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Morris Garrett



Size:  21.5 linear feet

Span Dates: 1739-1991                            

Accession Number(s):

Creator: Garrett, Morris, 1919-2001

Custodial History: Collection donated in 1985. An accrual was donated in 1991.

Summary: The collection contains oral history interviews with residents of rural Kentucky, especially Breathitt, Clay, and Owsley counties, and photo-essay storyboards. The collection also contains a wide variety of correspondence, notes, legal documents and certificates pertaining to early Kentucky and dating from 1739 to 1971. The collection includes the handwritten history of the Ebenezer (Cabin Creek) Church, and the Trustees Records of Washington, Kentucky (1796).


Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research access.

Use Restrictions: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code) governs the reproduction of copyrighted material. The User assumes full responsibility and any attendant liability for the fair use of materials requested in total compliance with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) that may arise through the use of any requested materials.

Preferred Citation: [Box #, Folder #], MS-13 Dr. Morris Garrett Kentuckiana Collection, Eva G. Farris Special Collections, W. Frank Steely Library, Northern Kentucky University.

Separated Materials: Garrett also donated a significant book collection focusing on Kentucky history topics. These books are located in Special Collections Book Collection.

Related Materials: MS-6 General James Taylor Family Papers, Eva G. Farris Special Collections, W. Frank Steely Library, Northern Kentucky University.

Processing Information: Initial processing by Archives staff in 2005. Finding aid migration in 2015.

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Administration of estates
Basket making—Kentucky
Land subdivision
Log buildings
Strip mining—Kentucky 

Buckner, Thomas
Caldwell, John
Campbell, Willard
Gano, John S. (Stites), 1766-1822
Garrett, Morris, 1919-2001
Greenup, Christopher, 1750-1818
Kennedy, Samuel, 1770-1831
Kennedy, Thomas, 1741-1821
Deaton, Letcher
Flanery, Josephine
Fowler, Jacob, 1764-1849
Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836
Longworth, N. (Nicholas), 1782-1863
Massay, John
McDaniel, Clora
McMicken, Charles, 1782-1858
Moore, Greenberry
Moore, Pearl
Owings, John Cockey
Overton, D.C.
Pauling, Linus, 1901-1994
Perry, John 
Poor, David J.
Porter, William
Reed, W. D.
Richardson, Robert D.
Sharp, Eliza
Slade, Josiah
Smith, Minnie
Southgate, Richard, 1774-1857
Southgate, William, 1800-1849?
Stevens, Russ
Taylor, James, Jr., 1802-

Organization(s)/Corporate Body(ies):
Ebenezer Church (Cabin Creek Church), Lewis County, Kentucky

Geographic Location(s):
Cabin Creek (Ky.)
Campbell County (Ky.)
Clay County (Ky.)
Kentucky River (Ky.)
Laurel County (Ky.)
Manchester (Ky.)
Mason County (Ky.)
Oneida (Ky.)
Owsley County (Ky.)
Perry County (Ky.)
Red Bird Creek River (Ky.)
South Fork River (Ky.)
Upper Buffalo Creek (Ky.)
Winchester (Ky.)

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Series I, Storyboards, contains large tri-fold boards featuring photographs and narrative. The narrative, written by Garrett, explains images, provides background information on the subjects of the images, and comments on the general state of the geographical locations. Many of the photographs come from wagon and horseback caravan trips that Garrett took through Appalachian and rural central Kentucky.

Series II, Oral History Interviews, contains recordings and transcripts. Transcripts do not exist for every interview. They are arranged alphabetically by last name of interviewee.

Link to Digital Recordings


Series III, Early Kentucky History. See container lists.


Dr. Morris McMullen Garrett was born in Booneville, Owsley County, Kentucky, where his father operated a store. He attended Eastern Kentucky University and then served World War II. Upon his return, he graduated from medical school at the University of Louisville. He was the chief of radiology at St. Luke Hospital in Fort Thomas, Kentucky until his retirement in 1992. He was very active in civic, medical, and historical organizations. He and his wife Nelle (Gardner) had four sons; Stuart, Mark, Peter, and David. Dr. Garrett passed away at the age of 82 in 2001.