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Robert Morgan Papers,1944-1981, 2004-2011

Manuscript Collection #268

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Title: Robert Morgan Papers
Creator: Morgan, Robert, 1925-
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1921-1981, 2004-2011) of lawyer and Democratic Party politician who served as North Carolina State senator, 1965-1967; attorney general, 1968-1974; United States Senator, 1974-1980; member of the Board of Trustees of East Carolina University, 1958-1973 and of Lees-McRae College, 1974-1977, consisting of legislative files, speeches, photographs, movie film, records, oral tapes, etc.
Extent: 309.158 Cubic feet, 1127 boxes, consisting of legislative files, campaign files, correspondence, North Carolina Attorney General files, U.S. Senator files, ECU Board of Trustees files, photographs, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, speeches, books, movie film and sound track, audiotapes and diaries.

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Accessions Information

July 12, 1974, 113 items, 302.000 cubic feet; Papers (1944-1980) of lawyer and Democratic Party politician who served as North Carolina State senator, 1965-1967; attorney general, 1968-1974; United States Senator, 1974-1980; member of the Board of Trustees of East Carolina University, 1958-1973 and of Lees-McRae College, 1974-1977, consisting of legislative files, speeches, photographs, movie film, records, oral tapes, etc. 319 boxes. 16 vols & 50 items. (302.0 cubic feet) Recd 9/12/1974 2/14/1975 6/4/1975 1/12/1976 2/1/1979 4/13/1979 9/4/1979 10/10/1979 1/5/1981. RESTRICTION. Donor: Robert Morgan.

July 12, 1974, (unprocessed addition 1); 42 cu. ft.; Papers (1958-1974), including legislative files (1958-1967), campaign files (1964-1972), county correspondence files (1968-1970), East Carolina University Board of Trustees files (1958-1973), personal files as Attorney General, memorandums, legislative council material, clippings, and miscellaneous.

February 14, 1975, (unprocessed addition 2), 4 vols.; Speeches and statements (1974).

June 4, 1975, (unprocessed addition 3); Carroll H. Leggett correspondence (1970-1974) and clippings (July 1974).

January 12, 1976, (unprocessed addition 4), 1 vol.; 1965 General Assembly scrapbook.

February 1, 1979, (unprocessed addition 5), 4 vols.; Daily schedules (1975-1978).

April 13, 1979, (unprocessed addition 6), 50 items; Personal files (1971-1977).

September 4, 1979, (unprocessed addition 7), 63 items; Speeches and Lees-McRae College files (1974-1977).

September 20, 1979, (unprocessed addition 8), 50 cu. ft.; Personal files (1944-1976), including correspondence, photographs, movie film and sound track, clippings, reports and miscellaneous.

October 10, 1979, (unprocessed addition 9), 42 cu. ft.; Campaign and U.S. Senate files (1974-1976).

January 5, 1981, (unprocessed addition 10), 210 cu. ft.; U.S. Senate files (1974-1980), including committee material, legislation, constituent correspondence, case files, speeches, press releases, clippings, campaign records, oral tapes, miscellaneous and personal papers.

May 23, 1990, (unprocessed addition 11), 5 cu. ft.; Speech files and copies of personal correspondence while SBI director. Gift of the Honorable Robert Morgan, Lillington, N.C.

November 26, 1991, (unprocessed addition 12), N/A items; Speech files and copies of personal correspondence while SBI director. Donor: Morgan, Robert (Hon.).

December 14, 2004, (unprocessed addition 13), 2 items, 0.002 cubic feet; Remarks (12/11/2004) honoring Sen. Robert B. Morgan (ECU 1947) upon his receipt of the Thomas Jordan Jarvis Medal, delivered at East Carolina University's commencement ceremonies, by Peggy Stewart Seifert, his longtime executive assistant, and by Dr. Pete Daniel, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution and president-elect of the Southern Historical Society. See preliminary inventory attached. 2 items. 6 p. (ca. 0.002 cubic feet) Rec'd. 12/14/2004. Donor: Carroll H. Leggett.

January 18, 2005, (unprocessed addition 14), 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; Remarks (12/11/2004) by Judge Gerald Arnold at the Hilton Hotel, in Greenville, NC, honoring Sen. Robert B. Morgan (ECU 1947) following his receipt of the Thomas Jordan Jarvis Medal at East Carolina University's commencement ceremonies. See preliminary inventory attached. 1 item. 4 p. (ca. 0.001 cubic feet). Rec'd. 12/29/2004. Donor: Carroll H. Leggett.

