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James Lewis Morrill papers

Identifier: uarc 1033

Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence, invitations accepted and rejected, speeches and articles, records of honorary degrees, reports and papers to organizations including various committees of the American Council on Education, the Ford Foundation Committee on University and World Affairs, the Institute of International Education, and the Commission on Government Security.


  • Creation: 1945-1964


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Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

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Biographical Sketch of James Lewis Morrill 1891-1979

James Lewis Morrill was born in Marion, Ohio on September 24, 1891 and was the president of the University of Wyoming from 1942-45 when he was appointed president of the University of Minnesota. He served during a time of unprecedented growth in post World War II and oversaw enrollment of one of the largest veteran populations in the country. During Morrill’s tenure the Duluth Branch and the School of Agriculture at Waseca were established as well as the School of Veterinary Medicine on the St. Paul Campus and expansion to the West Bank was begun. Morrill resigned from the presidency in 1960 and became an educational consultant to the Ford Foundation. In 1962 the administration building on the Minneapolis campus was renamed Morrill Hall in his honor. He died on July 20, 1979 in Columbus, Ohio at the age of 87.


22.6 Linear Feet (19 boxes)


This collection contains the papers of James Lewis Morrill, University of Minnesota president, 1945-1960

Source of acquisition

A number of Morrill's speeches were donated to University Archives in 1959 by Anna M. Nygren. The source of acquisition of the remainder of the collection is unknown.

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Office of the President records

James Lewis Morrill papers, 1945-1964
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