Contents and Arrangement

Correspondence, Reports, Sermons, and Artwork-Related Documents, 1896-1968

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence primarily between Dubois Morris and Alice Morris during their marriage, as well as letters during their courtship in 1910. There is a wedding invitation and a marriage album embossed with "The Marriage Service." Some correspondence pertains to Dubois Morris's decision to do missionary work in China. Other correspondents include George Rowley from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University; William S. Dix from Princeton Library, regarding donating Morris's archives; and some ephemera regarding Dubois Morris's death in 1956.

Also contains materials pertaining to Dubois Morris's collection of Chinese paintings. Materials generally pertain to the artwork that was presented to the Princeton Art Museum (at the time called the Princeton Museum of Historic Art); various events and presentations of Dubois Morris's collection; and lectures on Chinese painting. There is correspondence, inventories, ephemera (e.g. booklets, event flyers, event programs, press clippings), legal documents (e.g. appraisal, deed of gift), some photographs of paintings, lectures and notes, and a 1926 honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Princeton.

Materials also pertain to Dubois Morris's missionary work and consist of annual reports on missionaries in the Central Presbyterian Church in New York City, NY, and annual reports from Huaiyuan. There are also sermon outlines, notes, and talks.


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

Collection History

Custodial History

Eloise Clark received the 11 film reels of the 2023 accrual from her first cousin, Marjorie Cave, the eldest daughter of John McLean Morris, one of Dubois S. and Alice Morris's four children.

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.

Finding aid title updated by Amy C. Vo in October 2023 to elucidate Alice Morris's role as one of the collection's creators.

In January 2024, the 2023 accrual was processed and the finding aid was revised to reflect the incorporation of these materials into the collection.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

The lantern 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.

Credit this material:

Correspondence, Reports, Sermons, and Artwork-Related Documents; DuBois S. Morris and Alice Morris Papers, C1658, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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