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Thomas Burnside Morris Papers

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Morris, Thomas Burnside, 1842-1885

Morris graduated from New York University in 1861 with a degree in civil engineering. He was a chief engineer of the Long Island Railroad, 1863; a division chief of the Panama Railroad, 1864-1865; a division chief of the Union Pacific Railroad, 1867-1869; and a division chief of the Northern Pacific Railroad, 1870-1874. He died in Oakland, California, on November 8, 1885.

Morris, Thomas Burnside, 1842-1885

Morris graduated from New York University in 1861 with a degree in civil engineering. He was a chief engineer of the Long Island Railroad, 1863; a division chief of the Panama Railroad, 1864-1865; a division chief of the Union Pacific Railroad, 1867-1869; and a division chief of the Northern Pacific Railroad, 1870-1874. He died in Oakland, California, on November 8, 1885.

The collection consists primarily of material relating to Morris's role in the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad and the Northern Pacific Railroad. Included are 14 original letters by Morris (1867-1876), most written from the field to his future wife during the Union Pacific Railroad construction; an original carte-de-visite photograph of Morris; a photograph (copy) of General Grenville Dodge and his engineers and staff at Promontory Point (Utah); a photograph (copy) of the juncture of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific trains at Promontory Point; a 3-ring binder of photostatic copies of "Diaries and Letters of Thomas Burnside Morris" (1869-1876); and typed excerpts from the Utah part (1868-1869) of that binder. Morris's original autograph commencement essay (New York University, 1861), 2 letters (1868, 1870) by cousin D. W. Davis to Miss Sallie Sletor (Morris's future wife), a genealogist's report on the career of Morris, a summary genealogy of the Morris family, and a copy of a reference to Morris in Stephen E. Ambrose's Nothing Like It in the World (2000) complete the collection.

Material is arranged chronologically, originals before copies.

Gift of Roland M. Machold in January 2012 (AM2012-61).

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This collection was processed by John Delaney in January 2012. Finding aid written by John Delaney in January 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
John Delaney
Finding Aid Date
2011
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New York University Commencement Essay by Morris, 1861. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Original Letters by Morris, 1868-1876. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Diaries and Letters of Morris, 1861-1876. 1 folder.
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(photostatic copies)

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1 folder

Utah Excerpts from Diaries and Letters, 1868-1869. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Photograph of Morris, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Photographs of Promontory Point, Utah, 1869 May 10. 1 folder.
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(copies)

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1 folder

Letters by D. W. Davis to Sallie Sletor, 1868-1870. 1 folder.
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(Morris's future wife)

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1 folder

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Reference to Morris in Stephen E. Ambrose's Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869, 2000. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Historical Research Report on Morris, 2006 October 19. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Genealogical Report on the Morris Family, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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