Lael Morgan Papers, 1936-2017

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Volume: 13.5 linear feet

Organization/Arrangement: This collection is organized into the following twelve series. The first nine are organized by material type, and arranged chronologically within each. The last three are in the original order, including folder names, that Lael Morgan gifted to the MWWC.
I. Publications 1954-2011;
II. Journalism Notebooks ca. 1967-1987;
III. Photographs 1936-2011;
IV. Travel logs 1959-1985;
V. Scrapbooks 1952-1999;
VI. Manuscripts 1944-1997;
VII. Correspondence 1942-2012;
VIII. Memorabilia 1953-2011;
IX. Media 1986-2012
X. Montana Research 1996-2012
XI. Tonga Research 1998-2009, undated
XII. Texas Research 2003-2010, undated


Biographical Note: Lael Warren Morgan was born in Rockland, Maine, in 1936, and began her education in a two-room schoolhouse in East Vassalboro. She majored in drama at Emerson College before transferring in 1957 to Boston University School of Public Relations and Communications, and supported herself by working as a hotel night clerk. She graduated cum laude in the summer of 1959 and traveled with her husband, Dodge Morgan, to Anchorage, Alaska, where she worked for an advertising agency. In 1963, the Morgans sailed halfway around the world in a 36' schooner. On their return in 1965, Lael Morgan moved back to Alaska while her husband pursued work on the east coast. They divorced in 1971.

Morgan started her journalistic career as a writer for the Malden Press in 1958. Later she became a photojournalist at the Juneau Alaska Empire in Alaska's capitol city, and then covered crime and politics for the Fairbanks News Miner. In 1969, she signed on as a reporter/photographer for the Los Angeles Times where, in 1970, she won the Photographer of the Year award for best photo feature. The award of an Alicia Patterson fellowship and a Rockefeller Foundation grant in 1972 helped her to establish a national reputation reporting on Native Americans.

Morgan subsequently embarked on a freelance career working for publications such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and National Geographic Magazine. From 1974 to 1987, she served as roving reporter and photographer for Alaska Northwest Publishing and was assigned to visit every Alaska village named in the Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement. Of the 220 that qualified, she visited all but 13.

In 1988, Morgan received her master's degree from Boston University with a focus on publishing. Then, with business partner Kent Sturgis, she established Epicenter Press in 1988, a regional house that was to become the major publisher of Alaska titles. That same year, she joined the Department of Journalism and Broadcasting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she taught writing, photography and multimedia.

In 1999, after serving three years as department chair and winning a Fulbright to Fiji, Morgan returned to Maine to become managing editor of the Casco Bay Weekly. In January of 2000 she advanced to publisher and continued in that capacity until the paper was sold in 2003.

From September of 2003 until the summer of 2005, Morgan was a visiting professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Texas at Arlington. Morgan remains acquisitions editor for Epicenter Press and occasionally utilizes her California private detective's license, which she has held since 1981.

Morgan is the author of 16 published books on an eclectic array of subjects. In the 1970s, Doubleday published three of her books: And the Land Provides: Transition of Alaska Natives from a Subsistence to a Money Economy; Tatting, A New Look at the Old Art of Lace Making; and The Woman's Guide to Boating and Cooking. Her book Good Time Girls of the Alaska Yukon Gold Rush, which in 1998 placed seventh on the Los Angeles Times best nonfiction list, won her the distinction of being named Alaska Historian of the Year. Her most recent works are Eskimo Star: From Tundra to Tinseltown: The Ray Mala Story, and Wanton West: Madams, Money, Murder and the Wild Women of Montana's Frontier. Both were published in 2011.

Description: Contained in the Lael Morgan papers are: newspaper clippings; photographs, including a large number of slides and transparencies; manuscripts; scrapbooks; travel logs; correspondence; media; and memorabilia.  Series I. Clippings 1954-2011, includes clippings of articles by and about Morgan, many with photos by Morgan; clippings of articles of interest collected for her by Morgan's parents; newspaper editions published or overseen by Morgan; clippings concerning friends, colleagues and family; Series II. Journalism notebooks, c. 1967-1987, consists of 69 spiral bound reporter's/stenographer's notebooks containing notes on life and culture in the Alaskan native villages and Alaskan cities Morgan visited; Series III.  Photographs 1936-2011, the most extensive series in the collection, contains a very large number of Morgan's images created in her travels, in the form of black & white and color prints, snapshots, 35 mm slides, transparencies and negatives; Series IV. Travel logs 1959-1985, contains spiral-bound and clipped loose-leaf logs, both typed and handwritten, chronicling Morgan's travels. Series V. Scrapbooks 1952-1999, consists of two large format bound scrapbooks with paper pages, and a three-ring binder with sheet protectors and loose pages; Series VI. Manuscripts 1944-1997, is comprised of one pocket-sized three-ring binder, various typescripts and one early stapled onion skin chapbook; Series VII. Correspondence 1955-2012, contains handwritten and typewritten letters, greeting cards, postcards, and email printouts; Series VIII. Memorabilia 1953-2011, contains objects, certificates, invitations and programs and international documents; Series IX. Media 1986-2012, contains VHS tapes, one CD, one cassette tape, one floppy disc and one hard drive.

Access Restrictions: None

Please cite as: Lael Morgan Papers, Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, Portland, Maine

Container List:

I. Publications 1954-2011

This series includes clippings of articles by and about Morgan, many with photos by Morgan, appearing in Juneau New Empire, Fairbanks City Miner, Jessen's Times, Tundra Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and other publications, as well as in the Alicia Patterson Fund newsletter, Alaska Journal, and Alaska Magazine; clippings collected for Morgan by her parents, labeled "clippings on Maine Indians"; newspaper editions published or overseen by Morgan; and clippings concerning friends, colleagues and family. Subjects include Cony High School, Emerson College, Boston University, marriage to Dodge Morgan, Alaska, Alaskan native villages, sailing, travel, California, Russia, Japan, Scandinavia, art, culture, Dodge Morgan, friends and Maine Native Americans. Issues of National Geographic 1973-1983; Alaska Geographic 1978-1982; and the Portland, Maine, paper Casco Bay Weekly during Morgan's tenure as editor (June 1999-December 2002) have been removed to the Periodicals collection and cataloged.
 
