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Edwin Vernon Morgan (1865-1934) Journals

Edwin Vernon Morgan (1865-1934) Journals

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EDWIN VERNON MORGAN (1865-1934) JOURNALS, 1899-1901, 1905-1905, 1926





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Morgan, Edwin Vernon, 1865-1934
Title:Edwin Vernon Morgan (1865-1934) Journals
Dates:1899/1901, 1905/1905, 1926
Quantity:0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:This collection contains some of Edwin Vernon Morgan's personal journals, and represents an almost daily record of his life from 1899 to 1901, and 1905 to 1906.
Collection Number:MSS 281

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains some of Edwin Vernon Morgan's personal journals, and represents an almost daily record of his life from 1899 to 1901, and 1905 to 1906. The final journal is from 1926. While some entries reveal contemporary political and historical insights on Asian events of the time, Morgan's journals mainly document dinners, concerts, and other leisure functions.


Morgan supplemented his journal with such interesting souvenirs as postcards, photographs, programs, menus, and invitations, some pasted to the pages and others not. Photographs feature such subjects as Japanese architecture, trips through rural mainland Asia, and members of the Russian royal family. Other important items include letters to Morgan from United States Secretary of State John Milton Hay.


Biographical Sketch

Edwin Vernon Morgan (1865-1934) served as a diplomat for the United States government nearly all of his working life, which he consequently spent in large part abroad.


Morgan was born February 22, 1865 in Aurora, New York, to Henry Augustus and Margaret (Bogart) Morgan. Edwin V. Morgan inherited a family legacy of success in politics, commerce, and education. His father was a merchant, and his grandfather, Edwin Barber Morgan, served in the U.S. House of Representatives, worked for Henry Wells' American Express and Wells-Fargo companies, and established a lasting family association with Wells College in Aurora. Edwin V. Morgan attended Phillips Andover Academy, and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard in 1890 and 1891, after which he taught modern history at Adelbert College in Cleveland, and at Western Reserve University.


Morgan worked in Asia and the Pacific for the United States government from 1899 to 1905. His first work as a diplomat involved mediation of civil conflicts in Samoa. Morgan also represented American interests in Korea at a time when the vulnerable Asian nation was subject to many outside pressures. While Japan, China, Russia, the United States, and various European countries vied for power or influence over Korea, Morgan worked in Seoul, St. Petersburg, Japan and Dalny, Manchuria.


Morgan later received appointments as American government minister to Cuba, Paraguay, and Uruguay, and finally to Brazil, where his appointment lasted from 1912 to 1933. Morgan, who never married, retired to Petropolis, Brazil, and died there April 16, 1934.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Hay, John, 1838-1905
Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Diaries
Diaries--1899-1906
Diaries--1926
Diplomatic and consular service, American
Diplomats
Monarchy--Russia--Photographs
Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905
Visiting cards
Voyages and travels
China--Description and travel
China--History--Boxer Rebellion, 1899-1901
China--Photographs
Cuba--Foreign relations--United States
Cuba--Photographs
Europe--Description and travel
Germany--Description and travel
Italy--Description and travel
Japan--Description and travel
Japan--Photographs
Khartoum (Sudan)--Photographs
Korea--Description and travel
Korea--Foreign relations--1864-1910
Korea--Photographs
Russia--Foreign relations--1894-1917
Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Samoan Islands
United States--Description and travel
United States--Foreign relations--Cuba
United States--Foreign relations--Japan
United States--Foreign relations--Korea
United States--Foreign relations--Russia

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Edwin Vernon Morgan (1865-1934) Journals, MSS 281, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

Provenance of this material is unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Brian Hackert, December 1995.


Related Material

Dictionary of American Biography, Vol. 21, Supplement 1, p. 563.


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