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Title: James Morris Papers

Dates: 1893-1973

Collection Number: 10154

Quantity: 10.5 feet

Abstract: Papers consist of correspondence, scrapbooks, manuscripts, printed material,
speeches, and photographs relating to Morris' involvement in the Nuremberg War Crime Trials, as well as his legal, organizational and personal activities.

Provenance: The collection was donated by Janette F. Reynolds, Morris’ daughter, in 1976 and a gift agreement was executed in December 1995. Additional material was donated by Reynolds in 1997 and by Dian Cooper, Morris’ granddaughter, in November 2002. Erlys Fardal researched and wrote the biographical sketch in May 2010. This finding aid was created by Emily E. Schultz in May-June 2010.

Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to
this collection.

Copyrights: Copyrights to this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code or an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements is needed.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.

Transfer: Thirteen maps of Germany were transferred to the State Archives Map collection and are catalogued. A traveling trunk and framed American Legion awards were transferred to the Museum Division in 2002.

Related Collections:
State Archives Photograph Collections A1750 and A1760.
Museum Collection 2010.00010 (trunk and American Legion awards).
10157 ND Oral History Project interview with Judge Morris Burleigh County Tape #27

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH


James Morris was born January 2, 1893 in Bordulac, ND, the only child of David and Martha Henderson Morris. David Morris homesteaded in Foster County, ND, and James grew up in the sod house on his parents' claim. David Morris died when James was a teenager, and James' mother left ND to return to her home in OH. James attended school in Bordulac, Rose Hill District, and graduated from Woodward High School in Cincinnati, OH, serving as president of his class. James attended the University of Cincinnati and received his LLB in 1916 from the University Law School. He was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1916 and practiced law in Cincinnati.

On April 28, 1917, James Morris married Amelia Nagel. Amelia was born February 7, 1896, in Cincinnati, the daughter of Henry and Caroline (Wolfangel) Nagel. Amelia graduated from Woodward High School in Cincinnati in 1913. She was the class orator, a talent she would continue to use throughout her lifetime. She attended Miami University in 1914 and the Cincinnati School of Music from 1915 to 1917. After their marriage, James and Amelia returned to James' birthplace at Bordulac, ND. He was admitted to the ND Bar in 1917, and subsequently opened a law practice in Bordulac. WWI was in progress, and James enlisted at Carrington, ND. He was in the Army 88 and 91 Division and stationed at Fort Dodge (IA), Camp Jackson (SC), and Camp Taylor (KY). He attended Officers School of Fire at Fort Sill (OK), and was discharged January 22, 1919, from Camp Travis (TX) as a 2nd Lieutenant.

James Morris returned to ND and opened a law office in Carrington. He was appointed Carrington City Attorney. In 1920, he was elected to serve as the Foster County States Attorney, a position he held for four years. In 1928, James moved his practice to Jamestown, and became Assistant Attorney General of ND. The following year, he ran for ND Attorney General and was elected, serving until 1932, when he was defeated in the Republican primary. Morris was elected to the ND Supreme Court in 1934. After serving his first 10 year term he was elected again to serve in 1944, and again in 1955. He served a total of 30 years on North Dakota's highest court and served as Chief Justice from 1941-1943, 1951-1954, 1961, and 1963-1964.

It was during his second term in the Supreme Court when WWII was coming to a close. According to the Allies, Nazi Germany had committed many atrocities, and as a result, people were being arrested for war crimes. This included not only military and government people, but also industrialists who had been ordered by the Nazi Regime to produce and manufacture war materials. This was the impetus for the Nuremburg Trials, which consisted of twelve separate trials that were each judged by a panel of US judges. President Truman selected James Morris to be one of the four judges on tribunal 6, the trial of the wartime giant industrialist I. G. Farben Company. Judge Morris was granted a leave of absence from the ND Supreme Court to serve in this capacity. He and his wife left for Germany for what was to be a yearlong trial.

I. G. Farben was ordered by the Nazi Government to construct the concentration camp at Auschwitz. At this site, the Farben Company had other industries, including a rubber plant. Their chemical plant manufactured chemicals used in the war and at the concentration camp. There were twenty four defendants from the company on trial for using slave labor from the concentration camp in their rubber plant and other industries. The average length of time workers survived in the rubber plant was three months. There were other charges in connection with the atrocities. The trial lasted one hundred and fifty two days, and a verdict was issued on July 29, 1948. Eight were found guilty of plundering, four of slavery and one of both. Sentences ranged from one and one half to eight years. There were numerous opinions and writings concerning the verdict, even among the judges trying the case; some said the sentences were too light, while others felt it was unjust to try a company that was ordered by the government to produce war materials when they had no choice. Judge Morris' writings suggest a new system be put in place for such trials, which became known as the Nuremberg Principles (Law). After the trials James returned to continue his term on the ND Supreme Court. He retired from the court in 1964.

