Loverne L. Morris Papers
NA1980.0002

Summary Information

Repository
Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Title
Loverne L. Papers
ID
NA1980.0002
Date
1915-1980.
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Text [Box]
1
Container
1
Abstract
This collection consists of correspondence, personal memorabilia, photographs, articles, books, and unpublished manuscripts written by Loverne L. Morris.

Preferred Citation note

Recommended citation: Loverne L. Morris Papers, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

Processed by: Janeal Cabbage, Eric Gustafson, and Terry Hamblin, November 2006.

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Biographical/Historical note

Born Loverna Lawton on September 23, 1896, in Americus, Kansas, the daughter of Wilbur Austin and Etta Little Lawton, Morris later changed her name to Loverne for writing purposes. In 1900, Morris was adopted by Mary Angelina Linal Little, widow of her mother’s brother Charles. On request of Morris’ father, her aunt’s name was added to her name thus creating Loverna Lawton Little. While living with her aunt at 918 Exchange, Emporia, Kansas, Little attended Kansas State Normal School from 1915 to 1916 earning a Life Certificate in teaching. On February 22, 1920, Little married Herbert Iven Morris. During her career, Morris held a variety of jobs. She taught school before becoming an award-winning radio script writer shortly before World War II. In the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s, she was a reporter and editor for the El Monte, California, Independent, society editor and news editor for the Temple City [California]  Times, and women’s editor, feature writer and historian for the Daily News of Whittier, California. Morris also wrote local history pieces for “Historical Publishers” and Children’s Press published her children’s books  The American Indian as Farmer and Frogs as Wild Pets. Morris’ articles include  Life at Red Rock 1900-1918, I Remember Grandma, and a series of articles about Pioneer  Life in Lyon County. Morris was the American Association of University Women Whittier Branch’s 1960 “Woman of the Year” and received numerous awards for serving the human needs of the communities in which she lived. Loverne L. Morris died in January 1994.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection includes items that reflect the childhood of Loverne Morris, her college years at Kansas State Normal School, and her development as a writer. Large parts of the collection consist of personal reminiscences of her life as a neighbor of the William Allen White family, articles written by Morris when she was a newspaper reporter, correspondence, copies of magazines which have Morris’ published articles in them, and unpublished manuscripts written by Morris about pioneer times. Also include are photocopies of her birth certificate, adoption paper, and wedding certificate. Included is correspondence from William Allen White and William Lindsay White. Morris’ personal reminiscences provide a familiar view of the White family. Information on California history is found in Morris’ articles Quaker Teachers, Preachers in Vice President’s Family, It Happened Here 121 Years Ago Today, The Battle for California, Whittier was Invaded, and Bow of Promise Offers Green Gold, Country Life in Historic Vallecitos. Also contained in the collection is some information about Richard Nixon and the history of former President Nixon’s family.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged informally into three series: Correspondence, Personal Memorabilia, and Writings. File folders are arranged in alphabetical order within series; items within folders are arranged chronologically. Original copies of newspaper articles and some magazine articles are housed in basement oversize drawer OS 4.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives November 2006.

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431
archives@emporia.edu

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Other material relating to William Allen White exists in other collections held by Emporia State University Archives. Heritage of the Great Plains, Volume 17, Number 1 (Winter 1984), contains an article written by William R. Elkins, "William Allen White as seen by The Little Girl Across the Street, Loverne Morris' Unpublished Memoir." Loverna Lawton Little is pictured in the 1916  Sunflower yearbook. The Loverne Morris Papers in the holdings of the University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections, Kerlan Collection, contain materials related to Morris' book,  The American Indian as Farmer.

Separated Materials note

1 oversize folder in basement oversize drawer OS 4

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Emporia (Kan.).
  • Kansas State Normal School--Students.
  • Lyon County (Kan.).
  • Whittier (Calif.) -- History.

