As a relative newcomer to the Diary Project, Greg Morris’ research assignments have been varied. However, he has developed focus on William Steinway’s political acquaintances and the buildings in New York important to William, such as Steinway Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, and Carnegie Hall.
In addition to research, Morris volunteers at the Diary Project’s office in the National Museum of American History, where he reviews researcher reports, assists with the copious amount of filing, and aids in the effort to compare and proofread the Diary transcription against its original scanned pages. Morris also leads the Diary Project’s fundraising committee.
Born and raised in the Detroit area, Morris graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BA in political science and American history. He served for two years in the Peace Corps in The Gambia, West Africa during the late 1960s. Politically active in college and afterward, Morris was involved in numerous political campaigns. He became a staff assistant to the Michigan Speaker of the House in the early 1970s, and was appointed to the staff of freshman Congressman James Blanchard (D-Michigan) in 1975. He served Mr. Blanchard throughout his eight years in the US House of Representatives, and as Senior Staff during his subsequent eight years as Governor of Michigan. After his public service career, Morris worked with a development company based in Detroit, Michigan, which was known for renovation of older downtown properties. Upon retirement in 2009, he and his wife, Audrey, moved to the Washington, DC metropolitan area to be close to their son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.