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Richard S. and Celia Morgan Papers

Identifier: MS 00265

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Scope and Contents

This collection, 1860-1867, consists mainly of letters between Richard S. Morgan, a Chicago apothecary  and Celia Frary, a Morris, Illinois schoolteacher, who married in Grundy County, Illinois in 1863.  The correspondence begins in the Fall of 1862 when Richard was an Assistant Apothecary at the Federal Drug Store, Camp Douglas, IllinoisL.  In addition, there is correspondence with parents, other family members and friends, three photographs, and teachers' certificates.


  • Creation: 1860-1867
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1862-1865


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

The following information was provided by the seller and has not been verified: "Richard S. Morgan, a Chicago apothecary. In 1862 he was an Assistant Post Apothecary at the Federal Drug Store, Camp Douglas, IL. During the course of the next 2 1/2 years, Richard resumes working in various positions in Chicago. He marries Celia Frary, a Morris, IL schoolteacher in Grundy Co., Ill. in 1863, and they have a baby daughter. The couple becomes estranged due to the husband's alcoholism, the baby dies, and Richard dies of diptheria on April 7, 1865 in the hospital at Camp Butler, Springfield, IL where he had recently taken an apothecary post and enlisted in the 91st IL." Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is currently being processed. Therefore, description and date range may change periodically. Researchers may wish to consult with a staff member for further information in advance of using the collection.

Acquisition Information:

Purchase. Mss. Acc. 2010.237.

Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally processed in April 2010 by Ute Schechter, Warren E. Burger Archivist. Further arrangement and description by Jeffrey Flanagan, SCRC Staff, in May-June 2010.

Guide to the Richard S. and Celia Morgan Papers
Jeffrey Flanagan, SCRC Staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository