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RG1013.AM:  Julius Sterling Morton, 1832-1902



Papers:  1814-1960, mostly 1850-1902

Nebraska City, Otoe County, Nebraska:  Newspaper editor, politician, agriculturist

Size:  52 cu.ft., including oversized materials; 81 reels of microfilm



BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE



Julius Sterling Morton was born in Adams, Jefferson County, New York, on April 22, 1832, the eldest of the three children of Julius Dewey and Emeline Sterling Morton.  In 1850 he entered the University of Michigan and subsequently received a degree from both Michigan and Union College in Schenectady, New York.  Morton was married on October 30, 1854, to Caroline Joy French of Detroit, Michigan.  This union produced four sons, Joy, Paul, Mark and Carl.



Morton migrated to the Nebraska Territory in 1854 and spent his first winter at Bellevue.  He subsequently moved to Nebraska City where he became editor of the Nebraska City News.  He embarked upon an active political career and was elected to, but not seated in, the first Territorial Legislature, then served in the second and fourth sessions of that body.  He was Secretary of the Territory from April 1858 to May 1861, and served concurrently as Acting Governor from December 1858 to May 1859.  In 1860 Morton made an unsuccessful bid for Congress, and was defeated in the gubernatorial election of 1866.  For a time he withdrew from active participation in politics and concentrated his efforts on railroad promotion and the development of his farm near Nebraska City, but was again a candidate for governor in 1882, 1884, and 1892.  Because of Morton’s knowledge of agriculture and his faithful political support, President Grover Cleveland appointed him Secretary of Agriculture in 1893.  In 1897 Morton left a successful administration behind him and returned to Arbor Lodge in Nebraska City, where he spent his remaining days editing his newspaper, The Conservative, and compiling a history of Nebraska.  He died in Lake Forest, Illinois, on April 27, 1902, at the home of his son, Mark.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection consists of original papers, microfilm, and oversized scrapbooks relating to the life and activities of Julius Sterling Morton, including materials relating to his early education; family history; political, agricultural and business activities; and to his writing, research, and publishing career.  Also present are papers relating to Arbor Lodge and Arbor Day.  The collection is arranged in two Subgroups comprising a total of twenty-one Series:



Subgroup 1: Microfilmed Records

Series 1 – Incoming correspondence, 1849-1902

Series 2 – Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1850-1902

Series 3 – Outgoing correspondence, bound letterpress books, 1874-1902

Series 4 – Farm journals and diaries, 1850-1902

Series 5 – Scrapbooks, 1880-1902

Series 6 – Outgoing family correspondence, 1854-1900, undated



Subgroup 2: Unfilmed Records

Series 1 – Financial records, 1855-1902, undated

Series 2 – Legal and land documents, and commissions, 1814-1902, undated

Series 3 – Judicial court material, 1876-99, undated

Series 4 – Political and governmental material, c.1839-1934, undated

Series 5 – Speeches, addresses and writings, c. 1850-1956, undated

Series 6 – Morton’s Spout Magazine, 1942-47

Series 7 – Miscellaneous correspondence, 1827-1910, undated

Series 8 – Letter notes, 1850-1901, undated

Series 9 – Biographical information and family material, c. 1830-1960, undated

Series 10 – Arbor Lodge materials, 1888-1947, undated

Series 11 – Materials relating to Joy Morton’s work toward Arbor Lodge and Arbor Day, 1862-1939, and undated

Series 12 – Overland Opera Theater and other family businesses, 1896-1903

Series 13 – Invitations extended to Julius Sterling Morton, undated

Series 14 – Historical societies, 1917-60, undated

Series 15 – Miscellany, 1859-1932, undated



Subgroup 1 consists of the papers of Julius Sterling Morton as arranged and microfilmed by the Nebraska State Historical Society under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, 1965 to 1967.  The Nebraska State Historical Society houses both the originals and the microfilm copies; researchers may consult both.  Some items filed in this subgroup were not filmed, and are so noted in this inventory.  Also, after the microfilming was completed, some documents in this subgroup were added or rearranged so that some filmed items may have been moved to locations other than those in which they were filmed, while some items filed among the original documents might not be found on the microfilm at all.  Therefore, when using materials in Subgroup 1, researchers should consult both the microfilm and the original documents.  A detailed description of Subgroup 1 as it exists on microfilm can be found in the published Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the J. Sterling Morton Papers 1849-1902, and researchers should refer to this when using the microfilm.  A brief synopsis follows here:



Subgroup 1, Series 1 consists of microfilmed incoming correspondence.  Reel #1 of the microfilm contains an index of correspondents.  Some subjects included in the correspondence are:




    • Morton’s years at the University of Michigan.

    • Morton’s early political career including his role as Secretary of State, Acting Governor, and Secretary of the Territory.

    • Morton’s business and agricultural interests.

    • Morton’s work with the Burlington and Missouri Railroads.

    • Family letters relating to the death of his wife, Caroline Joy, and his son, Carl.

    • Correspondence about family business interests.

    • Morton’s appointment as Secretary of Agriculture by President Grover Cleveland.

    • Publishing of The Conservative.



Subgroup 1, Series 2 is composed of both incoming and outgoing correspondence relating to Morton’s activities as Acting Governor of the Nebraska Territory, Secretary of Agriculture, and editor of The Conservative.



Subgroup 1, Series 3 is composed of outgoing correspondence bound in sixty-one letter pressbooks.  All of the pressbooks were microfilmed with the exception of three (so noted in the inventory).  Not all of the pressbooks are housed together; some are stored in Subgroup 2.  Subjects in the correspondence are wide-ranging, but major topics include:




    • Morton’s business and agricultural interests.

    • Morton’s lobbying for the railroad.

    • Morton’s family interests.

    • Operation and inquires about Arbor Lodge.

    • Secretary of Agriculture business pertaining to patronage, currency, etc.



Subgroup 1, Series 4 contains diaries and farm journals.  Early diaries include Morton’s experiences at the University and his business affairs.  Later diaries reveal expenses incurred on business and personal trips, for personal and farming equipment and supplies, and real estate.  The farm journals were maintained by Morton, his wife Caroline, his sons, and later, by his sister, Emma.  They relate to farm and other business ventures, such as real estate, railroad lobbying, mining claims in New Mexico, political involvement at the Democratic state and national conventions, speaking engagements, and guests at Arbor Lodge.



Subgroup 1, Series 5 is composed of 35 scrapbooks.  They contain newspaper clippings about Morton’s political activities from 1887 to 1902.  The clippings start with his appointment as Secretary of Agriculture and include materials on his advocacy of civil service and the gold standard, his administration and the dividing line in the Democratic Party over the free silver issue, and the presidential campaigns of 1896 and 1900.



Subgroup 1, Series 6 contains correspondence written by Morton to his four sons, Joy, Mark, Paul and Carl; to his wife, Caroline; and to his sister, Emma.  The correspondence concerns the welfare of the Morton family, and business and personal activities of the Morton men and women.  While this series contains the bulk of such correspondence, researchers should also consult Subgroup 2, Series 7:  Miscellaneous Correspondence.



Subgroup 2 consists of Morton family papers that have not been microfilmed.  A brief synopsis follows:



Subgroup 2, Series 1 is composed mainly of tax receipts, canceled checks, receipts, and vouchers.  The financial records are of a personal nature.



Subgroup 2, Series 2 consists of legal documents such as the many different types of insurance policies Morton acquired, and records relating to land and business acquisitions.  Also included are commissions received by Morton from various organizations.



Subgroup 2, Series 3 contains records and court proceedings from various court cases in Illinois and Nebraska.



Subgroup 2, Series 4 is comprised of political documents, including memoranda for cabinet meetings, pamphlets, advertisements and agendas on the topic of agriculture, as well as loose newspaper clippings and scrapbooks of newspaper clippings.



Subgroup 2, Series 5 contains writings and speeches by J. Sterling Morton, William Jennings Bryan, Joy Morton, Sterling Morton, et al.  Newspaper clippings of speeches, and other miscellany are also present.



Subgroup 2, Series 6 contains magazines produced by Morton’s sons.



Subgroup 2, Series 7 includes additional unfilmed J. Sterling Morton correspondence as well as correspondence of other family members.



Subgroup 2, Series 8 consists mostly of pieces of 4″ X 6″ paper containing notes that served as reminders to Morton of what he needed to accomplish, write, etc.



Subgroup 2, Series 9 contains Morton genealogical records dating back to 1668, including scrapbooks, obituaries and eulogies of Morton and Morton descendants.



Subgroup 2, Series 10 contains records of visitors to Arbor Lodge, and newspapers clippings, pamphlets and invitations relating to Arbor Lodge and its founder.



Subgroup 2, Series 11 deals primarily with the correspondence and financial records of Joy Morton, and of the Overland Real Estate Company through which he acquired land in both Chicago, Illinois and Nebraska City, Nebraska.  He gave the land to the states as a gift in memory and honor of his father.  The series includes correspondence, land contracts, real estate contracts, financial records and blueprints.  They mostly relate to Arbor Lodge and Arbor Day.



Morton family business correspondence can be found in Subgroup 2, Series 12.  J. Sterling Morton and sons, Joy and Mark, worked to build the Overland Opera Theater in Nebraska City, Nebraska.  Other businesses in which the family was involved were the Morton Salt Company, real estate, railroad companies, stock yards, and a printing company.  Materials in this series include correspondence and financial records from the various family businesses.



Subgroup 2, Series 13 is comprised of invitations and name cards from balls, weddings, inaugural ceremonies, opening ceremonies, commencement exercises, etc., attended by Morton or to which he was invited.



Subgroup 2, Series 14 consists of miscellaneous information gathered upon the collection’s acquisition by the Nebraska State Historical Society.



The miscellaneous series, Subgroup 2, Series 15, is composed of portions of scrapbooks, organizational materials, memorial leaflets, programs and other ephemera.



INVENTORY



Subgroup 1:  Microfilmed Records

Series 1 – Incoming correspondence, 1849-1902 [R1 – Index; R2-46]

Box 1

Folder




    1. 1849

    1. 1850

    1. 1851

    1. 1852

    1. 1853

    1. 1853

    1. 1854

    1. 1855

    1. 1856

    1. 1857

    1. 1858

    1. 1858

    1. 1858

    1. 1858

    1. 1858

    1. 1859

    1. 1859

    1. 1859

    1. 1859

    1. 1859

    1. 1860

    1. 1860

    1. 1860

    1. 1860

    1. 1860

    1. 1860

    1. 1861

    1. 1861

    1. 1861

    1. 1861

    1. 1861

    1. 1862

    1. 1862

    1. 1862

    1. 1863

    1. 1863

    1. 1864

    1. 1864

    1. 1864

    1. 1865

    1. 1865

    1. 1866

    1. 1866

    1. 1866

    1. 1866

    1. 1866

    1. 1866

    1. 1867

    1. 1867

    1. 1867

    1. 1868

    1. 1868

    1. 1868

    1. 1869

    1. 1869

    1. 1869

    1. 1870

    1. 1870

    1. 1870

    1. 1871

    1. 1871

    1. 1871

    1. 1871

    1. 1871



Box 2

Folder




    1. 1872

    1. 1872

    1. 1872

    1. 1872

    1. 1872

    1. 1873

    1. 1873

    1. 1873

    1. 1873

    1. 1873

    1. 1873

    1. 1873

    1. 1874

    1. 1874

    1. 1874

    1. 1874

    1. 1874

    1. 1874

    1. 1874

    1. 1875

    1. 1875

    1. 1875

    1. 1875

    1. 1875

    1. 1876

    1. 1876

    1. 1876

    1. 1876

    1. 1876

    1. 1876

    1. 1877

    1. 1877

    1. 1877

    1. 1877

    1. 1877

    1. 1878

    1. 1878

    1. 1878

    1. 1878

    1. 1878

    1. 1878



Box 3

Folder




    1. 1879

    1. 1879

    1. 1879

    1. 1879

    1. 1879

    1. 1880

    1. 1880

    1. 1880

    1. 1880

    1. 1880

    1. 1880

    1. 1880

    1. 1880

    1. 1880

    1. 1880

    1. 1880

    1. 1880

    1. 1881

    1. 1881

    1. 1881

    1. 1881

    1. 1882

    1. 1882

    1. 1882

    1. 1883

    1. 1883

    1. 1884

    1. 1884

    1. 1884

    1. 1884

    1. 1884



Box 4

Folder




    1. 1885

    1. 1885

    1. 1885

    1. 1885

    1. 1885

    1. 1885

    1. 1885

    1. 1885

    1. 1885

    1. 1885

    1. 1885

    1. 1886

    1. 1886

    1. 1886

    1. 1886

    1. 1886

    1. 1886

    1. 1886

    1. 1886

    1. 1886

    1. 1886

    1. 1886

    1. 1886

    1. 1886

    1. 1886

    1. 1887

    1. 1887

    1. 1887

    1. 1887

    1. 1887

    1. 1887

    1. 1887

    1. 1887



Box 5

Folder




    1. 1888

    1. 1888

    1. 1888

    1. 1888

    1. 1888

    1. 1888

    1. 1888

    1. 1888

    1. 1888

    1. 1889

    1. 1889

    1. 1889

    1. 1889

    1. 1889

    1. 1890

    1. 1890

    1. 1890

    1. 1890

    1. 1890

    1. 1890

    1. 1891

    1. 1891

    1. 1891

    1. 1891

    1. 1891

    1. 1891

    1. 1891

    1. 1891

    1. 1891

    1. 1892, A-H

    1. 1892, A-H

    1. 1892, A-H

    1. 1892, A-H

    1. 1892, A-H

    1. 1892, A-H



Box 6

F205-211:  1892, I – Z

F212-234:  1893, A – E



Box 7

F235-266:  1893, Fa – McD



Box 8

F267-300:  1893, McHugh – Ty



Box 9

F301-311:  1893, U – Ye and unidentified

F312-330:  1894, A – Har



Box 10

F331-366:  1894, Has – Zink and unidentified



Box 11

F367-407:  1895, Abb – Mil



Box 12

F408-435:  1895, Min – Zim and unidentified

F436-450:  1896, Abb – Dee



Box 13

F451-492a:  1896, Deg – Yat and unidentified



Box 14

F493-520:  1897, Agi – Wom and unidentified

F521-533:  1898, Ab – Hy



Box l5

F534-550:  1898, Ill – Zen and unidentified

F551-574:  1899, Ad – Zen and unidentified

F575-580:  1900, Ab – Fi



Box 16

F581-595:  1900, Fl – Zou and unidentified

F596-617:  1901, Al – Zim and unidentified

F618-622:  1902, Al – Wo



Series 2 – Incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1850-1902 [R47]

