Archbishop Edwin Morris Papers

Reference and contact details: GB 1953 AEM
Title: Archbishop Edwin Morris Papers
Dates of Creation: 1894-1977
Held at: University of Wales, Lampeter
Extent: 0.313 cubic metres
Name of Creator: Alfred Edwin Morris and Peter Morris
Language of Material: English, and Hebrew.
Level of Description: fonds

Administrative/Biographical History

Alfred Edwin Morris was born on May 8th 1894, the eldest son of Alfred Morris and Maria Lickert, in Lye in the Midlands. He attended Stambermill School, Lye, until the age of twelve, when he joined his father's jewellery business.

At the age of eighteen, Morris founded the St. Mark's Church Stambermill Scout Troop. It was at this time that he decided to devote his life to the church, but his lack of any formal education held him back. The vicar of St. Mark's, a Welshman who had received his education at St. David's College, Lampeter, recommended he begin attending lessons at St. David's College School in order to attain the standard required for admission.

Morris enrolled at St. David's College School, but was diverted by the outbreak of war, during which he served with the 9th Division of the Royal Army Medical Corps in France. On his return, he passed the school exams, and began his education at St. David's College, Lampeter, graduating with first class honours in theology in 1922. Morris was subsequently accepted to study at St John's College, Oxford. Here he received the Junior Septuagint Prize in 1923, and the Junior Greek Testament Prize in 1924. He graduated in 1924, again with first class honours in theology, and received his masters in 1928, going on to gain a BD from Lampeter during the 1930s.

From 1924 to 1945, Morris held the position of Professor of Hebrew and Theology at his old college of St. David's, Lampeter. He was made a deacon at St. David's cathedral in 1925, and that same year, he became Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Bangor, continuing in this role until 1928. In 1931, Morris was elected Lloyd Williams Fellow of St. David's College, Lampeter. He also took up the post of Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Llandaff. His time at Lampeter was happy and successful, and saw him take on roles beyond the college, as Lampeter Town Scoutmaster, member of the town council, and in 1942, Mayor.

In 1945 Morris left Lampeter, having been elected Bishop of Monmouth. 1957 saw him elevated to the position of Archbishop of Wales, and he continued in both roles until his retirement in 1967. He was made an Honorary Fellow at his old college of St. John's, Oxford in 1958, and also a Sub-prelate Officer of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. A decade later he was made an Honorary Canon of St. David's Cathedral, and he received his honorary doctorate in divinity - an addition to the DD he'd earlier received from Lambeth - in 1971.

Morris published four works during his life: The Church in Wales and Nonconformity (1949); The Problem of Life and Death (1950); The Catholicity of the Book of Common Prayer (1952) and The Christian Use of Alcoholic Beverages (1961).

He died on October 19th 1971, at his home near Lampeter.

Scope and Content

The archive contains papers relating to Morris' work at the University of Wales, Lampeter; papers concerning his work within the church; papers relating to Scouting; a group of personal papers; material compiled by Morris whilst a student, and papers relating to Morris' published works.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the University of Wales, Lampeter by Edwin Morris' son, Rev. Peter Morris.

Access Conditions

The papers may be consulted through application to Dr. John Morgan-Guy, Archivist, University of Wales Lampeter, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 7ED, Tel: 01570 424772, E-mail: founderslibrary@lamp.ac.uk.

Finding Aids

Finding aid available at the University of Wales, Lampeter.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Rhian Phillips, Archives Hub project archivist, with reference to Who Was Who, Vol. VII: 1971-80 , (London: A and C Black, 1981) and John S Peart-Binns, Alfred Edwin Morris: Archbishop of Wales , (Llandysul: Gomer, 1990).

Papers relating to St. David's College, Lampeter

Reference and contact details: GB 1953 AEM/1
Dates of Creation: 1900-1971
Extent: 0.016 cubic metres

Scope and Content

The group contains papers relating to Morris' time spent as a member of staff at St. David's College, Lampeter, and his subsequent work for the University. Included in the group are agenda, minutes, reports and correspondence relating to the Council; Finance and General Purposes Committee; Charter Committee and the Burgess Hall Management Committee, along with papers on recruitment, copies of college publications, and newspaper cuttings relating to the University.

Related Units of Description

The archive of St. David's College, Lampeter, later the University of Wales, Lampeter, is to be found at the University.

Papers concerning the Church

Reference and contact details: GB 1953 AEM/2
Dates of Creation: 1927-1970
Extent: 0.148 cubic metres

Scope and Content

The group contains papers relating to Morris' work within the church as a clergyman, Bishop of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales. Included in the group are minutes, agenda, reports and correspondence concerning the Governing Body of the Church in Wales and the Representative Body of the Church in Wales, and their various committees; papers relating to ecumenical issues, including Anglican-Methodist negotiations in Wales, and world-wide church unity; papers relating to the World Council of Churches, especially discussions on Anglican and Roman Catholic relations; papers on ethical issues such as divorce and abortion, and political issues such as the Welsh language and Sunday opening in Wales; papers concerning the pastoral work of clergy; material relating to conferences attended by Morris; papers concerning his enthronement services as Bishop of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales, and general papers collected whilst a clergyman, such as drafts of sermons, correspondence with clergy and orders of service.

Papers relating to Scouting

Reference and contact details: GB 1953 AEM/3
Dates of Creation: [1920s?]-1968
Extent: 0.013 cubic metres

Scope and Content

The group contains papers relating to the St. Mark's Church Stambermill and Lampeter Scout Troops, along with papers concerning scouting in general. These include scouting publications; correspondence between troop leaders and commissioners; troop produced camp magazines, and photographs of troops.

Reference and contact details: GB 1953 AEM/4
Dates of Creation: 1894-1977
Extent: 0.041 cubic metres

Scope and Content

The group contains Edwin Morris' personal papers, including correspondence, largely sympathy cards on the death of family members, along with a group of letters written to his friend Bill Gibbs during the First World War; papers concerning funeral arrangements for his parents, son and wife; newspaper cuttings concerning Morris, including obituary notices and tributes; personal miscellanea such as his baptism certificate and passport; papers relating to his involvement with Monmouthshire RSPCA; a selection of pamphlets and dinner programmes, and a series of appointment diaries with some personal notes, dating from 1914 to 1971.

Note

The obituary notices and later tributes to Edwin Morris included in this group were collected and later placed in the archive by Peter Morris, his son.

Reference and contact details:GB Dates of Creation: [1919?]-[1932?]
Extent: 0.06 cubic metres

Scope and Content

The group includes essays, translation exercises and notes taken from books and lectures, along with related newspaper cuttings and pamphlets, compiled by Morris whilst a theology student at St. David's College Lampeter and St. John's College, Oxford.

Papers relating to Morris' published works

Reference and contact details: GB 1953 AEM/6
Dates of Creation: 1927-1969
Extent: 0.035 cubic metres

Scope and Content

The group includes manuscript drafts and proof copies of articles written by Morris, mainly on theological issues, along with preparatory notes; cuttings from, and copies of journals featuring these articles, and related correspondence with publishers and readers.