James Morris was involved with and active in community, state, and national affairs. In 1919, after WWI, he was one of the organizers of the American Legion; he was an attendee at the first national convention which wrote the national charter for the Legion. Locally, he was the first Post commander at Carrington, ND, and a member of the Bismarck American Legion. He served as Deputy Department Commander in 1934 and was an active member until his death. Judge Morris was instrumental in the founding of ND Boys State, which is sponsored by the American Legion, and was a member of the Boys State Commission. Every summer, from its inception in 1937 until about 1972 (except during his time in Germany), he was a counselor. He supervised the judicial area, including the mock trial. Through his interest in youth he encouraged many young men to study law.

Morris was involved in numerous fraternal, patriotic and service organizations. In each one, he was an active member working on committees and serving as an officer. The organizations and positions held include: the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans (Judge Advocate), 40 and 8 Bismarck Voiture (Judge Advocate, 1940-1942), Masonic Order, Scottish Rite, Shriners, National Sojourners, Boys State (member of the commission), the Order of Coif (honorary member), Boy Scouts of America (Missouri Valley Council commissioner, 1941), Kiwanis Club (Carrington and Bismarck: President, Carrington, 1926; Bismarck, 1940; District Governor, 1936), and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles (National Grand Secretary 1961).

Morris' accomplishments include receiving an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from the University of North Dakota in June 1962, and appearing in Who's Who in ND in 1955. Morris was a member of the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, PA, and received numerous awards. He received the First Annual Civic Service Award of Aerie No. 2237 from the Bismarck Eagles Club. The ND Bar Association honored him in June 1964, and Chief Justice Morris was given a tribute at the annual meeting during the NACCA seminar in Fargo, 1964.

While James Morris was busy with his many duties, Amelia, his wife, lectured and was involved with many civic projects. Her first lecture was in 1928, covering social issues and civic subjects. She accompanied James to Germany during the Nuremburg Trials where she travelled throughout Europe collecting information for lecturing. Throughout her lifetime, she became well known as a speaker.

Amelia was a charter and lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and held many offices, including: National President of the American Legion Auxiliary (1938-1939); Department President (1928-1929); National Poppy Chairman (1932-1934); National Hospital Chairman (1936-1938); Chairman of the National Forum on National Defense, Washington (1939); Chairman of the National Code Committee (1940-1943); Member of the National Finance Committee (1944-1949); Chairman of the National Security Forum Committee (1953-1955); and member of the National Security Committee (1950). Other organizations she took part in include: National League American Pen Women (President, Bismarck Branch, 1940); Women's Civil Defense Council, ND, (State Coordinator, 1945-1961); National Advisory Committee on Civil Rights (member, 1958-1961); Shrine Auxiliary (member); Eastern Star (member); and the Fortnightly Club (member and Past President). She was the author of articles published in various magazines, was included in Who's Who in American Women, and was a member of the Republican Party.

For most of their lives, James and Amelia made their home in Bismarck at 930 7th Street. They were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Bismarck. They had one daughter, Janette Faye, born April 11, 1922, at Carrington, ND. Janette married Vernon Cooper, and then Floyd Reynolds. She had three children and two step-children: Dian Cooper (Longview, WA), Judy Van Auken (Evergreen, CO), James Cooper (Sequim, WA), Steve Reynolds (Tulsa, OK), and Greg Reynolds (Bismarck, ND). Janette died April 17, 2003 in a Longview, WA, nursing home; she was eighty years of age. Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Bismarck and she was buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck, ND. Her obituary lists two grandchildren.

Judge James Morris died July 20, 1980, at age eighty-seven. At the time of his death he was a resident of the Missouri Slope nursing home in Bismarck. Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Bismarck, and he was buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Bismarck. Amelia Morris died March 14, 1981, at age eighty-five. Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church, and she was buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

Bismarck Tribune (various issues).

Did You Know That?, Vol. 1. Curt Eriksmoen. McCleery & Sons. 2006.

A History of Foster County (Compiled by the Foster County History Book Committee; in
Cooperation with the Foster County Commission and in Conjunction with the Foster County Centennial). Foster County, ND: The Committee. 1983.

James Morris Papers, 1893-1973 (MSS 10154). North Dakota State Archives.

"James Morris" vertical file. North Dakota State Archives.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The James Morris Papers date from 1893 to 1973 and occupy 10.5 feet. The records are divided into five series: Nuremberg Germany, judicial, organizational, personal material, and photographs.

