Contents and Arrangement

Letters by D. W. Davis to Sallie Sletor, 1868-1870

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists primarily of material relating to Morris's role in the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad and the Northern Pacific Railroad. Included are 14 original letters by Morris (1867-1876), most written from the field to his future wife during the Union Pacific Railroad construction; an original carte-de-visite photograph of Morris; a photograph (copy) of General Grenville Dodge and his engineers and staff at Promontory Point (Utah); a photograph (copy) of the juncture of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific trains at Promontory Point; a 3-ring binder of photostatic copies of "Diaries and Letters of Thomas Burnside Morris" (1869-1876); and typed excerpts from the Utah part (1868-1869) of that binder. Morris's original autograph commencement essay (New York University, 1861), 2 letters (1868, 1870) by cousin D. W. Davis to Miss Sallie Sletor (Morris's future wife), a genealogist's report on the career of Morris, a summary genealogy of the Morris family, and a copy of a reference to Morris in Stephen E. Ambrose's Nothing Like It in the World (2000) complete the collection.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Letters by D. W. Davis to Sallie Sletor; Thomas Burnside Morris Papers, C1416, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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