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COLLECTION Identifier: 998-21

Noel Morss papers

Dates

  • 1927 - 1980

Creator

Extent

3.25 linear feet

Biographical / Historical

Noel Morss was born in Boston on December 25, 1904, to Ethel Read Morss and Everett Morss. He prepared for college at the Groton School and graduated from Harvard in 1926 with a B.A. in economics. Morss went on to receive a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1929 and to practice professionally as an attorney. His interest in anthropology and archaeology was bolstered by his Chestnut Hill neighbors Dr. Hugh O'Neill Hencken and his wife Thalassa Cruso, and by summers later spent leading Peabody Museum archaeological expeditions to Arizona and Utah in 1925, 1927, 1928, and 1929. According to J . O. Brew, Morss was "the scholar who defined the Fremont Culture of eastern Utah." His publications on Fremont figurines were highly regarded by his anthropology colleagues. Although Morss did not pursue this interest professionally, his work was of such caliber that he was appointed Chairman on the Visiting Committee, Harvard University Department of Anthropology and Peabody Museum, in 1954; and was PM Research Fellow in Prehistory of the American Southwest 1955-60.

Morss also served as Secretary and Treasurer of the American School for Prehistoric Research (ASPR) under Director and founder Dr. George Grant MacCurdy, and was a founding member of the Council on Old World Archaeology (COWA). Morss' long tenure in ASPR spanned his role as an early trustee from 1926 to 1953, to becoming an "ASPR member in the museum" from 1954 onwards (when the ASPR then became a part of the Department of Anthropology in accordance with its founder's will), while serving as secretary and treasurer from 1954 to 1980. Morss died on April 24, 1981.

Sources:
  1. Brew, John Otis."Noel Morss, 1904-1981." American Antiquity 47 (2) 1982, p. 344-45.
  2. Cirriculum vita. Noel Morss Papers. Box 4.5
  3. Morss, Christopher. Personal communication,December 29, 1998.

Arrangement

The Noel Morss Papers are organized in two main records series, I. Professional Organization Records, and II. Professional Papers. Series I contains the records of two professional organizations of which Morss was an active member: the American School of Prehistoric Research (ASPR) and the Council on Old World Archaeology (COWA). Series II contains Morss' own professional papers which he organized into two categories: I. Archaeology and II. Peabody Museum. Each subseries of Series II includes correspondence, memoranda, photographs, and reprints. Series, subseries and folder titles reflect Morss' own.

Physical Location

Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Noel Morss Papers were donated to the Peabody Museum Archives by Noel's son, Christopher Morss, in November 1998.

General note

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Processing Information

Sarah R. Demb, January 1999
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Correspondent Index

