Abe Morris papers, 1980-2020

Overview of the Collection

Morris, Abe
Abe Morris papers
1980-2020 (inclusive)
cubic ft. (16 boxes) + 1.43 GB
Collection Number
The Abe Morris papers contain material relating to his career as one of the first African-American bull riders to be on the professional rodeo circuit. He was also a rodeo announcer, television commentator, and he was a writer for various rodeo-related magazines.
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

The creation of the EAD-version of this finding aid was made possible through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Abraham J. Morris, Jr. was born in 1956. He started riding calves when he was eight years of age and he rode his first bull when he was ten years old in Woodstown, New Jersey. He joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1977, and he won a college rodeo championship for the University of Wyoming rodeo team in 1978. He was a qualifier in numerous bull riding events including the Dodge National Circuit and the Mountain States Circuit Finals. He was champion of the Open to the World bull riding event in 1990, but he had to retire in 1994 after a major hip injury.

He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.A. in Business Management in 1980, and he earned a PRCA announcer’s card in 1982. He was a color commentator for the Prime Sports and Fox Networks, and he wrote columns for several rodeo magazines.

After retirement, Mr. Morris worked as a licensed and registered representative in the telephone service center for TIAA-CREF - a Fortune 100 pension and retirement savings company.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains resumes, rodeo memorabilia (paper), correspondence, articles, interviews, video, and books by or about Abe Morris.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Collection Name, Collection Number 11256, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no other known archival collections created by Abe Morris at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

This material was received from Abe Morris from 2003–2020.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by John Hanks in January 2005 and updated by Jamie Greene in November 2016, June 2018, and May 2020.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Articles about Abe Morris,, 1980-2015Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1-4,7,10-14, and 16

Articles by Abe Morris,, 2002-2010Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1,3-5,7,10-14

Artifacts, , undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3

Artifacts: Name tags from events attended by Morris, , undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 4

Biographical: Resumes and paper memorabilia, 1980s-1990sReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Books: "Cowboys of Color" by Don Russell, , 2016Return to Top

Container(s): Box 15

Business Cards: "Cowboy Chute Out Cookies" and "Core Financial Wealth Management Services" - Abe Morris, , undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 14

Correspondence (traditional and e-mail),, 1980-2010Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1-4,6,8,10-12

Correspondence: personal, , 2003Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4

Correspondence: professional, , 2001-2003Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

Correspondence: Letters from State Representative and National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum, , 2010, 2015Return to Top

Container(s): Box 14

Cowboy Chute Out Cookies:Return to Top

Container(s): Box

Container(s) Description
Advertisement stickers and packaging labels,
Articles: "Cowboy Cookies" by Rona Johnson - Abe Morris, former PRCA bull rider, plans to start a cookie business - Fence Post, Vol. 39, No. 16, p. 18,
April 16, 2018
Articles: "Abe Morris: From Bulls to Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies" by Matt Naber, ProRodeo Sports News, p. 42,
March 22, 2019

Interview by Fox31 Denver with Abe Morris, , February 12, 2020Return to Top

Container(s): Digital, ahcdm_11256_001

Manuscripts: unpublished works (final drafts), , 2002Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Newsletters: "Hactics" U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, , January - February 2015Return to Top

Container(s): Box 14-15

Pamphlets, , 2010-2011Return to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Pamphlets: Colorado House of Representation, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, "72nd Annual Jubilee Days", , 2012-2015Return to Top

Container(s): Box 14

Programs of appearances by Morris, , 2008-2009Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6

Publications: miscellaneous, , 2004-2005Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Publications, scripts, music or other materials written by Morris, , 2007-2008Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4-5

Publications: "Bull Riding Magazine", , May 2013 - December 2014Return to Top

Container(s): Box 14

Publications: "Humps N’ Horns: Bull Riding Magazine" (containing articles written by Morris), , 2004-2014Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2,4-6,9,12-14

Publications: "PSN: ProRodeo Sports News", , 2005-2009Return to Top

Container(s): Box 12 and 14

Publications: "Rodeo News", , 2005-2008Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5 and 12

Publications: "Western Legends", , 2008-2009Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6

Publications: "The Voice of ProRodeo" PRCA Pro Rodeo, , 2009Return to Top

Container(s): Box 14

Videotape of Abe Morris,, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • African American rodeo performers
  • Bull riding
  • Rodeos