Dick T. Morgan Collection


10 cubic feet

portrait of Dick T. Morgan

Inventory to the
Dick T. Morgan Collection, 1880-1920
Carl Albert Center, University of Oklahoma

Table of Contents

Collection Summary
Information for Researchers
Preferred Citation Form
Biographical Sketch of the Creator of the Collection
Scope and Content of the Collection
Index Terms
Detailed Description of the Collection

Collection Summary

Repository: Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, University of Oklahoma, 630 Parrington Oval, Room 101, Norman, OK 73019 USA.
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Creator: Dick T. Morgan (1853-1920)
Title: Papers
Dates (inclusive): 1880-1928
Dates (bulk): 1880-1920
Quantity: 10 cubic feet plus 4 oversized boxes and 12 maps
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, speeches, bills, printed matter, religious periodicals, invitations, greeting cards, travelogues, programs, memorabilia, scrapbooks, clippings, lists, legal documents, and financial records relating to Morgan's family, his personal life, and his legal, real estate, and political careers.
Identification: okuwmorgan

Information for Researchers

There are no restrictions on accessing this collection.

Preferred Citation Form

Item (include dates if they exist), Folder Number, Box Number, Dick T. Morgan Collection, Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, University of Oklahoma.

Example: L. L. Hutchison to Dick T. Morgan, December 10, 1908, Folder 10, Box 2, Dick T. Morgan Collection, Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, University of Oklahoma.

Biographical Sketch of the Creator of the Collection

Dick T. Morgan was born on December 6, 1853, in Vigo County, Indiana. He received a B. S. in 1876 from Union Christian College (Meron, Indiana) and a LL. B. in 1880 from Central Law School (Indianapolis). From 1880 to 1881, he served in the Indiana state legislature.

In 1889 he moved to Guthrie, Oklahoma, where he practiced law, dealt in real estate, and became active in politics, the Republican Party, and religious affairs. He ran for territorial delegate to Congress in 1900 and 1902, and in 1904 President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him Registrar of the U. S. Land Office at Woodward. In addition, he wrote several legal manuals, including Morgan's Digest of Oklahoma Statutes and Supreme Court Decisions (1897), Land Credits (1915), and numerous other books on land law and the farm mortgage system.

Morgan represented Oklahoma's Second District in the U. S. Congress from 1909 to 1915 and the Eighth District from 1915 to 1920. His opponents in the 1910 and 1912 elections, E. L. Fulton and John J. Carney respectively, contested the results because of the grandfather clause in the state constitution that virtually prohibited African Americans from voting. Both elections were upheld, however. During his congressional career, Morgan served on the following U. S. House committees: Expenditures in the Treasury Department, Public Lands, and Judiciary. Land law and farm mortgages still held Morgan's interest while in Congress, and he sponsored the Rural Credits Bill that was enacted in 1916. En route to Oklahoma, Morgan died of pneumonia on July 4, 1920, in Danville, Indiana.

Scope and Content of the Collection

The Morgan Collection, of more than 10 cubic feet and primarily covering the period 1880-1920, contains numerous series: Family and Personal Correspondence; Political and Business Correspondence; Subject Files; Speeches (chronological arrangement); Speeches (alphabetical arrangement by subject); Congressional Bills and Publications; Religious Material; Cards, Invitations, Memorabilia, Pamphlets, Programs, Travelogues, etc.; Scrapbooks and Bound Materials, Clippings and Miscellany; and Outsized. Among the correspondents are family members, contemporaneous congressmen, and President William H. Taft.

Documents found here but not indicated in the series titles are handbills, financial sheets, legal papers, page proofs, press releases, congressional membership lists, and Republican Party platforms. Subjects covered are political campaigns, the contested elections of 1910 and 1912, Morgan's publications, his biography and family, his voting record in Congress, Native Americans, agriculture, patriotism, World War I, and tariffs. There are also materials on land law and farm mortgages, including Morgan's writings and legislation (especially the Rural Credits Bill).

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the terms listed below in the online catalog to the University of Oklahoma Libraries (http://libraries.ou.edu/web/catalog.shtm). Additional indexing exists in a small online catalog that is only accessible at the Carl Albert Center.

Personal Names

Ferris, Scott, 1877-1945.

