming collected, and that were originally bolted to a board, comprise box 2 of the collection. The articles by Morris Fleming pertaining to Douglas County civil defense have been photocopied and placed in box 1 of the collection under the heading "collected articles." There are also copies of some articles collected by Mr. Fleming on other subjects, including the JFK assassination. The collection also includes a set of 20 photographs documenting the mock emergency exercises that were scheduled on June 16, 1965, ironically on the same day as a flood that caused significant destruction in Douglas County and areas north.


Biography / History

Morris Fleming served as Douglas County Civil Defense Coordinator at the height of the Cold War from 1962 – 1968. Mr. Fleming and other Douglas County residents worked in the wake of the invasion of the Bay of Pigs in 1961, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, the US’s growing involvement in Vietnam, the Kent State Riots, and the nuclear test ban treaty between the US, Great Britain and the USSR. Douglas County tried to plan for the very real possibility of a nuclear attack on the area between the North American Air Defense Headquarters in Colorado Springs and the missile factories, air bases and nuclear testing facilities of Denver.

Through a series a weekly articles, pamphlets and other methods, Mr. Fleming tried to keep Douglas County prepared in the event of an emergency. The office of Civil Defense was most useful in handling local emergencies such as the flood of 1965 and the UFO hoax of 1968. Civil Defense also staged training sessions on testing for radiation, provided instructions for the construction of bomb shelters, ran training scenarios for local medical personnel, and maintained a network of local radio operators. Mr. Fleming did all this while continuing to operate his jewelry and watchmaking business in downtown Castle Rock. He collected newspaper articles about civil defense, the Kennedy Assassination, and a 1965 murder in Douglas County.

1962 – May 1. Morris Fleming is appointed Civil Defense Director. Experience and training includes WWII Military Service, Los Angeles Police Extension Civil Defense Training and an FCC Radio Telephone License.

1965 – June 16 Major flood in Douglas County. County Civil Defense ran a mock hospital simulation earlier in the day.

1968 - January 3 “UFO” sighting in Castle Rock. Turned out to be a hoax.

1968 - November – December Mr. Fleming was dismissed from his duties as Civil Defense Director.


Access Terms

1965 Flood (Colorado)
Civil Defense
Colorado
Disasters
Douglas County (Colo.)
Emergency Medical Services
Fallout Shelters
Floods
Nuclear Fallout
Nuclear War
Unidentified Flying Objects

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with the permission of the Center's staff.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Morris Fleming civil defense papers, Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the DCHRC by Madeline Fleming (Mr. Fleming's wife) and their daughter Barbara Fleming.

Processing Information

Processed by Shaun Boyd and William Kirby, October 1999.


Related Material

Other materials in the Douglas County History Research Center:

Sue and Fred Meacham Papers (Flood)

Clippings Notebooks (Flood, Courthouse Fire, UFOs)

Microfilm (Newspaper Articles)


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