Box 17

Folder




    1. 1850-1875

    1. 1877-1885

    1. 1886

    1. 1887-1893

    1. 1894-1895

    1. 1896-1902



Series 3 – Outgoing correspondence (bound letter press books), 1874-1902 [R48-69]

Box l7

Folder




    1. April 12, 1874 – July 16, 1875

    1. July 15, 1875 – July 16, 1877

    1. February 26, 1876 – January 1, 1877

    1. January 1, 1877 – December 31, 1879

    1. July 16, 1877 – January 1, 1879

    1. January 3, 1880 – September 20, 1880

    1. October 7, 1880 – August 25, 1881

    1. August 27, 1881 – April 24, 1882



Box l8

Folder




    1. December 30, 1882 – December 23, 1884

    1. August 22, 1882 – April 17, 1885

    1. December 24, 1883 – January 28, 1885

    1. April 18, 1885 – August 31, 1885

    1. August 31, 1885 – April 19, 1887

    1. April 18, 1887 – May 10, 1888

    1. May 12, 1888 – May 17, 1889

    1. January 5, 1889 – November 19, 1892

    1. November 20, 1892 – February 13, 1893

    1. March 11, 1893 – September 20, 1895; Official Correspondence of J. Sterling Morton, Secretary of Agriculture, Volume 1

    1. September 22, 1893 – April 20, 1895; Official Correspondence of J. Sterling Morton, Secretary of Agriculture, Volume 2



Box 19

Folder




    1. May 1, 1895 – February 19, 1897; Official Correspondence of J. Sterling Morton, Secretary of Agriculture, Volume 3

    1. March 11, 1893 – May 22, 1895

    1. March 6, 1893 – March 24, 1893

    1. March 10, 1893 – April 26, 1893

    1. May 1, 1893 – June 14, 1893

    1. June 14, 1893 – June 30, 1893

    1. July 1, 1893 – August 18, 1893

    1. August 8, 1893 – September 22, 1893 (includes a letter to Attorney General Olney dated August 8, 1893, copied in this book August 19, 1893)

    1. September 23, 1893 – November 16, 1893 (also contains October 30, 1854, when Morton married and moved to Nebraska)



Box 20

Folder




    1. November 16, 1893 – December 23, 1893

    1. December 23, 1893 – February 13, 1894

    1. February 13, 1894 – August 4, 1894

    1. April 3, 1894 – May 26, 1894

    1. May 26, 1894 – July 28, 1894

    1. July 30, 1894 – November 3, 1894

    1. November 3, 1894 – January 5, 1895

    1. January 7, 1895 – March 15, 1895

    1. March 15, 1895 – May 9, 1895

    1. May 9, 1895 – July 21, 1895

    1. July 3, 1895 – August 28, 1895



Box 21

Folder




    1. August 28, 1895 – October 28, 1895

    1. October 28, 1895 – December 30, 1895

    1. December 30, 1895 – February 29, 1896

    1. March 2, 1896 – May 5, 1896

    1. May 13, 1896 – August 26, 1896

    1. August 26, 1896 – October 4, 1896

    1. September 8, 1896 – November 24, 1896 [not filmed] (contains library catalog for Arbor Lodge, p. 459)

    1. November 25, 1896 – January 25, 1897

    1. January 25, 1897 – May 15, 1897

    1. May 15, 1897 – January 17, 1898

    1. January 29, 1898 – April 11, 1898



Box 22

Folder




    1. April 11, 1898 – June 28, 1898

    1. May 30, 1898 – November 1, 1898, and September 1, 1891 -September 28, 1891 (includes “The Scientific Method of Disbursing Government Funds,” illustrated. by Professor Mark W. Harrington)

    1. November 2, 1898 – May 27, 1899

    1. May 29, 1899 – December 19, 1899

    1. December 19, 1899 – August 9, 1900

    1. August 11, 1900 – January 26, 1901

    1. January 26, 1901 – June 3, 1901

    1. August 4, 1901 – November 14, 1901

    1. November 15, 1901 – September 19, 1902

    1. July 25, 1895 – February 19, 1897 [not filmed] (includes Russian Wheat Minister correspondence)



Box 23

Folder




    1. June 24, 1899 – September 29, 1899 [not filmed] (includes W.W. Palmer correspondence)



Series 4 – Farm journals and diaries, 1850-1902 [R70-73]

