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Robert Morris papers

Identifier: sw0182

Scope and Content

The Robert Morris papers comprise his speeches and articles, as well as reviews of his books. Morris' writings relate to social welfare policy, health policy and health care, long term care, aging and gerontology, social work as a profession, urban planning, and community health and welfare organization and administration. The materials reflect his range of scholarship and influence on social policy and planning, in particular for senior citizens.


  • 1943-1989
  • Majority of material found within 1957-1989

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Historical Note

Robert "Bob" Morris (1910-2005) was influential in the field of social planning and policy for the elderly. He was born in Akron Ohio and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Akron in 1931; his master's of social work degree from the School of Applied Social Sciences at Western University in 1935; and his DSW from Columbia University, New York School of Social Work in 1959. He was professor of social planning at Brandeis University, Florence Heller Graduate School University for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare (The Heller School for Social Policy and Management).

In 1970, Morris became director of the Levinson Policy Institute at Brandeis. He also received research awards from the Ford Foundation, Veterans Administration, National Science Foundation , and the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare. In addition, he was a visiting lecturer and professor at various schools of social work. He served on technical advisory committees of the National Institute of Mental Health, Veterans Administration, Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare Office of Human Development Services. He published several books and articles in the fields of social planning, gerontology and medical care. Morris was the recipient of special awards from the Hayes Fulbright Program for Italy, the Ford Foundation, the Max and Anna Levinson Family Trust, and the Treuhaft Fund.

Morris also undertook a number of committee and editorial assignments for the National Association of Social Workers and edited the Encyclopedia of Social Work 16th Edition(1971) and theJournal of Social Work(1960-1972). He was co-founder of the Journal of Aging & Social Policyin 1989. He was president of the Gerontological Society of America from 1966 to 1967 and also worked with the National Council on Aging and the American Association of Retired Persons.

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The Robert Morris papers comprise his speeches, articles, and book reviews.


The Robert Morris papers are grouped by subject. Thereunder, the items are arranged in a rough chronological order.

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Robert Morris papers
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