February 2, 2005, (unprocessed addition 15), 2 items, 0.020 cubic feet; Speeches of Senator Robert B. Morgan, U. S. Navy, Retired (2004) including speeches, photographs, maps, and clippings, with speeches, 1965-1980, compiled on a compact disc using Acrobat Reader 6.0; also printed index to speeches. See preliminary inventory attached. Compact disc & index to speeches. 2 items. 36 p. (0.020 cubic feet) Recd. 12/6/2004. Donor: Robert B. Morgan.

March 22, 2005, (unprocessed addition 16), 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; Eulogy (2/14/2005) of Ashley B. Futrell, publisher of the Washington Daily News delivered by Robert Morgan at the First United Methodist Church, in Washington, NC. Typescript. See preliminary inventory attached. 1 item. 4 p. (ca. 0.001 cubic feet) Rec'd. 2/25/2005. Note: Received as an email attachment from the donor. Donor: Carroll H. Leggett.

May 27, 2005, (unprocessed addition 17), 71 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Collection (1974-1981, n.d.) of correspondence, clippings, ephemera, etc. compiled by Dorothy Pastis, during the time that she was the receptionist in Sen. Robert B. Morgan's U. S. Senate office, in Washington, DC. See preliminary inventory attached. 1 box & 1 oversized folder. ca. 71 items. ca. 111 p. (ca. 0.25 cubic feet). Rec'd. 4/15/2005. RESTRICTION. Note: Received via Carroll H. Leggett. Donor: Dorothy Pastis.

May 24, 2005, (unprocessed addition 18), 3 items, 0.004 cubic feet; Collection (4/30 – 5/2/2005, n.d.), including Remarks by Joseph W. Baggett at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Dinner celebrating the establishment of the Joseph W. and Hannah Huske Baggett chair for the study of Parkinson's disease, 4/30/2005; Morgan Family Memories: On Alice Butts Morgan and Child Labor, by Robert Morgan, Her Son, n.d.; and Robert B. Morgan letter to Carroll Leggett, 5/2/2005, re: Baggett dinner, Morgan Family Memories, and his Korean War experiences. Photocopy typescript & Typed letter signed. See preliminary inventory attached. 3 items. 12 p. (ca. 0.004 cubic feet) Recd. 5/10/2005. Donor: Robert B. Morgan.

September 19, 2005, (unprocessed addition 19), 6 items, 0.004 cubic feet; Collection (May-June 2005) including a List of books purchased by the Harnett County Library with funds contributed in honor of Katie and Robert Morgan; Letter from Robert Morgan to Carroll Leggett enclosing an affidavit and letter from G. Christopher Olson relating to Richardson v. NationsCredit Financial Services Corporation, et. al. Case No. 02 CVS 02398 (Durham County) and the North Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act (Little FTC Act); and Correspondence between Robert Morgan and Bill Stillerman regarding the Baptist Church in North Carolina. See preliminary inventory attached. 6 items. 11 p. (ca. 0.004 cubic feet) Rec'd. 7/5/2005. Donor: Carroll H. Leggett.

July 24, 2008, (unprocessed addition 20), 63 items, 0.10 cubic feet; Papers (ca. 1979-2004) regarding Senator Jesse Helms, the "Hard Right" in politics, the Panama Canal issue, and the election of 1980, including clippings, statements and press releases. Photocopies. See preliminary inventory attached. 1 box 63 items. 150 p. (ca. 0.10 cubic feet) Rec'd. 4/25/2006. Donor: Robert B. Morgan.

July 24, 2008, (unprocessed addition 21), 154 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Photographic Negatives (1975-1980) of Senator Robert Morgan (D-NC) and various friends, relatives, and associates taken in and around the United States Senate, found in the Senate Historical Office. See preliminary inventory attached. 1 box. 154 negative sleeves. 411 items (neg. strips). 749 images. (ca. 0.25 cubic feet). Recd. 5/12/2008. Donor: Robert B. Morgan.