Series I: Nuremberg Germany records, consists of the records kept by Morris during and after his time in Nuremberg and includes four subseries: correspondence, trial material, publications and clippings, and personal material. The correspondence, 1947 to 1958, includes general and trial related correspondence, correspondence to Drew Pearson regarding his 1948 “Washington Merry-Go-Round” article about Mrs. Morris befriending the wife of a German count on trial at Nuremberg, and correspondence to the authors of The Devil’s Chemists: 24 Conspirators of the International Farben Cartel Who Manufacture Wars. The trial material, 1945 to 1948, consists of memoranda, a Presidential directive, circular air gram, trial summary, judgment and excerpts, trial related publications, reflections of Otto Ambros on his case, indexes of evidence and witnesses, photograph captions, material about the Nuremberg Law (Principles), tribunal judges, a research outline, and ephemera. The publications and clippings date from 1933-1968 and consist of quotations and citations about the trial, Morris’ address from the May 9, 1949, Congressional Record, a small scrapbook of clippings and speech notes compiled by Mrs. Morris, and a variety of publications and clippings. The personal records, 1947 to 1948, include material from daily living in Nuremberg and trial ephemera, lists of locations of the Morris’ overseas travel, and material from various trips. The photographs from these trips were transferred to Series V.

Series II: Judicial records, consists of Morris’ records throughout his career and are arranged into subject files, which are organized alphabetically. The titles of the subject files were transferred from Morris’ own files, and include: Bar Association, calendars of causes, cases and bills, Conference of Chief Justices, Citizens Conference on Judicial Selection and Tenure, Constitutional Revision, County Court, Court Administration, forms, Judicial Council and judicial selection, legal history, notes, orders, State Board of Pardons, Pattern Jury Instruction Committee, Rules Committee, Sentencing Committee, and Supreme Court and Bar matters.

The Bar Association records, 1955-1971, include the American and the North Dakota Bar Associations. The records consist of correspondence, memoranda, announcements, rosters, court rules, a publication, annual meeting material, and records of the Committee on Jurisprudence and Law Reform of the State Bar Association of ND. The calendars of causes date from 1963-1964. The cases and bills, 1926-1969, include the Sjostrom case, the "Territorial Law Test Case" (MDU et al. vs. Helgi Johanneson), conference sheets and a variety of court cases and legislative bills. The Conference of Chief Justices material dates from 1951-1953 and 1963-1964 and includes annual meeting material. The Citizens Conference on Judicial Selection and Tenure, and the Constitutional Revision material are from 1964. The County Court material includes drafts of a bill and correspondence, 1967-1968. The court administration material dates from 1963-1964 and includes correspondence, orders and financial material. The (blank) forms are undated. The Judicial Council and judicial selection records, 1944-1970, include correspondence, minutes, proposed legislation, a statistical compilation, and manuscript and publication by Morris.

The legal history material dates from 1963-1966 and includes correspondence, Morris’ publication “Some Historical Origins of Statutory Law and Judicial Decisions in North Dakota,” and various manuscripts for a book dedicated to Felix Frankfurter. The notes are undated. The orders date from 1961-1965. The State Board of Pardons material, 1930-1954, consists mostly of calendars of applications, but also includes correspondence. The Pattern Jury Instruction Committee material dates from 1968. The Rules Committee records, 1967-1972, include correspondence and rules 1-60. The Sentencing (Committee) material, 1962, includes correspondence, a draft act, bill and appellate review of excessive sentences. The Supreme Court and Bar matters records date from 1950-1965 and include summaries of appeals and opinions filed by judge, a bill relating to the salaries of Supreme Court members, and rules of disciplinary procedure.

Series III: Organizational records, consists of Morris’ records from his involvement with various organizations, and includes six subseries which are organized alphabetically: American Legion, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Dakota, Dickinson Chapter, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, PA, International Peace Garden, Kiwanis, and National Sojourners.

The American Legion records, dating from 1919-1972, include sub-organizations of the Legion, the 40 & 8 Carrington ND chapter and Boys State, in addition to the American Legion records. The American Legion records, 1919 and 1942-1962, consist of correspondence, conference and convention booklets, member, committee lists and clippings and a certificate (located in box 11). The 40 & 8 material consists of minutes dating from 1924-1926. The Boys State material, 1938-1972, includes correspondence, programs, planning and conference material, rosters, clippings, plaques, and a scrapbook. The Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Dakota, Dickinson Chapter includes an invitation and anniversary program, 1940. The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, PA, material includes correspondence, memoranda, nomination forms, brochures, a bulletin, and reports, and dates from 1954-1958 and 1963-1968. A scrapbook of the 1954 awards ceremony and jury (on which Morris served) is located at the end of the collection, in box 10. The International Peace Garden records consist of two different styles of the organization’s letterhead, which are not dated. The Kiwanis subseries, 1935-1973, includes correspondence, convention programs and material, brochures, member directories, publications and ephemera. The Kiwanis material also includes two certificates, located with the oversize material in box 11. Finally, the National Sojourners subseries dates from 1938-1939 and consists of correspondence, a convention invitation and program, annual reports, and committee appointments. The photographs from the American Legion Boys State subseries and the Kiwanis subseries were transferred to Series V.

