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Historisk bibliotek: Robert Morris

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SamlingerRobert Morris account book (58), Boston College Morris Collection (83), Dit bibliotek (131), Alle samlinger (131)

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Om migRobert Morris (1823-1882) rose from humble origins to become the nation's second African-American lawyer and a civil rights leader in antebellum Boston. He advocated for integrated schools and militias. He represented alleged fugitive slaves and Irish immigrants. His friends included Charles Sumner and Robert Fulton, early president of Boston College. A lover of literature, Morris collected books that help illuminate this extraordinary lawyer.

Om mit bibliotekAside from Frederick Douglass's library at Cedar Hill, the library of Robert Morris is the only known extant, antebellum, African American-owned libraries. Morris's library consists of at least eighty-three titles, including two unique pamphlet compilations, which reveal his intellectual commitment to full citizenship, equality, and participation for people of color. Sometime after Morris's death or his wife Catharine's death in 1895, the library passed to Boston's Church of the Immaculate Conception, which, at the time, was inextricably linked to a young Boston College. The books remained at Boston College High School for decades.

Over a century after Robert Morris's death, librarians at Boston College High School--in the midst of researching Morris as an important figure in Boston and U.S. history--recognized the books as his through his ownership signatures and/or gift bookplates. The books had previously been erroneously connected to a different Robert Morris from Boston, who was a white free mason. The librarians immediately understood the significance of this library. By that time, the books had been moved from BC High to the John J. Burns Library at Boston College. Since this discovery, the books have been connected to the correct Robert Morris as a former owner in the catalog and pulled together with the local collection name Morris.

It is likely that these books represent the extant section of a larger original library. Indeed, although Morris’s will bequeathed his “Law Books” to his son, Robert Morris Jr., the surviving collection does not include any books for a legal practice. No inventory accompanied his will, and he does not appear to have kept a separate list. Some of Morris’s books may have been discarded, or they may remain intermingled with Boston College’s other library collections. It is very likely that more of Morris's books remain unidentified in library collections at Boston College High School, Boston College, and beyond. His papers are held by the Boston Athenaeum.

In Spring 2017, selections from Morris's library were displayed at the Boston College Law Library in an exhibit called "Robert Morris: Lawyer and Activist," curated by Laurel Davis (Curator of Rare Books) and Mary Sarah Bilder (Founders Professor of Law). An in-depth Morris's library followed: Laurel Davis and Mary Sarah Bilder. "The Library of Robert Morris, Antebellum Civil Rights Lawyer and Activist," Law Library Journal 114:4 (Fall 2019): 461-507.

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Medlem sidenApr 28, 2020

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