The numbers that follow the names indicate box and folder locations of the related correspondence. Names that have been verified by a bibliographic utility often contain birth dates, death dates or life span dates.
Aikens, C. Melvin : 4.2
Anati, Emmanuel : 5.2
Angel, J. Lawrence : 2.1-2.3
Appa, Anthony M. : 2.3
?, Austin (Peabody Museum) : 1.5
Bartlett, Katharine (Museum of Northern Arizona) : 4.4
Baxter, J.H. : 4.3
Beardsley, Richard K. : 2.2-2.3
Boggs, Stephen T. (American Anthropological Association) : 2.2
Boissevain, Ethel (Hunter College, CUNY) : 5.1
Braidwood, Robert : 2.1-2.2
Brew, John Otis : 2.1, 4.2-4.6, 5.1
Brimhall, Dean R. : 4.2
Broman, Vivian L. : 4.6, 5.1
Brown, Donald Freeman : 2.2-2.3
Brown, Estelle : 2.2
Burgh, Robert F. : 4.4, 4.6
Burleson, Ruth : 1.4
Byers, Douglas S. : 4.6
Cammann, Schuyler V. R. : 2.1-2.3
Carlin, Alice : 2.3
Christeman, Ross T. (Brigham Young University) : 4.6
Colton, Harold Sellers (Museum of Northern Arizona) : 4.3-4.5
Compton, Carl Benton : 2.2, 4.2, 4.4-4.6, 5.1
Coolidge, John (Fogg Museum of Art) : 4.4
Danson, Edward Bridge : 5.1, 5.3
Davin, A.T. : 2.2
DeLaet, S.J. : 2.1
Dick, Herbert William (University of Colorado Museum) : 4.4
Dorr, Goldthwaite Higginson : 1.
Dyson, Robert Harris Jr. : 2.2
Edwards, Walter Meayers (National Geographic Magazine) : 4.2
Ehrich, Robert William : 2.3
Ekholm, Gordon Frederick (American Musum of Natural History) : 4.4
Euler, Robert C. (Prescott College) : 4.2
Fay, George E. : 4.6
Ferguson, Charles W. Jr. (University of Arizona) : 4.5
Field, Henry : 1.3, 1.5
Forbes, Alexander C. : 6.6
Fremont Symposium : 5.7
French, Katherine L : 6.6
Ford, Franklin Lewis : 4.2
Frazier, Rosalind H. : 5.1, 6.6
Graphic Services, Inc. : 1.3
Gandier, Mrs. J. : 2.3
Gebhard, Paul Henry : 4.6
Gifford, James C. : 5.1
Gillin, John Philip : 4.3
Goff, Charles Weer (M.D.) : 5.1
Golson, Jack : 2.3
Grant, Campbell : 4.2
Grauger, Walter (The Explorers Club) : 4.3
Griswold, Ann : 2.2
Gunnerson, James Howard : 4.6, 5.1
Guthe, Car lEugene (Society for American Archaeology) : 4.3
Hachey, Joseph L. Jr. (Commonwealth of Massachusetts) : 2.3
Hargrave, Lyndon Lane (Museum of Northern Arizona) : 4.3
Haworth, Leland J. : 2.3
Hencken, Hugh O'Neill : 1.3-1.5, 2.2, 4.2, 4.4, 4.6
Higgens, Howard (Emerson College) : 4.3
Hosmer, Henry L. (Goodwin, Procter & Hoar) : 2.1
Howe, Bruce : 2.1-2.2
Howells, W. W. (William White) : 1.3
Jennings, Jesse David (University of Utah) : 4.5-4.6, 5.1
Johnson, Jotham : 2.1-2.2
Jones, Lois B. : 1.3
Judd, Neil Merton (Smithsonian Institution) : 4.2, 4.4, 4.6
Kidder, Alfred Vincent : 4.3-4.5, 5.1
Klayman, Judith : 2.3
Krader, Lawrence : 2.2
Kramer, Carol : 2.3
Lamberg-Karlovsky, Carl C. : 1.3-1.5, 6.6
Levin, Muriel : 2.1
Levy, G.R : 4.6
Macaulay, William : 4.3
Lindsay, Alexander Johnston Jr. : 5.1
MacCurdy, Janet : 1.4, 4.6
Mather, Philip R. : 4.6
Martin, Paul S. (Paul Schultz) : 4.4
Martinez, Alfred A. (Harvard Club of New York) : 2.1
Marston, Otis : 5.1
Mason, Benjamin L. : 6.6
Mason, John Alden : 4.3
Matson, Frederick R. (Frederick Rognald) : 2.2-2.3
McGregor, John C. (John Charles) : 4.6
Meighan, Clement Woodward : 4.6
Miles, George Carpenter : 2.2
Millard, Alfred : 2.2
Mogey, John M. (Boston University) : 2.3
Morris, Earl Halstead : 4.4, 4.6
Morss, Noel : 1.3-1.5, 2.1-2.4, 4.4-4.6
Moser, Robert F. (Boston University) : 2.3
Mulford, Clarence : 4.3
Oakley, Kenneth Page (British Museum) : 1.3
Oliver, Geneve Howard : 4.4-4.6
O'Neil, William A. : 1.4
Phillips, Gail : 2.2
Phillips, Philip : 4.4
Raye, Edward W. (First National Bank of Boston) : 2.2
Roberts, Marjorie S. : 1.3-1.4
Rodeck, Hugo G. (University of Colorado Museum) : 4.5
Rouse, Irving : 2.1-2.2
Rowlett, Elsebet Sander-Jorgensen : 5.1
Salter, L.J. : 5.1
Schulman, Edmund : 4.5
Schwartz, Douglas Wright : 4.6
Scott, Donald C. : 2.2, 4.2-4.3
Scott, Louise : 4.2
Shannon, James A. : 2.3
Sharrock, Floyd W. : 5.1
Sjöqvist, Erik : 2.1-2.2
Sletcha, Robert F. : 2.3
Smith, Watson : 4.4-4.5
Sprang, Richard : 4.2
Steward, Julian Haynes : 4.3
Stoddard, Natalie B. : 4.5
Straus, William L. Jr. (Am. Assoc. of Physicians) : 2.1
Sturgis, Somers H. (Somers Hayes) : 4.6
Tatum, P.N. : 4.3
Taylor, Dee Calderwood : 5.1
Thomas, Iris : 4.4
Tozzer, AlfredM. (Alfred Marston) : 4.3
Tye, Donald G. (Commonwealth of Massachusetts) : 2.3
Ward, Gordon B. (National Science Foundation) : 2.3
Ward, Lauriston : 2.1
Weltfish, Gene : 4.3
Whiting, Helen W. : 5.1
Willey, Gordon Randolph : 4.5
William, Joan : 4.2
Williams, Stephen : 1.4, 6.6
Wilson, Ida G. (Museum of Northern Arizona) : 4.3
Wirth, Conrad Louis (U.S. Dept. of the Interior) : 4.3
Woodbury, Richard B. (Richard Benjamin) : 5.1
Wormington, H.M. (Hannah Marie) : 4.2, 4.6

Creator

Title
Noel Morss Papers, A Finding Aid
Author
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
EAD ID
pea00007

Repository Details

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