Box 23

Folder




    1. Farm journals, 1850 – 1852

    1. Farm journals, 1859

    1. Farm journals, 1874

    1. Farm journals, 1875

    1. Farm journals, 1876

    1. Farm journals, 1877

    1. Farm journals, 1878

    1. Farm journals, 1879

    1. Farm journals, 1880

    1. Farm journals, 1881

    1. Farm journals, 1882

    1. Farm journals, 1883

    1. Farm journals, 1884

    1. Farm journals, 1885

    1. Farm journals, 1886

    1. Farm journals, 1887

    1. Farm journals, 1888

    1. Farm journals, 1889



Box 24

Folder




    1. Farm journals, 1890

    1. Farm journals, 1891

    1. Farm journals, 1892

    1. Farm journals, 1893

    1. Farm journals, 1894

    1. Farm journals, 1895

    1. Farm journals, 1897

    1. Farm journals, 1898

    1. Farm journals, 1899

    1. Farm journals, 1900

    1. Farm journals, 1901

    1. Farm journals, 1901

    1. Farm journals, 1902

    1. Farm journals, 1902

    1. Diaries, 1851, 1852

    1. Diaries, 1864, 1865, 1866, 1867, 1869

    1. Diaries, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873

    1. Diaries, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1878



Box 25

Folder




    1. Diaries, 1880, 1881, 1885, 1897

    1. Diaries, miscellaneous



Series 5 – Scrapbooks, 1880-1902 [R74-77]

Volume (oversize)




    1. 1880-1883

    1. 1883-1884

    1. 1884-1885

    1. 1885

    1. 1886-1887

    1. 1887-1888

    1. 1889-1890

    1. 1891-1893

    1. 1892

    1. 1893

    1. [Original is missing]

    1. 1893

    1. 1894

    1. 1894

    1. 1894

    1. 1894

    1. 1894-1895

    1. 1895

    1. 1895

    1. 1895

    1. 1895

    1. 1896

    1. 1896

    1. 1896

    1. 1896

    1. 1896

    1. 1896

    1. 1896

    1. 1896

    1. 1896

    1. 1896-1897

    1. 1896-1898

    1. 1897-1898

    1. 1899-1900

    1. 1901-1902



Series 6 – Outgoing family correspondence, 1854-1900, n.d. [R78]

Box 25

Folder




    1. J.S.M. to Carrie (Mrs. J.S.), 1854 – 1881

    1. J.S.M. to Emma, 1854 – 1899

    1. J.S.M. to his son, Carl, 1881 – 1894

    1. J.S.M. to his son, Joy, 1886 – April 5, 1893

    1. J.S.M. to his son, Joy, April 6, 1893 – January 26, 1894

    1. J.S.M. to his son, Joy, February 19, 1894 – April 26, 1895

    1. J.S.M. to his son, Joy, April 27, 1895 – November 11, 1895

    1. J.S.M. to his son, Joy, April 1, 1897 – August 6, 1900

    1. J.S.M. to his son, Mark, 1888 – 1899

    1. J.S.M. to his son, Paul, 1872 – 1893

    1. Unidentified and undated correspondence

    1. Unidentified and undated correspondence



Subgroup 2: Unfilmed Records

Series 1 – Financial records, 1855-1902, n.d.

Box 25

Folder




    1. Tax receipts for Nebraska, 1858-1900

    1. County bonds and tax statistics, 1870-1887

    1. Petitions, statistics, etc., 1873-1896

    1. Tax book (taxes paid to Otoe County, 1855-1900)

    1. Record book of taxation and confiscation, 1855-1900

    1. Miscellaneous lists, statements and expenses, 1856-1896, undated

    1. Account book, 1894



Box 26

Folder




    1. Receipts, records, etc.

    1. Receipts, vouchers, checks, 1854-62

    1. Receipts, vouchers, checks, 1863-70

    1. Receipts, vouchers, checks, 1871-72

    1. Receipts, vouchers, checks, 1873-74

    1. Receipts, vouchers, checks, 1875-80

    1. Receipts, vouchers, checks, 1881-90

    1. Receipts, vouchers, checks, 1891-97

    1. Receipts, vouchers, checks, bills, 1899-1901

    1. Canceled checks, 1898

    1. Canceled checks, 1899

    1. Canceled checks, 1891-1892

    1. Canceled checks, 1900-1902



Box 27

Folder




    1. Canceled personal checks, Julius Sterling and Emma Morton, miscellaneous dates

    1. Canceled personal checks, Julius Sterling and Emma Morton, miscellaneous dates

    1. Check stub register, c. 1902

    1. Miscellaneous information, c. 1880, undated



Series 2 – Legal and land documents and commissions, 1814-1902, n.d.