Morgan, Dick T. (Dick Thompson), 1853-1920.

Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930.

Corporate Body Names

Republican Party (U.S.: 1854- ).

United States--Congress--House--Contested elections.



Indians of North America--Oklahoma.

Land--Law and legislation.

Oklahoma--Politics and government--1907-

Patriotism--United States.

Political campaigns.

Rural credit.

Tariff--Law and legislation.

World War--1914-1918.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following is a detailed listing of series, boxes, folders, and documents that can be found in this collection.

Series 1: Family and Personal Correspondence, 1880-1920

This series contains approximately 1.33 cubic feet of correspondence arranged chronologically with undated materials filed at the end.

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Series 2: Political and Business Correspondence, 1905-1920

This series contains approximately 0.33 cubic feet of correspondence that is primarily arranged chronologically. Folder 14 contains correspondence with President William Howard Taft.

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Series 3: Subject Files, 1893-1920 (bulk: 1902-1920)

This series contains approximately 0.66 cubic feet of correspondence and other materials arranged alphabetically by topic. Here are files on Morgan's campaigns for his congressional seat, including materials on the contested elections of 1910 and 1912. Some of his publications and voting records in Congress are also filed in this series.

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Series 4: Speeches (By Date), 1897-1920 (bulk: 1897-1900, 1909-1920)

Here are 0.33 cubic feet of Morgan's speeches arranged chronologically.

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Series 5: Speeches (By Subject), 1901-1920

Here are 0.33 cubic feet of Morgan's speeches arranged alphabetically by topic. Some of the speeches filed in this series duplicate those in the Speeches (By Date) series.

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Series 6: Congressional Bills and Publications, 1909-1919

This series contains 0.66 cubic feet of materials arranged alphabetically by type of document: bills, committee reports, Congressional Record, membership lists, platforms, and rules of practice.

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Series 7: Religious Material, 1895-1920

This series contains approximately 0.50 cubic feet of correspondence, speeches, pamphlets, and publications arranged by type of document.

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Series 8: Cards, Invitations, Programs, Travelogues, etc., 1888-1928 (bulk: 1898-1920)

Here are approximately 2.66 cubic feet of calling cards, greeting cards, post cards, invitations, memorabilia, mementos, pamphlets, programs, and travelogues that are arranged by type of document. These materials include Christmas cards from 1910-1920. Travelogues date primarily from the same time period and describe numerous national parks, cities, and states in the United States. The memorabilia includes buttons from Morgan's political campaigns.

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Series 9: Scrapbooks and Bound Materials, 1897-1920 (bulk: 1908-1920)

This series contains approximately 0.33 cubic feet of scrapbooks, publications, and notebooks, loosely arranged. It includes memorial addresses about Morgan and a privately published book titled Vinnie Ream, Printed for private distribution only: and to preserve a few souvenirs of artist life from 1865 to 1878 (Washington, D. C.: Press of Gibson Bros., 1908).

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Series 10: Clippings, 1886-1920

Contained here are approximately 1.66 cubic feet of clippings arranged chronologically. Most of this covers Morgan's political campaigns and his book Land Credit, but a few other topics are included, such as the University of Oklahoma, President Woodrow Wilson, and World War I.

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Series 11: Oversize Materials, 1882-1920 (bulk: 1900-1920)

This series contains three boxes of oversized materials, most of which is arranged chronologically. Primarily pages and large clippings from Oklahoma and other newspapers are found here, but a few other items are included, such as an anti-German advertisement from World War I; a poster for James R. Tolbert, Morgan's opponent in the 1914 election; and an advertisement for the National Constitutional Prohibition Campaign.

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Series 12: Maps, 1901-1919

This series contains twelve maps. Of note are a couple on San Francisco and the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915) and three plat maps of the University Place Addition of Enid, Oklahoma. This series also contains "Morgan's Quarter-Sectional Map of the Kiowa, Comanche, and Wichita Reservation" (1901).

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Morgan Collection Box and Folder Lists

Box 1 Box 6 Oversize Box 1
Box 2 Box 7 Oversize Box 2
Box 3 Box 8 Oversize Box 3
Box 4 Box 9 Oversize Box 4
Box 5 Maps

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