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Celia Morris

Celia Morris at the Southwestern Writers Collection’s “Courage” panel, 2005.
 
Award-winning writer Celia Morris began donating her papers to the Southwestern Writers Collection/The Wittliff Collections in 2004. Her books include Fanny Wright: Rebel in America (1984), Storming the Statehouse: Running for Governor with Ann Richards and Dianne Feinstein (1992), Bearing Witness, Sexual Harassment and Beyond, Everywoman's Story (1994), and Finding Celia's Place (2000)
 
Listed below is an archival inventory of the Celia Morris holdings. Note that access to unprocessed materials is granted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Archivist for details about access to the Celia Morris Collection.
 
Accession 2004-217
 
Materials from Celia Morris’ writing career.  Items included are: correspondence, typed manuscripts, photos, research material for various projects, audio and video cassettes, newspaper clippings, notes, interviews, reviews, conference and seminar materials, articles by and about Celia Morris, and materials pertaining to Bob Eckhardt and Willie Morris.
 
Materials from envelopes and folders have not been removed and labels were made by artist.  Contents of envelopes and folders were briefly described. 
 
BOX 1
 
- envelope labeled “Sydney Berger Lecture Indiana publicity November 1995” - contains correspondence, newsletters, photocopies of clippings, and press releases
- envelope labeled “Reviews of my books & speeches” – contains correspondence, invites, newsletters, photocopies of clippings, and newspaper clippings.
- envelope labeled “Correspondence 1984 – 1985 some about memo book project” – contains mostly correspondence
- envelope labeled “Proposed book Miscegenation nothing came of it” – contains typed manuscripts, correspondence, and materials pertaining to the Duke Fellowship
- envelope labeled “Correspondence with Ginger Barker (1974-1981) my first agent.  Largely about the Fanny Wright manuscript” – contains mostly correspondence
- envelope labeled “The two American Women’s movements” – contains photocopies of articles, typed manuscripts, correspondence, and newsletters
- envelope labeled “Fanny Wright presentation Louise Stevenson American Studies Association 1984” – contains typed manuscripts and correspondence 
- envelope labeled “Correspondence with David Riesman” – contains mostly correspondence
- envelope labeled “Correspondence in relation to Fanny” – contains mostly correspondence and a catalog from Harvard University Press which features the New Spring Books 1984
- envelope labeled “Conferences in which I’ve taken part” – contains correspondence, programs and material from the Tennessee Humanities Council
- envelope labeled “Professional Correspondence 1985 thru September 1986” – contains various letters of correspondence in reference to impending works.
- book titled You Got to be Stupid to Sing Country Music & other unusual song lyrics by Jim Terr
- typed manuscript titled “Sharon Pratt Kelly: A Politician Learning the Hard Way” by Celia Morris and Sharon Pratt Dixon.  This piece was written for the LA Times Magazine
- typed transcript of an interview with Judy Goldsmith & Milly Jeffery
- folder containing correspondence with Kathleen Anderson, typed manuscript titled “Capital Women: Structure and Strategy” by Celia Eckhardt & materials/proposals in reference to Old West Women (an idea that didn’t work)
- folder containing conference report materials, Democratic Leadership: The Women Who Ran the ’88 Campaigns
- folder containing Illinois publication and correspondence
- folder containing professional correspondence, dated 1990-1993
 
BOX 2
 
- envelope-containing correspondence with agent Ellen Levine, dated range from 1985 and on.
- various transcripts of interviews for Bearing Witness, and numerous newspaper & magazine clippings
- envelope containing various letters of correspondence with Willie Morris dated 1968
- envelope containing newspaper clipping and materials in reference to Willie Morris’ death
- envelope containing correspondence, newspaper clippings and other materials for Change Magazine  a magazine for which Celia worked for 4 years in the early 70s
- envelope containing correspondence with Change Magazine
- envelope-containing material from Here Lies My Heart and responses from friends to it
- envelope containing Budget Essay, which was published in the Congressional Record dated September 28, 1983
- envelope containing articles by and about Willie Morris.  Also included are various reviews of his books
- envelope containing correspondence from Tom Wicker (materials are to be made available upon his request)
- envelope containing materials from a 1986 Justice & Liberal Education seminar sponsored by the Council for Liberal Learning
- envelope containing Faulkner speech/essay given in El Paso & at the Southern Conference in Women’s History 1988
- envelope titled “Attempts to sell Crooked Dice”
 