Box 27

Folder




    1. Legal documents (mortgages, deeds, contracts, etc.), 1839-1882, undated

    1. Receipts, land records, correspondence, c. 1860, undated

    1. Land contracts, agreements, c. 1860-1880s, undated

    1. Morton relatives: titles, abstracts, etc., undated

    1. Insurance policies, land titles, c. 1870-1902

    1. Insurance record against Arbor Lodge and other properties of Julius Sterling Morton, 1849

    1. Subscription book to the Capital Stock of the Nebraska Bridge Company, 1872

    1. Mining company agreements, 1843-1870

    1. Certificates, commissions, land and stock shares, etc., c.1814-1890s, undated

    1. Commissions, appointments, certificates, awards, 1876-96 (see also OB082)

    1. Miscellaneous information about insurance, stock bonds, Mortgage loans, undated



Series 3 – Judicial court materials, 1876-1899, n.d.

Box 27

Folder




    1. Supreme Court of Illinois:

      J. Sterling Morton vs. Smith, September 1876

      J. Sterling Morton vs. Freer and Smith, September 1876

      J. Sterling Morton vs. Smith, September 1876

    1. Superior Court of Nebraska:

      J. Sterling Morton vs. Stevenson, July 1885

      J. Sterling Morton vs. Watson, undated

      Waldron vs. Ramsey, September 1899

    1. Letter press book: In the matter of the disbarment of John C. Watson; testimony before the investigation committee appointed by Judge B.S. Ramsey of the 2nd judicial district, Sept. 1899.



Series 4 – Political and Governmental Materials, c.1839-1934, n.d.

Box 27

Folder




    1. Territorial documents, c. 1839-1860

    1. Territorial government receipts, bills (as Secretary of State), 1858-1862

    1. Vouchers (territorial period), 1858-1862

    1. Miscellaneous documents, Nebraska State Board of Agriculture, c1870



Box 28

Folder




    1. Legislative bills, 1878-1894, undated

    1. Democratic Party materials (miscellaneous letters, pamphlets, etc.), c.1870s-1890s, undated

    1. Legislative resolution, 1893

    1. Inaugural ceremonies of President Grover Cleveland, March 4, 1893

    1. Inaugural speech of President Grover Cleveland, 1893; Obituaries and Eulogies scrapbook (newspaper clippings), 1902 (see oversize)

    1. Currency question printed material, c.1880

    1. Department of Agriculture miscellany, 1894-1896

    1. Agriculture Congress miscellany, 1875-1901, undated

    1. Agriculture:  conferences, by-laws, letters, undated

    1. Agriculture:  advertisements on stock, nurseries, c.1870s-1890s, undated

    1. Agriculture: advertisements, miscellaneous pamphlets given to Morton as Secretary of Agriculture, 1888, undated

    1. Tributes to Senator Hitchcock, February 1934 (see oversize)

    1. Memoranda for Cabinet meetings, 1893

    1. Memoranda for Cabinet meetings, 1894

    1. Memoranda for Cabinet meetings, 1895

    1. Memoranda for Cabinet meetings, 1896

    1. Memoranda for Cabinet meetings, 1897

    1. Congressional Globe, 36th Congress, 1st Session

    1. Congressional Globe, 37th Congress, 1st Session

    1. Congressional Globe, 37th Congress, 2nd Session



Box 29

Folder




    1. “Receipts, Expenditures, and Debt of the United States, 1789-1896”

    1. Political scrapbook (newspaper clippings), 1874-78

    1. Political scrapbook (newspaper clippings), 1880-83

    1. Political scrapbook (newspaper clippings), Otoe County, c.1880 (see oversize)

    1. Political scrapbook (newspaper clippings), c.1880 (see oversize)

    1. Miscellaneous newspaper clippings

    1. Miscellaneous newspaper clippings

    1. Miscellaneous newspaper clippings

    1. Miscellaneous newspaper clippings

    1. Miscellaneous advertisements, pamphlets, statements

    1. Miscellaneous advertisements, pamphlets, statements

    1. Miscellaneous advertisements, pamphlets, statements



Series 5 – Speeches, addresses and writings, c.1850-1956, n.d.

