Guide to the Papers of Hugh S. Morrison, 1893 - 1970Manuscript MS-430

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Hugh S. Morrison, 1893 - 1970

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-430

Collection Dates:

1893 - 1970

Size of Collection:

9 boxes (11.25 linear feet)

Abstract:

Hugh S. Morrison (1905 - 1978). Professor of Art at Dartmouth College. Contains typescript drafts for Morrison's books "Louis Sullivan: Prophet of Modern Architecture" and "Early American Architecture from the first Colonial Settlements to the National Period". Also contains personal and correspondence; images related to the publication of Morrison's books; information on the Early Sites Foundation and Professor Morrison's teaching career.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Hugh S. Morrison contains final typescript draft of material for his book, "Louis Sullivan: Prophet of Modern Architecture" (published as: "Louis Sullivan, Prophet of Modern Architecture". New York: The Museum of Modern Art and W.W. Norton. [c1935]); 4 notebooks with drafts for chapters 1-4, 5-8, 9-13, and 14-17 of his book, "American Architecture: The Colonial and Georgian Periods" (published as: "Early American Architecture from the first Colonial Settlements to the National Period" (New York: Oxford University press. c1952); 1 notebook with work prints for the section on colonial architecture from "EAA"; a set of illustrations for "EAA"; and a notebook with a general index for the book. Also includes notebook with photographs and manuscript notes for the book, "Early Houses of Norwich, Vermont (published as: "Early Houses of Norwich, Vermont" [by] Philip Aylwin White [and] Dana Doane Johnson, edited by Hugh S. Morrison. Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth College. c1938). Also includes 1 notebook of general correspondence and 2 notebooks with correspondence regarding requests for photographs and permissions to publish.

A 1999 accession includes correspondence; notes, slide lists, lecture notes and other Dartmouth College course materials as well as photographs and scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, drafts of Morrision's writings and illustrations for his books.

The papers document Morrison's personal life and professional career, including his involvement with the Early Sites Foundation, his teaching career at Dartmouth College in the Geography, Art, and Archaeology departments, and his authorship of different books and notes on various architects.

Of note is a complete collection of his letters from Dartmouth, freshman through senior year. Also interesting are extensive documents regarding the Early Sites Foundation, and a rough copy of "The History of Art" written by Morrison. There are also documents relating to the lecture series "Great Issues" which Morrison helped organize, which was originally slated to have Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak (1960).

Biography

Hugh Sinclair Morrison, Dartmouth Class of 1926. MA Princeton, 1928. Dartmouth College Professor of Art, 1932-1969; author of "Louis Sullivan: Prophet of Modern Architecture," (1935) and "Early American Architecture" (1952). Director, Society of Architectural Historians (1953-1956).

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Papers, 1935-1952

Book Manuscripts

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Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1935 -1951

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Typescript of "Louis Sullivan: Prophet of Modern Architecture", 1935
  • Folder: 2, Early Houses of Norwich, VT - photographs, circa 1937
  • Folder: 3, Work Prints - Colonial Architecture, circa 1951
  • Folder: 4, First draft of new book, Parts I, II, circa 1951
  • Folder: 5, First draft of new book, Part III, circa 1951
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence about photos and permissions, A-K, 1951
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence about photos and permissions, L-Z, 1951
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence, 1950-1951
  • Folder: 9, Corrected typescript of "American Architecture: The Colonial and Georgian Periods. Chapters 1-4, circa 1951-1952

Box: 2, Dates: circa 1951-1952

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Corrected typescript of "American Architecture: The Colonial and Georgian Periods. Chapters 5-8, circa 1951-1952
  • Folder: 2, Corrected typescript of "American Architecture: The Colonial and Georgian Periods. Chapters 9-13, circa 1951-1952
  • Folder: 3, Corrected typescript of "American Architecture: The Colonial and Georgian Periods. Chapters 14-17, circa 1951-1952
  • Folder: 4, Corrected typescript of "American Architecture: The Colonial and Georgian Periods. Index, circa 1951-1952

Box: 3, Dates: circa 1951-1952

Contains illustrations for "Early American Architecture from the first Colonial Settlements to the National Period."

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Series 2, Addendum, 1893-1970

Addendum

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Box: 4, Dates: 1893-1967

Contains documents relating to the Early Sites Foundation, including correspondence, pamphlets, photographs, newsletters, newspaper clippings, memos, discovery and excavation reports, the ESF newspaper, and maps. Also included is a collection of 1936 flood photographs; research, writing and clippings on colonial architecture styles; a 1936 Boston Globe; copies of the Art Bulletin and Journal of The American Institute of Architects booklet. Contains other files relating to architecture as well.

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 5, Dates: 1924-1970

Contains a rough copy of Morrison's "History of Art"; a copy of "Early Houses in Norwich, Vermont" (which Morrison edited); the Summer 1958 copy of the "Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians"; notes and course material on Art 47 and Art 57; files relating to special lectures, educational policy, and various architects; and Early Sites Foundation correspondence.

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 6, Dates: ca. 1920-1945

Contains personal photographs, personal correspondence, a box of rocks, files relating to: architects, towns, art department, architecture, and Morrison's mother's estate, a copy of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and a lithograph.

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 7, Dates: 1936-1969

Contains writing and documents concerning architectural styles, as well as correspondence, a rough copy of Morrison's book "Illustrations of American Architecture II", notes, slide lists and other Dartmouth course material for Art 16, 47, and 57. Also contains scrapbooks on Dartmouth events, his retirement, academic trips, reviews for his book "Early American Architecture, and photographs.

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 8, Dates: ca. 1930-1960

Contains Morrison's correspondence with his parents (organized by year: 1930-1947); a list of illustrations for "American Architecture"; documents on architectural periods (mostly Georgian) and architects; educational policy; "Great Issues" documents (1960 lecture series, originally including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 9, Dates: 1907-1945

Contains personal photographs; two folders with architectural illustrations for his book "Early American Architecture"; correspondence, including letters from a European trip (1926) and letters from Princeton Univ., letters from his father (1923-1933, and ca. 1940s) and mother (1927-1937, 1938-1940). Also contains Morrison's letters from his freshman and sophomore years at Dartmouth.

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Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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