BOX 3
 
- envelope titled “The Ill-faded mood, Crooked Dice”
- envelope containing 1980-1984 correspondence about Fanny Wright & manuscript permission, the occasional speech
- folder containing various reviews of Fanny Wright
- folders and envelope containing speeches and correspondence related to the Legacy of Frances Wright
- envelope containing research materials for Bearing Witness
- envelope containing speech and correspondence blurbs in reference to Bearing Witness
- folder containing photocopies and newspaper clippings of reviews on Bearing Witness
- envelope containing background research material on violence against women
- folder containing material on Irving Howe
- copy of The Family Therapy Networker, March/April 1995
- folder titled Work Search – contains various letters of correspondence
 
BOX 4
 
- envelope containing correspondence and background materials on Little Brown
- envelope containing correspondence, speeches and schedules in reference to Bearing Witness
- envelope containing material in reference to Finding Celia’s Place & Minneapolis trip and bookselling
- envelope containing professional correspondence dated 1997-1999
- envelope containing correspondence dated 1996-1999
- envelope containing materials in reference to Finding Celia’s Place
- envelope containing material for an autobiography and correspondence about critiques
- envelope containing reviews, etc. in reference to Finding Celia’s Place
- envelope containing materials from a Texas trip trying to sell Finding Celia’s Place
- envelope containing responses to Finding Celia’s Place
- envelope containing Women’s Review of Books correspondence
 
BOX 5
 
- envelope containing Women’s Review of Books correspondence
- envelope containing photo of Celia Morris taken by Mary Sherrill and photo of Bob taken by David Morris
- samples of Holiday card and birthday invites from Celia and Bob Eckhardt
- envelope containing formal separation agreements
- envelope marked Divorce
- envelope-containing correspondence from Lawyers and Celia in reference to Eckhardt divorce
- envelope containing correspondence with Bob Eckhardt
- envelope containing correspondence and essays dated 1985-1987
- envelope containing articles about Celia Morris
- envelope containing correspondence dated 2001-2003
- envelope containing articles about Bob Eckhardt.  Also included are copies of obituaries for Bob Eckhardt
- envelope containing various presses clippings
- envelope titled “John Silber 1956 –“
- envelope containing letters to Celia’s lawyer and legal documents
- envelope-containing letters to Bob Eckhardt after his defeat in 1980
- envelope containing materials in reference to the 1980 Eckhardt campaign
- envelope-containing materials from the Texas Women for the Eighties
- complete typed copy-edited typed manuscript titled Finding Celia’s Place
 
BOX 6
 
- envelope-containing materials for what became Finding Celia’s Place.  Also included: correspondence with Charles Backus of Texas A&M Press.
- envelope containing materials regarding Celia’s account of Bob’s stroke & the next few months shortly after
- envelope-containing correspondence for Bob
- envelope containing correspondence about an autobiography
- envelope-containing materials regarding Texas Women for the Eighties.  Items included are speeches, correspondence and evaluations.
- envelope containing correspondence dated 1995-1996
- envelope containing reviews from 1996 – 1997
- envelope-containing book reviews from January 1998 to (and on).  Also included some correspondence.
- envelope-containing correspondence with Lynn Waldrick
- envelope containing professional conference correspondence dated mid 1990’s.
- envelope containing speeches and articles
- envelope containing various letters of correspondence to/from Celia Morris
 
BOX 7
 
- envelope containing reviews from 1976 – 1996. Also included some correspondence.
- folder containing correspondence from the late 1980’s
- folder containing materials from the Texas Women Scholars’ Conference SMU Press
- folder-containing materials in reference to David Barkoya, whom Celia met while writing a biography on John Silber. 
- copies of various reviews made by Celia Morris
Materials regarding Texas Women.  Items included are as follows:
- folder titled addresses, contains various lists of peoples names and addresses
- envelope containing last letters speeches
- envelope marked San Antonio, contains photocopies of articles, correspondence and newsletters
- envelope marked The 1984 Vote, contains newspaper clippings, photocopies of articles, correspondence & newsletters
- envelope marked Houston, contains newspaper clippings, photocopies of articles, correspondence & newsletters.
- envelope marked Austin, contains photocopies of articles and correspondence
- envelope containing Texas correspondence
- envelope marked East Texas & Pat Lamar, contains newsletters, correspondence and newspaper clippings
- envelope marked My Speeches, contains correspondence and typed copies of speeches made by Celia Morris
- envelope containing early correspondence
 