001.  Clippings by and about LM--various publications, 1950s                    
002.  "The Drippy-Nose Dope" camp newsletter by LM and friend, ca. mid-1950s    
003.  Clippings by LM--various publications, 1960s                              
004.  Anchorage Daily Times clippings, 1960-1966                                
005.  Anchorage Daily News clippings, 1960-1967                                 
006.  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner clippings, 1961-1966                           
007.  Clippings re: Coaster sailing trip, 1963-1964                             
008.  Anchorage earthquake clippings sent by LM from St. Thomas, USVI, 1964     
009.  Juneau Alaska Empire clippings, 1966                                      
010.  Jessen's Weekly clippings, 1966                                           
011.  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner clippings (1 of 2), 1967                       
012.  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner clippings (2 of 2), 1967                       
013.  "The Water Logged" newsletter of Lathrop Hilton Hotel during Fairbanks flood, 1967                                                     
014.  Associated Press log, mentioning LM, 1968                                 
015.  Jessen's Weekly issues edited by LM, some containing articles by LM (1 of 5), 1967                                                     
016.  Jessen's Weekly issues edited by LM, some containing articles by LM (2 of 5), 1967                                                     
017.  Jessen's Weekly issues edited by LM, some containing articles by LM (3 of 5), 1967                                                     
018.  Jessen's Weekly issues edited by LM, some containing articles by LM (4 of 5), 1967                                                     
019.  Jessen's Weekly issues edited by LM, some containing articles by LM (5 of 5), 1967                                                     
020.  Los Angeles Times clippings, 1969-1971                                    
021.  Los Angeles Times clippings, 1971-1973                                    
022.  Los Angeles Times clippings, 1973                                         
023.  "Woman Power" in RF Illustrated (Rockefeller Foundation), 1973            
024.  Clippings, various publications, 1971-1975                                
025.  Tundra Times and The Bremerton clippings, 1971-1975                       
026.  Alicia Patterson Fund newsletters by LM (issues 1-8), 1972                
027.  Alicia Patterson Fund newsletters by LM (issues 9-17), 1972               
028.  Anchorage Daily News clippings, 1972                                      
029.  Alaska Journal article reprints, 1973-1979                                
030.  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner clippings, 1974                                
031.  The Anchorage Daily Times clippings, 1974-1978                            
032.  Alaska Magazine clippings, 1974, 1976                                     
033.  Resume and indexes of publications--Alaska Magazine village series, Alaska Journal series, authored books, periodicals, 1965-1998      
034.  Clippings, various publications, 1976-1978                                
035.  Status reports--Alaska Natives and Alaska Corporations, 1977              
036.  Los Angeles Times clippings, 1979                                         
037.  Clippings, various publications, 1979                                     
038.  Clippings, various publications, ca. 1970s                                
039.  Clippings, various publications (1 of 2), 1980                            
040.  Clippings, various publications (2 of 2), 1980                            
041.  Clippings, various publications, 1981-1985                                
042.  Anchorage Times clippings, 1983-1985                                      
043.  Anchorage Daily News clippings, 1985-1987                                 
044.  Magazines and newspapers published by LM at California State Northridge, 1987-1988                                                     
045.  Clippings, various publications, 1988-1996                                
046.  Heartland article and exhibit catalogue, U. Alaska Museum--"Miles and Miles: Honoring Black Veterans Who Built the ALCAN Highway", 1992
047.  Fairbanks Flood of '67 article in Heartland Magazine by LM, 1992                   
048.  Journal of Commerce, Alaska: "Fairbanks Publisher Finds Success", 1992    
049.  "The Other Woman" in Heartland Magazine, Fairbanks, AK, 1998              
050.  Chapter on LM in Faces of Alaska, book edited by Jean Lester, 2003               
051.  Clippings, various publications, 2003-2005                                
052.  Article printout from adn.com (Alaska Daily News) listing LM's book among 67 best, 2006                                                
053.  Alaska Historical Society publication, "Alaska Visionaries" with paper by LM, 2008                                                     
054.  Dodge David Morgan obituary, Maine Sunday Telegram, 2010                  
055.  Clippings on Maine Indians (collected by LM's parents), 1937-1975, undated
056.  Clippings on Maine Indians, 1974-1976                                     
057.  Clippings on Maine Indians (1 of 3), 1977                                 
058.  Clippings on Maine Indians (2 of 3), 1977                                 
059.  Clippings on Maine Indians (3 of 3), 1977                                 
060.  Clippings on Maine Indians (1 of 3), 1978                                 
061.  Clippings on Maine Indians (2 of 3), 1978                                 
062.  Clippings on Maine Indians (3 of 3), 1978                                 
063.  Clippings on Maine Indians, 1979                                          
064.  Clippings on Maine Indians, 1980                                          
065.  Clippings on Maine Indians, 1981                                          
066.  Clippings on Maine Indians, 1982-1983                                     
067.  Clippings on Maine Indians, 1984                                          
068.  Clippings on Maine Indians, 1985                                          
069.  Clippings on Maine Indians, 1986-1988                                     
070.  Clippings on Maine Indians, 2000

II. Journalism Notebooks ca. 1967-1987

This series contains 69 spiral-bound reporterís/stenographerís notebooks containing notes on life and culture in the Alaskan native villages and Alaskan cities Morgan visited. From the information Morgan gathered in these notebooks she wrote articles for the Juneau New Empire, Fairbanks City Miner, Jessen's Times, Tundra Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Alaska Northwest Publishing (Alaska Geographic and Alaska Journal) and National Geographic magazine.

