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University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
Joan Sibley (Project Director: August 2008 to December 2012)

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Preservation and Access

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$196,137 (approved)
$196,137 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2009 – 8/31/2012

Cataloging the Morris Ernst Collection

The arrangement and description and the creation of finding aids for 275 linear feet of the papers of American attorney and civil liberties advocate Morris Leopold Ernst (1888-1976).

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin requests funds to support a two-year project to arrange, describe, and preserve the papers of Morris Leopold Ernst (1888-1976) in order to provide students, educators, and scholars access to this important but underutilized research material. Dating from 1916 to 1976 and totaling more than 275 linear feet, the Ernst Papers include manuscripts for his books and articles as well as legal research and case files. Extensive correspondence files document Ernst's professional and personal communications with numerous politicians, jurists, artists, and business leaders including presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman; judges Felix Frankfurter and Learned Hand; government officials J. Edgar Hoover and Harold L. Ickes; writers Edna Ferber and James Joyce; journalists Edward R. Murrow and Walter Winchell; and publishers Henry Luce and Arthur Sulzberger.