BOX 8
 
Materials regarding Texas Women.  Items included are as follows:
- envelope containing early correspondence, etc. in reference to Texas Women
- envelope-containing correspondence with Willie Velasquez
- envelope marked Texas Women of the Eighties & Houston file of Troubles, contains correspondence and various memorandums
- envelope marked Dallas, containing correspondence
- envelope containing correspondence with the Texas Women Board
- envelope marked Austin, containing photocopies of articles and correspondence
- copies of Texas Women’s Political Caucus and The Texas Observer
- envelope marked Fort Worth, contains various photocopies of clippings and correspondence
- envelope containing Texas Women National Correspondence
- copies of articles Celia Morris wrote, some of which were published
- various copies of The Getting it Gazette
- 2 envelopes containing feminist politics materials dated thru 1986
- 2 envelopes containing materials from Storming the Statehouse
 
BOX 9
 
- original copy edited manuscript, Storming the Statehouse
- notes, newspaper clippings and business cards
- envelope marked Selling Fanny
- envelope containing correspondence with Harvard Press, dated 1981 – 1983
- envelope-containing correspondence with Harvard regarding Fanny reviews
- envelope-containing correspondence with English helpers about Fanny
- envelope containing correspondence regarding Fanny
- envelope containing English research on Fanny, primarily Jill Liddtington
- folder containing Sister Essays
- envelope containing statistics etc., about women
- photocopy of England the Civiliser, Fanny’s last book
 
BOX 10
 
- envelope containing Harvard correspondence dated 1983-1984
Materials related to Bearing Witness. Items included are as follows:
-  Bearing Witness audiotapes without transcriptions
- moldy pages of correspondence
- envelope-containing materials from a conference on race, gender and power in America held at Georgetown Law on October 16, 1992
- also included are various (moldy and not moldy) newspaper clippings and photocopies of articles, copy of Military Women in the Department of Defense, A Wind of Change, Working Women Speak Out on Sexual Harassment, and  correspondence
- envelope containing various newspaper clippings
- envelope-containing permissions for Finding Celia’s Place
Various videocassettes, titles are as follows:
- “Bill Dunlap – Around Town”
- “Clayton Williams”
- “The Secret to Change by Millie Jeffrey”
- “Sydney Berger Lecture, Dr. Celia Morris, Nov. 9, 1995, Univ. of Southern Indiana”
- “March 16, 1994, Celia Morris in Good Day LA KTTV (Channel 11) Los Angeles”
- “My Hit on Houston TV”
- “My TV interview in Evansville”
- “California TV interview”
- “Celia on Channel 8”
- “Feinstein for Governor”
- “A Word on Words & The Writer’s Tale with Celia Morris” x 2
- “CNN Sonya Live Wednesday”
- “Squire – Eskew – Knapp Richard for Governor 1990”
- “Democratic primary debate”
- “Clayton Williams car loan scandal 10/19/1990”
- “Texas Women for the Eighties”
- “News Addition 146”
Videotapes used for background of Bearing Witness
- “Memory, Part 2”
- “Bearing Witness Research”
- “All in the Family”
- “Reserved memory – Ofra Bicke”
- “Sex, Power and the Workplace”
- “People for the American Way”
- “Celia Morris Fox Morning News”
- “Sexual Harassment”
- “Lifestyle”
- “Frontline Show: My Doctor, My Lover”
and audiocassette “Do They Hear You When You Cry”
Along with videocassettes there are numerous audiocassettes and micro audiocassettes.
 
Accession 2005-064
Photocopies of Celia Morris’ speech and programs from the Creative MInd Humanities Lecture Series in 2005.
 
Accession 2007-032
 
Material consists of multiple drafts of Bearing Witness: Sexual Harassment and Beyond – Everywoman’s Story by Celia Morris. Drafts contain hand written notes and revisions including numerous post-it notes.
 
BOX #841      folder 1
Draft of Bearing Witness: Sexual Harassment and Beyond – Everywoman’s Story with hand written notes on post-its (part 1 of 2).
 
BOX #841      folder 2
Draft of Bearing Witness: Sexual Harassment and Beyond – Everywoman’s Story with hand written notes on post-its (part 2 of 2).
 
BOX #841      folder 3
Incomplete draft of Bearing Witness: Sexual Harassment and Beyond – Everywoman’s Story with hand written notes on post-its; some pages are duplicated.
 