Series IV: Personal records, consists of Morris’ personal records, which are arranged by subject, alphabetically. The bulk of the subject files were named according to Morris’ own file names and include: capitol, correspondence, cruise, elections, family history, farm, golden jubilee, humor, clippings and newspapers, Janette Fay Reynolds, law degree, memorials, Ohio property, politics, publications, recommendations, Selective Service System (including Board of Appeals), speeches (and notes on speeches), State Historical Society (Fort Totten Cavalry Square dedication), Woodward High School, and World War I service. Several of the subject files in the personal records series include oversize material - certificates, broadsides and publications - that are located at the end of the collection; some subject files in the series only include oversize material.

The capitol records, 1893, 1930, and 1932, include material related to the North Dakota state capitol fire and new capitol, including items from cornerstone ceremony, the Bismarck Tribune extra edition about the capitol fire, and materials damaged in the capitol fire. The correspondence, 1922 to 1968, is arranged chronologically. The cruise material is from a cruise Mrs. Morris took in January-February 1939 to the Virgin Islands, Martinique, Trinidad, Venezuela, Curaco, Panama, San Blas Bay, Jamaica, and Cuba. The election subject file is primarily from the 1934 election, when Morris ran for the Supreme Court, but also includes election returns (clippings), from 1936-1938. Along with the election material are broadsides and certificates, located with the oversize material in box 11.

The family history subseries relates to the estate of Morris’ aunt, Lucinda Henderson, and includes a small amount of information about the Morris family for the Foster County Historical Society. The farm material dates from 1932-1969, with gaps, and consists of correspondence, financial, and legal documents pertaining to Morris’ farm in Melville, ND. The North Dakota Golden Jubilee material dates from 1939 and consists of correspondence, memoranda, bulletins and clippings; Morris was on the Special Days Committee. The humor, clippings and newspapers subseries dates from 1939-1960 and includes a variety of topics, with several poems written by Morris. The Janette Fay (Morris) Reynolds subject file, 1962-1966, consists of financial and legal material, and correspondence by Mr. Morris on his daughter’s behalf.

The law degree subseries consists of an (oversize) broadside from Morris’ graduating class of 1916, located in box 11. The memorials material, 1933-1973, consists of correspondence, speeches and eulogies, a funeral service bill, and funeral programs. The Ohio property material relates to land in Anderson Township, Hamilton County, Ohio, 1959-1960. The politics subseries, 1930-1972, consists of a variety of material from the 1972 Republican Convention, when Morris was the District 32 delegate, as well as clippings (1930-1964) and ephemera and publications (1940-1962). The publications include the September 27, 1917 issue of the Foster County Independent, as well as a booklet on George F. Will, and “The Two Lives of Women” by Edward Bernays, in which Morris is listed as someone who has contributed to the examination of the position of women in American society. Other publications include The Record issues from 1895 and 1897, which are located at the end of the collection in box 10.

The recommendations date from 1942-1973. The Selective Service material consists of correspondence, memoranda, classifications, minutes of the State Board of Appeal, a newsletter, a form, and opinions, 1941; Morris served as Chairman of the State Board of Appeals of North Dakota. Three certificates, one of appreciation, and one of merit, and one certifying Morris as a member of the Board of Appeals, are located in box 11. The speeches date from 1928-1962 and are by Morris and others; the speeches subject file includes notes taken by Morris on others’ speeches.

The State Historical Society material consists of one oversize broadside of the dedication of Fort Totten Cavalry Square; Morris accepted Cavalry Square on behalf of the State Historical Society, probably in 1960. The broadside is located in box 11. The Woodward High School material, 1963-1964, and relates to Morris’ class reunion. The World War I service material, 1918-1920, includes correspondence, special orders, War Risk insurance material, general paperwork, School of Fire for Field Artillery (Fort Sill, OK) material, discharge papers and programs. Also included with the World War I material is a certificate from the Field Artillery Central Officers’ Training School at Camp Zachary, KY, August 17, 1918. The certificate is located in box 11.

