In Memory

H. Russell Morrison, Jr.


Early Washington Map Society member H. Russell Morrison, Jr., died February 21, 2013 at the age of 83. Russ assembled one of the finest collections (the Huntingfield Map Collection) of Maryland and Chesapeake Bay maps with his friend and business partner, Owen Henderson.  Russ’s enjoyment came in sharing the collection with others. Huntingfield maps were included in exhibits at Washington College, the Calvert Marine Museum, the Maryland State House and the Maryland State Archives as well as numerous publications.  Prompted by the opening of new Hall of Records building in Annapolis in 1985, Russ and Owen began to donate selected items from the collection to the State Archives, with the remainder of the collection becoming a gift in 1990. Although other institutions wanted the collection, the cooperative effort between Russ, Owen and the staff of the State Archives to preserve and safeguard the collection ensured that the maps would permanently reside in Annapolis.

(The above is heavily adapted from a memorial on the website of the Maryland State Archives. It may be read in full at .  An obituary is at . Articles by or about Russ Morrison appear in issues 4, 12, 18, 19 and 69 of The Portolan. The article is issue 69 discussed the Huntingfield Collection of Maryland Maps.)