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Personal Papers of Rose Ruth Morgan and Family

Call Number: PP 567


This collection contains incoming and outgoing correspondence from 1816-1951, mostly in connection with Rose Ruth Morgan, her mother Eliza K. Morgan, father Walter F. Morgan, and aunt Charline P. Morgan. The collection also contains poems, photos, books, receipts, and other miscellaneous paper items.


  • Creation: 1816 - 1951


Language of Materials

Most of the collection is in English, some materials are in French or German.

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Rose R. Morgan

Rose Ruth Morgan was born on 11 January 1873, in Leavenworth, Kansas. Both of her parents, Walter Ferris Morgan and Eliza Knowles Morgan, were physicians. Rose graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas in 1894. For several years, she taught Latin and German at Topeka High School.

Rose returned to the University of Kansas to work on her Master of Arts degree, which she received in 1905. In 1910, Rose was appointed as an instructor of rhetoric at KU. She was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1916, and then to Associate Professor in 1924. During 1932, she studied at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England. Rose taught in the English department at KU until her retirement in 1944. She died of a heart attack on 2 September 1951.

Rose was raised as a Quaker and she remained active in the Society of Friends throughout her many years of residence in Lawrence, Kansas. Her life was characterized by a desire to help others. As a college student, Rose had spent a few years living in the house of Professor William H. Carruth. She, in turn, welcomed needy students into her home at 1101 Missouri. Rose never married and she outlived all of her closest relatives. Upon her death, her home passed to the university. It was used as a residence for visiting professors until it was torn down in 1971.


11 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Scope and Contents

The earliest material dates from the early 1800s and the latest material is from 1951, the year of Miss Morgan's death. The collection is currently contained in eleven cubic foot boxes. The incoming correspodence to Rose Ruth Morgan forms roughly half the collection. The letters addressed to Rose date from 1880 to October 1951.

Two boxes of correspondence are associated with Charline Percival Morgan, Rose's aunt. Charline's papers consist mainly of letters, as well as statements of her financial affairs and her will.

One box of correspondence is associated with Eliza Knowles Morgan, Rose's mother. The collection includes some of the course materials prepared by Eliza when she taught at the Mechanicsville Young Ladies Seminary in New York. Some poems composed by Eliza Morgan are also included.

A relatively small group of letters written to Walter Ferris Morgan, Rose's father, are part of the collection. Scrapbooks, financial statements, and legal documents relating to the Knowles and Morgan families have also been donated to the archives.

The majority of the papers are handwritten. Most of the letters are attached to their original envelopes. Overall, the collection is in very good physical condition.

Physical Location

PP 567

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Burnham family, 1989.

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Processing Information

Formerly shelved at PP 39

Guide to the Rose Ruth Morgan Collection
Personal Papers of Rose Ruth Morgan and Family
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005, rr, 2016
2005, 2016-1-6
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Rose Ruth Morgan Collection, University Archives, PP 567, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States