Series V: Photographs, are arranged into subseries which correspond with the previous four series: Nuremberg Germany, judicial, organizational, and personal. The Nuremberg Germany photographs date from 1947-1948 and include photographs from trips taken by the Mr. and Mrs. Morris to Berchtesgaden, Germany, Holland, and a variety of countries in north and western Europe. Non-photographic material from these trips is located in Series I. The judicial photographs subseries includes one photograph of a Conference of Chief Justices annual meeting, 1951. The organizational subseries, dating from the 1940s-1970 includes one 1950 photograph of the Delegates to Kiwanis International District Convention in Winnipeg, and eight Boys State group portraits, 194? – 1970 (with one duplicate). Finally, the personal subseries, 1926-ca 1950s, consists of photographs of the original State Capitol and Memorial Library, the 1930 State Capitol fire and aftermath, cornerstone laying ceremony for the new State Capitol, Mrs. Amelia Morris with a group of women, photos of the Speight wedding, and a portrait of an unidentified man who may be a relative of James Morris.

SERIES DESCRIPTION

Series I. Nuremberg Germany Records, 1933-1968, Boxes 1-3

Consists of correspondence, trial material, publications and clippings and personal material.

Series II. Judicial Records, 1926-1972, Boxes 3-5

Consists of subject files: Bar Association (North Dakota and American), calendars of causes, cases and bills, Chief Justices (Conference of), Citizens Conference on Judicial Selection and Tenure, Constitutional Revision, County Court, Court Administration, forms (blank), Judicial Council (and judicial selection), legal history (Frankfurter book), notes, orders, Pardons (State Board of), Pattern Jury Instruction Committee, Rules Committee, Sentencing (Committee), and Supreme Court (and Bar matters). Oversize material with this series is located at the end of the collection.

Series III. Organizational Records, 1919-1973, Boxes 5-7

Consists of records from the American Legion (40 & 8 Carrington, ND, Chapter, and Boys State), the Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Dakota, Dickinson Chapter, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, PA, International Peace Garden, Kiwanis, and National Sojourners. Oversize material with this series is located at the end of the collection.

Series IV. Personal Records, 1893-1973, Boxes 7-9

Consists of subject files: Capitol (ND), correspondence, cruise, elections, family
history, farm, golden jubilee (ND), humor, clippings and newspapers, Janette Fay (Morris) Reynolds, Law degree, memorials, Ohio property, politics, publications, recommendations, Selective Service System (including Board of Appeals, speeches (and notes on speeches), State Historical Society (Fort Totten Cavalry Square dedication), Woodward High School, and World War I service. Oversize material with this series is located at the end of the collection.

Oversize (from Series I-IV) Publications, scrapbook, certificates and broadsides, boxes 10-11

Series V. Photographs, 1926-1970, Box 12

Consists of Nuremberg Germany, judicial, organizational, and personal photographs.

BOX / FOLDER INVENTORY

Series I. Nuremberg Germany Records
Subseries 1. Correspondence

Box 1:
1 Correspondence, Nuremberg, September-December 1947
2 Correspondence, Nuremberg, January-December 1948
3 Correspondence, Drew Pearson, 1948
4 Correspondence, Nuremberg, 1949-1958 & n.d.
5 Correspondence, The Devil’s Chemists, 1953

Subseries 2. Trial material
6 Official memoranda, Presidential directive, circular air grams, 1945-1948
7 The trial(s), ca 1947-1948
8 Official transcript, tribunal 6, case 6, July 1948
9 Judgment of the tribunal, July 1948
10 Opinions of Judge Paul M. Herbert, 1948
11 Index of defendants: Ambros-Wurster (evidence, witnesses), 1948
12 Index of defendants: Ambros-Gattineau (evidence, witnesses), 1948
13 Index of defendants: Haefliger-Mann(evidence, witnesses), 1948
14 Index of defendants: Oster-Wurster (evidence, witnesses), 1948
15 Index cards (evidence, defendants and miscellaneous), 1948
16 Photograph captions, case 6, 1947-1948
17 Nuremberg Law (clipping and “Waging Wars of Aggression” manuscript by Morris), 1948
18 Tribunal judges (includes card with signatures of all judges), 1947-1948
19 Research outline, war crimes trials, Telford Taylor, 1948

Subseries 3. Publications and clippings
20 Quotations (index cards) and citations
21 Congressional Record - Morris’ address, May 9, 1949
22 Clippings, ca 1948-1968
23 Annual Report of the Administrator of Veterans Affairs, Year Ended June 30 1938 (Mrs. Morris included speech notes and news clippings about post war Germany), compiled between 1947 and 1951

