Guide to the Collection

Restrictions on Access

The Moorfield Storey papers are stored offsite and must be requested at least two business days in advance via Portal1791. Researchers needing more than six items from offsite storage should provide additional advance notice. If you have questions about requesting materials from offsite storage, please contact the reference desk at 617-646-0532 or

Collection Summary


This collection consists of papers of Boston, Mass. lawyer and author Moorfield Storey, including correspondence, business and legal papers, writings, and scrapbooks.

Biographical Sketch

Moorfield Storey (1845-1929) was a Boston, Mass. lawyer and author. He served as private secretary to Charles Sumner from 1867-1869 and practiced law in Boston from 1869-1929, becoming a senior member of the firm of Storey, Thorndike, Palmer, and Dodge. He also served as president of the American Bar Association in 1896, as well as the Anti-Imperialist League, Massachusetts Civil Reform Club, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Thursday Evening Club, Game Club, and Good Government Association, and as an overseer of Harvard College in 1872-1888 and 1892-1910.

Collection Description

The papers of Moorfield Storey include original correspondence, typescript letters, business and legal papers, writings, a copy of his autobiography, a facsimile of Gen. George Washington's accounts (1775-1783), and scrapbooks. In addition to papers documenting Storey's interest in anti-imperialism and civil service reform, the collection contains scrapbooks related to Philippines independence, as well as Native American and African American civil rights. Also included are typescript diary extracts of Fiske Warren enclosed in a letter that Warren sent to Storey, 1903. Correspondents include Charles Francis Adams, Gamaliel Bradford, Phillip P. Chase, Francis Ward Chandler, Richard Henry Dana, Henry Herbert Edes, Marcus Perrin Knowlton, John Torrey Morse, Charles Sumner, Charles Moorfield Storey, Gertrude Cutts Storey, Erving Winslow, and George Fred Williams.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Charles M. Storey, 1969. Additions from Palmer and Dodge, Nov. 1994.

Restrictions on Access

The Moorfield Storey papers are stored offsite and must be requested at least two business days in advance via Portal1791. Researchers needing more than six items from offsite storage should provide additional advance notice. If you have questions about requesting materials from offsite storage, please contact the reference desk at 617-646-0532 or

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Loose correspondence and other papers, 1848-1935

This series contains correspondence and other papers of Moorfield Storey, including his correspondence with Charles Francis Adams and other Adams family members; unverified typescripts of letters apparently copied out of Storey's letterbooks; and speeches, essays, and miscellaneous other writings by Storey.

SH 1AIABox 1
Charles Francis Adams correspondence, 1882-1915
SH 1AIABox 1
Other Adams family correspondence, 1872-1930
SH 1AIBBox 2
Correspondence and papers, 1848-1906
SH 1AICBox 3
Correspondence and papers, 1907-1929
SH 1AIDBox 4
Correspondence and papers, 1930-1935 and undated
SH 1AIDBox 4
Speeches and writings, 1895-191929 folders.
SH 1AIDBox 4
Undated speeches and writings, no. 1-11
SH 1AIEBox 5
Undated speeches and writings, no. 12-22
SH 1AIEBox 5
Miscellaneous papers, photographs, and printed matter/ephemera9 folders.
SH 1AIEBox 5
Anti-Imperialist League account books, 1898-19023 slim volumes.
SH 1AIFBox 6
Letter typescripts, 1895-1924 (unverified)

II. Letterbooks, 1894-1929

This series consists of 32 letterbook volumes (in cases) containing typescript copies of Storey's outgoing correspondence.

