Delyte W. Morris Faculty papers, 1916-1993 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
The Morris papers include pieces dating all through Morris' more than forty-year career, which can be divided into two distinct phases of roughly twenty years each. The first phase was as an instructor in areas of speech and hearing clinics, and an active member and officer of several professional organizations advocating special education. The second half of his career was as president of Southern Illinois University, and after 1970 as a member of various national advisory committees. The thirty-nine boxes of correspondence contain the core of information of interest to researchers in the early history of speech pathology and allied fields. This correspondence, arranged chronologically beginning in 1930, shows Morris as a widely-known and respected professional in this field. He was a member of many associations including the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Speech Correction Association (ASCA), the Ohio Society for Crippled Children, the Central States Speech Association, the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults, and the Illinois Education Association. He was instrumental in organizing numerous conferences and conventions and was frequently a featured speaker. He not only wrote scholarly articles, but advised other researchers, writers, and publishers including editors of The Journal of Speech Disorders, The Journal of Educational Research, and The American Annals of the Deaf.
As an expert speech pathologist, Morris was consulted by his colleagues from other universities on graduate curricula as well as by clinicians seeking to establish high standards for the emerging field of speech pathology. After World War II his influence with government officials provided impetus for the initiation and expansion of various programs to aid injured veterans. Some of these programs eventually proved beneficial to civilians also. Morris also corresponded with industrial researchers who were developing the technology used for speech and hearing detection and correction. Other well-known figures in the field of speech represented in the Morris papers are Helen Keller, Sarah Stinchfield-Hawke, Wendell Johnson, Stanley Ainsworth, Bryng Bryngelson, and Herbert Koepp-Baker among others. After 1949 when he became president of Southern Illinois University, Morris' correspondence with his professional colleagues decreased and he referred questions and requests to others still active in the field. In fact, the volume decreases markedly after that date since much of his correspondence from his administrative career is archived in the presidential papers. The sixty-four boxes of subject files are the result of combining Morris' handwritten and typed files and various loose papers into one series. The majority of the papers are labeled according to Morris' original folder titles. Variants are indicated by brackets. The subject files compliment the correspondence and complete the core of information on speech and speech pathology. The files consist primarily of reprints of articles under the author's name, materials about professional and charitable organizations, information on meetings and conferences, school-related information such as syllabi, lesson plans and examinations for various university courses, departmental organization plans, partial case studies, and research ideas and tests. The papers in the subject files dating from the second half of Morris' career are much less numerous since the majority are in the presidents' papers. They include most notably the "Campaign for the Liberal Arts Papers," a proposal to the Illinois state legislature for increased financial aid to SIU, and papers dating after his presidency concerning the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke, the National Institutes of Health, the National Council on Educating the Disadvantaged, and Morris' extensive foreign travels. The eight boxes, three packages, and five volumes of memorabilia consist primarily of awards, honors, organizational memberships, materials from Morris' inauguration, and photographs. There are also a number of tapes, films, and records on various subjects but mostly relating to the field of speech or to SIU.