John G. Morris papers and addenda

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

Unprocessed. More than 63 boxes (more than 100 linear feet) of material created or assembled by photographer and writer John G. Morris. The collection includes alphabetized subject files which include prints, correspondence, and publicity on his associates, events, and projects; magazines, newspapers, and books pertaining to photography and to Morris’s work; manuscript of Morris’s 1996 autobiography; and photographs and slides. Some material is restricted.

Biographical Historical Note

John G. Morris is a 1937 graduate of the University of Chicago who went on to become Hollywood correspondent for Life, picture editor for Life’s London Bureau during WWII and later for Ladies’ Home Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, the first executive editor of Magnum Photos, and correspondent and editor for National Geographic. Responsible for some of the most important images of the 20th century, he was an associate of such other famous photographers of the era as W. Eugene Smith, Robert Capa, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. He now resides in Paris, France.