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The Joan Wehlen Morrison Collection

Joan's German books for a German language class at the U of C in 1940/1

In 2010, my mother, Joan Wehlen Morrison, died, leaving behind her grieving family. Additionally, she left behind her journals, poetry, and diaries from the late 1930s-early 1940s from when she was ages 14-20. These materials, the original papers and notebooks, have been at my home in Austin, TX, for over a decade. But my husband and I plan to retire in the near future to a home on the seaside in Massachusetts. I've long wanted to have mom's collection archived at a professional library.


My dream was to have them housed at the University of Chicago which she graduated from in 1944. She talks about the university many times in her journals. My dream came true! Read here about the process of transferring this archive from my home to the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago.

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