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titleSamuel Finley Breese Morse : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation [graphic].
repositoryThe Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library
collection titleAssembled file includes b&w photographs, reproductions from books and auction catalogs, and in some cases, negatives. Items may include full views, details, before-and-after restoration views, etc. Documentation may include artist name, title of work, medium, dimensions, provenance, exhibition history, related works, previous attributions, and bibliography.

Location
Frick Photoarchive Stacks

Call number
100 Morse
extent7 boxes and 1 folder [as of 1999] : ill. (some col.) ; 34 cm.
formatsPhotographs
accessThese records are open for research under the conditions of The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library access policy. Frick: Photocopies of items and accompanying documentation are available upon request, subject to fees and other current guidelines for reproduction. Photographic prints from the Library's negatives may be ordered subject to copyright requirements.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b192441~S1
finding aidItem-level control. Local database may provide access to selected items in the file.
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titleArtist file: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872. miscellaneous uncataloged material.
repositoryThe Museum of Modern Art
collection titleNote MoMA:
REQUEST THE FILE BY THE CALL PHRASE "ARTIST FILE" AS WELL AS THE ARTIST'S NAME.

The folder may include announcements, clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, small exhibition catalogs, and other ephemeral material.

Location
MoMA Queens Artist Files
extent1 folder
formatsEphemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b713659~S1
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titleArtist file. Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872.
repositoryThe Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives
collection titleThe file may include any of the following materials: announcements, clippings, photographs, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, small exhibition catalogs, resumés, other ephemeral material.

Cite as
Brooklyn Museum of Art Library Collections. Schweitzer Gallery files.

Location
Brooklyn Artist Files

Call Number
AF Schweitzer M
extent3 folders.
formatsPhotographs Ephemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b773264~S1
acquisition informationGift; M.R. Schweitzer; 1990.
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titleArtist file. Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872.
repositoryThe Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives
collection titleFound In Clark S. Marlor artist files

The file may include any of the following materials: announcements, clippings, photographs, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, small exhibition catalogs, resumés, other ephemeral material.
Cite as Brooklyn Museum of Art Library Collections. Clark S. Marlor artist files.

Location
Brooklyn Artist Files

Call Number
AF Marlor M
extent1 folder.
formatsPhotographs Ephemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b777588~S1
acquisition informationGift; Dr. Clark S. Marlor; 1992-ongoing.
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titleArtist file. Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872.
repositoryThe Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives
collection titleFound In
BMA artist files

The file may include any of the following materials: announcements, clippings, photographs, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, small exhibition catalogs, resumés, other ephemeral material.

Location
Brooklyn Artist Files

Call Number
AF BMA M

Cite as
Brooklyn Museum of Art Library Collections. BMA artist files.
extent1 folder.
formatsPhotographs Ephemera
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b896082~S1
acquisition informationFiles compiled by BMA library staff from 1917 to the present.
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titleMorse family papers, 1779-1868 (inclusive).
repositoryYale University Library
collection titleThe principal figures in this collection are Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826) and his sons Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872) and Richard Cary Morse (1795-1868). More than half of the collection is made up of correspondence (1779-1868) among members of the family. Also included are legal and financial papers, sermons by Jedidiah and Richard Cary Morse, travel journals, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, printed matter, and photographs.

Jedidiah Morse’s missionary work among the Indians and his concern for their condition is reflected in a number of letters on the subject. Samuel F. B. Morse, who had a double career as a painter and as the inventor of the telegraph, is represented by correspondence, depositions on his invention, and three drawings by a student (dated 1862). Richard Cary Morse’s papers contain a biography of Jedidiah Morse and extensive journals on travels to the Bay of Fundy in 1822; to Europe in 1837-1838 in search of a cure for his depression; and again to Europe in 1855. One of the entries in his journal of 1837-1838 is his account of the coronation procession of Queen Victoria. Correspondence with his wife, Sarah Louise, between 1838 and 1850 conveys a vivid picture of family life and many details on the sickness of children.

Biographical/Historical note:
Jedidiah Morse (1761-1826): minister, educator; active in evangelism and missionary work; author of Geography Made Easy (1784), the first geography written in the United States.

Richard Cary Morse (1795-1868): minister, editor.

Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872): artist, professor of art at New York University (1832-1837); inventor.

Cite as:
Morse Family Papers. Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.

Location:
LSF-Request for Use at Manuscripts and Archives

Call Number:
MS 358
extent8 linear ft. (21 boxes, 1 folio)
formatsCorrespondence Legal Papers Financial Records Clippings Scrapbooks
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record linkhttp://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0358
record sourcehttp://orbis.library.yale.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?Search_Arg=%22(YUL)ead.mssa.ms.0358%
finding aidThe finding aid is available in the repository and on the Internet.
acquisition informationGift of the Morse family, 1943-1950. The papers of Richard Cary Morse were given by Mrs. Lawrence C. Wilkinson in 1976.
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titleThe life of Samuel F.B. Morse, LL.D., inventor of the electro-magnetic recording telegraph. By Samuel Irenaeus Prime ...
repositoryYale University Library
collection titlePublished: New York, D. Appleton and company, 1875.

