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Lorraine H. Morton (1918-2018) Papers

 Collection — Box 22
Identifier: 31/6/140
The series consists mainly of two types of material spanning Morton’s life and work as mayor of Evanston from 1993 to 2009: paper materials and three-dimensional awards presented to Morton by local and national organizations. The paper materials are held in five full-sized boxes and one oversized box. The awards are held in 11 full-sized boxes and three oversized boxes. Seven of the full-sized boxes and two of the oversized boxes consist of 42 award plaques. Four of the full-sized boxes and two oversized boxes contain 23 variously shaped glass and plastic awards made of glass and plastic.

The paper material consists of records from both Morton’s mayoral work and personal life. They are organized by category and then by date. The categories of material in order are: biographical materials, correspondence, political files, speeches, and oversized biographical materials. The newspaper clippings largely detail Morton’s work as mayor as well as her campaigns for public office. The periodicals are from area publications and detail Morton’s achievements as mayor. The event programs are from civic events, Northwestern University events, and local school events that Morton attended. The correspondence features personal correspondence and letters written to Morton by various officials and community members during her time as mayor and as school principal. The political files contain campaign material, including donation information and documents from her term as Evanston’s mayor. The speeches are organized topically and sorted by date.

The awards are sorted by physical format into traditional plaque awards and three-dimensional glass or plastic awards. The plaque awards are sorted first by size and then by date. The plaques commemorate Morton for her time and service as principal of Evanston Schools and as mayor of Evanston. The non-plaque awards are sorted by shape and date. Like the plaques, they are given to Morton for her achievements as mayor.


  • 1942-2014


Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.


22.00 Boxes


Lorraine Hairston Morton served as Evanston’s Mayor from 1993 to 2009. After completing graduate studies at Northwestern University, Morton was a teacher and principal in Evanston’s District #65. The Papers include six boxes of documents including speeches, correspondence, event programs, photographs, newspaper clippings, periodicals, and campaign information detailing her leadership. 15 boxes contain awards given to Morton for her service.

Method of Acquisition

Speeches, clippings, buttons, and a Morton for Mayor car topper were donated to the Northwestern University Archives by Elizabeth M. Brasher, Lorraine Morton’s daughter, on May 25, 2012 as Accession #12-96. The first addition was donated by Lorraine Morton on March 12, 2013 as Accession #13-84 and included clippings, cards, buttons, letters, and photographs. A second addition was donated by Ms. Morton on March 18, 2012 as Accession #12-97 and included 1993 mayoral campaign materials. The third addition to the collection, donated by Ms. Morton on May 9, 2014 as Accession #14-60 included awards and letters.
Guide to the Lorraine H. Morton (1918-2018 ) Papers
Owen Hemming, Emily Davidson and Hannah Springer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US