Welcome to the Morris Arboretum Archives

LINK:  Finding aids for our collections! CLICK HERE

About The Archives


The Morris Arboretum Archives was established in 1987 to acquire, conserve, and catalog one-of-a-kind documents, letters, maps, architectural blueprints, landscape drawings, financial ledgers, diaries, lantern slides, photos, and negatives. Historic books, newspapers, research material, reports, and artifacts are also cataloged at the Arboretum. The archives collection includes roughly 100 cubic feet of paper archives and manuscripts, 3,000 images, including photographs, drawings, prints, lantern slides and other visual materials and 10 cubic feet of memorabilia and other objects.

Primary Audience: The Archives serves the Arboretum education, development, horticulture, and marketing staff, and is also open to qualified researchers by appointment. It is staffed by an archivist and a team of dedicated volunteers.

After 1932, when the gardens became known as the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, the Archives has architectural blueprints, landscape drawings, lantern slides, negatives and photographs by the botanists and visitors at the gardens. Numerous papers about that period: the staff, the plants, and the garden features are also in the Archives.



Finding aids

Finding aids for five collections in the Arboretum Archives are found in the Philadelphia Area Special Collections and Libraries (PACSCL) as a result of a grant to the Hidden Collections Initiative/Small project at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania has finding aids for Morris Family Papers and Thompson Family Papers

Ancestry of John Thonpson and Lydia Thompson Morris may be found at the Descendants of Anthony Morris.

The Perot Family papers contain some Morris family notes at Haverford College

The William Henry Russell Collection of Morris Family Papers accession 0721are at the Hagley Library & Archives

The Independence Seaport Museum has a 1920's collection of travel albums and notes of the Marriott Morris cousins to Europe.



Related Archives Links

Springfield Township Historical Society

Chestnut Hill Historical Society

Historical Society of Frankford

Lower Merion Historical Society & Archives



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