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Morse Papers, ca. 1870-1916
14 archives boxes (7 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Historian and political thinker. Contains notes, manuscripts, articles, notebooks, newspaper clippings, and correspondence relating to his work as Professor of History at Amherst College.

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Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Anson D. Morse Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

Anson Daniel Morse (August 13, 1846 - March 13, 1916), educator and historian, was born in Cambridge, Vermont, the son of Harmon and Elizabeth Murray Morse. He was graduated from Amherst College in the class of 1871 with high honors. After some further years of preparation he returned to teach at Amherst where he served on the faculty for more than forty years. In 1876 he was lecturer on political economy at Amherst College: in the following year he became professor of political economy and instructor in history and in 1876 he was appointed Winley professor of history and political science. After 1892 his chair was divided and he became professor of history which title he held till his retirement in 1907. Professor Morse died in 1916.

Professor Morse was a leader in a small group of scholars who in the last quarter of the nineteenth century began to emphasize political parties as the most effective tool in expressing the popular will. He published three notable articles on the subject of party in the years 1891-1896: The Place of Party in the Political System, What is Party, and The Natural History of Party. He also wrote number of historical articles and a small book entitled Civilization and the World War, published after his death. Professor Morse was best known for his abilities as a teacher, and his methods seem to have influenced the political writings of Calvin Coolidge, who was one of Morse's students at Amherst.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Notes, manuscripts, articles, notebooks, newspaper clippings, and correspondence relating to the work of Anson Daniel Morse, professor of history at Amherst College, 1876-1907. The bulk of the collection covers Morse's scholarly work on American party politics and American history. The collection also contains correspondence between Morse and students as well as other faculty.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Anson D. Morse Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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[Identification of item], in Anson D. Morse (AC 1871) Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection


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Amherst, MA 01002-5000

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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: Manuscript material on Party and Party Government



History of the Party
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Party History, 1787-1887
n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Party History, 1787-1880
n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
The Causes and Consequences of the Party Revolution of 1800.
n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Place and Functions of Party in the Political System
n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
On political parties
n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Notes on Party History
n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
New England Sectionalism
n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
"The Nature and History of Party" (Reprinted from the Yale Review for May, 1893) - manuscript and printed pamphlet
n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
Outline of Party History
n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
Party and Party Government
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Stephen A. Douglas
n.d.

Box 1: folder 12
Party Organization
n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
On the Republican Party - Manuscripts
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Party and Party Government
n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
Political and Party History in the U.S.
n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
On the Democratic party
1888

Box 2: folder 4
National Parties of the US, an essay
1890

Box 2: folder 5
Notes on De Tocqueville
1895

Box 2: folder 6
Manuscript on parties
n.d.

Box 2: folder 7
7 notebooks with notes on Parties and the Party System in 1912 (one on the Party Revolution of 1912)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 8
Two groups of notes on Political Parties
n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
Envelope scrapbook of notes on the Party
n.d.

Box 2: folder 10
3 notebooks on the Democratic Party
n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
4 notebooks on the Republican Party
n.d.

Box 3: folder 2
3 notebooks on Introduction to the Party History of the United States 1787-
n.d.

Box 3: folder 3
4 notebooks on Party History of the U.S.
n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Six notebooks on Party History of the U.S.
n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
Two notebooks on Party and Party Government: 1) Plan of Book; 2) Part First I-VIII, The Political System
n.d.

Box 3: folder 6
Five notebooks on Party and Party Government
n.d.

Box 4: folder 1
Four notebooks on the Party
n.d.

Box 4: folder 2
Articles on two speeches by Morse on Party (typescript)
n.d.

Box 4: folder 3
Nine notebooks on Party History - Federalist Period
n.d.

Box 4: folder 4
Series 2: Hamilton, Jefferson, and Adams



Notes on Hamilton's Principles, Policies and Character
n.d.

Box 4: folder 5
Notes on Hamilton and Jefferson
n.d.

Box 4: folder 6
13 notebooks on Jefferson
n.d.

Box 4: folder 7
Notebook - Principles and Policies of the Federalist and Jeffersonian Republic Parties, 1787-1815
n.d.

Box 4: folder 8
Notebook - the Principles of Thomas Jefferson
n.d.

Box 4: folder 9
15 small notebooks on Jefferson
n.d.

Box 5: folder 1
4 notebooks on John Adams
n.d.

Box 5: folder 2
4 notebooks on the Adams-Hamilton quarrel
n.d.

Box 5: folder 3
3 notebooks on John Adams (including traits of Hamilton and Adams compared)
n.d.

Box 5: folder 4
Notebook on the politics of John Adams
n.d.

Box 5: folder 5
"The Politics of John Adams"
n.d.

Box 5: folder 6
Series 3: General American History



Lectures on Wages
n.d.

Box 6: folder 1
Advantages of a Customs union between the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America
n.d.

Box 6: folder 2
Notebook - Notes on Van Buren
n.d.

Box 6: folder 3
Notes on the Genesis of the Secession Movement
n.d.

Box 6: folder 4
Notes on Sectionalism
n.d.

Box 6: folder 5
Notes on Jackson
n.d.

Box 6: folder 6
The Place of "The Connecticut Compromise" in the Constitutional Convention of 1787
n.d.

