Contents and Arrangement

Photograph Albums, circa 1890-1920s

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of five photograph albums. One of the albums is reddish-brown with "Photographs" and "D. B. S. Morris" inscribed on the cover. Photographs are captioned, likely by the creator. One of the albums contains "glimpses of Hwai Yuen," at least some of which are from 1904. Many photographs show other missionaries in China and their family members. Another large portion of photographs depict people in the community, in various activities in storefronts or on the street, as well as interior and exteriors of buildings and homes, and class photographs.

Another album has an embossed cover with a gilt pattern and woven string binding. The photographs roughly span the years 1910 to 1924, and are largely family photographs, with many donor-supplied captions. There are photographs of Dubois and Alice Morris's family, house, and garden; photographs of several other weddings; photographs of other buildings, people, classes of students, church groups, etc. in Huaiyuan; and there are a few photographs taken at the Jersey Shore.

Three of the photograph albums have "Snap Shots" embossed on their covers. One of the albums contains photographs from a trip taken with Edgar and Florence Morris to Beijing, from around 1920. Almost all of these photographs are of landscapes, temples, and other buildings, with very few people depicted.

One of the albums seems to be photographs from one or more family summer vacations in Québec City, Québec; Stony Lake, Ontario; and possibly Princeton, NJ and "Spring Lake." Many of the photographs depict family members hiking, swimming, and canoeing in various natural environments.

There is a photograph album of local people and places, with more street photography than travel or landscape photography. There are also group photographs, for example of the Han Mei Boys School, the Women's Industrial School, and other classes. There are a few family pictures and portraits, some interior and exterior building shots, and landscape and nature photographs. Creator-supplied captions indicate that some or most of the photographs were taken in Huaiyuan, with some other locations, like Guling.


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

Collection History

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 2023 to elucidate Alice Morris's role as one of the collection's creators.

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

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.

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:

Photograph Albums; DuBois S. Morris and Alice Morris Papers, C1658, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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