Box 29

Folder




    1. Political speeches given before the cabinet, Congress, committees, 1881-95, undated

    1. Political miscellany, 1886-1901, undated

    1. Department of Agriculture and statistics on speech, September 5, 1894

    1. “A Few Facts on Finance”, undated

    1. Manuscript and signature of President Grover Cleveland, December 21, 1891

    1. Miscellaneous newspaper clippings regarding political speeches, 1876-1942, undated



Box 30

Folder




    1. Speech by William J. Bryan and J.S. Morton at the Carlisle Indian School, September 26, 1900

    1. Speeches given at the Nebraska State Fair, schools and universities, c. 1858-1904

    1. Commemorative speeches and pamphlets, c. 1850-1896

    1. Thanksgiving speeches given by Morton at Bellevue, Nebraska, undated

    1. Address by Mr. Joy Morton at the presentation of Arbor Lodge to the state of Nebraska, September 27, 1923

    1. Speeches given by Sterling Morton (grandson of Julius Sterling Morton), 1937 and 1956

    1. Miscellaneous speeches and addresses

    1. Morton Family book of poetry, undated

    1. Discourse by H.P. Tappan, December 21, 1852

    1. Copy of “New English Canaan” or “New Canaan” (undated reprint of 1637 original); “Monticello,” essay, undated.

    1. Miscellaneous writings



Series 6 – Morton’s Spout Magazine, 1942-1947

Box 30

Folder




    1. January – June, 1943

    1. July – December, 1943

    1. January – June, 1944

    1. July – December, 1944

    1. January – June, 1945

    1. July – December, 1945

    1. Miscellaneous copies, 1942, 1946, 1947



Series 7 – Miscellaneous correspondence, 1827-1910, n.d.

Box 30

Folder




    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1845-1866

    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1867-1873

    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1874-1878



Box 31

Folder




    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1879-1884

    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1885-1887

    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1888

    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1889-1892

    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1893

    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1894

    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1895-1896

    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1897-1901

    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1902, Ad – Ev

    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1902, Fa – Ku

    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1902, La – Wr

    1. Julius Sterling Morton, 1903

    1. Julius Sterling Morton, undated

    1. Julius Sterling Morton and Walbridge (correspondence relating to the newspaper they set up at the Abline school), 1847-1848

    1. Mary French Morton, 1827

    1. Pressbook, Abner and Julius Dewey Morton, outgoing correspondence, 1854-1859



Box 32

Folder




    1. Pressbook, Julius Dewey Morton, outgoing correspondence, 1854

    1. William D. Morton, 1855-73

    1. Mrs. J.S. Morton to Emma Morton, 1860-81, undated

    1. Mrs. J.S. Morton, 1860-1881, undated

    1. Paul Morton, 1872-1902

    1. Carl Morton, 1881-1886, 1893-1900, undated

    1. Mark Morton, 1886-1910, undated

    1. Joy Morton, incoming correspondence, 1880-1892

    1. Joy Morton, incoming correspondence, 1893-1895

    1. Joy Morton, incoming correspondence, 1896-June 1898

    1. Joy Morton, incoming correspondence, September-April 1899

    1. Joy Morton, incoming correspondence, May-September 1899

    1. Joy Morton, incoming correspondence, October 1899-1902

    1. Joy Morton, incoming correspondence, 1905

    1. Miscellaneous correspondence, Morton men, undated

    1. Miscellaneous family correspondence, 1838-1902

    1. J. McMurphy to J.S.M., November 29, 1894

    1. J. Canfield to J.S.M., re:  John J. Pershing, January 9, 1895

    1. William J. Bryan to J.S.M., re:  1888 election loss, 1888

    1. Henry Smith to J.S.M. re:  the William J. Bryan controversy, October 3, 1899

    1. Miscellaneous letters

    1. Ledger and miscellaneous autographs and photograph requests, c.1870



Series 8 – Letter notes, 1850-1901, n.d.

Box 32

Folder




    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1850-1859

    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1860-1869

    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1870-1879

    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1880-1889

    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1892



Box 33

Folder




    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1893

    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1893

    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1894

    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1895

    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1896

    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1896

    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1897-1898

    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1899

    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1900

    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, 1901

    1. Notes written by J.S. Morton, undated

    1. Note logbook, 1858 and 1882



Series 9 – Biographical information and family materials, c.1830-1960, n.d.

Box 33

Folder




    1. Morton Family records, including family pedigree

    1. Newspaper clippings (obituaries of Morton descendants), undated

    1. Julius Sterling Morton historical data, biographical information



Box 34

Folder




    1. Scrapbook (obituaries & eulogies of J.S. Morton), 1902

    1. Scrapbook (obituaries & eulogies of J.S. Morton), 1902

    1. Scrapbook (obituaries & eulogies of J.S. Morton), 1902 (see oversize)

    1. J.D. Morton Monroe newspaper clippings about the interest rate of banks, c. 1830s

    1. Honor diploma of Mark Morton, 1941; grades of Joy Morton, 1867, 1874

    1. Mark Morton, records of farm, invitation, contracts, etc., undated

    1. Mark Morton farm statistics notebook, c. 1935

    1. Illinois House Resolution No. 95, upon the death of Mark Morton, June 27, 1951

    1. Sterling Morton dedications, writings, correspondence, miscellany, c. 1940-1960

    1. Family Bible



Series 10 – Arbor Lodge materials, 1888-1947, n.d.

