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Geoffrey Styles papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2017 Box 1 (17.0003-17.0027), Folder: 17.0020-Folder 1
Identifier: 17.0020

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Geoffrey Styles who was eleven years old and lived in Romford, 14 miles Northeast of London when World War II began for Great Britain. The papers include an oral interview transcript and audiotape recording. The collection also includes a letter written from Normandy during World War II by Jesse Davis Binns.


  • 1914-1945
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1939-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 09/25/2017


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

Geoffrey Styles was born on December 2, 1929, in Romford, within the London, England metropolitan area. His sister Joan was born in 1924, and brother Alan in 1926.  Geoffrey Styles served as a messenger boy during World War II for the Civil Defense in Romford.  He recounts the German air raids during the 1940 Blitz and later the V-1, V-2, rocket attacks on London in 1944, which included Romford.  He also recounts life during the war, and the actions taken by his family during air raids.  Additional related collection 00.0176 for Geoffrey Styles contains BBC taped interviews.


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Custodial History

This collection was donated by Geoffrey Styles. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on September 25, 2017.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Related Materials

Related collection 00.0176 contains videotaped interview of Geoffrey Styles conducted by the BBC.

Geoffrey Styles papers
Michael G. Kasper
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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