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Josephine "Jo" Morris, Papers

Identifier: MS-0358

Scope and Contents

The majority of items in this collection include correspondence and photographs related to Jo Morris' early childhood, her life before her marriage to Wright Morris, and material associated with her family. The correspondence contains letters to and from Jo Kantor Morris followed by letters to Kylah Rossler from various people. The personal records contain items such as diplomas, address books, painting inventories, and various financial records. The photographs, while mostly of Jo Morris, also include family members and friends.


  • 1895-1979

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Josephine "Jo" Mary Rossler Morris was born on November 21, 1928, to Kylah C. Golding Rossler and Joseph A. Rossler. She was married to Paul Kantor, with whom she shared an interest in art collecting. Morris divorced Paul Kantor in 1958. She later married author Wright Morris. She assisted with some of the logistics of his publishing career. Jo Morris died in 2002.


1.75 Boxes (4 boxes)

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Related Materials

Additional Wright Morris materials appear in several collections in the Archives & Special Collections. A list of these materials is available in the repository. The Archives & Special Collections also contains a collection of books by Wright Morris including selected items from his personal library. These books can be located through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries on-line catalog.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States