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Robert L. Morris, Jr. Collection

Identifier: GTM-090811

Scope and Contents Note

The Robert L. Morris, Jr. Papers comprise an extensive collection of information about alleged spies in the 20th century and the early 21st century collected by Robert L. Morris, who became a CIA officer in 1955. A long series of name files provides information, mostly newspaper clippings, about specific alleged spies, including American, British, Russian, and international spies. Also preserved are numerous photographs of alleged spies. A run of country files provides data on spies in various nations. All of the material in this collection is unclassified. The Robert L. Morris, Jr. Papers are contained in 16 boxes amounting to 14.0 cubic feet.


  • 1918 - 2008
  • Majority of material found within 1945 - 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off-site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Biographical Sketch

Robert L. Morris, Jr. attended the U.S. Naval Academy and Randolph-Macon College. In 1955, he started working for the Central Intelligence Agency. During his career, he received postings in all four major directories of the C.I.A., and he operated undercover assignments within the Office of Security. Morris worked for the U.S. government for 35 years. He was noted for his security awareness talks, which he began in 1972. He served as the C.I.A. spokesman to government and industry regarding the threat of espionage. Morris actively gave presentations, seminars, and conventions to a wide array of government agencies and defense contractors.


14 Linear Feet (16 boxes)

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Custodial History

Gift of Robert L. Morris, Jr.

Robert L. Morris, Jr. Collection
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
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