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Richard Lee Morton Papers

Identifier: Mss. 90 M84

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Scope and Contents

Papers, chiefly 1930-1969, of Richard Lee Morton, professor of history at the College of William and Mary from 1919 to 1959. Series 1 includes personal and professional correspondence, lectures and notes relating to his research on Virginia history, and material relating to his community activities in Williamsburg, Va. Includes correspondence of his wife Estelle (Dinwiddie) Morton, land grants, 1756 and 1774, signed by Robert Dinwiddie and Lord Dunmore, Confederate currency and bonds, genealogical materials on the Watkins and Morton families and photographs.

Series 2 includes Morton's notes and correspondence about the 1951 football scandal; clippings about the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture; correspondence with Lyon G. Tyler and others; Board meeting minutes of the Colonial Williamsburg Advisory Committee of Historians and the OIEAHC; reports on the William and Mary Quarterly.

Series 3 includes additions to the collection, which are made on an ongoing basis.


  • Creation: 1756-2006
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1930-1969


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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.

Conditions Governing Use:

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:

Richard Lee Morton was born 20 September 1889 in Prince Edward County, Virginia. He received his B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College in 1910 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He also received an M.A. from Harvard. He came to the College of William and Mary as Associate Professor of History and Political Science and was made chairman of the History Department in 1921. Morton served as editor of the i> and wrote i> (1919), i> (1924) and i> (1957) and i> (1960). Morton also edited an edition of Hugh Jones' i>. He retired in 1959 and died in 1974.


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Acquisition Information:

Gifts and purchase, 1977-2000. Acc. 1987.084 gift of Louise Morton Murtagh (daughter) on  08/05/1987; Acc. 1990.047 gift of Louise Morton Murtagh on 06/27/1990; Acc. 1999.055 transfered from the Department of History 07/03/1985.


Other Information:

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Processing Information:

Manuscripts and Archives collection combined in June 2012 by Benjamin Bromley.

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