Box 35

Folder




    1. Bill of sale of original pine grove given to Arbor Lodge, Waukegan, Illinois, April 29, 1891

    1. Maps of Arbor Lodge, blueprints, undated (see also oversize)

    1. Arbor Lodge log book, 1888

    1. Arbor Lodge log book, 1896

    1. Proclamations and statements about Arbor Lodge from other states, 1893-1894, 1947

    1. Arbor Day exercises at the Department of Agriculture, April 22, 1893

    1. Arbor Lodge library inventory, October 6, 1896 (pressbook)

    1. Arbor Lodge scrapbook (newspaper clippings), undated

    1. Correspondence to Allen and Erland Neilson about the upkeep of Arbor Lodge

    1. Newspaper clippings, undated

    1. Pamphlets, publications, invitations, programs, 1901-1940



Series 11 – Materials relating to Joy Morton’s work toward Arbor Lodge and Arbor Day, 1862-1939, n.d.

Box 35

Folder




    1. Land transfer, 1887; tax receipts, 1862-1872, 1880-1895, 1900-1915

    1. Correspondence, 1896-1917, undated

    1. Correspondence, 1918-1929

    1. Correspondence, 1929-1939; abstracts, 1857-1868

    1. Indenture, warranty deeds, quit-claim deeds, 1901-1918

    1. Farm leases, contracts, 1901-1922



Series 12 – Overland Opera Theater and Other Family Businesses, 1896-1903

Box 35

Folder




    1. Pressbook, A.T. Richardson correspondence, 1896-1901

    1. Morton Brothers receipts, regulations, etc. for construction and operation, c. 1897

    1. Carl Morton receipts, correspondence, c. 1898



Box 36

Folder




    1. Joy Morton correspondence, 1897

    1. Bill posting pressbook, 1901-1903



Series 13 – Invitations extended to J.S. Morton, n.d.

Box 36

Folder




    1. Miscellaneous invitations

    1. Miscellaneous invitations

    1. Miscellaneous invitations

    1. Miscellaneous invitations

    1. Miscellaneous invitations

    1. Miscellaneous invitations

    1. Miscellaneous invitations

    1. Miscellaneous invitations

    1. Miscellaneous invitations

    1. Name cards



Series 14 – Historical Societies, 1916-1960

Box 37

Folder




    1. Chicago Historical Society, 1917

    1. Nebraska State Historical Society and the University Libraries, Morton acquisitions, 1916-1960

    1. James Olsen correspondence, outgoing/incoming, 1947-1954

    1. Newspaper clipping, August 6, 1939

    1. “Nebraska. First Printing of Books and Newspapers.” Excerpt from New Jersey Archives, Volume 19, pp. XXIX-XXXII, History of American Newspapers.



Series 15 – Miscellany, 1859-1932, n.d.

Box 37

Folder




    1. Memorial leaflets, undated

    1. Minutes of the Choral Club of Nebraska City, 1901

    1. The Whopper Scrapbook, Hall County Diamond Jubilee, July 4-5, 1932 (see oversize)

    1. Scrapbook (newspaper articles by Butler), 1892

    1. Railroad material: printed matter, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, c.1872, 1892

    1. Organizational materials, meetings, miscellaneous, c. 1873-1896, undated

    1. American Forestry Association materials, c. 1880-1890

    1. Scrapbook: miscellaneous information about the year 1900 (see oversize)

    1. Scrapbook: miscellaneous information about the year, c.l905 (see oversize)

    1. Miscellaneous information about the years 1859, 1869, 1902



Addendum:

Box 38 (unprocessed) – Mostly Arbor Lodge related materials



Subject headings:



Agriculture

Business & finance

Government officials

Horticulture

Political activity

Political campaigns

Political elections

Politicians

Politics & government



Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925

Furnas, Robert Wilkinson, 1824-1905

Miller, George L., 1830-1920

Morton, Carl, 1865-1901

Morton, Caroline Joy (French), 1833-1881

Morton, Emma, 1837-1912

Morton, Joy, 1855-1934

Morton, Julius Sterling, 1832-1902

Morton, Mark, 1858-1951

Perkins, Charles Elliott, 1840-1907

Sawyer, Andrew J., 1844-1924

Vifquain, Victor, 1836-1904

Watkins, Albert, 1848-1923



Agriculture — Nebraska

Arbor Day

Arbor Lodge (Nebraska City, Nebraska)

Burlington and Missouri River Railroad Company

Democratic party

Gold standard

Morton family

Nebraska — Politics and government

Nebraska City (Nebraska) — History

Nebraska Mexican Mining Company

Nebraska State Board of Agriculture

Patronage, Political — United States

Railroads — United States

Santa Fe Railroad

Silver question

Tariff — United States

Tree planting — Nebraska

United States — Politics and government



 



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