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Joyce Morrow collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: CSC-0103

Scope and Contents

The Joyce Morrow collection consists of correspondence, photographs, ephemera, and publications which she collected during her career. Of special interest is a group of sketches, letters, and poems by Mehemed Fehmy Agha (1896-1978), a close personal friend who was a vital force in the history of American graphic design.


  • Creation: 1930-1973


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical Information on Joyce Morrow

Joyce Knoedler Morrow's distinguished administrative career allowed her to develop close asssociations with the leading graphic designers of the period 1940-1970. She was born in New Jersey in 1917, and was educated at Wellesley College and Columbia University. Beginning with a job at the printing office at Columbia in 1938, Morrow followed a path of progressively more responsible positions at H. Wolff Book Manufacturing Co., Life Magazine, Henry Holt & Co., and Lewis & Gilman, Inc. In 1953, Morrow was appointed executive director of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York, a post which she held for seventeen years, then remaining on as an AIGA board member from 1971-73. After leaving AIGA in 1970, Morrow served as vice president of the Toronto typographers Cooper & Beatty Ltd., until she left in 1971 to become a freelance editor, researcher and copy writer.

Morrow was married to Richard Stevens Morrow from 1944 until his death in 1950. For over twenty years she raised and bred horses in Pennsylvania, and was equally at home and active in equestrian circles as she was in graphic design. Morrow died in 1997.


2 Linear Feet (2 document boxes)

1 Linear Feet (1 violin)




The Joyce Morrow collection consists of correspondence, photographs, ephemera, and publications related to graphic design in the twentieth century which she collected during her career. She worked at various design firms, eventually becoming the Executive Director at the American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York.


Collection is arranged alphabetically by creator. This finding aid is arranged by material type then alphabetically by creator, except for the Agha materials which are grouped by creator.

Physical Location

Graphic Design Archives, Cary Collection Annex

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Joyce Morrow in 1989. Accession number(s): 1989:002

Processing Information

Finding aid encoded by Lisa Witt, September 2015. Revised by Ella von Holtum in April 2020.

Joyce Morrow collection
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Cary Graphic Design Archives
Lisa Witt
23 September 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection Repository

Rochester NY 14623 US
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