001.  Anchorage, Alaska Magazine, early 1970s                                   
002.  Juneau legislature, early 1970s                                           
003.  Land Claims Interiors (2 notebooks), 1972                                 
004.  Chief Andrew Isaac, Tyonek, North Star, Eskimo Olympics, Warren Taylor (1 notebook), 1972                                              
005.  Galena and Naknek, Alaska; Shannon Gallant (2), 1972-1975                 
006.  Bristol Bay, Jo Gordon, Ted Stevens, Dr. Robert Fortuine (2), 1972, 1974  
007.  Bristol Bay, Alaska (1), 1977                                             
008.  Arctic Slope, Alaska (2), 1974                                            
009.  NANA, 1974   
010.  Southeastern Alaska (3), 1974-1976                                        
011.  Southeastern Alaska (3), 1976-1978                                        
012.  Aleutian Islands, Alaska (3), 1974, 1979                                  
013.  Aleutian Islands (3), 1982                                                
014.  Aleutian Islands, Alaska (3), 1982, 1984                                  
015.  Adak and Atka, Alaska (1), 1975                                           
016.  Aleutians--Chenega & Ejak, Alaska (1), 1975                               
017.  Coos Inlet, Alaska (1), 1975                                              
018.  Sleetmute and Ahtna, Alaska (1), 1975                                     
019.  St. Lawrence Island, Alaska (2), 1975                                     
020.  Yukon North Star, Alaska (1), 1975                                        
021.  Bethel area, Alaska (3), 1975                                             
022.  Bethel area, Alaska (2), 1975, 1978                                       
023.  Alaska Magazine, Inupiat, ca. 1976                                        
024.  Fairbanks, Alaska (1), 1976                                               
025.  Shetland, Alaska, 1976                                                    
026.  American Indians I, 1977                                                  
028.  Kodiak, Alaska, ca. 1977                                                  
029.  Humor, ca. 1977                                                           
030.  Iliamna and Barrow, Alaska, ca. 1978                                      
031.  Barrow, Alaska, 1978                                                      
032.  Whitehorse and Dawson, Alaska, 1978                                       
033.  LA Times (2), ca. 1979                                                    
034.  LA Times (2), ca. 1979                                                    
035.  LA Times, ca. 1979-1982                                                   
036.  Ron Gilmore, ca. 1970s                                                    
037.  Ford Foundation--Native affairs, 1980s                                    
038.  Akutan, Sand Point and Cold Bay, Alaska, 1980                             
039.  Pribilof Islands, Alaska, 1980                                            
040.  Returning WWII vets, Adak, 1980                                           
041.  Unalaska and Nikolski, Alaska, 1980                                       
042.  Untitled (3), ca. 1981-1986                                               
043.  Bristol Bay, Alaska, 1985                                                 
044.  ANWP, ca. 1985                                                            
045.  Art; Daly City earthquake; Coalinga, Alaska (3), ca. 1985-1987

III. Photographs 1936-2011

The most extensive series in the collection, this contains a very large number of Morgan's images created in her travels, in the form of black & white and color prints, snapshots, 35 mm slides, transparencies and negatives. Subjects include Morgan's youth; photojournalism in Alaska, the US, the Pacific and elsewhere; sailing; and her personal life.

