Guide to the Collection
This collection consists of the papers of editor and author John T. Morse, including correspondence from prominent scholars, writers, historians, and politicians about literary matters and scholarship, in particular the writing of biographies for the American Statesmen series, edited by Morse.
John Torrey Morse (1840-1937) was a lawyer, editor, and author. He served as co-editor of the International Review and editor of the American Statesmen series.
This collection consists of the papers of John T. Morse, including correspondence from prominent scholars, writers, historians, and politicians about literary matters and scholarship, in particular the writing of biographies for the American Statesmen series. Correspondence with life-long friends and colleagues, including Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924) and Thomas S. Perry, contains references to politics, World War I, and personal matters. The collection also includes scrapbooks of Morse's magazine articles, reviews, and essays published in the Boston Daily Advertiser (1868-1877) and other publications. Additional correspondents include James F. Rhodes, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles F. Adams (1835-1915), Henry Adams, Carl Schurz, Moorfield Storey, Albert J. Beveridge, William R. Thayer, and Lord Charnwood (1864-1945), with single letters from Booker T. Washington, A. B. Hart, and Samuel E. Morison. (For a list of the major correspondents, see the index.)
Gift of Charlotte Morse (Dec. 1950, Jan. 1951) and Augustus Loring (Apr. 1968).
Detailed Description of the Collection
I. Correspondence, 1859-1935
NOTE: See the Select Index of Major Correspondents for dates of letters by specific individuals.
II. Writings, 1857-1930
Select Index to Major Correspondents
Listed below are the major correspondents represented in Series I of this collection, followed by the dates (and some subjects) of their correspondence. The column on the left indicates the box in which each particular item is located.
Adams, Charles Francis (1835-1915)
Adams, Henry (1838-1918)
Agassiz, Alexander (1835-1910)
Arnold, Isaac Newton (1815-1884)
Bancroft, Frederic (1860-1945)
Beveridge, Albert Jeremiah (1862-1927)
Charnwood, Godfrey Rathbone Benson, Baron (1864-1945)
Eliot, Charles William (1834-1926)
Emerson, Edward Waldo (1844-1930)
Fiske, John (1842-1901)
Gilman, Daniel Coit (1831-1908)
Godkin, Edwin Lawrence (1831-1902)
Grant, Robert (1852-1940)
Hackett, Frank Warren (1841-1926)
Hart, Albert Bushnell (1854-1943)
Hay, John (1838-1905)
Higginson, Thomas Wentworth (1823-1911)
Hosmer, James Kendall (1834-1927)
Jay, John (1817-1894)
Julian, George Washington (1817-1899)
Lodge, Henry Cabot (1850-1924)
Lowell, Abbott Lawrence (1856-1943)
Lowell, Edward Jackson (1845-1894)
Lowell, John (1824-1897)
McCall, Samuel Walker (1851-1923)
Mitchell, Silas Weir (1829-1914)
Morison, Samuel Eliot (1887-1976)
Morse, John Torrey (1840-1937)
NOTE: Listed here are Morse's letters to Thomas Sergeant Perry only.
Page, Walter Hines (1855-1918)
Perry, Bliss (1860-1954)
Perry, Thomas Sergeant (1845-1928)
NOTE: Listed here are John Torrey Morse's letters to Perry only.
Pierce, Edward Lillie (1829-1897)
Rhodes, James Ford (1848-1927)
Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919)
Schouler, James (1839-1920)
Schurz, Carl (1829-1906)
Sedgwick, Ellery (1872-1960)
Seward, Frederick William (1830-1915)
Shepard, Edward Morse (1850-1911)
Stanwood, Edward (1841-1923)
Storey, Moorfield (1845-1929)
Sumner, William Graham (1840-1910)
Tarbell, Ida Minerva (1857-1944)
Thayer, William Roscoe (1859-1923)
Tyler, Moses Coit (1835-1900)
Van Holst, Hermann (1841-1904)
Washington, Booker T. (1856-1915)
White, Richard Grant (1821-1885)
John Torrey Morse papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.