Alpheus Kasper Morris Edit


Level of Description


  • 1945 – 1946 (Creation)


  • 1 Boxes (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Collection of materials relating to the service of Alpheus Kaspar Morris as President Pro Tem of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1945 and 1946.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Materials do not circulate and are made available to users in the Miami University Archives.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Acquired from various sources.

  • Preferred Citation

    Cite as Alpheus Kaspar Morris Collection, Miami University Archives, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

  • Other Descriptive Information

  • Biographical / Historical

    Alpheus Kaspar Morris was born in Glenwood, Indiana on May 15, 1878, the son of White Brown and Mary Payne Morris. He graduated from Miami University in 1908 having spent some years working before entering college four years with Marshall Field and Company in Chicago. Following graduation he served a year as superintendent of schools in Clark County, Ohio. From 1909 to 1922 Mr. Morris was engaged in Y.M.C.A. work in Hamilton, New York City and Cincinnati. For a time in 1918-1919 he was acting state secretary for all Y.M.C.A.'s in Ohio. During this time he married a Miami classmate. Arminta Baughman, and they had three children--Genevieve '32 (Mrs. Clifford E. Scott), Wilford E. '36, and Esther Jeanne '46 (Mrs. Robert Sinclair). In 1922 he returned to Miami as an assistant to Raymond M. Hughes. His duties consisted of correspondence with prospective students, assigning rooms, administering loan funds, supervising men's dormitories, and serving as alumni secretary and editor of the alumni newsletter. He retained all of these duties and added others after President Alfred H. Upham succeeded President Hughes. In 1937 he was named vice president. Although he planned to retire in June of 1945, he was drafted to take over after President Upham died in February of the year. He served as acting president until President Hahne took over on April 1, 1946 and retired immediately thereafter. He was named vice president emeritus in 1946. Several honors came to Mr. Morris both before and after his retirement. In 1946 Miami conferred an L.L.D. degree on him. In 1947 an Alumni Association award was established to honor an alumnus and staff member and he was the first recipient. Later the A.K. Morris Award was established to honor extraordinary service to the alumni program by a member of the staff or faculty. Morris Hall on the Miami campus is named for him. His memberships include Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, the Oxford Kiwanis Club, and the Memorial Presbyterian Church. At one time he was the director and president of the Oxford National Bank. He owned and operated farms in nearby Indiana. He died on October 2, 1970.

  • Related Materials

  • Scope and Contents

    Correspondence, reports, and printed material mainly related to Morris' term as Miami President. Also includes Morris' address to the University staff and senate.

  • Processing Information

    The collection was processed by Bob Schmidt, Archivist, Miami University Archives.

  • Abstract

    President; Alpheus Kaspar Morris (pro tem); Office Files; 1945-46; Box 1 Contents:

    1. Correspondence - A

    2. AAF Educational Demonstration

    3. Administrative Council

    4. Aeronautics Program

    5. Air Reserve Officers Training Corps

    6. Alumni Association

    7. American Association of University Women

    8. American Council on Education

    9. American Hospital Association

    10. American Labor Education Service

    11. American-Scandinavian Foundation [Scholarships for Scandinavian students]

    12. Automobiles

    13. Correspondence - B

    14. Bachelor of Science Degree

    15. Board of Trustees - Carl Greer

    16. Board of Trustees - C. Vivian Anderson

    17. Board of Trustees - Carl E. Basler

    18. Board of Trustees - Dwight Hinckley

    19. Board of Trustees - H. E. Neave

    20. Board of Trustees - J. C. Custenborder

    21. Board of Trustees - J. Paul McNamara

    22. Board of Trustees - Josephine Guitteau

    23. Board of Trustees - Lars Hammel

    24. Board of Trustees - Lyle Evans

    25. Board of Trustees - Robert H. Bishop

    26. Board of Trustees - S. W. Richey

    27. Board of Trustees - W. H. Coles

    28. Board of Trustees - William G. Pickrel

    29. Boy Scout Executive Conference

    30. Budget

    31. Correspondence - C

    32. Calendar

    33. Catalog

    34. Classroom Space

    35. Commencement

    36. Conferences and Conventions

    37. Counseling

    38. Correspondence D-E

    39. Discipline

    40. Dormitories

    41. Educational Policy and Planning Committee

    42. Enrollment

    43. Examinations

    44. Expenses

    45. Correspondence F

    46. Faculty Leaves

    47. Faculty Workloads

    48. Fine Arts, School of

    49. Foreign Students

    50. Fraternities

    51. Freshman Week

    52. Correspondence G

    53. Correspondence H-I

    54. Hahne, Ernest H.

    55. Home Economics

    56. Housing

    57. Hughes, Raymond M.

    58. Insurance

    59. Inter-University Council

    60. Correspondence J-K

    61. Kappa Delta

    62. Correspondence L

    63. Liberal Arts College

    64. Correspondence M

    65. McGuffey School

    66. Miami Chest

    67. Music

    68. Correspondence N-R

    69. NROTC and V-12 1

    70. NROTC and V-12 2

    71. National Association of State Universities

    72. National Federation of Commerce and Industry of France

    73. National Japanese-American Student Relocation Committee

    74. North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

    75. Nursing Program

    76. Ohio - Department of Education

    77. Ohio - Department of Finance

    78. Ohio College Association

    79. Ohio Education Association

    80. Ohio State University

    81. Phi Beta Kappa

    82. Physical Education and Athletics

    83. Physiology

    84. Pianos

    85. The Pines

    86. ROTC

    87. Radio

    88. Registration

    89. Research

    90. Release of Instructors From Military Service

    91. Rhodes Scholarships

    92. Rockefeller Foundation

    93. Roudebush, Wallace

    94. Correspondence S

    95. Salaries

    96. Scholarships

    97. School and Community Health Education Program

    98. Smoking Committee

    99. State Teachers Retirement System

    100. Student Employment and Secretarial Help

    101. Student-Faculty Council

    102. Student Union Building Committee

    103. Summer School

    104. Correspondence T-U

    105. United States - Office of Education

    106. United States-Office of Inter-American Affairs

    107. University Senate

    108. Upham Memorial

    109. Correspondence V-Z

    110. Veterans

    111. Visual Education

    112. War Manpower Commission

    113. YMCA

    114. YWCA

    115. Zeta Beta Tau

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Materials do circulate and may only be used in the archives.

  • Physical Location

    Miami University Archives, King Library, 3rd Floor, Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

  • General

    1922-37 - Assistant to the President, Miami University. 1937-45 - Vice President, Miami University. 1945-46 - Acting President, Miami University.

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    1; Office Files; 1945-46