Box 2:
1 Publications, 1947-1955
2 Court of Appeals Reports Opinions Nos. 1-20 (vol. 1) (United States Military Government Courts for the United States Area of Control in Germany), 1949
3 The Devil’s Chemists: 24 Conspirators of the International Farben Cartel who Manufacture Wars, Joseph DuBois and Edward Johnson, 1952
4 Documentation of the German Ministry of Foreign Policy, 1918-1945, 1949
5 Farbenfabriken Bayer AG (with Agfa) stockholders’ reports and promotional booklets, 1952-1954
6 Final Report to the Secretary of the Army on the Nuremberg War Crimes, Telford Taylor, 1949
7 “Military Tribunals: Case No. 6, USA v. Carl Krauch, et al.,” 1947
8 Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression, Opinion and Judgment, IMT (USGPO), 1947
9 Pictures Taken from the Life of Foreign Workers in the Community - Camps of Ludwigshafen-Oppau Plant of I.G. Farben During WWII
10 The Problem of Disarmament, Carl Heymanns, 1933
11 Report of Robert H. Jackson, US Representative to the International Conference on Military Trials, London, 1945

Subseries 4. Personal
12 Nuremberg - daily life and ephemera, 1947-1948

Box 3:
1 List of locations of overseas travel
2 Travel booklets and commercial photographs and post cards (Czech Republic and Germany), ca. 1947-1948
3 “Christmas” trip (Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Italy), 1947 or 1948
4 Berchtesgaden trip, 1947 or 1948
5 Weisbaden-Rhine trip (Berlin, Cólogne), 1947 or 1948
6 Holland trip, May 1948

Series II. Judicial Records
7 Bar Association - ND and American, 1955-1971
8 Calendars of causes, 1963-1964
9 Sjostrom case, 1968-1969
10 “Territorial Law Test Case,” Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU), Northern States Power Company and Otter Tail Power Company vs. Helgi Johanneson, as Attorney General for the State of North Dakota, et al., 1965-1966
11 MDU, et al., vs. Helgi Johanneson, et al. (continued), 1965-1966
12 MDU, et al., vs. Helgi Johanneson, et al. (continued), 1965-1966
13 MDU, et al., vs. Helgi Johanneson, et al. (continued), 1965-1966
14 MDU, et al., vs. Helgi Johanneson, et al. (continued), 1965-1966
15 MDU, et al., vs. Helgi Johanneson, et al. (continued), 1965-1966

Box 4:
1 MDU, et al., vs. Helgi Johanneson, et al. (continued), 1965-1966
2 MDU, et al., vs. Helgi Johanneson, et al. (continued), 1965-1966
3 Bills and cases, 1926-1953
4 Conference sheets, 1962-1964
5 Chief Justices (Conference of), 1951-1953
6 Chief Justices (Conference of), 1963-1964
7 Chief Justices (Conference of), 1964
8 North Dakota Citizens’ Conference on Judicial Selection and Tenure, 1964
9 Constitutional revision, 1964
10 County Court, 1967-1968
11 Court Administration, 1963-1964
12 Forms (blank), n.d.
13 Judicial Council (and judicial selection), 1944, 1956 & 1963-1964
14 Judicial Council (and judicial selection), 1966-1970
15 Legal history - Frankfurter book, 1963-1966
16 Notes, n.d.
17 Orders, 1961-1965
18 State Board of Pardons, 1930 & 1940
19 Calendars of applications before the State Board of Pardons, March & August 1949
20 Calendars of applications before the State Board of Pardons, March& August 1950
21 Calendars of applications before the State Board of Pardons, 1951- 1952; 1954
22 Pattern Jury Instruction Committee instructions, 1968
23 Rules Committee minutes, 1967-1968
24 Rules Committee members, 1968

Box 5:
1 Rules of Criminal Procedure, 1968-1972
2 Rules of Criminal Procedure (continued), 1968-1972
3 Rules of Criminal Procedure (continued), 1968-1972
4 1-10 Rules, 1967-1968
5 11-20 Rules, 1968
6 21-60 Rules, 1968
7 Committee on Sentencing, 1962
8 Supreme Court and Bar matters, 1950-1965
SEE BOX 11 Certificate: admitted and qualified as Attorney and counselor of the
Supreme Court of the state of ND, January 2, 1917
SEE BOX 11 Certificate: admitted and qualified as Attorney and counselor of the
Supreme Court of the state of ND, June 3, 1929

Series III. Organizational Records
Subseries 1. American Legion
9 40 & 8, Carrington, ND, chapter minutes, 1924-1926
10 American Legion, 1919; 1942-1962
SEE BOX 11 Certificate: American Legion, James Morris supplied data that he served in WWI, ca. 1931-1932
11 Boys State, 1938-1941
12 Boys State, 1942, 1947
13 Boys State, 1949-1950
14 Boys State, 1951-1952
15 Boys State, 1953
16 Boys State, 1954
17 Boys State, 1955

Box 6:
1 Boys State, 1956
2 Boys State, 1957-1958
3 Boys State, 1959-1960
4 Boys State, 1961
5 Boys State, 1962-1964
6 Boys State, 1968-1972
7 Boys State Yearbook (scrapbook), 1964
8 Plaque: American Legion, Recognition of 20 years of service to North Dakota Boys State, ca. 1958
9 Plaque: American Legion Award of Merit, outstanding leadership conducting Boys State, n.d.

