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William Henry Morse papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 25

Scope and Contents

The papers include personal and family correspondence, subject files, and photographs relating to the life and career of William Henry Morse. The collection also contains genealogical material relating to Morse family members, particularly Jedidiah Morse, the father of American geography.

Dates

  • 1833-1959

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Existence and Location of Copies

Selected images have been digitally reproduced and are available through the Manuscripts and Archives Digital Image Database.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Arrangement

Collection is arranged in five series: I. Correspondence, 1850-1959. II. Fraternity Activities, 1833-1927. III. Legal Registers, n.d. IV. Subject Files, 1854-1925. V. Photographs, 1863-1921.

Related Material

Morse Family Papers, MS 358. Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0025

Overview

The papers include personal and family correspondence, subject files, and photographs relating to the life and career of William Henry Morse. The collection also contains genealogical material relating to Morse family members, particularly Jedidiah Morse, the father of American geography.

Biographical / Historical

William Henry Morse, born in 1846, was the son of Richard Cary Morse (Yale 1812), the grandson of Jedidiah Morse (Yale 1783), and a nephew of Samuel F. B. Morse (Yale 1810). A graduate of the Class of 1867, he served as class secretary from 1867 to 1940. After graduating from the New York University School of Law in 1870, Morse practiced law independently in New York City until 1874. He then studied stenography and became one of the first court stenographers. With the exception of short periods of employment elsewhere, Morse worked as a stenographer, reporter, and instructor in shorthand until 1897. He then held the position of night librarian of the Supreme Court Law Library in Washington until his retirement in 1930. In 1879, Morse married Louise Parish Townsend. The last surviving member of the Class of 1867, Morse died in 1940.
Title
Guide to the William Henry Morse Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by Joann Williamson
Date
September 1969
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
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Location

Sterling Memorial Library
Room 147
120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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