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James Merrill Papers (MSS083)

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Correspondence, Box 1-112, Folders 1-2880

Journals, Box 113-124, Folders 2881-2954

Ouija Material, Box 125-126, Folders 2955-2977

Manuscripts, Box 127-170, Folders 2978-5326

Material Towards Books, Box 170-182, Folders 5327-5497

Audiovisual, Box 183-262

Personal Papers, Box 263-282, Folders 5498-5615

Ephemera, Box 283-302, Folders 5616-5834

Realia, Box 303-310



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Collection Overview

Title: James Merrill Papers (MSS083), 1926-2003Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1926-2003

ID: MSS/MSS/083

Primary Creator: Merrill, James Ingram

Extent: 175.5 Linear Feet

Languages: English, Greek,Modern(1453-)

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection holds a wide variety of materials that document James Ingram Merrill's entire life.

The extensive correspondence is between Merrill and his family, friends, business associates, and others. Thousands of pages of heavily annotated notebooks, typescripts, worksheets, and galleys show Merrill's work towards poems, fiction, and drama. The audiovisual and personal material document other aspects of Merrill's life.

Collection Historical Note

James Ingram Merrill was born in New York City on March 3, 1926, and grew up in Manhattan and Southampton. He was the son of Charles Merrill, co-founder of the brokerage firm Merrill Lynch, and his second wife, Hellen Ingram. He began writing poems as a child, and at age sixteen, while he was in prep school, his father had a book of them privately printed under the title Jim's Books.

Merrill's studies at Amherst College were interrupted by service in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1945. Another book, The Black Swan, was privately printed in 1946 while he was still in college. Following his graduation in 1947, he taught for a year at Bard College. His first trade book, First Poems, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1951 to critical acclaim. In 1956 he used a portion of his inheritance to found the Ingram Merrill Foundation, which has since awarded grants to hundreds of artists and writers. Over the next decade he published two novels, The Seraglio (1957) and The (Diblos) Notebook (1965) as well as two books of poems, The Country of a Thousand Years of Peace (1959) and Water Street (1962). His 1966 collection of poems, Nights and Days, won the National Book Award and brought his work a wider audience.

He went on to earn numerous awards for his poetry, including the Bollingen Prize for Braving the Elements (1972), the Pulitzer Prize for Divine Comedies (1976), and a second National Book Award for Mirabell (1978). In 1983, his epic poem The Changing Light at Sandover (1982) won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

On February 6, 1995 James Merrill died of a heart attack in Tucson, Arizona. His last book, A Scattering of Salts, was published a month later.

Administrative Information

Repository: MSS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Some Restrictions. Contact Curator.

Use Restrictions:

Some Restrictions. Contact Curator.

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: Most of the material was donated by James Merrill. Other portions of the collection were purchased from various individuals.

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-112, Folders 1-2880],
[Series 2: Journals, Box 113-124, Folders 2881-2954],
[Series 3: Ouija Material, Box 125-126, Folders 2955-2977],
[Series 4: Manuscripts, Box 127-170, Folders 2978-5326],
[Series 5: Material Towards Books, Box 170-182, Folders 5327-5497],
[Series 6: Audiovisual, Box 183-262],
[Series 7: Personal Papers, Box 263-282, Folders 5498-5615],
[Series 8: Ephemera, Box 283-302, Folders 5616-5834],
[Series 9: Realia, Box 303-310],
[All]

Series 2: Journals, Box 113-124, Folders 2881-2954Add to your cart.
Consists of James Merrill's journals, David Kalstone's journals, and Bernard de Zogheb's journal.
Sub-Series 1: James Merrill's Journals, Box 113-123, Folders 2881-2945Add to your cart.

Consists of James Merrill's journals with auto entries by Merrill, arranged chronologically by the first date noted in each journal. The dates listed are the beginning and ending dates found in each journal. However, some pages are undated and the dates may be sporadic throughout the journals.

Content index available for some journals, see notes below.

