Guide to the Hedda Morrison photographs,
[ca. 1950-1985], 2010

Collection Number: 4516

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

Contact Information:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-3530
Fax: (607) 255-9524
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http://rmc.library.cornell.edu
Compiled by:
M.E. Warren
Date completed:
May 1992
EAD encoding:
Mireille Lee, July 2000
Date modified:
Jude Corina, January 2014

© 2000 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Hedda Morrison photographs, [ca. 1950-1985], 2010
Collection Number:
4516
Creator:
Hedda Morrison.
Quantity:
ca. 10 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Photographs, negatives, travel notebooks.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Photographs and negatives of Sarawak, other places in Malaysia, Indonesia, and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Hedda Morrison was born Hedda Hammer in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1908. As a young child she contracted polio, which caused her to walk with a limp. In 1929 she completed her secondary education at the Queen Katherine Convent (Königen-Katherina-Stift Gymnasium für Mädchen) in Stuttgart, and was sent to the University of Innsbruck in Austria to study medicine. After a few months she persuaded her parents to allow her to enroll in the State Institute for Photography in Munich (Bäyerische Staatslehranstalt für Lichtbildwesen in München).
After completing her studies, Hedda found paid work difficult to find as a result of the Depression. She decided to travel to China in 1933 in response to an advertisement in a photography journal. Between 1933 and 1938 she managed Hartung's, a German-owned commercial photographic studio in Peking. After her contract there expired in 1938, she continued to work as a freelance photographer. Hedda's photographs of Peking were well known, and she sold many prints and albums to wealthy overseas visitors as souvenirs.
In 1940 Hedda met Alastair Morrison and they married in Peking in 1946. Due to the increasing instability of the political situation in China, they left Peking soon after. The Morrison's spent six months in Hong Kong before relocating to Sarawak, in the north-west of the island of Borneo, where Alastair was appointed to the British Colonial Service and later became a district officer. Throughout her 20-year residence in Sarawak, Hedda accompanied Alastair on all his official journeys and made numerous independent photographic tours. From 1960-66 Hedda was employed by the Sarawak government to work part-time in the photographic section of the Information Office is Kuching. Her duties included taking photographs, establishing a photographic library and training government photographers. Hedda wrote two major books on Sarawak, Sarawak (1957) and Life in a Longhouse (1962).
In 1967 the Morrisons settled in Canberra, Australia. Hedda died in Canberra in 1991, at the age of 82.
Adapted from: "In her view: the photographs of Hedda Morrison in China and Sarawak 1933-67," exhibition catalogue, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Photographs and negatives of Sarawak, other places in Malaysia, Indonesia, and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Morrison, Hedda.

Places:
Sarawak (Malaysia)--Description and travel--Views.
Indonesia--Description and travel--Views.

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.
Negatives.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Hedda Morrison photographs, #4516. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

SERIES LIST

Series I. Travel Notebooks Boxes 1-2, 28
Series II. Photographs Boxes 3-16
Series III. Negatives Boxes 17-25
Series IV. Other Materials Box 26, 28

