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Letters to Felix Morley

Identifier: HC.MC-808

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters written by well-known people to Felix Morley, during the time that he was Editor of the Washington Post and when he was President of Haverford College. They relate to political events, the League of Nations, the administration of Haverford College, and personal affairs. There are also letters concerning a lecture given by Professor Gaetano Salvemini at Haverford as part of the Training Program of the Italian Area and Language Study Unit during World War II. Additions include letters concerning a portrait of Felix Morley's father, Frank Morley, by Griffith Coale, to be hung in the Gummere-Morley Room in the library at Haverford College, and photographs of finished paintings. Also included are letters from 1975 regarding a newspaper clipping pertaining to Morley, and copies of 2 poems: "Ave Atque Vale" and "Christmas 1980."

Letter writers include:

C. Webster Abbott (additions), Cyrus Adler, Walter G. Andrews, Thurman Arnold, Warren R. Austin, Frank Aydelotte, Iwao F. Ayusawa.

Roger Baldwin, Bernard M. Baruch, Sir Percy Bates, Elliott V. Bell, Francis Biddle, Edwin Borchard, W. Bostrow, Thomas F. Branson, D.W. Brogan, Herbert Brownell, Jr., Edward Bruce, Edward R. Burke, Harold H. Burton, Harold Butler, Nicholas Murray Butler.

James M. Cain, Clarence Cannon, Arthur Capper, W. Gibson Carey, Jr., O.C. Carmichael, William R. Castle, René de Chambrun, Edouard Chapuisat, Raymond Clapper, Brooke Claxton, Ralph W. Close, Griffith Bailey Coale (additions), Howard Comfort (additions), James B. Conant, John J. Corson.

Joe N. Dalton, Elmer Davis, Norman H. Davis, Edmund E. Day, John Dickinson, Dennis Conan Doyle, Thomas E. Drake (see Gann), John Foster Dulles.

Charles E. Eliot, Thomas W. Elkinton (additions), Mehmet Münir Ertegün.

James A. Farley, Edward A. Filene, Louis Finkelstein, Raymond D. Fosdick, Constantin Fotich, Dixon Ryan Fox, James E. Freeman.

Dally Curtis (Mrs. Edward Everett) Gann, Walter F. George, Virginia C. Gildersleeve, Henry F. Grady, Joseph C. Green, Theodore Francis Green, John Chandler "Chan" Gurney.

C.J. Hambro, Edward Hawkes (additions), G. Henry-Haye, Herbert Hoover, Stanley K. Hornbeck, Shih Hu, Manley O. Hudson, Cordell Hull, Robert M. Hutchins.

Radu Irimescu.

Hugh S. Johnson, Lindley Johnson, Jr. (additions), Louis Johnson, N.T. Johnson.

K.K. Kawakami, Joe Kennedy, Frank Kent, William H. King.

Alf M. Landon, David Lawrence, Paul Leverkuehn, David J. Lewis, John L. Lewis, Charles A. Lindbergh, Earnest K. Lindley, Marquess of Lothian.

Archibald MacLeish, John Putnam Marble, Edward Martin, Paul V. McNutt, H.L. Mencken, E. LeRoy Mercer, Pierrepont Moffatt, Raymond Moley, Henry Morgenthau, Christopher Morley, Frank V. Morley, Roland D. Morris.

D. Naoumoff, Albert Jay Nock, Philip Noel-Baker, Gerald P. Nye.

Robert Lincoln O'Brien, J.F.T. O'Connor, R.B. Ogilby, Otto of Austria.

Frank Pace, Jr., Westbrook Pegler, John Pelenyi, George Wharton Pepper, Francis Perkins, W. Frank Persons, J. Howard Pew, William Lyon Phelps, H.W. Prentis, Jr., Hjalmar J. Procopé.

Edgar Monsanto Quincy.

George L. Radcliffe, S.K. Ratcliffs, Robert R. Reynolds, Lindsay Rogers, Daniel C. Roper, Louis Rougier, L.S. Rowe.

William Franklin Sands, Francis B. Sayre, Ralph J. Schoettle (additions), Patrick F. Scanlan (additions), James A. Shanley, M.S. Sherman, Henry Knox Sherrill, F.J. Sissio, Harlan F. Stone, John F. Stone, Leland Stowe, Wolfgang Stressemann, John Studebaker, Mark Sullivan, Raymond Gram Swing, Sao-Ke Alfred Sze.

Robert A. Taft, Elbert D. Thomas, Norman Thomas, R.E. Thomason, George Holden Tinkham.

Arthur T. Vanderbilt, Oswald Garrison Villard, John M. Vorys.

Robert F. Wagner, W. Nelson L. West (additions), Burton K. Wheeler, Thomas Raeburn White, William Allen White, George W. Wickersham, George A. Wilson, Edith Balling (Mrs. Woodrow) Wilson, Caleb Winslow (additions), Quincy Wright, Robert W. Wood, Mary E. Woolley.


  • 1931-1952


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

Standard Federal Copyright Law apply (U.S. Title 17).

Some restrictions exist on the use of letters, especially those of Herbert Hoover and Alf M. Landon. Please contact the Archives with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Biographical / Historical

Felix Morley (1894–1982) was born in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Morley graduated from Haverford College in 1915, was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford, and joined the American Red Cross as an ambulance driver during World War I. Morley married Isabel Middleton in 1917 and had four children. He worked at the Baltimore Sun and held editorship of the Washington Post 1933-1940. Morley served as president of Haverford College, 1940-1945. Over the years, Morley produced a considerable body of writing: a half-dozen books, one novel, hundreds of political and literary essays and book reviews, editorials, and opinion pieces. His memoirs, For the Record, were published in 1979.


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This collection includes letters written by well-known people to Felix Morley, during the time that he was Editor of the Washington Post and when he was President of Haverford College. They relate to political events, the League of Nations, the administration of Haverford College, and personal affairs.

Student Essays on Select Letters

History 361 is a Haverford course for which students write essays about historical letters. Six essays were written about letters in this collection, and may be found in 811, 1981. They include:
  • David Goldberg, "Project on Historical Evidence," on a letter from Alf M. Landon to Felix Morley, dated January 12, 1942.
  • Jeff Genzer, "A Letter from Francis Biddle to Felix Morley."
  • Kevin Gaffney, on a letter from W.R. Castle to Felix Morley.
  • Joseph M. Schwatrz, "In the Matter of HLC, Felix Morley Collection, 808, Wolfgang Stresseman to Felix Morley, New York, 24 July 1944."
  • Will Pomerantz, on Harold Butler's letter to Felix Morley.
  • Richard King, "To Preserve the Republic," on two letters from Alf Landon to Felix Morley.

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Processed by Janela Harris; completed February, 2012
Letters to Felix Morley, 1931-1952
Janela Harris
February, 2012
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