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Collection Overview

Title:
DuBois S. Morris Papers
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dc2n49tc07m
Dates:
circa 1882-1997 (mostly 1895-1930)
Size:
11.65 linear feet
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5 Firestone Library (scamss): Box 7-12
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists primarily of correspondence, photograph albums, glass slides, printed material, sermon drafts, and film reels documenting the years DuBois S. Morris (Class of 1893) spent as a Presbyterian missionary in Eastern China during the late 1800s through the 1920s.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists primarily of correspondence, photograph albums, glass slides, printed material, film reels, and sermon drafts documenting the years DuBois S. Morris (Class of 1893) spent as a Presbyterian missionary in Eastern China during the late 1800s through the 1920s.

The majority of the correspondence is from the years leading up to, and including, Dubois Morris's time in Anhui Province, with main correspondents being family members, such as Dubois S. Morris, Alice Ray Buell Morris, Theodore Wilson Morris, and Alice Ely Buell. A large portion of the correspondence and some of the ephemera were collected by Alice Ray Buell Morris, as a large portion of correspondence is addressed to her, and one of the donor notes refers to Alice Morris as the "saver of all these letters." Much of the printed material in the collection are annual and station reports from missions to the Central Presbyterian Church, primarily from Huaiyuan, which is romanized as Hwai Yuen and Hwaiyuan in the collection.

Another significant portion of the collection is photograph albums and the glass slides. These albums and slides predominantly depict the communities, locales, and people affected in Huaiyuan by the missionary work sponsored by the Central Presbyterian Church in New York. There are duplicative images among the albums themselves, among the slides, and between the albums and slides. The photograph albums also include family photographs of the Morris family and their home(s) in Huaiyuan, as well as other missionaries in Anhui Province; and photographs of family members in the United States and Canada. Some of the photograph albums have loose photographs that had not been affixed to the albums. Photographs have captions in various hands. There are also numerous donor notes throughout the collections on post-it notes, scraps of paper, and directly on documents with summaries, identifying information, and transcriptions. Some donor research was also retained among the materials. There is some offensive language used to refer to Chinese people in the materials. There are far fewer identifying annotations among the glass slides, but the contents of the slides are similar to the albums.

There are also reels of 16mm and 8mm film. The reels consist of a variety of subjects, with the majority of labels indicating various overseas trips across Europe and East Asia. Nearly all of the film reels feature footage from visits to Stoney Lake, Ontario. There is also footage of regattas, picnics, and other family events.

To a lesser extent, the collection contains family papers, which includes photographs, correspondence, and ephemera; school and alumni-related materials, such as ephemera, printed material, and schoolwork; and art-related materials, such as ephemera, lectures, and correspondence and documentation related to Morris's art collection and his donation of artwork to the Princeton Museum of Historic Art.

Arrangement

Materials are grouped by genre/type and arranged in the order in which they were received.

Collection Creator Biography:

Morris

Reverend DuBois Schanck Morris (1873-1956) was a member of the Princeton University Class of 1893. He and his family lived in Nanjing, China from 1898 to 1901 and Huaiyuan, Anhui, China from 1901 to 1928 doing missionary work on behalf of the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions. During his time in China, he collected Chinese art pieces which he donated to the Princeton University Art Museum between 1946 and 1949.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of Eloise Clark in 2020 and 2021 (2021-25 and AM-2022-089).

Processing Information

This collection was partially processed by Amy C. Vo in March 2022. Finding aid written by Amy C. Vo in March 2022.

The remainder of the collection was processed by Amy C. Vo in December 2022. In more cases than not, materials are already foldered and labeled; these folders were retained, along with their donor-supplied titles. If folders were replaced, donor-supplied description retained.

The finding aid was revised by Amy C. Vo in December 2022 to reflect the incorporation of the rest of the collection material.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication 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 Special Collections 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.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The glass-plate slides are fragile and require special handling in the reading room. Some of the photograph albums are brittle and deteriorating, and require special handling in the reading room.

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media, but may not remove it from its enclosure.

Credit this material:

DuBois S. Morris Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dc2n49tc07m
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-5 Firestone Library (scamss): Box 7-12