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Guide to the Velma Ford Morrison papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1953 - 1982
Creator: Morrison, Velma Ford (-1909)
Extent: 2.50 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0662
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Author of books for children, president of the Morrison Book Company. Correspondence, preliminary drafts and art work for her books including There's Only One You (1978) and Going On a Dig (1981).

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1983 by Velma Ford Morrison.

Preferred Citation: Papers of Velma Ford Morrison, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Address: Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: Greg Prickman

Velma Ford Morrison was born in Madrid, Iowa on April 30, 1909. She attended Drake University in Des Moines and worked as an elementary school teacher from 1928 to 1933. In 1930 she married Hugh Pritchard Morrison; they have five children.

A children's fiction and non-fiction author, Morrison has also been president and manager of the Morrison Book Company since 1953. This company specializes in publishing books for children.

The papers of Velma Ford Morrison consist of 1.5 feet of manuscripts, dating from 1953 -- 1982 and 1 foot of artwork. Together with correspondence, there are drafts, galleys, page proofs, and reviews for many of her books. Also, included are her original illustrations for such books as Herbie, My Book, and Twinkle Little Star.

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