001.  Early LM, family and friends, 1936-1955                                   
002.  Dodge Morgan and family, 1956-1958                                        
003.  Lael Morgan and family, 1956-1958                                         
004.  Friends, 1956-1958                                                        
005.  Lael and Dodge Morgan wedding photo, 1958                                 
006.  Massachusetts, 1958                                                       
007.  Trip with Dodge Morgan up ALCAN Highway, Alaska, 1958-1959                
008.  Various Alaska images (1 of 2), 1958-late 1960s, undated                  
009.  Various Alaska images (2 of 2), 1958-late 1960s, undated                  
010.  Graduation from Boston University, 1959                                   
011.  Friends and family, 1959-1962                                             
012.  Work-related, 1959-1968                                                   
013.  Photo story of Morgan's husky, Eric, and cat, 1959-1963                   
014.  Alaskan people, ca. late 1950s-early 1960s                                
015.  Lael and Dodge Morgan, 1959-1962                                          
016.  Various interior and art photographs, ca. 1960s                           
017.  Mushing in Anchorage, 1960-1961                                           
018.  Transparencies--Lael and Dodge, early Anchorage, 1960-1962                
019.  LM & DM sailing aboard the Coaster, 1963-1965                             
020.  the Coaster trip (1 of 4), 1963-1965                                      
021.  the Coaster trip (2 of 4), 1963-1965                                      
022.  the Coaster trip (3 of 4), 1963-1965                                      
023.  the Coaster trip (4 of 4), 1963-1965                                      
024.  Transparencies--early Coaster, 1963-1964                                  
025.  Transparencies--Nassau Coaster, 1963-1965                                 
026.  Anchorage earthquake "sent I think by Ruth and Cameron Edmondson, ca. 1964
027.  Transparencies--Man of War, 1964                                          
028.  Transparencies--Tenants Harbor, ME, 1964                                  
029.  Transparencies--Puerto Rico, San Blas, 1964-1965                          
030.  Transparencies--San Blas, 1965                                            
031.  LM, family and friends, 1965-1966                                         
032.  While at Juneau Empire, 1965-1966                                         
033.  Rep. John Sackett and Tanana Chiefs, late 1960s                           
034.  Fairbanks, AK flood, 1967                                                 
035.  Visit by Alaska Gov. Wally Hickel and oil men to North Slope Wilderness, 1967                                                          
036.  St. Petersburg, Russia, ca. 1967                                          
037.  Family and friends, 1967-1968                                             
038.  Ted Stevens, Charles Lindbergh, 1967-1968                                 
039.  While at LA Times, 1968-1971                                              
040.  Famous people, 1960s                                                      
041.  Eskimo images--Point Hope, Alaska, 1972                                   
042.  Eskimo images--Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska, ca. 1972                           
043.  Atka, Yukon & Southeastern Alaska, 1972                                   
044.  Galena, Alaska, early 1970s                                               
045.  Dept. of Interior supply ship North Star, early 1970s                     
046.  LM in Alaska, mid-1970s-1980s                                             
047.  Portraits of Alaskans, mid-1970s                                          
048.  Drumming and Kotzebue Museum, mid-1970s                                   
049.  Family and friends, 1974-1975                                             
050.  Swearing in, Fish and Game Board, 1975                                    
051.  Eskimo Olympics (1 of 2), ca. 1976                                        
052.  Eskimo Olympics (2 of 2), ca. 1976                                        
053.  Basketry and masks, ca. 1976                                              
054.  Friends and family, 1976-1979                                             
055.  Photos of LM, 1976-1979                                                   
056.  in Wild West costumes, late 1970s                                         
057.  with Dr. Bryan Barber in Las Vegas, late 1970s                            
058.  LM, family and friends, 1980-1987                                         
059.  Hazel Warren's funeral, ca. late-1980s                                    
060.  Photos of LM, 1988-1999                                                   
061.  Family, 1988-1999                                                         
062.  LM and friends, 1988-1999                                                 
063.  LM flying with Peter Knowles; visiting Peter Knowles, 1989, 1999          
064.  Book signing for Good Time Girls in Dawson City, AK, 1998                 
065.  Holiday photographs, 2000-2002                                            
066.  Trip with brother Lee Warren to southern Utah--Goblin Valley, 2003        
067.  Trip with brother Lee Warren to southern Utah--Arches, 2003               
068.  Trip with brother Lee Warren to southern Utah--Red Canyon and Kodachrome Basin, 2003                                                   
069.  Trip with brother Lee Warren to southern Utah--Bryce Canyon, 2003         
070.  Friends and family, 2004-2011                                             
071.  Negatives--early Coaster, 1963                                            
072.  Negatives--early Coaster, off Boothbay, ME, and southern US, fall 1963    
073.  Negatives--Coaster trip in Venezuela, Columbia, Panama, 1963-1965         
074.  Negatives--Coaster trip in Curacao, Grenada and Aruba, 1963-1965          
075.  Negatives--Coaster trip in Trinidad, 1963-1965                            
076.  Negatives--Coaster in color, ca. 1963-1965                                
077.  Negatives--Coaster trip in the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic, 1963-1965                                                           
078.  Negatives--Coaster trip in Nevis, Bequia, Domenica, 1963-1965             
079.  Negatives--Coaster trip in Puerto Rico, 1963-1965                          
080.  Negatives--Coaster trip in The Saints, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, 1963-1965  
081.  Negatives--Coaster trip in St. Bart's and Antigua, 1963-1965              
082.  Negatives--Coaster trip in Alaska, 1963-1965                              
083.  Negatives--Coaster trip in the Pacific, 1963-1965                         
084.  Negatives--Coaster trip in St. Thomas, 1964                               
085.  Slides--Gold Rush Girls, 1890s/ca. 1998                                   
086.  Slides--Good Time Girls research, 1898-1930s                              
087.  Slides--Howard Rock slide show (1 of 2), 1918-1997                        
088.  Slides--Howard Rock slide show (2 of 2), 1918-1997                        
089.  Slides--voyage of the Coaster, 1963-1965                                  
090.  Slides--personal, 1973-1992, undated                                      
091.  Slides--Inupiat-Alaska Native Peoples (1 of 3), 1960-1997                 
092.  Slides--Inupiat-Alaska Native Peoples (2 of 3), 1960-1997                 
093.  Slides--Inupiat-Alaska Native Peoples (3 of 3), 1960-1997                 
094.  Slides--Tlingit Haida people, Alaska, 1966-1990, undated                  
095.  Slides--Native art, Alaska, 1971-1992, undated                            
096.  Slides--Athabascan people, Alaska, 1972-1990, undated                     
097.  Slides--Aleutian Islands, Alaska (1 of 11), 1972-1992, undated            
098.  Slides--Aleutian Islands, Alaska (2 of 11), 1972-1992, undated            
099.  Slides--Aleutian Islands, Alaska (3 of 11), 1972-1992, undated            
100.  Slides--Aleutian Islands, Alaska (4 of 11), 1972-1992, undated            
101.  Slides--Aleutian Islands, Alaska (5 of 11), 1972-1992, undated            
102.  Slides--Aleutian Islands, Alaska (6 of 11), 1972-1992, undated            
103.  Slides--Aleutian Islands, Alaska (7 of 11), 1972-1992, undated            
104.  Slides--Aleutian Islands, Alaska (8 of 11), 1972-1992, undated            
105.  Slides--Aleutian Islands, Alaska (9 of 11), 1972-1992, undated            
106.  Slides--Aleutian Islands, Alaska (10 of 11), 1972-1992, undated           
107.  Slides--Aleutian Islands, Alaska (11 of 11), 1972-1992, undated           
108.  Slides--Aleutian Islands, hearings in Unalaska re: Relocation during WWII, 1981                                                        
109.  Slides--Eskimo Olympics, 1974-1982                                        
110.  Slides--Yupik people, Alaska (1 of 3), 1974-1985, undated                 
111.  Slides--Yupik people, Alaska (2 of 3), 1974-1985, undated                 
112.  Slides--Yupik people, Alaska (3 of 3), 1974-1985, undated                 
113.  Slides--Huichole Indians, Sierra Madre Mountains, Mexico, 1974, 1985      
114.  Slides--Alaska personalities, 1974-1990                                   
115.  Slides--Anchorage, Alaska, 1976-1990, undated                             
116.  Slides--Swallows Day, San Juan Capistrano, CA, 1979                       
117.  Slides--California--Jack London Ranch, Valley of the Moon, 1979           
118.  Slides--Mystery, 1979-1988                                                
119.  Slides--Anchorage Museum and other historic images, 1980-1988             
120.  Slides--Italy, 1982                                                       
121.  Slides--Seychelles, 1982                                                  
122.  Slides--Tunis, Tunisia, 1982                                              
123.  Slides--Dalton Highway, Alaska, 1982-1988                                 
124.  Slides--Slana homesteaders, Alaska, 1984-1988, undated                   
125.  Slides--ALCAN--British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories (1 of 5), 1989-1990                                                      
126.  Slides--ALCAN--British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories (2 of 5), 1989-1990                                                      
127.  Slides--ALCAN--British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories (3 of 5), 1989-1990                                                      
128.  Slides--ALCAN--British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories (4 of 5), 1989-1990                                                      
129.  Slides--ALCAN--British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories (5 of 5), 1989-1990                                                      
130.  Slides--Gordon Gibbons, builder, Santa Barbara, 1990                      
131.  Slides--British Virgin Islands, 1990                                      
132.  Slides--Hong Kong, 1996                                                   
133.  Slides--Fiji and Tonga, 1996                                              
134.  Slides--the Bering Sea (boxes 1-5), 1984                                  
135.  Slides--the Bering Sea (boxes 6-10), 1984                                 
136.  Slides--the Bering Sea (boxes 11-15), 1984                                
137.  Slides--the Bering Sea (boxes 16-20), 1984                                
138.  Slides--the Bering Sea (boxes 21-25), 1984                                
139.  Slides--the Bering Sea (boxes 26-27), 1984                                
140.  Slides--the Bering Sea (boxes 27-30), 1985                                
141.  Slides--the Bering Sea (boxes 31-35), 1985                                
142.  Slides--the Bering Sea (boxes 36-39), 1985                                
143.  Slides--the Bering Sea (boxes 41-45), 1985                                
144.  Slides--the Bering Sea (boxes 46-48), 1985                                
145.  Slides--the Bering Sea (boxes 51-55), 1985                                
146.  Slides--the Bering Sea (boxes 56-58), 1985                                
147.  Slides--Borneo (1 of 8), 1990                                             
148.  Slides--Borneo (2 of 8), 1990                                             
149.  Slides--Borneo (3 of 8), 1990                                             
150.  Slides--Borneo (4 of 8), 1990                                             
151.  Slides--Borneo (5 of 8), 1990                                             
152.  Slides--Borneo (6 of 8), 1990                                             
153.  Slides--Borneo (7 of 8), 1990                                             
154.  Slides--Borneo (8 of 8), 1990