BOX #841      folder 4
Draft of Bearing Witness: Sexual Harassment and Beyond – Everywoman’s Story with some hand written notes (part 1 of 3).
 
BOX #841      folder 5
Draft of Bearing Witness: Sexual Harassment and Beyond – Everywoman’s Story with some hand written notes (part 2 of 3).
 
BOX #841      folder 6
Draft of Bearing Witness: Sexual Harassment and Beyond – Everywoman’s Story with some hand written notes (part 3 of 3).
 
BOX #841      folder 7
Manuscript and proof of Bearing Witness: Sexual Harassment and Beyond – Everywoman’s Story with some hand written notes and post-its; includes a letter to Morris from Little, Brown and Company returning manuscript and proof to Morris March 3, 1995 (part 1 of 3).
 
BOX #841      folder 8
Manuscript and proof of Bearing Witness: Sexual Harassment and Beyond – Everywoman’s Story with some hand written notes and post-its; March 3, 1995 (part 2 of 3).
 
BOX #841      folder 9
Manuscript and proof of Bearing Witness: Sexual Harassment and Beyond – Everywoman’s Story with some hand written notes and post-its; March 3, 1995 (part 3 of 3).
 
BOX #841      folder 10
Page proof of Bearing Witness: Sexual Harassment and Beyond – Everywoman’s Story with a few hand written notes; includes a page signed by Morris November 12, 1993 stating “I have read this proof and approve the text of the work as it is contained herein” (part 1 of 2).
 
BOX #841      folder 11
Page proof of Bearing Witness: Sexual Harassment and Beyond – Everywoman’s Story with a few hand written notes; November 12, 1993 (part 2 of 2).
Accession 2007-094
Letters of permissions from women whose stories appeared in Morris’ book “Bearing Witness” - includes sensitive information such as addresses and phone numbers. Also, the names of some of these women were changed in the book to protect themselves and/or others.
Accession 2007-095

Remarks given by Morris at the 50th class reunion at University of Texas.
Accession 2008-022
Morris' response to Gary Keith’s biography of Bob Eckhardt mailed to UT Press Director Joanna Hitchcock
Accession 2008-042
A copy of Dr. John Silber’s letter he wrote to the “Texas Observer” regarding Gary Keith’s biography of Bob Eckhardt which Morris sent to Joanna Hitchcock at UTPress at Silber’s request.
 
Accession 2009-006
 
 
Material relating to the campaign and election of Barack Obama which includes newspaper clippings, email correspondence, and a thank you letter to Morris from the Obamas for her help on the campaign.
 
Oversize Box #1091 folder 1
Twenty-two page special edition of The Washington Post Wednesday, November 5, 2008 with headline “Obama Makes History”
 
Oversize Box #1091 folder 2
First and special sections of The New York Times Wednesday, November 5, 2008 with headline “Obama: Racial Barrier Falls in Decisive Victory”
 
Two pages from the August 31, 2008 edition of The New York Times with articles on Obama and the election
 
Oversize Box #1091
One 16” x 25” “Obama/Biden” plastic campaign sign/bag
 
Box #1092 folder 1
Newspaper clippings related to the presidential campaign 2008
 
Box #1092 folder 2
Numerous correspondence emails with material from The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, and The New Republic, and others.  Correspondents include organizations, such as The Democratic Party and America Votes, and Chandler Davidson, Rhonda Copelon, Karen Mulhauser, and others [part 1 of 2]
 
Box #1092 folder 3
Numerous correspondence emails with material from The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, and The New Republic, and others.  Correspondents include organizations, such as The Democratic Party and America Votes, and Chandler Davidson, Rhonda Copelon, Karen Mulhauser, and others [part 2 of 2]
 
Box #1092 folder 4
Essays: “Jerusalem” by Milton Viorst, “Why Not?” by Uri Avnery, and “E. J. Dionne on the state of the race”
 
Box #1092 folder 5
The following issues of Newsweek Magazine: October 27, 2008; November 3, 2008 and November 17, 2008
The following issues of The New Republic: November 5 and November 19, 2008
November 17, 2008 issue of The New Yorker
October 26, 2008 issue of The New York Times Magazine
 
Box #1092 folder 6
Thank you letter to Morris from “Barack and Michelle Obama” for her help on the campaign, several pamphlets with information on Obama, and the District of Columbia’s Voter’s Guide for 2008.