Subseries 2. Ancient, Free and Accepted masons of North Dakota
10 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons (AF & AM) of North Dakota, Dickinson Lodge, 1940

Subseries 3. Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, PA
11 Freedoms Foundation, 1954-1958; 1963-1968
SEE BOX 10 Scrapbook: Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (PA), Awards Jury, 1954

Subseries 4. International Peace Garden
12 International Peace Garden, n.d.

Subseries 5. Kiwanis
13 Kiwanis, 1935, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1951-1952
14 Kiwanis, 1955-1960
15 Kiwanis, 1963-1964, 1967
16 Kiwanis, 1968-1973

Box 7:
1 Kiwanis, directories, 1943-1943; 1959-1963
2 Kiwanis, Minnekotan, 1948-1958
3 Kiwanis, Minnekotan, 1959-1962
SEE BOX 11 Certificate: Kiwanis International, Golden Service award, February 14, 1965
SEE BOX 11 Certificate: Kiwanis International, Legion of Honor, 1973

Subseries 6. National Sojourners
4 National Sojourners, 1938-1939

Series IV. Personal Records
5 Capitol (ND), 1893, 1930, 1932 & n.d.
6 Correspondence, 1922 & 1932
7 Correspondence, 1933 (from letter box)
8 Correspondence, 1933 (from letter box) (continued)
9 Correspondence, 1934-1938
10 Correspondence, 1939-1943
11 Correspondence, 1944-1949
12 Correspondence, 1950-1954
13 Correspondence, 1955-1960
14 Correspondence, 1961-1965, 1968
15 Cruise, 1939

Box 8:
1 1934 election, Supreme Court Justice, 1933-1934 (from letter box)
2 1934 election, Supreme Court Justice, 1933-1934 (from letter box) (continued)
3 1934 election, Supreme Court Justice, 1933-1934 (from letter box) (continued)
4 1934 election, Supreme Court Judge, 1933-1934
5 1934 election, 1933-1934
6 Election returns (clippings), 1936-1938
SEE BOX 11 Broadside: election, James Morris, A.G. Burr, and W.L. Nuessle for Supreme Court, 1933 or 1934 (three copies, one with notes)
SEE BOX 11 Broadside: election, Charles G. Bangert, R.L. Fraser, George H. Moellring for Supreme Court, 1933 or 1934 (with notes)
SEE BOX 11 Certificate: of election, States Attorney, December 15, 1922
SEE BOX 11 Certificate: of nomination, Attorney General, July 31, 1928
SEE BOX 11 Certificate: of election, Attorney General, December 4, 1928
SEE BOX 11 Certificate: oath of office, Judge of the Supreme Court of the State of ND, January 7, 1935
7 Lucinda Henderson Estate, 1932-1934
8 Family history (Morris), 1973
9 Farm, 1932-1942
10 Farm, 1963-1965, 1968-1969
11 (ND) Golden Jubilee, 1939
12 Miscellaneous clippings and humor; poetry, 1939-1960
13 Janette Fay (Morris) Reynolds, 1962-1966
SEE BOX 11 Broadside: Law class of 1916 (including Morris), December 1916
SEE BOX 11 Diploma, Bachelor of Laws degree, Cincinnati College, OH, June 2, 1916
14 Memorials, 1933-1973
15 Ohio property, 1959-1960
16 Politics, clippings, 1930-1964
17 Politics, ephemera and publications, 1940-1962
18 Politics, 1972
19 Publications, miscellaneous, 1917, 1946 & 1956
20 Recommendations, 1942-1943
21 Selective Service Board of Appeals, 1941
SEE BOX 11 Certificate: of appreciation, Selective Service System, between 1941 and 1945 (two copies)
SEE BOX 11 Certificate: member of Board of Appeal No. 1, Selective Service System, January 8, 1941
SEE BOX 11 Certificate: of merit, Selective Service medal, between 1945-1953
22 Speeches, 1928-1931
23 Speeches, 1929-1940s

Box 9:
1 Speeches, 1930-1957 & n.d.
2 “Speeches, 1945,” 1936-1947
3 Notes on speeches, ca 1940-1950s
4 Speeches, 1949-1954
5 Notes on speeches, 1955-1960
6 Notes on speeches, 1961-1962
SEE BOX 11 Broadside: dedication of Fort Totten Cavalry Square, Morris accepted Cavalry Square on behalf of the State Historical Society, probably 1960
7 Woodward High School (reunion), 1963-1964
8 WWI service, 1918-1920
SEE BOX 11 Certificate: Field Artillery Central Officers’ Training School, Camp Zachary, KY, August 17, 1918