CONTAINER LIST

Description
Container
Series I. Travel Notebooks
Notebooks, 1953
Box 1
Kelabit II
Kelabit Tour I (including Akah)
Baram
"Men of the Sea: Tropic Shorelife in Sarawak" (notebook and photos)
"Fishing Villages" (notebook and photos)
Notes, correspondence on Sarawak coast and fish
Alastair R.G. Morrison ts. "Travelling Report", 1948
Box 2
Travel notes, c. 1952
Box 2
Ngemah
Entaba I and II and excursion to Sadok and Lubokantu
Penghule Empam II
Penghule Banyang
Penghule Briak
Chendang
Sengalang and P. Blaja
Entalai
Empan I
Skudan
Siden
Chinese tour, 1952
Hardcover notebook: Bakong, Tinjar, Tutoh, Patah
Travel notes, visit to 2nd Division, June, 1955
Box 2
Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma (Nov, Dec 1980)
Box 28
Sarawak, Brunei, Malaysia (June, July 1983)
Box 28
Luzon (Nov, Dec 1981)
Box 28
Indonesia (April, May 1978)
Box 28
Salatiga (Dec 1979-Jan 1980)
Box 28
Ceylon (Nov, Dec 1957)
Box 28
ECAFE, Bangalore (Jan, Feb 1956)
Box 28
Ulu Trusan, Limbang, North Bornea (May, July 1950)
Box 28
Singapore and Malaysia (Feb, March 1967; April, May 1972)
Box 28
Singapore and Malaysia (March, April, 1969/1972)
Box 28
Singapore, Indonesia, Sumatra (April, May 1979)
Box 28
Series II. Photographs
Photographs, 1974
Box 3
Solomons
Photographs, 1980
Box 3
Vietnam, Laos
Monash
Madagascar
Maratius, Burma
Photographs, 1980
Box 4
Philippines
Solomons
Vietnam, Laos
Malaysia
Burma
Photographs, 1980
Box 5
Sarawak (contact sheets)
Iban, Melugu
Gawai
Iban, Landdayak, Holt
Penan (bound album of prints)
Photographs, 1987
Box 6
Australia
Tahiti
Korea and Camberra
Sarawak coast
Photographs, 1987
Box 7
Sarawak coast
Photographs, 1987
Box 8
Sarawak Reject Land of Hornbill
Photographs, 1987
Box 9
Sarawak (contact sheets)
Photographs, 1987
Box 10
Sarawak (finished prints)
Photographs, 1987
Box 11
Sarawak (contact sheets)
Photographs, 1987
Box 12
Sarawak coast
Photographs, 1969
Box 13
Malaya, Singapore
Music Penans
Photographs, 1972
Box 14
Malaysia
Photographs, 1983
Box 14
Malaysia
Photographs, 1964
Box 14
Penan Tutoh, Apoh
Photographs, 1967
Box 14
Thailand, Singapore
Malaya, Hong Kong
Photographs, 1964
Box 14
Miri, Sabah
Photographs, 1966
Box 14
Baram
Photographs
Box 15-16
Indonesia
Series III. Negatives
Papua New Guinea, 1968
Box 17 Container 2
Museum, Port Moresby
Port Moresby, Hibiscus Room
Information Office
Port Moresby, Koki Market
Port Moresby, Radio
Port Moresby, General
Mt. Hagen
Madang
Wewak
P. Island Regiment
Wewak - Maprik Road
Maprik
Wewak
Rabaul
Papua New Guinea, 1969
Box 17 Container 2
Mt. Hagen Festival, August 30-31
General set, used by Bear Press
Mt. Hagen Festival - color
Goroka
Solomon Islands, 1974
Box 17 Container 2
1 - Guadalcanal: Honiara harbor
2 - Guadalcanal: Honiara landscape
3 - Guadalcanal: Honiara people
4 - Guadalcanal: Honiara war relics
5 - Guadalcanal: Honiara markets
6 - Guadalcanal: Honiara schools
7 - Guadalcanal: Honiara Chinatown
8 - Guadalcanal: Honiara personalities
9 - Malaita: Auki
10 - Malaita: Malun Market
11 - Malaita: Fiu
12 - Malaita: Lilisiana
13 - Malaita: opening of community hall
14 - Malaita: Laulasi
15 - Malaita: roads, landscapes
16 - Gizo: wharf
17 - Gizo: general
18 - Gizo: Gilbertese people
19 - Gizo: Japanese business dealer Sato
