John Morris oral history and papers, approximately 1980-2007  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Morris, John, 1925-2017
John Morris oral history and papers
approximately 1980-2007 (inclusive)
0.19 cubic feet (1 box) including 1 folder of textual materials and 5 Mini DV videocassettes
Collection Number
6307 (Accession No. 6307-001)
John Morris is a veteran of WWII and these five tapes are his oral history including genealogical materials, photographs, and an autobiography
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access. No user access copy is currently available for Mini DV videocassettes. Users may obtain a reproduction of the media for a fee by contacting Special Collections.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John Julius Morris (1925-2017) was born January 9th in Canby Oregon. He was a conscientious objector based on his Mennonite religion during WWII. He grew up on a farm in Canby, Oregon with his twin brother and three other siblings. Morris finished school with an eighth grade education. His father, Glen Morris, served in the navy and worked in a paper mill in Washington before moving to Oregon. He became a Christian several years after marrying Elva Schultz (John Morris's mother) who was brought up in a very conservative Mennonite church.

John Morris married Miriam Rempel in 1949 and together they had three children. He worked as a mill worker and lumber grader and was involved with the Mennonite World Relief Festival. During WWII, Morris was drafted and spent thirty two months in Civilian Public Service where he built irrigation ditches in Downey, Idaho, and worked for the Forest Service in Cameno, California. The Civilian Public Service was a government program that provided conscientious objectors with an alternative to military service during WWII. He, along with other volunteers, were supported by the Mennonite Central Committee.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains a portfolio of John Morris who was a conscientious objector during WWII including video tapes of an oral history with Morris, genealogical materials, photographs, and an autobiography on growing up on a farm in Canby, Oregon.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Personal Names :
  • Morris, John, 1925-2017--Archives
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Gehrke, Nathalie J. (Nathalie Jean), 1945-   interviewer (interviewer.)