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Finding Aid to the Sidney Morris Papers, circa 1910-2004 Coll2013.070
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Literature 1982-2002, undated

Physical Description: 1.6 linear feet.


This collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

Scope and Contents

Essays, poetry, prose, and scripts written or collected by Sidney Morris, 1982-2002, undated. Note: Although no distinction has been made regarding the type of literature, the bulk of the listed titles are scripts.
Box 1, Folder 1-3

The Boy's Mother undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Death of a Gay Boy undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Diary of a Depressed Person undated

Box 1, Folder 6

The Gallery of Characters undated

Box 1, Folder 7-8

Girlie Boy undated

Box 1, Folder 9-12

The Good Time Boys 1990

Box 1, Folder 13

Holding onto Lorraine 1984

Box 1, Folder 14

Hot Mamas! undated

Box 1, Folder 15

If this Isn't Love 1982

Box 2, Folder 29

If this Isn't Love 1982

Scope and Contents

Published book with the cover torn off. Includes an inscription and minor edits.
Box 1, Folder 16

I'm the Boy's Mother 2002

Box 1, Folder 17-18

The Journal and Writings of Daniel J.H. Conner 1989-1993

Box 1, Folder 19

Life without Sex (by Ted Williams) undated

Box 1, Folder 20-21

Mad about the Boy! undated

Box 1, Folder 22

Mad about the Boy/So in Love 1995

Box 1, Folder 23

The Magic Formula 1990

Box 1, Folder 24

Marijuana Twilight undated

Box 1, Folder 25

Milton's Way (by Ted Williams) undated

Box 1, Folder 26

Nasty undated

Box 1, Folder 27

Oh, Danny Boy! undated

Box 1, Folder 28-30

Old Queen's Echo circa 1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 31

One in Six undated

Box 1, Folder 32

Salvatore 2002

Box 1, Folder 33

Singer under Siege (by Carter and Sorenson) undated

Box 1, Folder 34-35

Small Victories: A Journal of Courage undated

Box 1, Folder 36

So in Love undated

Box 1, Folder 37

Stiffs (by Daniel Haben Clark) 1997

Box 1, Folder 38

A Summer's Day undated

Box 1, Folder 39

Sydney and Cal undated

Box 1, Folder 40

Toby undated

Box 1, Folder 41-43

Uncle Yossil 1979-1980, 1990

Box 1, Folder 44

Video Child undated

Box 1, Folder 45

We've Got Today undated

Box 2, Folder 1

We've Got Today (music) undated

Box 2, Folder 2

Wind Beneath my Wings 1990

Box 2, Folder 3

Essays 1993

Box 2, Folder 4

Poetry 1999

Box 2, Folder 6-7

Prose undated

Box 2, Folder 8-15

Scripts undated


Personal and professional papers 1934-2004

Physical Description: 2.6 linear feet.


This collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

Scope and Contents

Playbills, posters, fliers, contracts, lawsuits, and reviews from Sidney Morris' theater productions, as well as correspondence, clippings, awards, medical records, biographical information, and personal papers from Morris' personal life, 1934-2002. Includes the files of Morris' partner, Bert Coffman, 1997-2004.
Box 2, Folder 16-19

Articles and reviews 1975-2001

Scope and Contents note

Clippings of articles written by or about Morris and reviews of Morris' theater productions.
Box 8, Folder 1

Artwork undated

Physical Description: [oversized]

Scope and Contents

Primarily copies of artworks on standard paper.
Box 2, Folder 20

Awards, certificates, and a commemorative binder 1968-1994, undated

Box 2, Folder 21

Calendars 1987-2002

Box 2, Folder 22

Cass, Robert, files 1994, undated

Box 2, Folder 23

Coffman, Bert, files 1997-2004

Scope and Contents note

Includes Morris' memorial service materials.
Box 3, Folder 1

Contracts and lawsuits, professional 1982-2002

Box 2, Folder 24-26

Correspondence 1958-2002

Box 3, Folder 2-4

Dagron, Rene, correspondence and personal papers 1934-1988

Box 2, Folder 27

Ephemera 1947-1999

Scope and Contents note

Advertisements, clippings of articles and images, fliers, information on the intellectually disabled, maps, notes, theater programs, and war department materials.
Box 2, Folder 28

Fliers, programs, and reviews 1968-2001

Box 3, Folder 5

Medical care records 1994-2002

Box 2, Folder 30

Menorah and a Cabrini volunteer pin undated

Box 3, Folder 6

Personal papers 1940-2002

Scope and Contents note

Biographical information, financial records, identity cards, a birth certificate, housing leases, a handwritten will, applications for social services, notes, receipts, a high school yearbook, and other personal materials.
Box 2, Folder 31

Photograph album (blank) 1948-1982

Scope and Contents note

The album pages have been photocopied, the photographs removed, and the contents listed in the Photographs and audiovisual materials series. The blank album provides a backup of the detailed descriptions that accompanied the photographs.
Box 2, Folder 32

Playbills from Morris' productions 1994-2000, undated

Box 8, Folder 2

Posters from Morris' productions 1992-1996, undated

Physical Description: [oversized]
Box 8, Folder 3

Radiology negatives and reports 1998

Physical Description: [oversized]
Box 3, Folder 7

Resumes and obituary 1983-2003

Box 2, Folder 33

Royalty letters 1977-1995

Box 2, Folder 34

Talks 1998-2000, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes transcripts from talks Morris has given as well as fliers for the events where he gave those talks.
Box 2, Folder 35

Theater letterhead and contact information undated

Box 3, Folder 8-10

Topping, David, correspondence 1936-1963


Photographs and audiovisual materials circa 1910-2004

Physical Description: 3.4 linear feet.

Scope and Contents

Photographs of Sidney Morris and his lovers, friends, family, theater productions, and work with the intellectually disabled, circa 1910-2004. Includes audio and video recordings taken of or used in his theater productions.


This collection is arranged into two sections: Personal and Theater.

Personal circa 1910-2000

Box 6, Folder 3

Animals, landscapes, and gravestones undated

General Physical Description note: 47 black-and-white and 2 color photographic prints.
Box 6, Folder 4

Erotic undated

General Physical Description note: 36 black-and-white and 10 color photographic prints.
Box 7, Folder 2

Family, friends, and lovers circa 1910-2000

General Physical Description note: 135 black-and-white and 59 color photographic prints.

Scope and Contents

Includes photocopies of the Rene Dagron photograph album and the David Topping photograph album in their original layout. The photographs from those albums have been integrated with related photographs in approximate chronological order. Includes two drawings and one poem.
Box 6, Folder 2

Intellectually disabled 1968, undated

General Physical Description note: 61 black-and-white and 39 color photographic prints.

Scope and Contents

Includes photocopies from a photograph album in its original layout and a pay stub.
Box 7, Folder 1

Negatives and 35mm slides circa 1948-2000

General Physical Description note: 36 35mm slides, 14 negatives, and 5 negative strips.

Scope and Contents note

Photographs of Morris and his friends, family, travel, theater productions, and work with the intellectually disabled.

Theater 1945-2000

Box 6, Folder 1

Actors undated

General Physical Description note: 19 black-and-white photographic prints.
Box 5, Folder 1

"The Beginning of Sidney Morris" theater album 1945-2000

General Physical Description note: 51 black-and-white and 22 color photographic prints.

Scope and Contents note

Includes programs, fliers, tickets, and clippings documenting Sidney Morris' theater productions.
Box 4

Sound recordings 1993-1994, undated

General Physical Description note: 6 audiocassettes.

Scope and Contents

Audiocassette titles are as follows:
  • Open Act II
  • Bobby, August 20, 1994
  • Intermission Music, Twilight Ladies
  • We've Got Today, part 1 / end
  • Margie Barbershop Quartet / All my Life, Benny Goodman, April 24, 1936 / Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Dean Janis, Hal Kemp's Orchestra, October 31, 1933 / Too Late, Bing Crosby, 1930-1931 / Nevertheless, Ruth Etting
  • Old Times Nite, September 14, 1993
  • [Unintelligible title]
Box 4

Sound recordings undated

General Physical Description note: 2 7-inch open-reel and 2 5-inch open-reel audiotapes.

Scope and Contents

2 audiotapes are unlabeled and 2 audiotapes have the following titles:
  • "...Love" pre-show and show
  • Richard's music
Box 5, Folder 2

Theater productions undated

General Physical Description note: 16 black-and-white and 9 color photographic prints.
Box 4

Video recordings 1968-1970

General Physical Description note: 6 open-reel videotapes (1/2-inch width).

Scope and Contents

3 3-inch open-reel videotapes with the following titles:
  • Cats, part 1, June 25, 1970
  • Trail walk
  • Third
1 5-inch open-reel videotapes with the title: Summer 1968.
2 7-inch open-reel videotapes with the following titles:
  • QPS Summer Program, MY FIRST, August 1968
  • SUPER-8