September 28, 2009, (unprocessed addition 22), 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; The Battle for East Carolina: Leo's Field General Tells All . . . , by Al Myatt (2007), photocopy clipping from Bonesville: The Magazine, published by East Carolina Educational Foundation, Greenville, NC. 1 item. 10 p. (ca. 0.001 cubic feet) Recd. 8/25/2009. Note: "Exclusive interview with Senator Robert Morgan" concerns fights for university status and medical school at ECU. Donor: Martha G. Elmore.

February 10, 2010, (unprocessed addition 23), 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County 60th Anniversary Luncheon and Six Days in November: A Celebration of Crafts, Arts and Innovation, Joan Adams Mondale, Honorary Chair. Introduction by Milton Rhodes (11/19/2009) Typescript. 1 item. 3 p. (ca. 0.001 cubic feet) Rec'd. 12/22/2009. Donor: Carroll H. Leggett.

November 21, 2008, (unprocessed addition 24), 7 items, 1.00 cubic feet; Records (1975-1980) of the United States Senate, including Rules and Manual, Journal of Senate; Hearings and Investigation of the Select; Committees on Ethics investigation of Herman E. Tallmadge; and Resolutions and Reports of the Select Committee on Intelligence. Printed volumes. See preliminary inventory. RESTRICTION: (1) Clippings, speeches, press releases, and published newsletters: None. (2) Case files: Closed for 15 years from date of contract, 12/12/1980; available at discretion of head of special collections after consultation with donor, or his heirs, etc. (3) Files with classified or sensitive documents restricted in accordance with NARS security requirements. (4) All other files available by nomination of head of special collections and only with written consent of donor during his lifetime. See contract for more information. Rec'd 11/21/2008. Donor: Robert B. Morgan.

March 2, 2011, (unprocessed addition 25), 6.0 cubic feet; Papers (1921-2008) pertaining to Senator Morgan’s family and personal life as well as to his career in the United States Senate and his views on political and other issues, including correspondence, speeches, transcripts of oral history, radio, and other interviews, newsletters, recollections, photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, campaign posters (1980), and a copy of a film made by WBTV in 1976 covering Senator Morgan’s introduction of President Gerald Ford during his visit to Charlotte during the American Revolution Bicentennial. Donor: Robert B. Morgan.

October 31, 2012, (unprocessed addition 26), .005 cubic feet; Addition includes two letters. The first letter (October 8, 2011) was written by Senator Robert Morgan’s granddaughter, Grace Morgan Holmes of Chapel Hill, N.C., asking Ms. Peggy Seifert for information about Senator Morgan for use in a 6th grade Social Studies project. Ms. Seifert responds in an October 12, 2011, letter describing her memories of working with Senator Morgan for many years as a member of his office staff. Donor: Peggy Seifert.

November 20, 2012, (unprocessed addition 27), .339 cubic feet, 4 items; Includes four volumes of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Hearings held while Senator Robert Morgan was a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities. Volumes included are for 1975: Committee Prints, Interim Report, and Hearings Volumes 1-4; 1976: Final Report Books I and II; 1976: Final Report Books III-VI, and 1976-1978: Hearings. Donor: Robert B. Morgan.

Access Restrictions

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Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Robert Morgan Papers (#268), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Robert B. Morgan
  • Gift of Carroll H. Leggett
  • Gift of Dorothy Pastis
  • Gift of Martha G. Elmore
  • Gift of Peggy Seifert

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Robert Morgan served as North Carolina State Senator (1965-1967), Attorney General (1968-1974), and U.S. Senator (1974-1980). He was also a member of the boards of trustees of East Carolina University (1958-1973) and of Lees-McRae College (1974-1977). He entered the North Carolina Bar in 1952.

The collection contains legislative files (1958-1967), campaign files (1964-1972), county correspondence files (1968-1970), East Carolina University Board of Trustees files (1958-1973), personal files as Attorney General, memorandums, legislative council material, clippings, speeches and statements (1974), Carroll H. Leggett correspondence (1970-1974), 1965 General Assembly scrapbook, daily schedules (1975-1978), and Lees-McRae College files (1974-1977). Personal files (1944-1977) include correspondence,photographs, movie film and sound track, clippings, reports, and miscellaneous. Campaign and U.S. Senate files (1974-1980) include committee material, legislation, constituent correspondence, case files, speeches, press releases, clippings, campaign records, oral tapes, and miscellaneous.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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