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Edward Parmalee Morris papers.

Call Number: MS 357

Scope and Contents

"Curriculum" is an unfinished study of the course of studies at Yale in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. There is no evidence that he was preparing it as a report to any Yale officer or committee.


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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.


1.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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The papers contain notes, outline, and manuscript drafts for Edward Parmalee Morris' unfinished work on Yale curriculum, 1701-1850, drafts of talks on Yale curriculum in the eighteenth-century, a typescript on the lives and cultural backgrounds of Samuel Eliot (1716-1741) and Augustus Eliot (1720-1747), and "Problems of Admission to Canadian Universities" by T. W. L. MacDermot.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Parmalee Morris, B.A. 1874.

Born September 17, 1853, in Auburn, N.Y.

Died November 16, 1938, in New York City.

Father, Rev. Edward Dafydd Morris, B.A. 1849. Mother, Frances Elizabeth (Parmelee) Morris.

Woodward High School, Cincinnati. Second mathematics prize Freshman year; high oration appointment and second Winthrop Prize Junior year; oration appointment Senior year; member of Kappa Sigma Epsilon and Phi Beta Kappa.

Taught school in Cincinnati 1874-76; instructor in Latin Purdue University 1876-77; professor of mathematics Lake Forest University 1877-79; professor of the Greek language and literature and instructor in physical science Drury College 1879-84; attended universities of Leipzig and Jena 1884-85; M.A. Williams 1885, L.H.D. 1904; Litt.D. Harvard 1909; Massachusetts Professor of the Latin Language and Literature, Williams College, 1884-91 and instructor in German 1884-88; professor of the Latin language and literature, Yale University, 1891-1919 (Dunham professor 1909-19); professor emeritus since 1919; William E. Dodge lecturer at Yale 1918-19; taught in Yale Naval Training Unit 1918-19; Yale College representative on University Council 1918; associate fellow Branford College since 1935; member '74 Class Committee since 1930 and acting secretary of Class since 1934; resided in Saybrook, Conn., after retirement; author: The Study of Latin in the Preparatory Course (1886), On Principles and Methods in Latin Syntax (1901; in Yale Bicentennial Series), An Examination of the Theories Regarding the Nature and Origin of Indo-European Inflection (with Hanns Oertel, M.A. Hon. 1888, Ph.D. 1890; in Harvard Studies, XVI, 1905), The Form of the Epistle in Horace (Yale Classical Studies); editor: The Mostellaria of Plautus (1880), The Pseudolus of Plautus (1890; second edition 1895), The Captivi and Trinummus of Plautus (1898); with Morris H. Morgan (B.A. Harvard 1881) supervised the editing of Morris and Morgan's Latin series in which appeared his edition of Horace, The Satires (1909) and Horace, The Epistles (1911); contributed to Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Journal of Philology, and Yale Review; for many years his hobby was sailing and in 1927 he published a book on that subject, The Fore-and-Aft Rig in America; member American Philological Association (president 1915-16), and Church of Christ in Yale University.

Married January 2, 1879, in Cincinnati, Charlotte Webster, daughter of Rev. Zephaniah Moore Humphrey, D.D. (B.A. Amherst 1843), and Harriette Lamyra (Sykes) Humphrey. Children: Frances Humphrey (B.A. Bryn Mawr 1902), the widow of John Bruce Orr; Edward (died September 18, 1885); Margaret (B.A. Bryn Mawr 1908; Ph.D. Yale 1916), the widow of Elmer Ray Hoskins (B.S. University of Kansas 1912; Ph.D. University of Minnesota 1916); and Humphrey, '19.

Death due to coronary thrombosis. Survived by wife, two daughters, one son, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

(Taken from Yale University Obituary Record, 1938-39, pp. 13-14.)

Guide to the Edward P. Morris Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
April 1980
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Finding aid written in English.

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