Box 10: Oversize - Scrapbook and Publications
(loose) The Record: Historical, Personal, and other Sketches, publ. Clement A. Lounsberry: Fargo, N.D. Vol. 1 No. 5, September-October 1895
(loose) The Record: Historical, Personal, and other Sketches, publ. Clement A. Lounsberry: Fargo, N.D. Vol. 2 No. 7, January 1897
(loose) Scrapbook: Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (PA), Awards Jury, 1954

Box 11: Oversize - Certificates and Broadsides
1 Diploma, Bachelor of Laws degree, Cincinnati College, OH, June 2, 1916
2 Certificate: admitted and qualified as Attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the state of ND, January 2, 1917
3 Certificate: Field Artillery Central Officers’ Training School, Camp Zachary, KY, August 17, 1918
4 Certificate: of election, States Attorney, December 15, 1922
5 Certificate: of nomination, Attorney General, July 31, 1928
6 Certificate: of election, Attorney General, December 4, 1928
7 Certificate: admitted and qualified as Attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the USA, June 3, 1929
8 Certificate: American Legion, James Morris supplied data that he served in WWI, ca 1931-1932
9 Certificate: oath of office, Judge of the Supreme Court of the State of ND, January 7, 1935
10 Certificate: member of Board of Appeal No. 1, Selective Service System, January 8, 1941
11 Certificate: of appreciation, Selective Service System, between 1941 and 1945 (two copies)
12 Certificate: of merit, Selective Service medal, between 1945-1953
13 Certificate: Kiwanis International, Golden Service award, February 14, 1965
14 Certificate: Kiwanis International, Legion of Honor, 1973
15 Broadside: Law class of 1916 (including Morris), December 1916
16 Broadside: election, James Morris, A.G. Burr, and W.L. Nuessle for Supreme Court, 1933 or 1934 (three copies, one with notes)
17 Broadside: election, Charles G. Bangert, R.L. Fraser, George H. Moellring for Supreme Court, 1933 or 1934 (with notes)
18 Broadside: dedication of Fort Totten Cavalry Square, Morris accepted Cavalry Square on behalf of the State Historical Society, probably 1960

Series V. Photographs
Subseries 1. Nuremberg Germany

Box 12:
10154-01 - 10154-22 “Christmas trip,” 1947 or 1948 (prints)
10154-23 - 10154-30 Berchtesgaden, Germany, Mrs. Morris with unidentified young soldier and woman (relatives?), unidentified soldiers, 1947 or 1948 (prints and negatives) 10154-31 - 10154-53 Holland trip, May 1948 (prints and negatives)

Subseries 2. Judicial
10154-54 Conference of Chief Justices, Third Annual meeting, New York City, NY, September 13-16, 1951 (print)

Subseries 3. Organizational
10154-55 Delegates to Kiwanis International District Convention, Western Canada and Minnesota-Dakota Districts, Winnipeg, Canada, August 13-15, 1950 (print)
10154-56 ND Boys State group photo, 194? (print)
12 10154-57 ND Boys State group photo, James Morris - far right, M.B. Gilman - far left, 1954 (print)
10154-58 ND Boys State portrait, photo by Scherling’s Studio, June 17-24, 1956 (print) 10154-59 ND Boys State portrait, photo by Scherling’s Studio, June 8-15, 1958 (print with larger duplicate)
10154-60 ND Boys State portrait, photo by Scherling’s Studio, June 10-17, 1962 (print)
10154-61 ND Boys State portrait, photo by Scherling’s Studio, June 9-16, 1963 (print)
10154-62 ND Boys State portrait, photo by Scherling’s Studio, June 9-16, 1968
10154-63 ND Boys State portrait, 1970 (print)

Subseries 4. Personal
10154-64 State Capitol and Memorial Library, 1926, Finney’s photograph (print)
10154-65 Unidentified man portrait, Lee’s Art Gallery, Grand Forks, ND, ca 1930s (print)
10154-66 - 10154-68 State Capitol fire, December 28, 1930, Finney’s photograph (prints) 10154-69 - 10154-70 Vault after fire, 1930 or 1931 (print)
10154-71 Capitol after fire, 1930 or 1931 (print)
10154-72 - 10154-73 New capitol cornerstone laying ceremony, Finney’s Daily Photo Service, Bismarck, ND, October 8, 1932 (with Vice President Charles Curtis) (prints)
10154-74 - 10154-75 Group of women, Amelia Morris at far right, ca 1940s-1950s (prints)
10154-76 - 10154-77 Speight wedding, Europe?, ca. 1945 (prints)

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