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Velma Ford Morrison Papers

Identifier: MsC0662

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Velma Ford Morrison consist of 1.5 feet of manuscripts, dating from 1953 -- 1982 and 1 foot of artwork. Together with correspondence, there are drafts, galleys, page proofs, and reviews for many of her books. Also, included are her original illustrations for such books as Herbie, My Book, and Twinkle Little Star.


  • Creation: 1953 - 1982


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This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Velma Ford Morrison was born in Madrid, Iowa on April 30, 1909. She attended Drake University in Des Moines and worked as an elementary school teacher from 1928 to 1933. In 1930 she married Hugh Pritchard Morrison; they have five children.


2.50 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Author of books for children, president of the Morrison Book Company. Correspondence, preliminary drafts and art work for her books including There's Only One You (1978) and Going On a Dig (1981).

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1983 by Velma Ford Morrison.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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University of Iowa Libraries
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