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 staff, and is open to qualified researchers by appointment. It is staffed by an archivist and a team of dedicated volunteers.


Finding aids- Additional Information for Researchers or History Buffs

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 Archives Project at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania has finding aids for the Morris Family Papers and their cousins in the Thompson Family Papers.

Haverford College Special Collections has a finding aid for the Thompson Family Papers,1751-1876.

The Frick Collection - Center for the History of Collecting in America lists several Archives with papers related to John T. Morris.

Ancestry.com offers the geneaology of John Thonpson Morris and Lydia Thompson Morris at the Descendants of Anthony Morris.

The Morris Travel Albums are cataloged in this finding aid at the Hagley Library & Archives.

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

The National Park Service finding aid for the Morris Family Papers, 1749-1989 show Morris cousins in Germantown on page 3..


Related Archives Links

Springfield Township Historical Society Archives

Chestnut Hill Historical Society Online Archives

University of Pennsylvania Archives

Haverford Libraries Quaker & Special Collections

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Hagley Museum Library & Archives

Historical Society of Frankford

Lower Merion Historical Society & Archives



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