University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Christopher Morley:

An Inventory of His Literary File Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957
Title: Christopher Morley Literary File Photography Collection
Dates: 1904-1950
Abstract: The Christopher Morley file consists of approximately 2,025 items, the majority of which are images of Morley and various other people. In addition to portraits, there are views of places associated with Morley, including Haverford, Pennsylvania, where he was born, and his residence in Roslyn, Long Island, as well as scenes from his travels around the world.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-02689
Extent: 2,025 items (8.75 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The Christopher Morley file consists of approximately 2,025 items, the majority of which are images of Morley and various other people. Morley’s wife Helen Booth Fairchild, his brothers Frank and Felix, his parents, his children, and members of his extended family are represented in the file, as well as friends, associates, and other authors, including William Rose Benét, James Branch Cabell, Joseph Conrad, Frank Doubleday, R. Buckminster Fuller, Blanche Knopf, Vachel Lindsay, William McFee, Thomas Mann, Don Marquis, Ezra Pound, H. M. Tomlinson, and Walt Whitman. In addition to portraits, there are views of places associated with Morley, including Haverford, Pennsylvania, where he was born, and his residence in Roslyn, Long Island, as well as scenes from his travels around the world. The file also includes images of ships, animals, and other subjects. Further descriptions of some items are available in a card catalog in the repository.

This collection forms part of the Literary File Photography Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research. Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials.

Please note: Transparencies may be accessed but require 24 hours advance notice. Negatives cannot be accessed without curatorial approval. Light sensitive materials must be viewed under low-level lighting. Some materials may be restricted from viewing. To make an appointment or to reserve photography materials, please contact the Center's staff at photography@hrc.utexas.edu.

Use Policies:

Ransom Center collections may contain material with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in the collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Ransom Center and The University of Texas at Austin assume no responsibility.

Restrictions on Use:

Authorization for publication is given on behalf of the University of Texas as the owner of the collection and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder which must be obtained by the researcher. For more information please see the Ransom Centers' Open Access and Use Policies.


Index Terms

People
Benét, William Rose, 1886-1950.
Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958.
Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924.
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983.
Knopf, Blanche W., 1894-1966.
Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931.
McFee, William, 1881-1966.
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955.
Marquis, Don, 1878-1937.
Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957.
Morley, Felix M. (Felix Muskett), 1894-1982.
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972.
Tomlinson, H. M. (Henry Major), 1873-1958.
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892.
Subjects
Haverford College.
University of Oxford.
Places
Haverford (Pa. : Township).
Roslyn (N.Y.).
Document Types
Cartes de visite.
Film negatives.
Nitrate negatives.
Photographic postcards.
Photographic prints.
Silhouettes.
Tintypes.

Related Material

The Harry Ransom Center holds other Morley material in the Christopher Morley Papers (MS-02921), the Christopher Morley Art Collection (AR-00188), and the Christopher Morley Personal Effects Collection (DA-00086).


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Internal transfers

Processed by:

