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   Ira and Edita Morris Papers, 1892-1988

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ira and Edita Morris Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#0904
Bib ID:5420146 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Morris, Ira & Edita.
Title:Ira and Edita Morris Papers, 1892-1988
Physical description:30.1 linear ft. (52 document boxes; 2 Flat Boxes).
Language(s): In Englisn , French , German , Swedish , Japanese , and other foreign languages.
Access: The following boxes are located off-site: 2-47; 49-52. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 2 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, documents, printed materials, books, and other papers of Ira V. and Edita Morris from 1892 to 1988. The couple's literary careers are documented by typescripts, notes, book reviews, and published versions of their work. Some of these materials are written in French, German, Swedish, Japanese, and other foreign languages. Included are subject files, financial records, and materials related to the Hiroshima House for atomic bombing victims and the couple's political activities. In addition, there is correspondence, documents, and photographs related to Edwin Seaver and his family.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Correspondence sent to Ira V. and Edita Morris from editors and notable literary figures. Also includes correspondence to and from Edwin Seaver.

Series II: Arranged Correspondence

Subseries II.1: Correspondence to and from the Morris's

Correspondence to and from the Morris’s about their writing careers, Hiroshima Rest House Foundation, relationships, political activities, financial affairs, and other matters. Arranged alphabetically by last name of sender.

Subseries II.2: Correspondence by Others

Correspondence involving neither Ira V. nor Edita Morris. Mainly correspondence sent to Edwin Seaver from colleagues and family members. Also includes 1892 letter to Lily Rothschild from Henry M. Wolf. Arranged alphabetically by last name of sender.

Series III: Manuscripts

Drafts, notes, book reviews, published versions, and other materials related to manuscripts written by Ira V. and Edita Morris. It appears both authors edited each others work, therefore the handwritten corrections on drafts cannot be definitively identified.

Subseries III.1: Ira V. Morris

Primarily drafts, typescripts, notes, fragments, and published versions of literary works by Ira V. Morris. Included are novels, short stories, essays, articles, speeches, and unpublished prose. In addition, there are book reviews, adaptations, and one scrapbook about his work. Arranged alphabetically by title, then chronologically.

Subseries III.2: Edita Morris

Primarily drafts, typescripts, notes, fragments, and published versions of literary works by Edita Morris. Included are novels, short stories, articles, and unpublished prose. In addition, there are book reviews, adaptations, and radio program transcripts about her work. Arranged alphabetically by title, then chronologically.

Subseries III.3: The Flowers of Hiroshima by Edita Morris

Typescript draft, excerpts, book reviews, adaptations, and other materials about the novel. The Flowers of Hiroshima was successful worldwide and earned Edita Morris the Albert Schweitzer Prize in 1961. Arranged chronologically.

Subseries III.4: Manuscripts by Ira V. and/or Edita Morris

Manuscripts written by both Ira V. and Edita Morris. Included are manuscripts and miscellaneous fragments attributed to the Morris’s where the individual author can not be determined. Arranged alphabetically by title.

Series IV: Writings by Others

Poems, essays, short stories, and other manuscripts written by authors other than Ira V. and Edita Morris. Arranged alphabetically by author's last name.

Series V: Subject Files

Subseries V.1: General

Correspondence, reports, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and other materials about topics of interest to the Morris’s. Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Subseries V.2: Hiroshima House

Correspondence, speeches, brochures, financial records, newspaper clippings, and related documents concerning the Hiroshima House. Founded by the Morris’s in May 1957, the house was a recreation center and hostel for the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Arranged alphabetically by title.

Series VI: Notebooks

Eight bound notebooks with handwritten notations, messages, drafts, and other information. The notes appear to have been written by Ira V. and Edita Morris. Arranged numerically by assigned number.

Series VII: Address Books

Five bound address books with handwritten entries. Arranged numerically by assigned number.

Series VIII: Documents

Legal documents, certificates, passports, lists, identification cards, and other records of Ira V. and Edita Morris. Included are wills for other Morris family members and materials related to Edwin Seaver and his wife, Elaine. Arranged chronologically.

Series IX: Photographs

Mostly black and white photographs along with a few negatives and color prints. The identified pictures depict the Morris family and friends, the Hiroshima Rest House, atomic bombing of Japan, and related subjects. Many of the pictures are unidentified.

Series X: Art

Two pencil drawings on paper, arranged alphabetically by the observed subject of each piece.

Series XI: Books

Mainly bound books written by Ira V. and Edita Morris. There are numerous foreign editions of their novels, especially The Flowers of Hiroshima. In addition, there are books written by other authors, five with inscriptions written to the Morris’s. Arranged alphabetically by author, then title.

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

 The following boxes are located off-site: 2-47; 49-52. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

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This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ira and Edita Morris Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 5/2/1999 Bridget T. Lerette and Ashley White.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion November 24, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-02-17 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subjects

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American literature--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
American literature--Women authors.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Japan--Hiroshima-shi.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Morris, Edita, 1902-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Morris, I. V. (Ira Victor), 1903-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
World War, 1939-1945--Japan--Hiroshima-shi.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

The authors Ira V. Morris and Edita (deToll) Morris married in February 1925. The son of Ira Nelson and Constance Lily (Rothschild) Morris, Ira V. Morris (1903-1972) was born in Chicago, Illinois. His father was a diplomat and he was raised abroad before earning a B. A. from Harvard University. During his literary career, Ira's fiction and non-fiction works often depicted the intrigues of Americans abroad and political subjects. Born in Orebro, Sweden, Edita deToll Morris (1902-1988) began her career writing short stories. Edita's first literary works were inspired by her childhood and then her writing expanded to reflect her travels and political interests. Her most notable success was The Flowers of Hiroshima, a novel about post-WWII Japan that earned international acclaim. In 1957, the couple founded Hiroshima House, a recreation center and hostel for the survivors of the atomic bombings. In addition, the Morris's were political activists committed to nuclear disarmament, opposed to many U.S. policies of the Cold War, and related causes. Edwin Seaver (1900- ), an American author and critic, was born in Washington, D. C. During his career, Edwin worked for the publisher Little, Brown, the Book of the Month Club, several magazines, and various newspapers. He edited short stories by Edita Morris for publication in Cross Section and other collections. It appears that Edwin had a relationship with Edita Morris following the deaths of their spouses.

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