IV. Travel Logs 1959-1985

The spiral-bound and clipped loose-leaf logs contained in this series, both typed and handwritten, chronicle Morgan's trip up the ALCAN Highway with Dodge Morgan (1959); her two-year sailing voyage aboard the Coaster with husband Dodge Morgan (1963-1965); her drive across the country, interviewing Native Americans (1971); Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant interviews to document the transition of Alaskan Native peoples upon winning a large land grant (1972); interviews with Alaska native peoples for Alaska Northwest Publishing (1974); and her stay with homesteaders in Slana, Alaska (1985).

001.  Log of trip up the ALCAN Highway, 1959                                    
002.  Log of the Coaster sailing trip with husband Dodge Morgan, 1963-1965      
003.  Log of drive from Los Angeles to Maine, 1971                              
004.  Log for Alicia Patterson grant, 1972                                      
005.  Log of travel for Alicia Patterson grant/Northwest Publishing to Galina, 1972                                                          
006.  Log of travel for Alicia Patterson grant/Northwest Publishing to NANA, 1974                                                            
007.  Log of travel for Alicia Patterson grant/Northwest Publishing to Actic Slope, 1974                                                     
008.  Log of travel for Alicia Patterson grant/Northwest Publishing to Bristol Bay, 1974                                                     
009.  Log of travel for Alicia Patterson grant/Northwest Publishing to Tatitlik, Yukon River, Sleetmute, Gambell, Nome and Diomede, 1974     
010.  Log of travel for Alicia Patterson grant/Northwest Publishing to Pribilofs, 1974                                                       
011.  Log of stay with homesteaders in Slana, Alaska, 1985

V. Scrapbooks 1952-1999

In this series are two large format bound scrapbooks with paper pages, one a collection of clippings, photos and memorabilia from Morgan's high school years (1952-1954), and the other a collection of clippings, photos and memorabilia from her sailing voyage aboard the Coaster (1963-1965) with husband Dodge Morgan.

001.  High school scrapbook, 1952-1954                                          
002.  Scrapbook of sailing trip aboard the Coaster--photos (1 of 2), 1963-1965  
003.  Scrapbook of sailing trip aboard the Coaster--original pages (2 of 2), 1963-1965

VI. Manuscripts 1944-1997

Including both written work by Morgan as well as others, highlights of this series include the original handwritten draft of Morgan's The Woman's Guide to Boating and Cooking; a little chapbook of her early poems/juvenilia; college essays; her sailing voyage aboard the Coaster (1963-1965); her unpublished Bering Sea feature (1986); the original typescript of Good Time Girls of the Alaskan Yukon, her book on prostitution in Alaska (1997), then titled "Whores of Yore"; and writing by others.
                                                       
001.  Typewritten chapbook--"Lael's Poems May 22, 1944", 1944                   
002.  First serious writing attempts (assignments for and bio of Horace Reynolds, Emerson College), 1957, 2005                               
003.  "Boat Book--A Cook's Tour"--original MS for The Woman's Guide to Boating and Cooking, 1966                                           
004.  Correspondence and transcript of V. Blanchard's life story recorded and edited by LM, 1969                                             
005.  "Loory's Rules of Thumb for Novice Home Buyers" typewritten list, ca. 1970
006.  Report by Lee Warren on LM's And the Land Provides, 1974                
007.  Research notes for National Geographic article on Maine Indians, 1980s    
008.  Reflective piece re: father's death, gravestone sketch, 1982              
009.  "Learning from 'Dirty' Detectives" draft, post-1982                       
010.  MS for National Geographic on the Bering Sea, 1986                        
011.  "Life Plan" for Boston University business class, 1986                    
012.  Original "Whores of Yore"/"Good Time Girls" MS--chapters 1-3, 1997        
013.  Original "Whores of Yore"/"Good Time Girls" MS--chapters 4-6, 1997        
014.  Original "Whores of Yore"/"Good Time Girls" MS--chapters 7-9, 1997        
016.  Original "Whores of Yore"/"Good Time Girls" MS--chapters 15-17 (end), 1997
017.  Original "Whores of Yore"/"Good Time Girls" MS--notes, 1997               
018.  Original "Whores of Yore"/"Good Time Girls" MS--mailing list, style sheets, bibliography, acknowledgements, 1997                       
019.  "Coyote Handbook" by LM, loose leaf booklet, 1997                         
020.  "The Life and Times of Lael Morgan--2001", 2001                           
021.  University of Texas Arlington student's profile of LM, 2003

VII. Correspondence 1942-2012

This series contains correspondence with family and friends; professional correspondence; teaching correspondence; and awards and honors in the form of handwritten and typewritten letters; greeting cards; postcards; and email printouts. Highlights include correspondence with Alaska public figures such as Gov. William A. Egan, Senator Vance Phillips, Senator Ted Stevens, Brinks robber Champagne Ricky Reese, lobbyist John Shively, and Senator Lisa Murkowski.