HRC Staff


Item List

Location
Box 1 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies, undated.
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Box 2 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies, undated.
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Box 3 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies, most undated. Includes a tintype portrait of Morley with Miriam, Charlotte, Miss Church, Miss Driggs, Mrs. Lowery, Ruth, and Girard, dated September 2, 1909, in its original housing bearing handwritten notations.
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Box 4 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies, undated.
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Box 5 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies, undated.
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Box 6 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies, undated.
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Box 7 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies, undated.
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Box 8 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies, undated.
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Box 9 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies,
undated.
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Box 10 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies, undated.
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Box 11 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies, undatd.
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Box 12 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies, undated.
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Box 13 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies, undated.
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Box 14 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies, undated.
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Box 15 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies, undated.
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Box 16 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies,
undated.
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Box 17 Photographic prints, negatives, and/or transparencies,
undated.
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Lit File OV Box, Small 6 images (5 albumen prints and 1 silhouette) in a red leather tri-fold frame. One of the sitters is identified as Elizabeth Jane Bird, undated.
Location
Lit File OV Box, Medium Portraits of "Doc," [Dr. Julian Wolff?] (P864), Adolf Hitler (P867), Blanche Knopf (P866), William McFee (P891), and an unidentified man (P961); group portrait of the Haverford College Graduating Class of 1910 (P868); photographic reproductions of ms. notes (2 p.) of “Walt Whitman’s case, paralysis” (P1052-P1053); image of anchor chain on ship with ocean in background (P1383); promotional poster entitled “John Mistletoe” (P1733); uncut postcards depicting bas relief sculpture of Napoleon I, undated.
Location
Lit File OV Box, Large Portraits of Morley (P165), Morley as a boy with his father (P861), Blanche Knopf (P865), Benito Mussolini (P863), and two unidentified men (P860, P862); group portraits of the Oxford Class of 1910 (P374) and the Minister of Education visiting Oxford (P375); image of a large sailboat (3-masted schooner) named "Tusitala" (P1384), undated.
Location
Morley, C., Lit File Album 1 25 items, "L. J. Morley" inscribed on front free endpaper; includes advertisement for photographer Hy. Spink (1 leaf, laid in at front), undated.
21 cartes-de-visite in album designed for this format, plus 4 other photographic prints.
Location
Morley, C., Lit File Album 2 59 items, with typed list (1 leaf, laid in at front) identifying about two thirds of them, undated.
22 cabinet cards and 34 cartes-de-visite in album designed for these formats, plus 3 other photographic prints.
Location
Morley, C., Lit File Album 3 68 items, chiefly portraits of members of the Bird family (i.e. Morley’s family on his mother’s side), with typed list (1 leaf, laid in at front) identifying about two thirds of them (portrait between 41 and 42 skipped), undated.
44 cartes-de-visite and 19 cabinet cards in album designed for these formats, plus 5 other photographic prints.
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Morley, C., Lit File Album 4 46 photographic prints depicting members of the Morley and Bird families (cf. LF card catalog) as well as various places, including Cambridge, England, ca. 1904; most with ms. captions; 1 space empty but captioned (item apparently missing); also includes several newspaper clippings (laid in at end), undated.
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Morley, C., Lit File Album 5 5 black and white images depicting Christopher Morley and his brothers, Frank Vigor Morley and Felix Muskett Morley (cf. Lit File card catalog), as well as 3 unidentified women (P112), undated.
"Panel art" photographic prints with original negatives.
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Morley, C., Lit File Album 6 5 black and white images depicting Christopher Morley (P360) and 3 unidentified men, one of whom appears in all 5 images, undated.
"Panel art" photographic prints with original negatives.
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Morley, C., Lit File Album 7 19 black and white snapshots depicting Christopher Morley; original negatives in cold storage (see below), undated.
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Morley, C., Lit File Album 8 19 photographic prints depicting Christopher Morley and others associated with the productions of his plays Soft Shoulders and The Trojan Horse at the Millpond Playhouse, Roslyn, Long Island; typed explanatory notes (tipped in) by David Lowe, producing director; also includes related newspaper and magazine articles and playbills,
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Morley, C., Lit File Album 9 17 photographic prints depicting Christopher Morley’s 60th birthday party at the Coffee House, New York City (cf. Lit File card catalog), 4 May 1950
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Morley, C., Lit File Album 10 20 postcards bound together and published under title Reims dans ses annees de bombardements: l’hopital civil incendie par les allemands, le 13 aout 1916, depicting the destruction of the various sections of the civil infirmary in Reims, France, by the Germans during World War I; photographs by G. Dubois, undated.
Photomechanical postcards.
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Lit File Tintypes Box Portrait of an unidentified young woman embracing an unidentified young girl, undated.
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Cold Storage Lit File Box 1 Accession numbers correspond to print accession numbers, where prints are available, undated.
Nitrate negatives.
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Cold Storage Lit File Box 2 Accession numbers correspond to print accession numbers, where prints are available, undated.
Nitrate negatives.
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Cold Storage Lit File Box 3 Accession numbers correspond to print accession numbers, where prints are available, undated.
Nitrate negatives.
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Cold Storage Lit File Box 4 Accession numbers correspond to print accession numbers, where prints are available, undated.
Nitrate negatives.



