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Ann Haven Morgan papers

Identifier: MS 0764

Scope and Contents

The Ann Haven Morgan Papers include writings, correspondence, biographical information, and photographs. The material consists primarily of Morgan's writings and photographs of or by her. Her writings date from 1911-1955 and include her books as well as her scientific articles, some of them co-written with Mount Holyoke College students. The collection also includes her articles about zoologist Cornelia M. Clapp, the Mount Holyoke College Zoology Department and science curriculum, and the selection of Roswell Gray Ham as the school's first male president. Correspondence, 1924-1960, chiefly reflects Morgan's efforts to help former students, including Virginia F. Babcock and Mildred Trotter, find employment. Biographical information, 1930-1966, consists of newspaper articles, award and lecture announcements, and material relating to Morgan's death and funeral. It also contains an article about the Morgan Adams Graduate Fellowship for advanced study in the biological sciences that was established at Mount Holyoke with funds from her estate. Photographs, ca.1910-1955, chiefly consist of formal and informal pictures of Morgan alone or with Mount Holyoke College students and colleagues, including Cornelia M. Clapp and A. Elizabeth Adams. In addition, there are three photographs of the "Chemical Department" and "Physiological Department" at the Stazione zoologica di Napoli in 1924, two photographs taken by Morgan during a visit to the Rocky Mountains in ca.1949, and slides of many of the photographs relating to her.


  • Creation: 1910-1966

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Biographical Note

Anna Haven Morgan was born on May 6, 1882 in Waterford, Connecticut to Stanley G. Morgan and Julia A. Douglass Morgan. She attended Williams Memorial Institute in New London, Connecticut and went to Wellesley College in 1902 before transferring to Cornell University, where she received a B.A. in 1906. She worked as an assistant and instructor in the Zoology Department at Mount Holyoke College from 1906-1909, then resumed her studies at Cornell and earned a Ph.D. in 1912. Around this time she changed her first name from "Anna" to "Ann." She returned to Mount Holyoke and was a professor of zoology until 1947, serving as chair of the Zoology Department from 1916-1947. Morgan did research and was a Visiting Fellow at other institutions including the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Harvard University, Yale University, and the Tropical Laboratory at Kartabo, British Guiana. Her teaching and research interests focused on aquatic biology and the habits and conditions of hibernating animals. She was also interested in ecological and environmental issues and was an active member of the National Commission on Policies in Conservation Education. Morgan wrote and illustrated three books: "Field Book of Ponds and Streams: an Introduction to the Life of Fresh Water" (1930), "Field Book of Animals in Winter" (1939) and "Kinships of Animals and Man" (1955). In 1949 she collaborated with "Encyclopedia Britannica" on an educational film entitled "Animals in Winter." She was one of three women among the two hundred and fifty people listed in the fifth edition of "American Men of Science" published in 1933. She was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Entomological Society of America, the American Society of Naturalists, the American Society of Zoologists, the American Association of Museums, the New York Herpetological Society, the Association of Social Hygiene, and the Sigma Xi Society. For many years she lived and traveled with Amy Elizabeth Adams, a 1914 graduate of Mount Holyoke who also was a member of the college's Zoology Department. Morgan died at age eighty-four on June 5, 1966 in South Hadley Massachusetts.


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Morgan, Ann Haven, 1882-1966; Zoologist and college teacher. Mount Holyoke College faculty member, 1906-1947. Papers consist of writings, correspondence, biographical information and photographs. Principally documenting her academic career and research on aquatic biology.


Arranged in 4 series. Series 1. Writings. Series 2. Correspondence. Series 3. Biographical Information. Series 4. Photographs.

Morgan papers, 1910-1966.
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Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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South Hadley MA 01075-6425 USA