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Morris

Roland S. (Sletor) Morris was a leader of the Democratic Party in Pennsylvania and was the ambassador to Japan from 1917-1921. Morris was born in Olympia, Washington on March 11, 1874 to Thomas Burnside Morris and Sarah Arndt Sletor. Morris attended the Lawrenceville School before entering Princeton University in September 1892. He graduated in June 1896, and went to the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1896-1899, graduating cum laude. After receiving his law degree, Morris practiced law in Philadelphia at the firm of Duane, Morris and Heckscher. Morris was also politically active; he was the Chairman of the Democratic State Finance Committee in 1908 and from 1913-1916; additionally, he was a delegate or delegate at large to the Democratic National Convention in 1904, 1908, 1912, 1920, and 1928. President Woodrow Wilson appointed him as Ambassador to Japan from 1917-1921, and sent him on a special mission to Siberia from 1918-1919. Morris was a professor of international law at the University of Pennsylvania beginning in 1924, the Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, President of the American Philosophical Society, a trustee of both Princeton University and Temple University, and a Regent of the Smithsonian Institute.

Morris married Augusta Shippen West in Philadelphia on April 20, 1903 and they had two children, Sarah Arndt Morris and Edward Shippen Morris. He died in Philadelphia on November 23, 1945.

Morris

Roland S. (Sletor) Morris was a leader of the Democratic Party in Pennsylvania and was the ambassador to Japan from 1917-1921. Morris was born in Olympia, Washington on March 11, 1874 to Thomas Burnside Morris and Sarah Arndt Sletor. Morris attended the Lawrenceville School before entering Princeton University in September 1892. He graduated in June 1896, and went to the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1896-1899, graduating cum laude. After receiving his law degree, Morris practiced law in Philadelphia at the firm of Duane, Morris and Heckscher. Morris was also politically active; he was the Chairman of the Democratic State Finance Committee in 1908 and from 1913-1916; additionally, he was a delegate or delegate at large to the Democratic National Convention in 1904, 1908, 1912, 1920, and 1928. President Woodrow Wilson appointed him as Ambassador to Japan from 1917-1921, and sent him on a special mission to Siberia from 1918-1919. Morris was a professor of international law at the University of Pennsylvania beginning in 1924, the Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, President of the American Philosophical Society, a trustee of both Princeton University and Temple University, and a Regent of the Smithsonian Institute.

Morris married Augusta Shippen West in Philadelphia on April 20, 1903 and they had two children, Sarah Arndt Morris and Edward Shippen Morris. He died in Philadelphia on November 23, 1945.

The Roland S. Morris Papers consist of correspondence, diaries, writings, and other materials that document Morris's family life, political involvement in the Democratic Party, and his position as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 1917-1921. The collection includes correspondence between Morris and his family, particularly his wife, Augusta Shippen West, as well as official incoming correspondence during Morris's ambassadorship and correspondence from Woodrow Wilson and Edith Bolling Wilson to Morris. Diaries and journals include travel accounts from Morris and his wife, along with a description of Morris's mission to Siberia in 1919 written by Frank C. MacDonald, an assistant at the Japanese embassy. The Writings section of the Morris Papers includes published and unpublished works relating to Japan and diplomacy. Biographical material includes information on the Morris family, particularly Morris's marriage to Augusta Shippen West in 1903.

The Roland S. Morris Papers are organized into the following categories: Correspondence, Diaries and Journals, Writings (Of Morris and Others) and Biographical Materials. Within these sections the folders are arranged alphbetically except the Diaries and Journals, which are arranged chronologically.

The Roland Sletor Morris Undergraduate Alumni File was consulted during preparation of the biographical note.

Gift of Roland Machold, July 10, 2006, January 2008, and January 2009. Accession records associated with this collection are ML.2006.010, ML.2008.008, and ML.2009.005.

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This collection was processed by Jennifer Cole in February 2007. Finding aid written by Jennifer Cole on May 8, 2007. Materials in subsequent 2008 and 2009 accessions were incorporated into the existing collection and the finding aid was updated by Regine Heberlein in 2009.

No material was separated from this collection during initial processing or subsequent accessioning.

Publisher
Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Author
Jennifer Cole
Finding Aid Date
2007
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Collection Inventory

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1 box

Bound Correspondence from Family and Friends for Morris's Move to Philadelphia, 1888. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Chinese Consortium Correspondence, 1918-1921. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Morris, Augusta, to Parents, 1917-1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Morris, Roland to Morris, Augusta, 1907-1915. 1 folder.
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(Includes letters from Wilson convention in Baltimore, 1912 and Morris's trip to Germany in 1915 April and a letter from Manchuria, Undated)

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1 folder

Official Incoming Correspondence (Ambassadorship), 1917-1921. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Wilson, Woodrow and Wilson, Edith Bolling to Morris, 1910-1929. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

Morris, Roland, Trip to England, 1894. 1 folder.
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1 folder

West, Augusta Twigg Shippen, 1899. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Morris, Roland, Trip to Germany, 1915. 1 folder.
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1 folder

MacDonald, Frank C., Trip Between Tokyo and Siberia, 1919. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Awaji-No-Kami, Muragaki, Kokai nikki, the Diary of the First Japanese Embassy to the United States of America (Tokyo: The Foreign Affairs Association of Japan, 1958), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Awaji-No-Kami, Muragaki, the Diary of the First Japanese Embassy to the United States of America, Typescript, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Hishida, S., "Cooperation Between Japan and the United States", 1917. 1 folder.
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Morris, Roland, "Townsend Harris, A Chapter in American Diplomacy," Pamphlet and Materials, 1855-1861. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Morris, Roland, "The Imperial Impulse", undated. 1 folder.
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(Unsure of authorship)

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1 folder

Morris, Roland, General Writings and Speeches, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes: "Townsend Harris: A Chapter in American Diplomacy," "John F. Stevens: A Problem of Trade and Transportation," "Clay MacCauley: An Intellectual Adventurer," "War Days in Japan: Democracy Among Nations," "War Days in Japan: Memorial Day, 1918," "War Days in Japan: A World Organized For Peace, November 1918," "War Days in Japan: Loyalty to Ideals, November 1918," "War Days in Japan: The Bond of Language," "War Days in Japan: International Cooperation in the Far East," and "The Codification of International Law."

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1 folder

Morris, Roland, General Writings and Speeches, undated. 1 folder.
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Includes: "Ambassador Jusserand," "Letters of Ambassador Page," "Intimate Papers of Colonel House," "A Philadelphia Parish," "The Church of the Future," "Cobb of 'The World,'" "Henry La Barre Jayne: An Appreciation," "Field of Legal Practice," and "Development of the World Court."

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1 folder

Morris, Roland, Report of the Honorable Roland S. Morris on Japanese Immigration and Alleged Discriminatory Legislation against Japanese Residents in the United States (Washington, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1921), dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

No Author, Japanese Language Book, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Watanabe, Zenkichi, Commemorative Album of the Steward of the American Embassy in Japan, 1899-1920. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Whittlesey, Frederick Albert, The Role of Ambassador Roland S. Morris in President Wilson's Decision to Send Troops to Siberia in 1918 (Masters Thesis, Texas A&M, 1988), 1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Visiting War Mission to the United States, Proceedings in the Senate and House of Representatives, Congress of the United States, 1917. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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2 boxes

Morris Family Information (Clippings, Correspondence, Pamphlet), circa 1917-1945. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Morris-West Engagement and Wedding, 1903. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Morris Family Photographs, circa 1900-1935. 1 folder.
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1 folder

M. Hirose Photographs of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, 1918. 1 box.
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1 box

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