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William J. Morison papers and University Archives administrative records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2020_131

Records relating to Bill Morison's role as a faculty member in the Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville and his role as the University Archivist. Materials consist primarily of the scholarly works, record of service to the university, and correspondence. A small portion of the records cover general administrative aspects of the University Archives and Records Center.


  • 1970-2007


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10 linear feet (8 records center boxes)

Biographical / Historical

William J. “Bill” Morison was born in eastern Tennessee. He attended that region’s Milligan College, receiving his B.A. 1965, and Vanderbilt University where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in American history in 1967 and 1971 respectively. His dissertation research was conducted at Oberlin College and focused on the late nineteenth century theologian and geologist G. Frederick Wright. His scholarly output focused on religious and intellectual history as well as archives administration. Among his contributions to the literature is his book The University of Louisville, a history of the university co-written with Dwayne D. Cox and published in 2000.

As a member of the University of Louisville faculty since 1969, Morison served as the University Archivist for nearly forty years, thirty-one of which he also served as the open records and FERPA compliance officers. Morison was instrumental in establishing UofL’s archives in 1973 and established UofL’s records management program just three years later. At that time, he was appointed director of the University Archives and Records Center. Morison continued to serve UofL until his retirement in 2009.

Guide to the William J. Morison papers and University Archives administrative records
Kyna Herzinger
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752