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Robert Bruce Morrison papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-MorrisonR

Scope and Content of the Collection

Collection of publishing executive Robert Bruce Morrison focusing on his career and businesses. Includes business correspondence along with examples of advertising and marketing materials from Crowell-Collier Publishing Company, Derus Media Services, Inc., Resort Executive, Travelprint, and TV Times. Personal materials include letters from Morrison’s relatives, funeral information for Morrison and his mother, and photographs of him by spouse Helen Balfour Morrison.


  • Creation: 1845-1966
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1927-1966



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Robert Bruce Morrison papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Robert Bruce Morrison papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Robert Bruce Morrison

White, American publishing executive and spouse of Helen Balfour Morrison. Malcolm “Robert” or “Bob” Bruce Morrison was born in Belvidere, Illinois on March 5, 1902, to Susie Fuller Morrison and William O’Neil Morrison. The bulk of Morrison’s career was selling advertisements with the Crowell-Collier Publishing Company throughout the United States. He also worked in the printing and publishing industries with newspapers and magazines. Bob Morrison married Helen Balfour in 1925 or 1926. He died in Northbrook, Illinois on June 19, 1966.


3.3 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 1 negative box, and 1 oversize box)


Collection of publishing executive Robert Bruce Morrison, spouse of photographer Helen Balfour Morrison. Includes business correspondence, examples of advertising and marketing materials from several businesses, personal correspondence, and photographs by Helen Balfour Morrison.


Materials are arranged alphabetically with photographs, negatives, and oversize materials at the end.

Collection Stack Location

1 41 1, 1 86 1


Gift, Morrison-Shearer Foundation, 2018.

Related Materials

Related Newberry collections include the Helen Balfour Morrison papers (Midwest MS Morrison) and Sybil Shearer papers (Dance MS Shearer).

Processed by

Catherine Grandgeorge, 2023.

Robert Bruce Morrison papers, 1845-1966, bulk 1927-1966
Catherine Grandgeorge
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States