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Jacob H. Morrison papers

Identifier: LaRC-781

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence of organizations that Jacob H. Morrison was interested in including Friends of the Cabildo, Louisiana Historical Association, Louisiana Landmarks, Vieux Carré Historic Preservation District, Garden District Association, Community Renewal Program, Gallier House, Sprint Fiesta, Gallery Circle, as well as the Louisiana and New Orleans Bar Associations. There are also papers related to the airplane crash of his brother, deLesseps "Chep" Morrison, and his succession. The legal papers about the gubernatorial campaign of Hale Boggs and the Lucille May Grace suit are also included in the collection. Papers that concern the rackets in New Orleans that Chep Morrison attacked, particularly gambling, as well as the succession of Alexandre Lesseps, including a family genealogy, can be found in the collection.


  • 1920s-1974
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1950s-1960s


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Jacob Haight Morrison (1905-1974) was an attorney, preservationist, and author. He attended Louisiana State University as an undergraduate and Tulane University for his law degree. He entered into law partnership with his brother deLesseps S. Morrison and Hale Boggs. He served on the Louisiana Board of Education in the late 1930s and as a city notary in New Orleans for fifteen years. After the War, he practiced law in New Orleans for twenty-two years. He served as president of the Vieux Carré Property Owners and Association, Incorporated. He authored the law text on preservation, Historic Preservation Law (1957). Morrison was a member of the Friends of the Cabildo, Patio Planters, Louisiana Council for the Vieux Carré, Louisiana Landmarks Society, Vieux Carré Restoration, Incorporated, and Gallery Circle Theater. He was also a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In October 1974, he and his wife received the Louise DuPont Crownshield Award for outstanding work in preservation. Morrison was a member of the local, state, and national bar associations, Phi Delta Phi National Legal Fraternity, Sigma Delta Chi National Professional Journalism Fraternity, and the Catholic church.


4.00 Boxes

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The collection is arranged by topic as follows: preservation groups, legal activities, Hale Boggs versus Lucille May Grace, Louisiana Mint Company versus the City of New Orleans, deLesseps Morrison's death and succession, Coastal States Aviation suit, and Aexandre Lesseps succession and genealogy. The collection consists of four boxes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Morrison (wife to Jacob H. Morrison). Date acquired: 12/09/1980.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1989 by H.B.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US