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Sylvanus Morris collection Edit


Component Unique Identifier
MSS 016.011
Level of Description


  • 1910-1923 (Creation)


  • .5 Linear Feet (Whole)



  • Abstract

    The collection contains personal letters to Sylvanus Morris from Athens or Georgia state officials and businessmen.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Jones M. Drewery

  • Physical Description


  • Preferred Citation

    Sylvanus Morris collection, MSS 016.011, Heritage Room, Athens Clarke-County Library, Athens, GA, USA.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Sylvanus Morris was born in Goochland County, Virginia, on October 8, 1855. His family moved to Athens in 1870; his father, Charles Morris, was a professor of English at the University of Georgia for 23 years. Sylvanus himself attended the University, graduating with a Master of Arts degree in 1874, followed by an LL.B. in 1877. After practicing law for several years, in both Athens and neighboring Jefferson, in 1893 he became a professor of law at the University. He was appointed dean of the law department in 1900 and awarded an honorary LL.D. in 1913. He died in 1929. Lucian Lamar Knight, in "A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians," Vol. 6, claims, "Sylvanus Morris is one of the best authorities on jurisprudence in Georgia." For additional information about the Morris family, please refer to that book, p. 3265.

  • Scope and Contents

    The letters, dated 1923, appear to pertain to Morris' chapter in the History of Athens and Clarke County, published that year by H.J. Rowe. His chapter is entitled "Athens and Clarke County." Two newspaper articles are included about Morris' book Strolls About Athens along with a booklet on the Athens Railway and Electric Company dated July 1, 1910.


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