20 - Munda: landscape
21 - Munda: installation of new chief
22 - Munda: members of Bentley family
23 - Munda: Kundu burial ground
24 - Munda: small islands nearby
25 - Air views of Solomon Islands
26 - Munda portraits
Philippines, Nov. 10-Dec. 11, 1981
Box 17 Container 2
Java, Sep. 10-Oct. 2 1972
Box 17 Container 3
Indonesia, Apr. 10-May 27 1978
Box 17 Container 3
Jakarta
Bogor
Bandung
Train
Joyjakarta
Surabaya
Ujung Pandang
Towards Tana Toraja
Sumatra, Apr.-May 1978
Box 17 Container 3
Bali, May 14-Jun. 6, 1971; 1978
Box 17 Container 3
Jalas Putek, 1978
Sumatra, Apr.-May 1978
Box 17 Container 3
Singapore, 1955-56
Box 17 Container 5
Wau tho
General views
Street scenes
Kelong?
Singapore
?
Singapore, 1963
Angkor, Cambodia
Box 17 Container 5
Angkor Thom
Palace, east gate
?
Pua Kan
Wat
Thom Elephant Terrace
Circuit
Set of enlargements, Angkor Wat Temple
Thailand
Box 17 Container 5
Bangkok - Bhok
Bangkok - general views of streets, temples
Thailand file back
Chiang Mai market
Chiang Mai Hill Temple
Chiang Mai?
Bangkok Wat Po
Bangkok?
Bangkok? Market Wat Po
Personal
Bangkok boathouse?
Pat Nam frangipain
Bangkok Thai Vet?
Bangkok market
Bangkok Wai Sutat
Malaya, Feb. 1967
Box 17 Container 5
Ceylon, 1957
Box 17 Container 5
Vietnam, Nov. 20-Dec. 4, 1980
Box 17 Container 6
Laos
Box 17 Container 6
Burma
Box 17 Container 6
Salatiga
Sabah
India, 1951; Jan. 1956
Box 17 Container 7
Kashmir
Mt. Abu
Darjeeling
Udaipur
Agra
Jaipur
Benares
Fort Dauladbad
Ajanta
Ellora
Bangalore
Ecafe
Madras
Calcutta
Aurangabad
Madagascar
Box 18 Container 9-C
Mauritius
Box 18 Container 9-C
Sarawak agriculture
Box 18 Container 10
Sarawak, Aug. 1987
Box 18 Container 11
Kelabits, Marudi, Brunei, Long Jawi, Baram, Belaga
Sarawak
Box 18 Container 12
small towns
Sarawak
Box 18 Container 13
Chinese
Sarawak
Box 19 Container 20-21
Ibans
Negatives for books, including Life in a Longhouse, by Hedda Morrison (1962)
Box 19 Container 22
Land Dayaks
Box 19 Container 23
Sarawak
Box 19 Container 24
Coastal life
Santubong
Box 20 Container 14
Malaya, 1969, 1972; Malaysia, 1983; Sabah, 1949, 1972; Brunei 1972; Sarawak, 1972; Singapore, 1972
Box 20 Container 25
Melanaus and coastal
Box 20 Container 26
Sarawak
Box 21 Container 27
Kuching
Sarawak
Box 21 Container 28
People, events around Kuching
Sarawak
Box 22 Container 30
Muruts
Penans
Baram
Mt. Hagen
Box 23
"Selected negatives warranting special attention"
Box 23
Salatiga
Box 23
Miscellaneous
Box 24
Asia
Box 24
"Selected negatives warranting special attention"
Solomon Islands
Box 24
Sumatra, 1979; Philippines, 1981
Box 25
Indonesia, 1978; Sarawak - color
Box 25
Series IV. Other Materials
Fair Land Sarawak: Some Recollections of an Expatriate Official, by Alastair Morrison
Box 26
Studies on Southeast Asia, Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 1993 (see also typscript in Box 26)
"In her view: the photographs of Hedda Morrison in China and Sarawak 1933-67," exhibition catalogue, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
Box 26
Typescript: "Fair Land Sarawak: Some Recollections of an Expatriate Official," by Alastair Morrison
Box 26
written in Canberra, Australia, June 1976
China and Hong Kong Heritage Calendars, 2007-2010
Box 26
Passports
Box 28