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Thomas Morrison papers

 Collection — Folder: S0991
Identifier: S0991

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a Photostat copy of a typewritten transcript of Morrison’s memoirs covering his family history and life through May 1826. Morrison writes of his early life and adventures traveling from Pennsylvania to Indiana and his work in construction. There is also a transcript of a letter written to Morrison from his brother in Indianapolis in 1876.


  • 1826, 1876

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Thomas Morrison, son of Ephriam and Nancy (Forster) Hattick Morrison was born in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, on August 9, 1792. He moved with his family to the Cincinnati area in 1796, and Dearborn County, Indiana, in 1800. After the death of Nancy Forster Hattick Morrison in 1803, the rest of the Morrison family moved to Clark County, Ohio.

After a failed attempt at farming, Morrison moved to Dayton, Ohio, where he learned the construction trade and worked building houses, commercial buildings, and bridges. In the 1820s, Morrison became a merchant and traveled up and down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, trading goods and produce and traveling as far south as Little Rock, Arkansas. He married Sarah H. sometime before 1826. Morrison died March 23, 1879 outside Dayton.


Information found within collection. “Thomas Morrison.” Find a Grave Index. Accessed May 22, 2013.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Donald M. Mattison in 1939.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013/05 by Jamie Dunn. EAD finding aid created 2013/05 by Jamie Dunn.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.