Eddie Morris Sheet Music and Photographs


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Sheet Music

Photographs and Personal Papers and Objects

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Finding Aid for Eddie Morris Sheet Music and Photographs, 1889-1954 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: Eddie Morris Sheet Music and Photographs, 1889-1954Add to your cart.

ID: 12/9/161

Primary Creator: Morris, Eddie (1887-1932)

Extent: 0.75 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized in two series: Series 1, Sheet music, and Series 2, Photographs and Personal Papers and Objects. Series 1 is arranged alphabetically by song title; Series 2 is arranged chronologically, then alphabetically by subject.

Date Acquired: 05/15/2018

Subjects: Music, Music - United States, Photographs, Vocal music

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of sheet music and photographs documenting Eddie Morris' acting career and the performers who worked with him between 1902 and 1932.

Biographical Note

Eddie Morris (1887-1932)  was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois.  His parents were Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Morris, and his father was a well known tailor to the Decatur community.  Eddie had a fascination for the theatrical stage as a young boy, and his ability to mimic personalities made him a popular entertainer for the local community.  When he was old enough to work he took a position with the Decatur Powers Opera house and was given the position of treasurer.  He later worked for the H. I. Baldwin Grain and Commission company, and in 1907 went to Philadelphia as the private secretary to the president of the Economic Life Insurance Company.  With this experience and his love of the stage he took a position as secretary for Henry W. Savage, who at the time, was the leading theatrical producer in New York City.  Eddie's talent was soon recognized and he was give a part in George Ade's "College Widow," and his theatrical career matured in major parts in Frohman's "Arcadians," Klaw and Erlanger's "Pink Lady," "The Little Cafe," and many other productions.  In 1915 he travelled to England where he worked on two motion pictures.  As a travelling actor he toured much of the eastern United States, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, England, and South Africa.  After returning to the United States after World War I he settled in California with his wife, daughter, and mother.

Subject/Index Terms

Music - United States
Vocal music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: James Page

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Sheet Music, 1889-1954],
[Series 2: Photographs and Personal Papers and Objects, ca. 1902-1925],

Series 2: Photographs and Personal Papers and Objects, ca. 1902-1925Add to your cart.
Series 2 consists of photographs, most autographed, and postcards, depicting Eddie Morris, and his friends and colleagues, as well as an autographed shirt collar. Photographs are arranged chronologically, then alphabetically by subject.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Autographed shirt collarAdd to your cart.

Detachable shirt collar autographed by the cast of Henry W. Savage's "The College Widow," performed at Adelphi Theatre, London, England. Includes a tag with newspaper clipping.


Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographs, 1902-1910Add to your cart.
Photograph of Hazel Dawn, 1902. Photograph of Doc(?) Kelly, with note from "Sis" on back, 1908. Photograph of Francis Tyler, April 1908. Photograph of Alf Grant, Sept. 12, 1909. Photograph of Maxine Hampton, 1909-10.
Folder 2: Photographs, 1910-1912Add to your cart.
Photograph of Jock McKay, Oct. 1, 1910. Photograph of Lillie, April 21, 1911. Photograph of "Mother," from Pink Lady Co., 1911-2. Photograph of Maurice, Jan. 31, 1912. Photograph of Pauline, from Pink Lady Co., June 21, 1912. Photograph of Alice Hageman, 1912.
Folder 3: Photographs, 1912-1925Add to your cart.
Photograph of Maurice Hegman, 1912. Photograph of Fred Emerson, 1913. Photograph of Alice Hageman, 1913. Photograph of Jack Henderson, 1913. Photograph of Lillian Ludow, 1913. Photograph of the Manhattan Opera Company, 1913 (two copies). Photograph of Eddie Morries â??as â??Pottleâ?? in â??Poppyâ?? at the Gaiety Theatre, with letter on back, Nov. 21, 1924. Photograph of Olive Carew, Mar. 17, 1925.
Folder 4: Photographs: Adams - Francis, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photographs of Dolly Adams, Jean Barnette, Edvina Barry, J.A. Butler, Flora Crosley, Dorothy, Frau Eleanor, J.K. Emmet (as "Fritz in Ireland"), Beatrice d'Essling, Lizzie Evans, and Emma Francis (with Magsumom(?) and Aboshun).
Folder 5: Photographs: Ferrell - "Little Maud", undatedAdd to your cart.
Photographs of Ferrell, Eunic Goodrich, Fred Everson, Little Sabel Johnny(?), John L. Kearney (as "The Mayor of Tokio), and "Little Maud."
Folder 6: Photographs: Loveskee - Moore, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photographs of Loveskee, Moya Maurerey, Maxine(?), Jock McKay, G.H. Miller, and Dick Moore.
Folder 7: Photographs: Morris - York, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photographs of Morris with unidentified friends and colleagues, on a boat in a group, and at the Oakland Orpheum. Photographs of Schidling, Mrs. Vauder, Nellie York, Will, and three photographs of Violini.
Folder 8: Photographs, group photos and unidentified, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photographs include a postcard with a note from "Two Sisters in Devon," a photograph of a young woman, a photograph of a parade or rally, a photograph of a woman in a white dress (signed for Morris), and two group photographs of theater companies.
Folder 9: Photographs, unidentified, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes photographs of two young women, a man holding a hat, and an older man with glasses.
Folder 10: Photographs and Papers, 1915Add to your cart.
Photograph from Chicago Sunday Tribune, May 9, 1915. Pictorial Magazine containing printed photographs from "The Birth of a Nation," Lincoln Square Theatre, Decatur, IL, undated.

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