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ROSENBERG LIBRARY - The Jean Scrimgeour Morgan Room
he Jean Scrimgeour Morgan Memorial Collection was donated to the Rosenberg Library after the death of Mrs. Morgan in 1938 by her son William Manning Morgan, prominent Galveston Islander and one-time president of the Library's Board of Directors. Created in the early fifties
during Mr. Morgan's presidency when the large lecture hall on the fourth floor was reduced in size to make room for an audio-visual department, the room, which was intended to store books and manuscripts belonging to the Morgan family, also served as a Children's Department workroom. In the mid-seventies the room was again remodeled to serve as an exhibit room for some of the Morgan collection at the request of Mrs. William Morgan. Among its furnishings, chosen from the very extensive collection of personal Morgan family items, are several pieces of artwork painted by Jean Scrimgeour Morgan. Materials that were not put on permanent display were moved to the Special Collections
archives. Still later, in September of 1991, the room was made available to the public
for meetings by reservation and remains so to this day.
Jean Coventree Scrimgeour Morgan, the daughter of William and Josephine Scrimgeour, was a native Galvestonian and civic leader. She was trained in the fine arts and was a fellow student of Winslow Homer at the Art Students' League in New York.
She married George D. Morgan, a banker and investment securities broker in Galveston in 1890. Mrs. Morgan participated in many of the cities organizations, including the exclusive Wednesday Club (a women's literary club) and the Women's Health Protective Association (WHPA). She also served on the board of managers for the Home for Homeless Children orphanage.
As a member and president of the WHPA, Mrs. Morgan was instrumental in Galveston's recovery from the Great Storm
, lobbying for "clean alleys, paved streets, planted esplanades, and the inspection of dairies, markets, groceries, and restaurants," (1) and in capturing national attention for the organization's city beautification campaign. Her involvement in women's health issues led her to work toward creating a public health nursing committee at the end of WWI, and for which she served as president when it was established in 1936.
While these are only a few of Mrs. Scrimgeour's many civic accomplishments, they serve as evidence of her strong commitment to community and her great value to Galveston Island.
Jean Coventree Scrimgeour Morgan (1868-1938)
(1)biographical source: Handbook of Texas
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