Location:
SML, Manuscripts and Archives (Non-Circulating)

Call Number:
Yca 810 M8p
extentxii p., 1 l., 776 p. front., illus., ports., facsim., diagrs. 24 cm.
formatsPrinted Materials
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://orbis.library.yale.edu
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titleSouvenirs of Samuel F. B. Morse / by his daughter Leila Morse Rummel : typescript, [ca. 1933].
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleRummel writes her recollections of her father, 1858-1872, and a handwritten list of illustrations for the manuscript.
extent1 item (on partial microfilm reel)
formatsMicrofilm
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationDonated by Anna M. Hamlin, whose mother was a friend of Rummel.
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titleBreese and Morse family papers, 1772-1846.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titlePersonal and business correspondence.

REEL 3135: Nineteen letters, mostly regarding family and business matters, including three letters from New York bookseller, Ebenezer Hazard concerning conditions after the Revolutionary War, a visit to President John Adams, and family business matters; a letter from J.W. Hallett concerning an attack by the British on Hallett's home; seven letters, one illustrated by Samuel Finley Breese Morse, discussing family matters and his work. Also includes a copy of patent letters for land in Orange County; 2 copies of a deed for land west of the Hudson River; a blank, printed legal form from Herkimer County; and memorandum of settlement of Mrs. E. Breese's account with Jedidiah and Elizabeth Morse.

REEL 3162: A letter to Samuel Breese from Ebenezer Hazard, February 14, 1800, concerning Breese's insurance shares; and a letter to Jedidiah Morse from Ephriam Root, March 2, 1807, concerning the ownership and price of land tracts south of Lake Erie and including a short history of the Connecticut Land Company's transactions in that area.

REEL 3814: Financial material, 1791-1796, consisting of 3 records of accounts of Samuel Breese with Ebenezer Hazard; a letter to Elizabeth Breese from Benjamin Douglas, 1772, concerning a deed; 2 letters to Samuel Breese from Ebenezer Hazard, 1794 and 1799, concerning business affairs; a letter written by Ebenezer Hazard, 1806, concerning the purchase of tracts of land; a letter to Ebenezer Hazard from Elizabeth Breese, [1814?], concerning dealings between Barnabas Baldwin and Mr. Breese; and a letter to Sidney Breese from Erskine Hazard, 1825, concerning financial dealings connected with the Union Canal Company.

Bio / His Notes:
Family of painter, Samuel Finley Breese Morse; New England. Elizabeth Breese married Jedidiah Morse. Samuel was their son. Elizabeth's brother was named Samuel Sidney Breese. His son was Sidney Breese [?]
extent0.2 linear ft. (on 3 microfilm reels)
formatsCorrespondence Business Papers Financial Records
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationDonated 1984-1985 by Constance K. Clarke, a descendant of the Breese and Morse family.
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titleSamuel Finley Breese Morse letter, 1845 Sept. 18.
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleLetter to Wilber, Elsworth and Wilkinson, about meeting with them to discuss "your note, received on Saturday evening..."

Bio / His Notes:
Painter, inventor; New York, N.Y. and London, England.
extent 1 item (on partial microfilm reel)
formatsCorrespondence
accessPatrons must use microfilm copy.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
acquisition informationDonated 1955-1962 by Charles E. Feinberg, an active donor and friend of AAA.
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titleInterior of the house of Samuel Finley Breese Morse [graphic]
repositoryArchives of American Art
collection titleContained in: Macbeth Gallery records, [ca. 1890]-1964.

ca. 1860

Morse's parlor. Identification on verso (handwritten): Parlor of S.F.B. Morse's house, 5 West 22 NY 1868. Portrait over mantel is of Morse, but not by him. Maybe by Joeseph Fagnani (1819-1873) who painted Morse with long beard, a portrait of the size indicated by this. RGM. Over 65 when he had a beard. Charles Lind, son of Susan Morse Lind, painted portraits grandson of S.F.B.
extentphotographic print : b&w ; image 12 x 20 cm. on board 14 x 22 cm.
formatsPhotographs
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
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title[Samuel F.B. Morse thinking in his office : black-and-white photoprint.]
repositoryNational Museum of American History
collection titleContained in:
Western Union Telegraph Company Records, ca. 1820-1995.

Victorian interior with book-strewn table in foreground.

Organization:
Box Ph-40, Folder 5.

Repository
Archives Center at American History

Call No.
AC0205-01020533

extent1 item
formatsPhotographs
accessUnrestricted research access onsite, by appointment. Contact Archives Center for copyright information and reproduction requests.
record sourcehttp://www.siris.si.edu/
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