SH 1AIICarton 1Vol. 1
17 Mar. 1894–31 July 1896.
SH 1AIICarton 1Vol. 2
15 Sep. 1896–13 Jan. 1900
SH 1AIICarton 1Vol. 3
15 Jan. 1900–10 Feb. 1902
SH 1AK5Carton 2Vol. 4
10 Feb. 1902–10 Apr. 1903
SH 1AK5Carton 2Vol. 5
10 Apr. 1903–15 Feb. 1904
SH 1AK5Carton 2Vol. 6
15 Feb. 1904–17 May 1905
SH 1AK6Carton 3Vol. 7
17 May 1905–29 May 1906
SH 1AK6Carton 3Vol. 8
31 May 1906–9 Aug. 1907
SH 1AK6Carton 3Vol. 9
19 Aug. 1907–18 Nov. 1908
SH 1AK7Carton 4Vol. 10
19 Nov. 1908–20 Jan. 1910
SH 1AK7Carton 4Vol. 11
20 Jan. 1910–24 Jan. 1911
SH 1AK7Carton 4Vol. 12
24 Jan. 1911–20 Nov. 1911
SH 1AK8Carton 5Vol. 13
20 Nov. 1911–16 Oct. 1912
SH 1AK8Carton 5Vol. 14
17 Oct. 1912–7 July 1913
SH 1AK8Carton 5Vol. 15
17 July 1913–7 Apr. 1914
SH 1AK9Carton 6Vol. 16
10 Apr. 1914-2 Apr. 1915
SH 1AK9Carton 6Vol. 17
2 Apr. 1915–10 Mar. 1916
SH 1AK9Carton 6Vol. 18
11 Mar. 1916–16 Nov. 1916
SH 1AKACarton 7Vol. 19
16 Nov. 1916–6 Sep. 1917
SH 1AKACarton 7Vol. 20
7 Sep. 1917–14 Aug. 1918
SH 1AKACarton 7Vol. 21
14 Aug. 1918–28 May 1919
SH 1AKBCarton 8Vol. 22
29 May 1919–13 Apr. 1920
SH 1AKBCarton 8Vol. 23
13 Apr. 1920–9 Mar. 1921
SH 1AKBCarton 8Vol. 24
9 Mar. 1921–13 Feb. 1922
SH 1AKCCarton 9Vol. 25
13 Feb. 1922–6 Jan. 1923
SH 1AKCCarton 9Vol. 26
12 Jan. 1923–6 Oct. 1923
SH 1AKCCarton 9Vol. 27
5 Oct. 1923-16 May 1924
SH 1AKDCarton 10Vol. 28
16 May 1924–15 Apr. 1925
SH 1AKDCarton 10Vol. 29
15 Apr. 1925–12 Mar. 1926
SH 1AKDCarton 10Vol. 30
12 Mar. 1926–29 Dec. 1926
SH 1AKECarton 11Vol. 31
29 Dec. 1926–27 Oct. 1927
SH 1AKECarton 11Vol. 32
28 Oct. 1927–18 Nov. 1929

III. Scrapbooks, 1850s-1928

This series consists of nine scrapbook volumes kept by Moorfield Storey, mostly newspaper clippings on topics of interest to him, such as African American civil rights, Philippines independence, civil service reform, and anti-imperialism.

Scrapbooks 1, 2, 3, and 5 are housed in cases, and the others are stored in two document boxes. Scrapbooks 1-7 were numbered in that order by Storey.

SH 1AKECarton 11Scrapbook 1
1914–1927 (mostly 1923-1927)
SH 1AKFCarton 12Scrapbook 2
SH 1AKFCarton 12Scrapbook 3
SH 1AIGBox 7Scrapbook 4

This volume includes invitations, ephemera, miscellaneous writings, and newspaper clippings. Many of the invitations are undated.

SH 1AKFCarton 12Scrapbook 5
SH 1AIGBox 7Scrapbook 6

This scrapbook consists mostly of clippings concerning the Philippines and World War I.

SH 1AIHBox 8Scrapbook 7
SH 1AIHBox 8Scrapbook 8
SH 1AIHBox 8Scrapbook 9
"The Second Inaugural of Ulysses S. Grant"

This scrapbook contains a small number of newspaper clippings.

Preferred Citation

Moorfield Storey papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

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.


Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915.
Bradford, Gamaliel, 1831-1911.
Chandler, F. W. (Francis Ward), 1844-1926.
Chase, Philip Putnam, 1878-1978.
Dana, Richard Henry, 1851-1931.
Edes, Henry Herbert, 1849-1922.
Knowlton, Marcus Perrin, 1839-1918.
Morse, John T., Jr. (John Torrey), 1840-1937.
Storey, Charles Moorfield, 1889-1980.
Storey, Gertrude Cutts, -1912.
Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874.
Warren, Fiske.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Williams, George Fred, 1852-1932.
Winslow, Erving, |d 1839-1922


American Bar Association.
Anti-Imperialist League (Boston, Mass.).
Game Club (Boston, Mass.).
Good Government Association.
Harvard University. Board of Overseers.
Massachusetts Reform Club.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Boston Branch.
Thursday Evening Club (Boston, Mass.).


African Americans--Civil rights.
Anti-imperialist movements--United States.
Authors, American--19th century.
Boston (Mass.)--Politics and government.
Civil rights--United States.
Civil service reform--United States.
Indians of North America--Civil rights.
Lawyers as authors.
Law firms |z Massachusetts |z Boston.
Philippines--History--Autonomy and independence movements.

Materials Removed from the Collection

Loose pamphlets, serials, and bound volumes of miscellaneous pamphlets collected by Moorfield Storey have been removed to the MHS printed collections.