Title: Galen L. Geer Papers
ID: OGLMC 1437
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet
Fiction and non-fiction writer, and editor of Soldier of Fortune, African Hunter, and Sporting Tales magazines. Won awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of American for Excellence in Craft in 2002 and 2003.
Galen L. Geer served in Vietnam (1967, 68, 69) as a United States Marine, becoming a military journalist after returning to the US. After leaving the Marines he attended college in the San Francisco bay area before joining the US Army where he served as an infantryman and 1977 and 78 as a military journalist in Korea with the Second Infantry Division and he was awarded a Korean Service Medal and an Army Commendation Medal. After returning the U.S. and competing his army enlistment he returned to the Marines, serving in the Marine Corps Reserves. He received his BA from Colorado State University—Pueblo and his MA from the University of North Dakota. He has worked in editorial positions for Soldier of Fortune, African Hunter, African Expeditions Magazine, The Pines Review and his published credits include hundreds of nonfiction and fiction work. He also worked as an English Instructor at the University of North Dakota and Northland Community and Technical College. Author: Galen L. Geer
Restrictions: Open for inspection under the Rules and Regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Acquisition Note: Source: Galen L. Geer, Finley, North Dakota.
Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Galen L. Geer Papers. OGLMC 1437, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections. Chester Fritz Library. University of North Dakota.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid migrated to Archon in July 2012.
Collection Material Type: Personal Papers
Scope and Contents: The Galen L. Geer Papers date from 1967 to 2006. They consist of the September and October 1980 issues of Soldier of Fortune magazine, which include the signed articles "Assignment Afghanistan" and "Jihad in Afghanistan." The first article deals with a new weapon, the AKS-74 and its ammunition. The second is a historical account of political instability in Afghanistan with an emphasis on tribal factions. These articles are the result of eleven days Geer spent with Afghan rebels engaged in a holy war with the Russians. Also included are several pieces of biographical information and a facsimile copy of P.A. Clancey's 1967 book, Gamebirds of Southern Africa.