Personal Name(s)

  • Morris, Loverne L.
  • Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhouse), 1913-1994.
  • White, William Allen, 1868-1944 -- Homes and haunts.
  • White, William Allen, 1868-1944.
  • White, William LIndsay, 1900-1973-- Correspondence
  • White, William Lindsay, 1900-1973.

Subject(s)

  • Indians of North America-- Agriculture.
  • Pioneers.
  • Quakers.
  • Reporters and reporting.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Correspondence- Miscellaneous undated, 1940, 1949, 1953, 1955. 

1 1

Correspondance- Louis H. Burke February 24, 1956 

1 2

Correspondence- Herbert Hoover July 3, 1940 

1 3

Correspondence- Houghton Mifflin Company, New Action Series August 18, 1976. 

1 4

Correspondence- Russell Lord, Farm and Fireside November 13, 1927. 

1 5

Correspondence-National Poetry Press 1965. 

1 6

Correspondence- Richard Nixon 1947, 1955, 1969, 1972. 

1 7

Correspondence- University of Minnesota Library, The Kerlan Collection March 10, 1970. 

1 8

Correspondence- Jerry Voorhis 1945,1946. 

1 9

Correspondence- William Allen White July 28, 1919. 

1 10

Correspondence- William Allen White December 4, 1920. 

1 11

Correspondence- William Allen White February 10, 1925 

1 12

Correspondence- William Allen White March 7, 1927. 

1 13

Correspondence- William Allen White March 12, 1927. 

1 14

Correspondence- William Allen White February 5, 1930. 

1 15

Correspondence- William Allen White November 1, 1934. 

1 16

Correspondence- William Allen White February 16, 1939. 

1 17

Correspondence- William Allen White June 20, 1940. 

1 18

Correspondence- William Lindsay White 1944. 

1 19

Correspondence- William Lindsay White 1951, 1954,1955,1956. 

1 20

Correspondence- William Lindsay White 1962, 1965. 

1 21

Photocopies- Birth certificate, adoption paper, photograph, Marraige certificate 1896-1920. 

1 22

Student's Course Book 1915-1919. 

1 23

Letters of recommendation from L.A. Lowther and Walter E. Meyer 1916,1917. 

1 24

Notebook- Original writings undated. 

1 25

Notebook- Journal 1929-1980. 

1 26

Book reviews of William Allen White: The Man From Emporia 1941-1942. 

1 27

Newspaper articles- About Loverne Morris 1941-19880. 

1 28

Photographs 1948,1953, 1956,1970. 

1 29

Release form, Whitter Film Corporation November 18, 1970. 

1 30

Brief autobiography of Loverne Morris circa 1979. 

1 31

Article-"Hamgrams- Operation Deep Freeze," American Junior Red Cross Journal, by Loverne MOrris, pages 30-32 May, 1958. 

1 32

Article-"I Made Friends with a Hummingbird," Highlights, by Loverne Morris, pages 26-27. May 1975. 

1 33

Article-" I Remember Grandma," Ms., by Loverne Morris, pages 83-86. November 1975. 

1 34

Article- "Kylo's Cave," Children's Activities, by Loverne Morris, pagess 6-7. January 1960. 

1 35

Article- "Life at Red Rocks, 1900-1918." Kanhistique. April 1979. 

1 36

Article- "Working It Out or 56 Years," Ms., by Loverne Morris, pages 44-45, 85-86. February 1978. 

1 37

Newspaper and Magazine Articles 1928-1980. 

Separated Materials note

Newspapers articles located in oversize drawer OS 4.

1 38

Book- The American Indian as Farmer, by Loverne Morris 1963. 

1 39

Book- Frogs as Wild Pets, by Loverne Morris. 1973. 

1 40
Box Folder Folder

Chapters from If You Were There:See How Boys and Grils Helped Tame the Frontier, Loverne Morris. undated. 

1 41 1

Chapters from If You Were There: See How Boys and Girls Helped Tame the Frontier, by Loverne Morris. undated. 

1 42 2

Chapters from If You Were There: See How Boys and Girls Helped Tame the Frontier, by Loverne Morris. undated. 

