Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Leslie E. Morris:

An Inventory of His Collection, 1917-1956 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Morris, Leslie E.
Title: Leslie E. Morris Papers,
Dates: 1917-1956 and undated
Abstract: The collection consists of correspondence and other documents generated by the business and personal activities of the Morris family in New Mexico from 1917-1956 and undated.
Collection # S1687.1
Quantity: 1 boxes (0.5 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Leslie E. Morris, the son of Joe R. and Amanda W. Sondstrom Morris, was born in Chaves County, New Mexico in 1917. During United States Army Air Force service in World War II, he worked as a supply clerk and drove fuel tankers used in refueling aircraft. After the war, he was involved in farming/ranching and owned a package liquor store in Tucumcari, New Mexico. He married Geneva Cook of Amherst, Texas. Joe R. Morris was born in Young County, Texas in 1882. Amanda Willie Sondstrom Morris, born in Travis County, Texas in 1883, had family in Paducah, Texas. The Morris' moved to Roosevelt County, New Mexico in 1915. They were active in ranching and owned the J. R. Morris Feed Store in Elida, New Mexico. A daughter, Thelma, died in 1932.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of legal and financial documents relating to the activities of Joe R. and Amanda Morris with lesser amounts of personal and business correspondence and items from other family members.



The collection is organized into the following series:
  • Correspondence
  • Financial Material
  • Legal Material
  • Leslie E. Morris
  • Memorabilia
  • Miscellaneous


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Morris, Amanda W. (1883-1955)
Morris, Joe R. (1882-1953)
Morris, Leslie E. (1917-?)
Roosevelt County (N.M.)--History
Elida (N.M.)--History

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Leslie E. Morris Photograph Collection

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Leslie E. Morris Collection, 1917-1956 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 2004

Processed by

Karen Hicks, 2005

Collection Inventory


Correspondence, 1930-1953 and undated

box folder
1 1 To Geneva Cook Morris, 1947-1952 and undated
2 To Joe and/or Amanda Morris, 1930-1951 and undated
3 To Leslie E. Morris, 1937-1953


Financial Material, 1917-1946

box folder
1 4 Bank Statements, 1930-1946
5 Checks and Deposit Slips, 1917-1946
6 Insurance Policies, 1936-1946
7 Leslie Morris - Charles Ilfield Company pay stubs, 1938-1939
8 Receipts, 1945-1953
9 Taxes, 1926-1945
10 Tucumcari Package Store - Tax, 1951-1953
11 Miscellaneous, 1937-1944 and undated


Legal Material, 1928-1945 and undated

box folder
1 12 General, 1933-1945
13 Lubbock Oil Cotton Company vs. Joe R. Morris; Lubbock Oil Cotton Company vs. Ray Sawyer, 1932-1934 and undated
14 Real Estate transfer: T. P. Swaggerty to Amanda W. Morris re Lot 1 and S1/2 Lot 2 of Block 43 in the Richards Addition of Paducah, Texas, 1928-1934
15 Leslie E. Morris - United States Army Air Force, 1945-1949


Memorabilia, 1953-1956

box folder
1 16 Funerals of Joe R. and Amanda Willie Sondstrom Morris, 1953-1956


Miscellaneous, 1934-1951 and undated

box folder
1 17 Miscellaneous, 1934-1951 and undated