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Mary Meek Morrison and Jacob H. Morrison Papers

Call Number: MSS 553
Title: Mary Meek Morrison and Jacob H. Morrison Papers
Creator: Morrison, Mary Meek, 1911-1999 (Author)
Morrison, Jacob Haight, IV, 1905-1974 (Author)
Date of Creation: 1883-1998
Predominant Dates: 1940-1979
Extent: 193 boxes; ca. 103 linear feet
Object Name: correspondence
Legal correspondence
clippings (information artifacts)
Collection Type: Archival & Special Collections
Documents & Correspondence
Language: Materials in English.
Biography/History: Mary Morrison, née Mary Elizabeth Meek (1911-1999), was a French Quarter preservationist and author; she was the wife of attorney and preservationist Jacob Morrison.
Jake Morrison (1905-1974) was an attorney and preservationist, and the brother of Delesseps "Chep" Morrison. He was the author of Historic Preservation Law (1957), the first book dealing with historic preservation legislation in the United States.
Scope and Content: The Morrison Papers come from Mary and Jacob Morrison, longtime French Quarter preservation and community activists. A major portion of the materials relates to historic preservation in New Orleans, though there is abundant material concerning municipal and state politics, especially with regard to deLesseps "Chep" Morrison, Sam Jones, and Hale Boggs. Other materials of interest include Jacob Morrison's wartime journals and law practice correspondence, and materials concerning the Meek family of Canton, Mississippi. The earliest documents in the collection date to 1883 and the most recent are from 1998. The bulk of the collection is from the early 1940s through the late 1970s.
Arrangement: The papers are organized into seven series: Series I. Preservation & Community Activism (boxes 1-89); Series II. Jacob Morrison Papers (boxes 90-136); Series III. Social Organizations (boxes 137-147); Series IV. Family Histories & Genealogy Research (boxes 148-163); Series V. Travels (boxes 164-171); Series VI. Miscellaneous Personal Papers (boxes 172-192); Series VII. Miscellaneous & Published Materials (oversize boxes 1-13).
Notes: Mary Meek Morrison and Jacob H. Morrison Papers, MSS 553, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Finding Aid: An unpublished finding aid is available in the Williams Research Center Reading Room. See MSS binders.
A box-level PDF finding aid is available online.
Restrictions: Researchers may be limited to consulting one box at a time, per the discretion of the Reading Room staff.
Reproduction of original documents, when permitted, must be performed by the Williams Research Center staff.
Requesting: Please provide the reference staff with the manuscript call number and box number.
Collection Theme(s): Historic Preservation
New Orleans Neighborhoods
Political Parties and Organizations
Subjects: Morrison, deLesseps S., 1912-1964 -- More information
Jones, Sam Houston, 1897-1978 -- More information
Boggs, Hale, 1914-1972 -- More information
Meek Family -- More information
Boggs, Lindy, 1916
Morrison, Jacob Haight, IV, 1905-1974 -- More information
Morrison, Mary Meek, 1911-1999 -- More information
French Quarter (New Orleans, La.)
Historic buildings -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
City planning -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Urban renewal -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Law -- Louisiana.
Politics and government.
Political activists -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Lawyers -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Gay community -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Related Artwork &
Mary Morrison Papers, Additions 2003.0103
Mary Morrison Papers, Additions 2003.0112
Related Bibliographic Items: Historic preservation law. 85-357-RL
Lower Level Records: MSS 553.1; Series I: Preservation & Community Activism, Series Level.
MSS 553.2; Series II: Jacob Morrison Papers , Series Level.
MSS 553.3; Series III: Social Organizations , Series Level.
MSS 553.4; Series IV: Family Histories & Genealogy Research , Series Level.
MSS 553.5; Series V: Travels, Series Level.
MSS 553.6; Series VI: Miscellaneous Personal Papers, Series Level.
MSS 553.7; Series VII: Miscellaneous & Published Materials , Series Level.
Accession Number: 92-49-L
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