NOLIE MUMEY PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The collection spans 1917 to 1988 and documents Nolie Mumey's medical and military service as well as his membership and activities in numerous civic and social organizations. Materials, which are arranged chronologically, include newspaper clippings, military records, correspondence and extensive memorabilia.
This series contains the bulk of the collection and is divided into two sections. The first documents Mumey's medical and military career and the second his participation in numerous organizations and activities. Materials, which are arranged chronologically, include newspaper clippings, military records, correspondence and extensive memorabilia.
The series includes b/w photographic prints documenting Mumey's service with the Colorado National Guard's 120th Observation Squadron. Also included are numerous reference photographs depicting mines and mining activities. These photos are primarily duplicate copies obtained from the Denver Public Library's Western History Photo Collection. Limited biographical photos complete the series.
The bulk of the series is made up of Mumey's certificates, diplomas and commissions. Also included are announcements and a proclamation.
The collection is open for research.
Literary and copyrights as appropriate have been assigned to the Denver Public Library.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.
Nolie Mumey was born February 8, 1891 in Shreveport, Louisiana, the son of French parents, Mitchell and Mary S. Mumey. Mitchell Mumey, a veterinarian, served with the French Foreign Legion in Beirut, Lebanon, before emigrating to Quebec, Canada. The family name, Mumoux, became Mumey shortly after the family's move to the United States. The Mumey family moved from Shreveport to Joplin, Missouri and then to Jenny Lind, Arkansas, where Mumey grew up the oldest of five children. Though his mother hoped he would become a priest, Mumey showed an early interest in medicine. By eighth grade, for example, he could name all of the bones in the human body. Mumey graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1916. He interned at City Hospital in Little Rock and then enlisted in the Army, where he attended the Army's neuro-surgery school in Chicago. Mumey served eighteen months in France during World War I. Prior to deploying to Europe, he married his college sweetheart, Viola Lee on February 23, 1918. Following his discharge on April 22, 1919, Mumey returned to the U.S. to discover that his wife suffered from tuberculosis. Seeking a better climate, the couple moved to Grenville, New Mexico, where Mumey practiced medicine from 1921 to 1924. When his wife's health improved, Mumey moved east where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Moving to Denver, Colorado, Mumey studied at the University of Denver and began his surgical practice. He joined the Colorado Meical Society in 1924 and eventually became the society's oldest and longest-term member. He joined the medical staff at Denver's Preysbyterian Hospital in 1926 and remained on staff seeing patients until his death at age 92.
With his formal education completed, Mumie developed an intense interest in Western history. One of his favorite anecdotes involved his inability to provide directions to Denver's downtown post office. This proved to be such an embarrassment, Mumey vowed to learn everything there was to know about Denver. In the process, he wrote nearly 100 books, many of which were devoted to Western history and medical topics. Twenty-nine of Mumey's books were volumes of poetry. In addition to interests in woodworking, jewelry making, coin collecting and book binding, Mumie was a licensed pilot with over 2,600 flying hours, and he served as flight surgeon for the 120th Observation Squadron of the Colorado National Guard. Mumey taught numerous classes and was in constant demand as a speaker and lecturer.
Mumey's wife, Viola, died in Denver in 1942. On June 16, 1943, Mumey married Ruth Hanrahan in Denver. She died October 5, 1979 following an automobile accident, in which Mumey was also seriously injured. On September 13, 1980 Mumey married Norma Flynn, his longtime literary assistant.
Mumey served as chairman of Denver's 1953 Easter Seals Campaign. In 1956, he temporarily suspended his surgical practice to serve as medical director for the Red Cross at a Hungarian refugee camp near Salzburg, Austria. As a member of countless organizations, Mumey served on the Boards of Directors for many of them. Colorado Governor, Richard Lamm, proclaimed May 28, 1978 to be Nolie Mumey Day. Mumey always attributed his ability to accomplish so much to the fact that he allowed himself no more than four or five hours sleep each night.
Mumey passed away January 22,1984 in Denver, Colorado.
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Norma L. Mumey (Nolie Mumey's wife) donated the materials in this collection in 1986 and 1988.
Number of Boxes: 1 (1 linear foot)
Oversize: 1 OVFF
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- Authors -- 20th century. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Manuscripts (document genre). Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Mumey, Nolie, -- 1891-1984 -- Archives.
- Personal papers. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographs. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Physicians -- Colorado -- Denver -- 20th century. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Santos (Art) -- History. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Southwest, New -- History. Subject Source: Lcnaf
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