001.  Holiday greeting, enclosed photo of LM & brother, 1942                    
002.  Boston University, re: Alaska Highway trip press, 1959                    
003.  Letters to and from brother Lee Warren and family, 1960-1986              
004.  Holiday correspondence, 1961                                              
005.  Letters to LM from Alaska then-governor William A. Egan, 1962             
006.  Letter to LM from Bob DeArmond, Executive Editor of Alaska Sportsman and The Milepost, 1963                                            
007.  Letters, drawing and photo to LM & Dodge Morgan from Jack Cahill, 1963-1964                                                            
008.  Letter to LM & DM from Vern, 1964                                         
009.  Letter to LM & DM from Mrs. Mark McDonnell, Jr., 1964                     
010.  Correspondence from DM's parents Clifford & Ruth James and brother Russ Morgan, ca. 1964                                               
011.  Letter to LM & DM from Alaska then-Senator Vance Phillips with earthquake account, 1964                                                
012.  Letter and earthquake account to LM & DM from Lynn & Dan, 1964            
013.  to LM & DM from Stockton T. Hirst, 1964                                   
014.  Letter and earthquake acct. to LM & DM from George & Ruth Arcond, 1964    
015.  Letter and earthquake acct to LM & DM from Laurie, 1964                   
016.  To LM from Sally Pomeroy, 1964                                            
017.  Correspondence related to LM's article "Sailing on the Edge" in Motor Boating, 1964-1965                                               
018.  Letters and earthquake accounts from Ruth and Cameron Edmondson, 1964-1965
019.  to LM from Julie Shanon Gallant, 1965-1966                                
020.  to LM from Baron Christoph von Imhof, 1966                                
021.  to LM from Dr. Milot Fritz, 1967                                          
022.  Correspondence with Sam Miller, 1968-1969, 2008-2010                      
023.  to LM from Larry Pryor, LA Times, ca. 1970s                               
024.  Letters from LM to parents during Alicia Patterson grant travels, 1972-1973                                                            
025.  with various correspondents, 1972-2011                                    
026.  to Richard Nolte, Alicia Patterson Foundation, from William Taylor, National Museum of Man, re: LM, 1973                               
027.  to LM from Steve Kline, 1973, ca. 1979                                    
028.  to LM from cousin David W. Eaton, 1975, 1984                              
029.  Reeve Aleutian Airways inter-office memo re: LM travel, 1975              
030.  Card and book excerpt photocopy to LM from mother Hazel Warren, 1976      
031.  to LM from Mother and Father, 1976-1978                                   
032.  Correspondence and documents related to LM's aunt Ruth Frothingham, 1977-1978                                                          
033.  to LM from Wayne Newall, Passamaquoddy Indian Township, 1977              
034.  Correspondence and materials related to the Ann Stevens Memorial Fund, 1978-1979                                                       
035.  re: Sheila Turner Seed, 1979                                              
036.  to LM from Allen O'Brien, 1979-1980                                       
037.  to LM from Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, 1979-1994                          
038.  to LM from Champagne Ricky (Richard) Reese (Brinks robber), 1980-1981     
039.  Birth announcement, correspondence and photos--Lael Megan Bach, 1980-1985
040.  re: Jeannette B. Pomeroy, 1981-1982                                       
041.  to Stanley Bippus, school superintendent, re: publishing, 1981            
042.  Three typewritten letters to LM from Kay J. Kennedy, 1982                 
043.  re: Proposition 7 ballot measure, fish and game management, 1982          
044.  Correspondence with Bryan Barber, M.D., 1982-1987, 2011                   
045.  to LM from Jane Sutherland Niebergal, 1983                                
046.  to LM from John Shively, 1983, 2004                                       
047.  to LM from Elizabeth Bryant re: Getty book, 1984                          
048.  to/from LM re: name Lael, 1984, 1992                                      
049.  Correspondence with Dartmouth College library for National Geographic Maine Indian article, 1984-1985                                  
050.  LM's account of Gil Galloway, ca. mid-1980s                               
051.  Letter to Kent re: Pacific Rim Publishers, 1985                           
052.  Correspondence with homesteaders in Slana, Alaska, 1985                   
053.  from LM re: National Geographic Bering Sea story, 1986                    
054.  Correspondence related to Boston University and classmates, 1986          
055.  In Memorium and obituary for Virginia Blanchard, 1986                     
056.  University of Alaska Fairbanks employment correspondence, 1988            
057.  to LM from Bill Garrett, editor of National Geographic Magazine, 1980s-1991                                                            
058.  Note to LM from Rita Gravel, attached to Washingtonian article photocopy, 1990                                                         
059.  Notes to LM re: article about her in New Straits Times, 1990              
060.  Tenure correspondence--University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1993               
061.  Letters and certificates of gift to LM from Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1993, 1995                                
062.  University of Alaska Fairbanks employment letter, attached notes, story MS, 1997                                                       
063.  University of Alaska Fairbanks Natural Resources Fund Project Report correspondence, 1998                                              
064.  Note to LM from Ilene with "The Goodriches of Cabot" Vermont Life article attached, 1998                                               
065.  LM's "Plans for an Elegant Exit" list to Shanon Gallant, 2002             
066.  from LM to Diana/Dianne Campbell, 2003-2005                               
067.  Typewritten correspondence between LM and Dodge Morgan, 2003              
068.  Email and typewritten letter--LM and Robyn Veazey, 2005                   
069.  15-year recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists, 2006    
070.  Epicenter Press correspondence re: history of company, 2006               
071.  from president of University of Texas at Arlington, 2006                  
072.  Correspondence re: nomination of Bruce B. Brugman for Columbia University Award, 2006                                                  
073.  Correspondence with Bob DeArmond re: Dale DeArmond, 2006                  
074.  Letter and photocopies, email printouts to LM from Earl L. Brown, 2006-2007                                                            
075.  from Rich Armstrong, Sounding Publications, 2007                          
076.  Correspondence with Brian Seed, 2007                                      
077.  Email and printed invitations for "Gold Rush Girls" musical, 2007-2008    
078.  from LM to Lana Proctor, 2008                                             
079.  Email from Cally Gurley, MWWC Curator, re: author series talk, 2008       
080.  Email wedding announcement--Mary Ames and Ken Jouppi, 2008                
081.  Email correspondence re: LM's talk at Ocean Point, Saco, Maine, 2010      
082.  to LM from Alaska US Senator Lisa Murkowski, 2011                         
083.  Correspondence with Tara Kline, daughter of Steve Kline, 2011             
084.  Correspondence with Maggie Field re: Steve and Tara Kline, 2011           
085.  Email from Rose Speranza, Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2012                                                       
086.  Email re: Wanton West, 2012

