A Guide to the Harold Morris Papers, [ca. 1910-1964]
Harold Morris (1890-1964), pianist, composer, and educator, was born in San Antonio, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas in 1910. He earned his master’s degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1922. A renowned soloist and recitalist, Morris toured frequently and had many of his compositions performed. He played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, among other notable events. Additionally, Morris taught at the Juilliard School of Music, 1922-1939; Columbia University, 1939-1946; the Castle School in New York; and the University of Texas.
New York Times obituary, "Harold Morris, A Composer, 74," May 7, 1964.
The Harold Morris Papers, [ca. 1910-1964] are comprised of musical scores and compositions, composed by Morris, in original and Photostat form. Included in the collection are the scores he composed for "Sonata No. 3 for Piano" and "Quintet No. 2 for Piano and Strings," which he performed November 1959 at Carnegie Hall. Along with Morris’s own creations, which constitute the bulk of the collection, are musical scores and compositions by Bach, Brahms, Schumann, Strauss, Chopin, Liszt, and other famous composers.
The collection is open for research.
Harold Morris Papers, [ca. 1910-1964], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Joe P. Smyer, December 1960 and October 1961. Subsequent revisions were made by Chester V. Kielman, September 1962 and January 1963.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers