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William Morris Papers: Finding Aid
mssMOR 1-611  
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Description
This collection contains the archival and manuscript portion of the Sanford and Helen Berger collection and primarily contains manuscripts, correspondence, and ephemera created by or related to 19th century English artist, decorator, poet, and printer William Morris (1834-1896) and his circle.
Background
William Morris (1834-1896) was born March 24, 1834, in Walthamstow, then a suburb of London; he attended Marlborough College and in 1852 entered Exeter College, Oxford. He left in 1855, without taking orders, as he originally planned, but instead embarked on a varied career as a poet, visual artist and Socialist. He married Jane Burden, April 26, 1859, and they had two daughters, Jane Alice (Jenny), born in 1861 and Mary (May) in 1862. Sanford Lionel Berger (1919-2000) was an architect and William Morris enthusiast. A University of California at Berkeley and Harvard-trained architect, Berger practiced for 38 years and became a senior vice president for the firm of Stone, Marracini & Patterson in San Francisco, California. Berger's wife Helen was also a Harvard-trained architect.
Extent
Approximately 650 items in 19 boxes
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.