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COLLECTION Identifier: far00016

George Edward Morris correspondence

Scope and Content

The Morris collection consists of a bound volume of correspondence. There are around 200 letters from 22 correspondents. Major correspondents include Charles Horton Peck and Curtis Gates Lloyd. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by sender.


  • approximately 1898-1914


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The collection is available by appointment for research. Researchers must register and provide two forms of valid photo identification. Please contact for additional information.


1 collection (1 volume)


George Edward Morris was born in England on February 25, 1853 and moved with his family to Lawrence, Massachusetts, at a young age. He was educated in Lawrence and graduated from the Boston Normal Art School. He taught drawing in Waltham public schools and at night school in Malden for the rest of his life.

Morris became interested in botany through the use of plants in design. He studied botany and zoology at the summer school on Martha’s Vineyard and at the Boston Teachers’ School of Science. In the late 1890’s he turned his attention to mycology. He collected and studied fungi in the vicinity of Waltham during his free time and went on excursions to Maine, New Hampshire, and New York during summer vacations. He was a member of several scientific organizations, including the New England Botanical Club and the Boston Mycological Club, and corresponded regularly with mycologist, Charles Horton Peck.

Morris painted hundred of watercolors of plants and fungi during his lifetime. Morris died in Waltham on July 5, 1916.

Morse AP. 1918. List of the Water-color drawings of fungi by George E. Morris in the Peabody Museum of Salem. Salem (MA): Peabody Museum.


The collection was found in the back of Eliza Beulah Blackford's cabinet.

Related Materials

Fred Jay Seaver Records (RG4), LuEsther T. Mertz Library, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York.
Morris, George Edward, 1853-1916. George Edward Morris correspondence, approximately 1898-1914: A Guide.
Archives, Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany, Harvard University Herbaria
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Repository Details

Part of the Botany Libraries, Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany, Harvard University Repository

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