Index of Photographers

  • Abbe--P882
  • Adams, Davis--P31
  • Annan, T. S. R. & Sons (Glasgow)--P922
  • Arni--P847
  • Auld, Earl--P240
  • Bachrach, Fabian--P97, P414, P560
  • Barnett, Ella--P158
  • Beach, Howard D.--P798, P861
  • Bennett, T. & Sons--P771
  • Berger, J.--P396
  • Bird, F. C.--P409
  • Bogart, A. B.--P1465
  • Boughton, Alice--P832, P885
  • Bradley & Merrill--P914
  • Brown, Coulbourn--P1151
  • Carter, Sidney (Montreal)--P1729
  • Chapman, Ralph--P196
  • Cherry & Co.--P415
  • Chionoff Studio--P556
  • Clarke, Herman--P1 (attributed by card catalog)
  • Clarke, J. Palmer (I. Palmer?)--P405-P407, P451
  • Davis, Charles Henry--P8, P75, P223, P309-P310
  • Davis, Robert H.--P888
  • Dickson, Edward R.--P1731-P1732 (P1732 attributed by card catalog)
  • Diehl, J. A.--P1147
  • Dubois, G.--P1380 (Album 1)
  • Dÿhrkoop, Rudolph--P458
  • Eagle, Arnold--P214-P220
  • Falk--P776
  • Ferreta, G.--P933
  • Fisk-Moore, B. & W.--P874-P875
  • Floyd (New York)--P883
  • Fry, W. & A. H.--P413, P431, P775
  • Gehr, Herbert--1P278-P279
  • Genthe, Arnold--P14-P18, P827, P897, P915, P938
  • Georg, Herbert--P896
  • Gillman & Co.--P374-P375
  • Grape, A. H. & Co.--P420 (attributed by catalog card)
  • Greetham--P385, P408
  • Gurney--P984
  • Handy, L. C.--P820-P821
  • Harrington & Smelser--P812-P813
  • Harris, Martin--P229
  • Hartmann, Elizabeth--P792
  • Heller, Ben--P274-P275
  • Henderson, Hessler--P481
  • Hickling, Dorothy--P538
  • Hills & Saunders--P402, P767
  • Hoffmann, Heinrich--P867
  • Hollyer, Fred--P879
  • Holmes, Martha--P73
  • Holt Studios--P4
  • Hoppé, E. O. (Hoppe)--P9
  • Howell--P978
  • Hutchinson--P796
  • Jacobi, Lotte--P76-P77
  • Jacobs, Ray--P1208-P1209
  • Janvier--P457
  • Juley, Peter A. & Son--P914
  • Keystone View Co.--P1122
  • Kingsbury, Charles H.--P853
  • Kravitt, Samuel--P35-P41, P163-P165, P255-P257, P284, P335, P837-P838, P943, P974, P976, P1127, P1383
  • Laib, Paul--P876-P877
  • Lazarnick, N.--P799
  • Ledoux, P.--P553
  • Leftwish, William (unclear)--P62
  • Levick, Edwin--P888
  • Lincoln, F. S.--P968
  • McClellan Photo--P726
  • MacDonald, Pirie--P864, P891, P961
  • McFee, William--P934
  • McGill, A. --P543 (possibly P544-P545 also)
  • McGill, Mifflin--P1269
  • McLennon, N. J.--P906
  • Manning Studio--P777
  • Millaire, Henri--P862
  • Miller Studio--P1142
  • Morgan, Ralph--P32-P33
  • Morley, Christopher Darlington--P1222
  • Moulin, Gabriel--P1463
  • Nachf, Aug. Adler (August ?)--P772
  • Nichols, J.--P28-P29
  • Ody, A.--P537
  • Owen, J. & E.--P386
  • Pinchot--P51
  • Piper, Fred S.--P1044
  • Pricam (Geneve)--P564
  • Rabinovitch--P886
  • Raymond, Frank J.--P100
  • Sarony (New York )--P977, P983
  • Saxton, C. H.--P839
  • Schaal, Eric--P140-P152
  • Schervee, H.--P852
  • Scott & Wilkinson--P404
  • Selby Studio--P846
  • Sherman, William Flagg--P204-P205
  • Sozio, A. F.--P912
  • Stahlberg, Eric--P236
  • Stearn, Messrs. [i.e., Stearn & Sons]--P869
  • Taylor, Helen K.- P19
  • Thomass (or Thuman ?)--P467
  • Thompson, Paul- P235, P918
  • Turner--P160-P162
  • Ullmer--P764
  • Viktorin, Ray- P318-P319
  • Villiers & Quick- P768
  • Vinall, F. C.--P770
  • Vosylius, K.--P941
  • White (Boston)--P1008-P1014
  • White Studio--P453
  • Williams, A. (Muswell Hill)--P1164
  • Window & Grove--P387-P388
  • Young, Cal & Don--P957-P959