VIII. Memorabilia 1953-2011

This series contains awards and certificates, invitations and programs, and documents related to schooling, Alaska, events, teaching and travel. Highlights include a Kennedy Center box card signed by George and Barbara Bush; Morgan's Alaska Women's Hall of Fame materials; her private detective ID card, and a tribute compiled by friends of Morgan on her departure from Alaska in 1999. It also includes objects such as Morgan's snowshoes, a gold pan and a portion of a wooden explosives crate.
                                             
001.  Boston University Military Ball invitation, 1953                          
002.  Cony High School memorabilia, 1953-1954                                   
003.  Emerson College tuition and other documents, 1955-1956                    
004.  Alaska Highway guidebook, Canadian Government Travel Bureau, ca. 1959     
005.  Voting certificate, Alaska, 1960                                          
006.  LM's snowshoes, ca. 1960s                                                 
007.  Anchorage Times Publishing subscription receipt, 1961                     
008.  "Operation Free Cruise" statement for free dinner, 1962                   
009.  Press passes, driver's license, 1963-1976                                 
010.  LM's World Health Organization International Certificate of Immunization, 1963-1990                                                    
011.  Passports, 1963, 1994                                                     
012.  St. Thomas radio station staff list, 1964                                 
013.  Items from trip to Russia and Scandinavia for Fairbanks Daily News, 1967  
014.  Alaska Press Club Award of Excellence, 1974                               
015.  Certificate of appointment to Alaska Board of Fish and Game, 1975         
016.  Ford Foundation grant to study bilingual education--itinerary and mailing list, 1976                                                   
017.  "Men of Achievement" solicitation, 1977                                   
018.  Alaska Women's Resource Center honor, 1978                                
019.  Notebook page of addresses, late 1970s                                    
020.  The Royalists stock investment group roster, ca. late 1970s               
021.  Orange County Professional Bartenders School brochure, ca. 1980           
022.  Rental agreement & house inventory, San Juan Capistrano, CA, 1980         
023.  Menu--Villa Serbelloni, Lake Como, Italy, 1982                            
024.  Detective academy training catalog, ID card, 1982                         
025.  University of St. Thomas faculty recital program, 1983                    
026.  Wedding invitation--Sen. Ted Stevens and Catherine Ann Chandler, early 1980s                                                           
027.  Resume--Andy Malloy, ca. 1986                                             
028.  Benjamin Franklin Award certificate for Art and Eskimo Power, 1989        
029.  Kennedy Center box card, signed by George & Barbara Bush, ca. 1990s       
030.  Sketches of LM and man by Firmin, 1992                                    
031.  American Press Institute seminar certificate, 1999                        
032.  Tribute notebook to LM by Anchorage friends, 1999                         
033.  James Chester Morgan memorial materials, 2003                             
034.  Texas Wesleyan University college day program--LM speaker, 2006           
035.  Epicenter Press catalog, 2006                                             
036.  University of Texas at Tyler commencement program, 2007                   
037.  David Shanon Gallant materials--obituary, spreadsheet of artwork, 3 CDs of memorial Powerpoint, 2008                                   
038.  LM slide presentation invitation, home of Don and Mary Ann Brown, 2009    
039.  Maine Women Writers Collection Spring Authors Series flyer, 2009          
040.  Alaska Women's Hall of Fame induction materials, 2010                     
041.  Montana book tour schedule, 2011                                          
042.  LM lecture flyer--"Yukon Good-Time Girls and Native Alaskan Women", undated                                                            
043.  LM's gold pan, undated                                                    
044.  Portion of explosives crate, undated

IX. Media 1986-2012

This series includes VHS tapes containing programs on Alaska (some written by Morgan) and interviews with and presentations by Morgan; one CD, one cassette tape, one floppy disk and one hard drive containing scans of articles and images.
                                      
001.  VHS--"From Mario to Lael" 3 segments: "Finals"; Lael & Mario; Alumni Video Magazine, 1986-1988                                         
002.  VHS--LM Boston University class, 1987                                     
003.  VHS--Wedding of David Warren Eaton and Babette Andrew Eaton, 1987         
004.  VHS--Portraits of Leadership: Chief Katlian and Howard Rock, 1989         
005.  VHS--The 1990 Alcan 5000 Winter Rally, 1990                               
006.  VHS--The 1990 Alcan 5000 Winter Rally, 1990                               
007.  VHS--Rainier Pictures "Trans Borneo", 1991                                
008.  VHS--Rainier Pictures "Trans Borneo", undated                             
009.  VHS--Rainier Pictures "Trans Borneo", undated                             
010.  VHS--Rainier Pictures "Hard Driving: The Alcan Adventure", 1992           
011.  VHS--The Alaska Highway 1942-1992, 1992                                   
012.  VHS--"The Alaska Humanities Forum", ca. 1993                              
013.  VHS-- LM "Prostitution in Alaska" lecture to U. of Alaska Fairbanks, 1996
014.  VHS--"Fourth Avenue: The Street That Was the Whole Town", 1996            
015.  VHS--The American Experience #910: "Gold Fever", 1997                     
016.  VHS--The American Experience "Gold Fever", 1997                           
017.  VHS--"Good Time Girls of the Gold Rush", 1997                             
018.  VHS--"Modern Marvels: Alcan Highway", 2001                                
019.  VHS--"Kusah Hakwaan: An Alaskan Tlingit Indian Legend", 2001              
020.  Standard cassette tape--LM interview with Fairbanks artist Jean Lester, 1996                                                           
021.  3.5" floppy disk--LM book inventory, 2006                                 
022.  LM's Light Room 3 hard drive, 2012                                        
023.  35mm positive microfilm "Mala, Ray (Wise) Scrapbook, 1929-1942", 1929-1942
024.  35mm microfilm "Frank G. Speck Collection of Photographs" Box 8, undated  
025.  35mm microfilm "Frank G. Speck Collection of Photographs" Box 9, undated  