Box 6: folder 7
The Whigs
n.d.

Box 6: folder 8
General Character of American Political History
n.d.

Box 6: folder 9
Two notebooks: Notes on the Federalist; The American Revolution
n.d.

Box 6: folder 10
Two notebooks: Origin and Tasks of the Federalist Party; Sketch of the Federalist Period
n.d.

Box 6: folder 11
4 notebooks: Constitutional History; Lincoln; American History-reading notes; American History
n.d.

Box 6: folder 12
Notebook - 1787-1801
n.d.

Box 7: folder 1
Notes - Insubordination and Personal Rule
n.d.

Box 7: folder 2
Notes - Present and Future Foreign Policy of the United States
n.d.

Box 7: folder 3
Four notebooks on Shay's Rebellion
n.d.

Box 7: folder 4
Two notebooks on Robert E. Lee
n.d.

Box 7: folder 5
Notebooks - Constitutional and Political History of the United States
n.d.

Box 7: folder 6
Notes on Wilson's the New Freedom
n.d.

Box 7: folder 7
Notes on Indian pottery
n.d.

Box 7: folder 8
Notes on the Negro question in the United States
n.d.

Box 7: folder 9
Two notebooks: The Cuban Problems; The Great Illusion
n.d.

Box 7: folder 10
Notes on the Bible in History
n.d.

Box 8: folder 1
Notebooks I-VI on the War of 1914
n.d.

Box 8: folder 2
Notebooks VII-XIII on the War of 1914
n.d.

Box 8: folder 3
6 miscellaneous notebooks on American history
n.d.

Box 8: folder 4
Two miscellaneous notebooks on American history
n.d.

Box 8: folder 5
Miscellaneous fragments of notes on American history
n.d.

Box 9
Miscellaneous fragments of notes on American history
n.d.

Box 10
8 miscellaneous notebooks on American History
n.d.

Box 11: folder 1
Series 4: General European History



Notes on early history (395-711)
n.d.

Box 11: folder 2
Notes on second period (687-843)
n.d.

Box 11: folder 3
Notes on third period (843-1066)
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
Notes on Medieval history
n.d.

Box 11: folder 5
Notes on Medieval history (1066-1285)
n.d.

Box 11: folder 6
Notes on Medieval history (1270-1492)
n.d.

Box 11: folder 7
Notes on English history (1484-1689)
n.d.

Box 11: folder 8
Notes on Modern history (1492-1555)
n.d.

Box 11: folder 9
Notes on the Age of Elizabeth (1559-1603)
n.d.

Box 11: folder 10
Notes on Modern history (1603-1648)
n.d.

Box 12: folder 1
Notes on Louis XIV (1643-1715)
n.d.

Box 12: folder 2
Notes on Modern history (1648-1689)
n.d.

Box 12: folder 3
Two notebooks: Constitutional history of England; Reformation
n.d.

Box 12: folder 4
Notebook - Sketch of English political history (1660-1760)
n.d.

Box 12: folder 5
Notebook - Frederick II of Prussia (1740-1763)
n.d.

Box 12: folder 6
Notes on the Reformation and the Catholic Counter-Reformation
n.d.

Box 12: folder 7
Notes on the French Revolution
n.d.

Box 12: folder 8
Notes on Modern History (1492-1815)
n.d.

Box 12: folder 9
Manuscript - England's Place in World History
n.d.

Box 12: folder 10
Manuscript - England and Russia
n.d.

Box 12: folder 11
Notes - The Influence of the Papacy in the History of the World
n.d.

Box 12: folder 12
4 miscellaneous notebooks on European history
n.d.

Box 13: folder 1
4 miscellaneous notebooks on European history
n.d.

Box 13: folder 2
Miscellaneous fragments of notes on European history
n.d.

Box 13
Series 5: Miscellaneous



Correspondence
n.d.

Box 14: folder 1
Newspaper clippings about Morse
n.d.

Box 14: folder 2
Notes: Phi Beta Kappa talk at Initiation
1905

Box 14: folder 3
Notes on talk: Education, College and other
n.d.

Box 14: folder 4
Manuscript for a talk - Success; its meaning and conditions
n.d.

Box 14: folder 5
Notes and manuscript for review of Silas Deane by G.L. Clark
n.d.

Box 14: folder 6
Notes and manuscript for review of Silas Deane by G.L. Clark The Commercial Relations of American Countries", in: The Chatauquan, Vol. IX, No.
1889 Mar 6

Box 14: folder 7
Printed pamphlet - "Preparation for Citizenship at Amherst College", Reprinted from "Education". Four copies
1888 Dec

Box 14: folder 8
Printed pamphlet - Address to the Senior Class of Amherst College. Twelve copies
1902 June 10

Box 14: folder 9
Notes of Eliza Miner Garmen on Morse's History lectures
1889 Fall

Box 14: folder 10

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Subjects
  • Amherst College--Faculty.
  • Amherst College--Students.
  • Europe--History--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--Amherst.
  • Morse, Anson D. (Anson Daniel), 1846-1916.
  • Political parties--United States--History--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--Amherst.
  • United States--History--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--Amherst.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1871. Morse.

Genre terms
  • Lecture notes--Amherst College.


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