George S. Morris Papers: 1852-1889, 1910-1915
Summary Information
Title: George S. Morris Papers
Creator: Morris, George Sylvester, 1840-1889
Dates: 1852-1889, 1910-1915
Extent: 2 linear feet, 1 oversize folder
Professor of philosophy at Johns Hopkins University and University of Michigan. Correspondence; notes and lectures on philosophical topics, notably ethics, political philosophy, logic and aesthetics; diary and journal, including account of European trip, 1866-1867; photographs; and later materials collected by Robert M. Wenley preparatory to writing a biography of George S. Morris, 1910-1915.
Call number: 852011 Aa 2 UAm
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
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Finding aid prepared by: Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was transferred over from the Graduate Library (donor no. 1278) in 1953 which had received it from the Morris family.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., George S. Morris Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


George Sylvester Morris, educator and philosopher, was born November 15, 1840 in Norwich, Vermont. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1861, then from 1862 to 1863, Morris served in the Union Army. In the fall of 1863, he joined the staff of Dartmouth as a tutor in Greek and Mathematics, a post he held for one year. In 1864, Morris entered the Union Theological Seminary, then in the period 1866-1868, he traveled to Europe to study at the University of Halle and the University of Berlin. In 1870 Morris became professor of modern languages at the University of Michigan; later, in 1885, he headed the university's philosophy department. Morris wrote on both Kant and Hegel and was a champion of the idealistic movement initiated by Kant. Morris died in Ann Arbor on March 23, 1889.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of biographical information; correspondence; lectures, notes, and writings; miscellaneous materials from his student days at Dartmouth, Royalton Academy and Kimball Union Academy; diary and travel journals; and photographs.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Europe -- Description and travel.
  • Philosophy.
  • Voyages and travels.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Dwellings.
  • Living rooms -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Johns Hopkins University.
  • Morris, George Sylvester, 1840-1889.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Philosophy.
  • University of Michigan. Department of Romance Languages.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • Morris, George Sylvester, 1840-1889.
  • Adams, Charles Kendall, 1835-1902.
  • Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
  • Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence, 1828-1914.
  • Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
  • Frieze, Henry S. (Henry Simmons), 1817-1889.
  • Gilman, Daniel Coit, 1831-1908.
  • Muirhead, John Henry, 1855-1940.
  • Schaff, Philip, 1819-1893.
  • Tyler, Moses Coit, 1835-1900.
  • Ueberweg, Friedrich, 1826-1871.
  • Ulrici, Hermann, 1806-1884.
  • Wenley, R. M. (Robert Mark), 1861-1929.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Biographical [series]
Box   1  
Biographical memorials 1889

(also includes letters of condolence)

Box   1  
Report of faculty activities 1875/76
Correspondence [series]

The Correspondence series includes letters from Charles K. Adams, James B. Angell, Joshua L. Chamberlain, John Dewey, Henry S. Frieze, Daniel C. Gilman, John H. Muirhead, Philip Schaff, Moses C. Tyler, Friedrich Ueberweg, and Hermann Ulrici.

Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Letters from Friedrich Ueberweg 1869-1871
Box   1  
Letters written to family members while traveling in Europe 1866-1868
Box   1  
Correspondence and other materials of Robert M. Wenley concerning proposed biography of Morris 1910-1915
Lectures, notes, writings [series]
Box   1  
Speeches read before Shakespeare Club, Royalton Academy, Concord, N.H. 1861-1862 (3 folders)
Box   1  
Report of lecture on musical aesthetics 1887
Box   1  
Lectures on political philosophy 1887 (1 volume)
Box   1  
Miscellaneous notes on political philosophy
Box   1  
Lectures on ethics Miscellaneous notes on ethics
Box   1  
Lectures on aesthetics circa 1887 (1 volume)
Box   1  
Miscellaneous notes on aesthetics
Box   1  
Lectures on logic
Box   1  
Miscellaneous notes on logic
Box   1  
Notes on "National calamities incentives to national virtues?
Box   1  
Notes on Plato
Box   1  
Notes on Bacon
Box   1  
Miscellaneous notes
Box   1  
Miscellaneous writings and other manuscripts (3 folders)
Box   1  
Manuscripts, including "Introduction" to Hegel's Philosophy of the State; writings on logic
Dartmouth College [series]
Box   1  
Master's oration 1864
Box   1  
Compositions, essays, orations and speeches 1857-1865 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Master's thesis, "Spiritualization: the law and goal of human progress" 1864
Box   1  
Miscellaneous [series]
Box   1  
Royalton Academy and Kimball Union Academy
Box   1  
Box   1  
Papers re. books and personal library
Box   1  
Invoices of book purchases and related materials
Box   1  
Box   1  
Papers re. Roger Morris
Box   1  
Paper of Arlisle M. Young entitled, "Analysis of Introduction to Hegel's Aesthetics" 1889
Bound records [series]
Box   2  
Journals 1856-1861
Box   2  
Journal of European Trip 1866-1867 (2 volumes)
Box   2  
Diary 1885
Box   2  
Lectures on Psychology by Prof. Friedrich A. Trendelenburg

(summarized by G.S. Morris)

Box   2  
Scrapbook containing reviews of Kant's Critique and Morris' Hegel's Philosophy of the state and of history 1881-1888
Box   2  
University class lectures on logic
Box   2  
Notebook on logic
Box   2  
Notebook on Goethe
Box   2  
Philosophy index
Box   2  
Photographs [series]
Oversize Folder   UAm  
Portraits; also interiors and exteriors of Morris' home
Additional Descriptive Data
Selective Index to Correspondents
Adams, Charles Kendall, 1835-1902.
  • Nov. 12, 1885; Aug. 15, 1885
Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence, 1828-1914.
  • Oct. 9, 1872
Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
  • May 9, 1910; Dec. 6, 1915 [letters located in folder of materials collected by Robert M. Wenley]
Frieze, Henry Simmons, 1817-1889.
  • Sept. 8, 1870; Nov. 21, 1884
Gilman, Daniel Coit, 1831-1908
  • Feb. 4, 1879
Muirhead, John Henry, 1855-1940
  • Oct. 31, 1887; Dec. 12, 1887
Schaff, Philip, 1819-1893
  • Feb. 25, 1871; Mar. 9, 1871
Tyler, Moses Coit, 1835-1900
  • Nov. 15, 1885; June 27, 1885; Nov. 13, 1885
Ueberweg, Friedrich, 1826-1871.
  • 1869-1871 [in specially designated folder]
Ulrici, Hermann, 1806-1884.
  • Nov. 21, 1867; 1874?