X. Montana Research 1996-2012

The series is ordered in the original order, including folder names, by Lael Morgan.

001. Maps of Butte, MT, undated
002. Butte research, undated
003. Butte research, 2004-2009, undated
004. Maps of Butte, MT, 2004, undated
005. Helena maps, 2004, undated
006. Ellen Baumler's Ghosts in Butte, speech and pamphlet, 2002-2003
007. Email with Chris Daly re: Butte building permits, 2009
008. Morgan's typed notes on Butte, 2009
009. Helena research, 2004-2009
011. Miles City research, 2009-2011, undated
012. Miles City handwritten notes, undated
013. Montana places research, 2004-2011
014. Montana places maps, undated
015. Montana places handwritten notes, undated
016. Montana players A-B, 2004-2009
017. Montana players C-H, 2007-2009
018. Montana players L-N, 2009-2010
019. Montana players N-P, 2006-2010
020. Montana players S-W, 2006-2010
021. Chinese, 1996-2012
022. Chicago Joe, 2009-2010
023. W. A. Clark, 2004-2011
024. Cruse, 2009-2010
025. Marcus Daly, 2009-2010
026. F. Augustus Heinze, 2006-2009
027. Stanley Ketchel, 2005-2010
028. Mary MacLane, 2010
029. Jeanette Rankin, 2009-2010
030. Montana general prostitution, 2004-2009
031. Research tools, 2006-2009
032. Montana transportation, 2004-2009
033. Montana sources, 2004-2011
034. Montana notes, 2004-2010
035. Montana misc., 2004-2010
036. Montana Intro & Chapter 1: Reflections, 2009, undated
037. Montana Chapter 2: Summer Women, 2009, undated
038. Montana Chapter 3: Butte, The Black Heart of Montana, 2004-2009, undated
039. Montana Chapter 4: Copper Kings, 2010, undated
040. Montana Chapter 5: Miles City, 2007-2011, undated
041. Montana Chapter 6: Last of the Silver Years, 2004-2009, undated
042. Montana Chapter 7: Madeleine and Her Sisters in Sin, undated
043. Montana Chapter 8: Celestial, 2009, undated
044. Montana Chapter 9: Mary MacLane, 2008-2011, undated
045. Montana Chapter 10: The Beginning of the End, 2010, undated
046. Montana Chapter 11: New Options, 2009-2010, undated
047. Montana Chapter 12: Epilogue, 2010
048. Montana photos, 2010-2011

XI. Tonga research, 1998-2009, undated

The series is ordered in the original order, including folder names, by Lael Morgan.

001. Ray Wise Mala manuscript draft, 2009
002. Bay of Plenty Times, 2009
003. Bay of Plenty Times, 2009
004. SEW Baker research in The New Zealand Herald (1890-1903), 2009
005. Shirley Baker research from Gillian Smyth, 2009, undated
006. Shirley Baker research from Gillian Smyth, 2009, undated
007. Death and cemetery records for Shirley and Laura Baker, 2009
008. Shirley Baker research in New Zealand Observer and Freelance articles, undated
009. Shirley Baker articles - other papers, undated
010. Shirley Baker research, New Zealand Herald articles, undated
011. Shirley Baker research, New Zealand Herald articles, undated
012. Shirley Baker research in New Zealand Herald articles, undated
013. Notes, contacts & players in Shirley Baker research, 2009
014. Shirley Baker research re: Lola Baker emails & Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, 2008-2009
015. Business cards for Tonga research, undated
016. Correspondence & notes re: Shirley Baker, 1998-2009, undated
017. Correspondence & notes re: Shirley Baker, 1998-2009, undated
018. Birth certificate & Shirley Baker research in New Zealand Herald (1880-1889), 2009, undated
019. Tonga - A short history, 2009
020. Observer articles (1881-1908), 2009
021. Observer articles (1881-1908), 2009
022. Observer articles (1881-1908), 2009
023. Research from The Turnbill Library & National Library of New Zealand, 2009
024. Copy of "Report of Minister of Police in Re Attempted Assassination" (1887), undated
025. Shirley Baker research in various New Zealand newspapers (1879-1897), 2009
026. Shirley Baker research in various New Zealand newspapers (1879-1897), 2009
027. Shirley Baker research on CD, undated

XII. Texas research, 2003-2010, undated

The series is ordered in the original order, including folder names, by Lael Morgan.

001. Harriet Ames, 2006-2010
002. Judge Roy Bean, 2005-2007
003. Blue Book, 2006-2007
004. Bonnie & Clyde, 2004-2008
005. Chicken Ranch, 2005-2007, undated
006. Colbert's Ferry, 2005-2007
007. Cowboy Players, 2007
008. Cowboy notes, 2006
009. Cowboy books, 2004-2007
010. Cowboy books, 2004-2007
011. Cowboy source, 2003-2005
012. Founders, 2005-2010
013. Dickerson, 2003-2010, undated
014. Fort Griffin, 2006-2007, undated
015. Gay Lesbian, 2005-2008
016. Gay Lesbian, 2005-2008
017. Francis Hamer, 2005-2008
018. Misc. Texas research, 2010