1 43 3
Box Folder

Autonomous chapters of pioneer manuscript undated. 

2 1
Box Folder Folder

If You Were There: See How Boys and Girls Helped Tame the Frontier, by Loverne Morris undated. 

2 2 1
Box Folder Box

If You Were There: See How Boys and Girls Helped Tame the Frontier, by Loverne Morris undated. 

2 3 2
Box Folder Folder

If You Were There: See How Boys and Girls Helped Tame the Frontier, by Loverne Morris ubdated. 

2 4 3

If You Were There: See How Boys and Girls Helped Tame the Frontier, by Loverne Morris 

2 5 4

If You Were There: See How Boys and Girls Helped Tame the Frontier by Loverne Morris, copy 2, missing title page undated 

2 6 1

If You Were There: See How Boys and Girls Helped Tame the Frontier, by Loverne Morris copy 2 undated. 

2 7 2

If You Were There: See Houw Boys and Girls Helped Tame the Frontier, by Loverne Morris. copy 3 

2 8 3

If You Were There: See How Boys and Girls Helped Tame the Frontier, by Loverne Morris. Copy 2 undated. 

2 9 4

Sketches by Dorothy Parcel undated. 

2 10 1

Sketches by Dorothy Parcel undated. 

2 11 2
Box Folder

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Lioverne Morris. Manuscript example, outline, and research undated. 

2 12

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 1 of 18 undated. 

2 13

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 2 of 18 undated. 

2 14

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 3 of 18 undated. 

2 15

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 4 of 18 undated. 

2 16

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Lorvene Morris. Chapter 5 of 18 undated. 

2 17

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 6 of 18 undated. 

2 18

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 7 of 18 undated. 

2 19

The LIttle Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 8 of 18 undated. 

2 20

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 9 of 18 undated. 

2 21

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 10 of 18 undated. 

2 22

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 11 of 18 undated. 

2 23

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 12 of 18 undated. 

2 24

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 13 of 18 undated. 

2 25

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 14 of 18 undated. 

2 26

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 15 of 18 undated. 

2 27

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 16 of 18 undated. 

2 28

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 17 of 18 undated. 

2 29

The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 18 of 18 undated. 

2 30

Photocopies- Pictures of Red Rocks, found between chapters 15 and 16 of The Little Girl Across the Street, by Loverne Morris undated. 

2 31

Remembering, by Loverne Morris undated. 

2 32

Stories that include the White family some labeled chapters 3,4 and 5 undated. 

2 33

My Private Horror Movie, by Loverne Morris undated. 

2 34

Taming the Wild Kansas Frontier 1859-1965, by Loverne Morris. Title page and two outlines undated. 

2 35

Taming the WIld Kansas Frontier 1859-1865, Loverne Morris undated. 

2 36

Taming the WIld Kansas Frontier 1859-1865, by Loverne Morris. Chapters 4-6 of 32 undated. 

2 37

Taming the Wild Kansas Frontier 1859-1865, by Loverne Morris. Chapters 7-9 of 32 undated. 

2 38

Taming the Wild Kansas Forntier 1859-1865, by Loverne Morris. CHapters 10-12 of 32 undated.  

2 39

Taming the Wild Kansas Frontier 1859-1965, by Loverne Morris. Chapters 13-15 of 32 undated. 

2 40

Taming the Wild Kansas Frontier 1859-1865, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 16-18 of 32 undated. 

2 41

Taming the Wild Kansas Frontier 1859-1865, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 19-21 of 32. undated. 

2 43

Taming the WIld Kansas Fonrtier 1859-1865, by Loverne Morris . Chapter 22-24 of 32 undated. 

2 44

Taming the Wild Kansas Frontier 1859-1865, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 25-27 of 32 undated. 

2 45

Taming the Wild Kansas Frontier 1859-1865, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 28-32 

2 46

Taming the Wild Kansas Frontier 1859-1865, by Loverne Morris. Chapter 31-32 of 32 

2 47