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Register of the Morris (Bert J.) Collection, 1907-1959
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The items in Series 1 relate to Morris' life until his retirement in the late 1940s. The series contains correspondence and ephemera relating to his personal life (1907-1947); correspondence, ephemera and publications relating to the College of the Pacific (1909-1918) and to the Bureau of Vocational Guidance at Harvard University (1918-1919); correspondence, ephemera, photographs, reports and students lists of the University of California, Berkeley Wesley Foundation (1919-1925) and a Morris manuscript history of the Foundation, as well as pamphlets of the history of other Wesley Foundations & clippings. The items in Series 2 relate to Morris' presidency of the California-Nevada Annual Conference Historical Society during the 1950s. They consist of: correspondence, ephemera and minutes produced by the Cal-Nev Methodist Historical Society; programs and reports of the California-Nevada Conference of the Methodist Church (1948-49; 1956; 1958); and, books, bulletins, flyers, magazines, periodicals, pamphlets, newspapers and photographs relating to Methodism and to other historical societies in California. Series 3 contains Morris' manuscript drafts and notes for Morris' a history of California and a history of religion in California. Series 4 consists of publications and unpublished materials by Edward Blakeman, a Methodist contemporary of Morris' and a religious educator at various universities.
Bert Jasper Morris (1875-1959) graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University (1903), received a second A.B. from the University of California (1904), a B.D. from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley (1906), an A.M. from Harvard University (1907), and a Ph.D. from Boston University (1908). He was Professor of Philosophy and subsequently Acting President at the College of the Pacific in San Jose (1909-1918), spent two years at Harvard University with the Bureau of Vocational Guidance (1918-19), served as the Director of Religious Education and founder of the Wesley Foundation at UC Berkeley (1919-1925), was Religion and Community Editor and columnist with the Pacific Rural Press (1920s-1950s), and, pastored a church in Portola during the 1940s. Upon his retirement, Morris served as the California-Nevada Methodist Annual Conference Historical Society President (1950s).
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