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Thomas Highley Morris Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-235

Scope and Contents

The Thomas Highley Morris Papers date from 1911 to 1959. The papers include personal records, files created during Morris' law practice, and records accumulated during his tenure as an official of the Johnson City Housing Authority. The records of Morris' law practice include files of World War I veterans who were attempting to recover government life insurance benefits and miscellaneous legal files. The veterans files make up approximately two thirds of the collection. Although the collection primarily consists of correspondence, the papers also include copies of Morris' publications, minutes, affidavits, copies of petitions filed in United States District Courts, personal histories of World War I veterans, depositions, copies of acts of Congress, and publications distributed to local housing authorities.


  • 1911 - 1959
  • Majority of material found within 1914 - 1941


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.


4.50 linear feet

4.00 Items

9.00 Boxes

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The papers are divided into three series: Series 1, Personal Records; Series 2, Legal Files; and Series 3, Johnson City Housing Authority Records.

Method of Acquisition

The Thomas Highley Morris Papers were donated to the Archives of Appalachia on November 9, 1984 and January 14, 1985 by Morris' daughter, Elizabeth Morris Bower, 218 W. Holston Avenue, Johnson City, Tennessee.

Separated Materials

Four photographs from the collection have been placed in the photographic storage area by accession number:

1. Frank Taylor home, 312 W. Pine Street, Johnson City, Tenn. 2. John William Morris and Thomas Highley Morris, Jr. 3. Thomas Highley Morris, Sr. 4. Mrs. Anne Gemmell Morris, Thomas Highley Morris, Jr., and Elizabeth Morris Bower.

Processing Information

Ed Speer completed processing and the papers were opened for research in August 1988.
Ed Speer
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA