Morris, Harrison S. (Harrison Smith), 1856-1948

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Harrison Smith Morris was born in Philadelphia on October 4, 1856, the son of George Washington and Catharine (Harris) Morris. He had two younger sisters, Matilda Harris Morris and Jane Walters Morris, who never married. At the age of sixteen he went to work for the Reading Coal & Iron Company to help support his parents, who were in ill health. In 1893 he became the managing director of the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, a position which he held until 1905. Morris also served as editor of Lippincott's Magazine, art editor of the Ladies' Home Journal, and chairman of the Ways and Means Committee of the National Academy of Design. From 1909-1917 he was president of the Wharton Steel Company. His activities brought him in contact with leaders in the artistic and literary world. He also wrote and published his own works, in both English and Italian, on Roman history, literature, and culture, as well as at least seventeen volumes of poetry, fiction, and essays.

Morris married Anna, daughter of Joseph Wharton, on June 2, 1896. Their only child, Catherine Wharton Morris, nicknamed "Kit," was born on January 26, 1899. Harrison Smith Morris died on April 12, 1948. Anna Wharton Morris died on June 21, 1957, at the age of eighty-eight. Catharine "Kit" Morris Wright died in 1988.

From the guide to the Harrison S. Morris Papers, 1895-1935, 1784-1970, (Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections)

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creatorOf Morris, Harrison S. (Harrison Smith), 1856-1948. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1902. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Robert Underwood Johnson papers, 1875-1937 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Haskell family. Haskell family papers, 1878-1951. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Morris, Harrison S. (Harrison Smith), 1856-1948. Letters to Horace Howard Furness, 1895-1917. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937. Robert Underwood Johnson papers, 1875-1937. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir), 1829-1914. Papers, 1854-1915 and undated. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
referencedIn Correspondence, 1864-1906. Houghton Library
creatorOf National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.). Correspondence with Henry Charles Lea, 1905-1912. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Correspondence and compositions, 1859-1930. Houghton Library
creatorOf Morris, Harrison S. (Harrison Smith), 1856-1948. Correspondence with Henry Charles Lea, 1902-1904. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Reese, Lizette Woodworth, 1856-1935. Papers of Lizette Woodworth Reese [manuscript], 1893-1936. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937. Robert Underwood Johnson letters, 1882-1937. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library
creatorOf Morris, Harrison S. (Harrison Smith), 1856-1948. Correspondence with Henry Charles Lea, 1888-1901. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Morris, Anna Wharton, 1868-1957. Papers, 1729-1957. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
referencedIn William Roscoe Thayer papers, 1762-1927 (bulk 1872-1921) Houghton Library
referencedIn Howells family papers, 1850-1954 (inclusive). Houghton Library
referencedIn Robert Grant papers, 1809-1940. Houghton Library
referencedIn Monroe, W. S. (Will Seymour), 1863-1939. Will S. Monroe collection of Walt Whitman material, 1928-1930. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company. Reader reports on manuscripts submitted for publication. 1882-1931. Houghton Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIj, 1898-1988 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Joseph and Elizabeth R. Pennell Papers TXRC97-A16., 1832-1951 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Morris, Harrison S. (Harrison Smith), 1856-1948. Correspondence with May Sinclair, 1904. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library
referencedIn Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926. Letters of Joseph Pennell [manuscript], 1922-1926. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Colles, William Morris, 1855-1926. William Morris Colles papers, 1888-1928. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. Letter 1923 December 5, Staten Island, N.Y. [to] Harrison S. Morris, [Philadelphia, Pa.] / Harriosn S. Morris. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Morris, Harrison S. (Harrison Smith), 1856-1948. Letter to Agnes Repplier, 1902. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Morris, Harrison S. (Harrison Smith), 1856-1948. Letter 1923, Nov. 26, Philadelphia, Pa [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Harrison Morris. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
creatorOf Morris, Harrison L. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1946. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Morris, Harrison S. (Harrison Smith), 1856-1948. Letter, 1912, March 5, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [to] Mr. Edwin Markham, Staten Island, New York / Harrison S. Morris. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn William Morris Colles Papers, 1888-1928. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923. Papers, 1762-1927 (inclusive) 1872-1921 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Eastman mss., 1892-1968 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
creatorOf Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926. Papers of Joseph and Elizabeth R. Pennell, 1832-1951 (bulk, 1854-1936). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Bancroft, Mary R. Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Pre-Raphaelite archives, 1850-1991. Delaware Art Museum
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Harrison S. Morris Papers, 1895-1935, 1784-1970 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special CollectionsManuscripts Division
referencedIn John Jay Chapman additional papers, 1841-1940. Houghton Library
referencedIn John Jay Chapman papers, 1841-1940. Houghton Library
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associatedWith Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, N.Y.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907 person
associatedWith American Philosophical Society. corporateBody
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
correspondedWith Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933 person
associatedWith Colles, William Morris, 1855-1926. person
associatedWith Corcoran Gallery of Art corporateBody
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Eastman, Max, 1883-1969 person
correspondedWith Grant, Robert, 1852-1940 person
associatedWith Haskell family. family
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937. person
associatedWith Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940, person
associatedWith Mckay, David. person
associatedWith Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir), 1829-1914. person
associatedWith Monroe, W. S. (Will Seymour), 1863-1939. person
associatedWith Morris, Anna Wharton, 1868-1957. person
associatedWith Museum of Fine Arts, Boston corporateBody
associatedWith National Academy of Design (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith National Institute of Arts and Letters (U.S.). corporateBody
associatedWith New York University. Hall of Fame corporateBody
associatedWith Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926 and Elizabeth R., 1855-1936 person
associatedWith Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts corporateBody
associatedWith Reese, Lizette Woodworth, 1856-1935. person
associatedWith Scudder, Horace Elisha, 1838-1902 person
associatedWith St. Louis Art Museum corporateBody
associatedWith Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923. person
associatedWith Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892. person
correspondedWith Woodberry, George Edward, 1855-1930 person
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American literature
Art exhibitions--20th century
Photography
Art critics--United States--20th century--Correspondence
Architects--United States--20th century--Correspondence
Art societies--United States--20th century
Art dealers--United States--20th century--Correspondence
Art schools--United States--20th century
Arts--United States--Management--20th century
Art, American--20th century
Art, American--19th century
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