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Morgan Hebard, Jr. Collection


Held at: Chestnut Hill Historical Society [Contact Us]8708 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19118

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Morgan Hebard, Jr. (1921-2000) of Philadelphia was a naturalist and photographer who served as president of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association. His parents were renowned entomologist Morgan Hebard (1887-1946) and Margaret Champlin Perry Claxton, granddaughter of the artist John La Farge (1835-1910).

Hebard attended Yale University before serving four years in the Army as a Japanese language specialist and civil affairs officer for the Office of Strategic Services. Afterwards, he worked on Wall Street and then for the International Boiler Works Company in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania before becoming president of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.

Around 1976, Hebard began pursuing his interest in nature photography, focusing on bird life. His pictures have been published widely and exhibited in galleries including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Woodmere Art Museum. He donated his extensive collection of bird transparencies to the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Hebard's first marriage ended in divorce; his second wife, Jean Ballard Hebard, was an artist.


Obituary of Morgan Hebard Jr. Pocono Record, July 11, 2000. Accessed December 29, 2011.

Rehn, James A. G. "Morgan Hebard (1887-1946)." Entomological News LIX:3 (March 1948): 57-69. Accessed December 29, 2011.

This collection mostly consists of genealogical materials on Hebard's family. Files on family members include handwritten notes about his family history, copies of genealogical research, and newspaper clippings (circa 1950-1980), as well as a photograph, an invitation, and a marriage certificate (1913). The collection also contains copies of Hebard's resume, bank statements (circa 1975-1985), a will, and prints of works by the artist John La Farge.

Gift of Jean Ballard Hebard (Mrs. Morgan Hebard), 1996.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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