Box 115Add to your cart.
Folder 2892: JNL 71, 1950: August 28 -Add to your cart.
Index Available/Notbook D
Folder 2893: JNL 26, 1950: September 21 - [1951]: February 9Add to your cart.
Folder 2894: JNL 25, 1951: March 2 - 1983: July 19Add to your cart.
Folder 2895: JNL 55, 1951: March 20 - 1960: March 22Add to your cart.
Folder 2896: JNL 60, 1951: June 14 - 1951: December 25Add to your cart.
Index Available/Notebook E
Box 113Add to your cart.
Folder 2881: JNL 61, 1935: November 5 - 1936: March 26Add to your cart.
Folder 2882: JNL 73, 1936: November 9 - 1937: April 2Add to your cart.
Folder 2883: Transcript of journal, 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2884: JNL 57, 1940: January 1 - 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 2885: JNL 27, 1941: January 1 - 1941: December 25Add to your cart.
Folder 2886: JNL 1, 1944: November 11 - 1949: November 13Add to your cart.
Box 114Add to your cart.
Folder 2887: JNL 68, 1948: July 30 - 1950: January 11Add to your cart.
Index Available/Notebook B
Folder 2888: JNL 2, 1949: May 22 - 1949: September 9Add to your cart.
Folder 2889: JNL 69, 1949: December 26 - 1940: August 22Add to your cart.
Index Avaiable/Notebook C
Folder 2890: JNL 36, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 2891: JNL 35, 1950Add to your cart.
Box 116Add to your cart.
Folder 2897: JNL 56, 1952: August -Add to your cart.
Missing as of 2003: May 6
Folder 2898: JNL 28, 1952: December 8 -Add to your cart.
Folder 2899: JNL 4, 1954: March 23 - 1962: October 2Add to your cart.
Folder 2900: JNL 67, 1956: August - 1961: November 14Add to your cart.
Index Available/Notebook J
Folder 2901: JNL 54, 1956: August 9 -Add to your cart.
Box 117Add to your cart.
Folder 2902: JNL 12, 1957: July 28 - 1981: September 13Add to your cart.
Folder 2903: JNL 64, 1958: February 22 -Add to your cart.
Index Available/Notebook I
Folder 2904: JNL 3, 1959: January - 1959: DecemberAdd to your cart.
Folder 2905: JNL 62, 1960: February 1 - 1960: November 11Add to your cart.
Folder 2906: JNL 66, 1961: October 10 - 1963: October 23Add to your cart.
Index Available/Notebook H
Folder 2907: JNL 59, 1963: March 12 - 1964: January 19Add to your cart.
Index Available/Notebook L
Box 118Add to your cart.
Folder 2908: JNL 58, 1964: February 15 - 1967: May 14Add to your cart.
Folder 2909: JNL 31, 1965: May 6 - 1966: AprilAdd to your cart.
Folder 2910: JNL 29, 1967: November 7 - 1975: September 30Add to your cart.
Folder 2911: JNL 5, 1968: June 8 - 1970: January 2Add to your cart.
Folder 2912: JNL 10, 1968: October 27 - 1970: August 25Add to your cart.
Folder 2913: JNL 40, 1969: December 15 - 1971: September 3Add to your cart.
Box 119Add to your cart.
Folder 2914: JNL 6, 1970: June 25 - 1972: June 20Add to your cart.
Folder 2915: JNL 7, 1970: August 29 - 1972: July 23Add to your cart.
Folder 2916: JNL 39, 1972: August 25 - 1975: August 28Add to your cart.
Folder 2917: JNL 38, 1973: March 6 - 1973: December 8Add to your cart.
Folder 2918: JNL 8, 1975: December 18 - 1976: JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 2919: JNL 9, 1976: January 12 - 1977: August 1Add to your cart.
Folder 2920: JNL 30, 1976: March 4 - 1976: May 24Add to your cart.
Box 120Add to your cart.
Folder 2921: JNL 22, 1977: September 18 - 1978: April 1Add to your cart.
Folder 2922: JNL 43, 1977: November 3 - 1982: June 30Add to your cart.
Folder 2923: JNL 14, 1978: December 31 - 1981: June 17Add to your cart.
Folder 2924: JNL 51, 1979: September 12 -Add to your cart.
Folder 2925: JNL 37, 1981: April 1 - 1983: April 26Add to your cart.
Folder 2926: JNL 13, 1981: October 29 - 1994: September 18Add to your cart.
Box 121Add to your cart.
Folder 2927: JNL 15, 1984: February 11 - 1986: March 26Add to your cart.
Folder 2928: JNL 44, 1984: June 3 -Add to your cart.
Folder 2929: JNL 53, 1985: August 29 - 1990: August 3Add to your cart.
Folder 2930: JNL 16, 1986: March 30 - 1986: August 9Add to your cart.
Folder 2931: JNL 17, 1986: September 6 - 1987: November 2Add to your cart.
Folder 2932: JNL 24, 1987: November 9 - 1988 October 16Add to your cart.
Folder 2933: JNL 18, 1989: April 17 - 1989: August 23Add to your cart.
Box 122Add to your cart.
Folder 2934: JNL 23, 1989: August 7 - 1990: March 8Add to your cart.
Folder 2935: JNL 49, 1990: September 6 - 1994: April 4Add to your cart.
Folder 2936: JNL 48, 1991: October 29 - 1992: June 29Add to your cart.
Folder 2937: JNL 47, 1993: April 26 - 1995:Add to your cart.
Folder 2938: JNL 50, 1994: September 24 - 1995: February 5Add to your cart.
Folder 2939: JNL 65, n.d. - 1958: April 11Add to your cart.
Index Available/Notebook G
Folder 2940: JNL 63, n.d. - 1958: May 23Add to your cart.
Index Available/Notebook F
Folder 2941: JNL 52, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 123Add to your cart.
Folder 2942: JNL 72, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2943: JNL 70, n.d.Add to your cart.
Index Available/Notebook A
Folder 2944: JNL 11, n.d.Add to your cart.
Missing as of 2003: May 6
Folder 2945: JNL 46, n.d.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: David Kalstone's Journals, Box 123-124, Folders 2946-2953Add to your cart.

Consists of David Kalstone's (1932-1986, American author) bound venetian journals and daily agenda books, with auto entries by Kalstone, arranged chronologically. (Accession 17250).

Laid in the 1971 book is a printed program for "A Memorial Tribute to David Kalstone," held September 20, 1986, at the New York Public Library. The program contains tributes made at the service by J. D. McClatchy, Richard Poirier, Maxine Groffsky, Edmund White, Alec Treuhaft, Charles Kalstone, Alfred Corn, and James Merrill.

Originally an ALS, 1p., from A. R. Ammons (1926- , American author) to David Kalsone, 1971: May 25 was laid in the 1971 book. This has been separated and is filed in Series I.1.b. Correspondence to JM in the David Kalstone folder.

Box 123Add to your cart.
Folder 2946: Journal, 1968: May 25 - 1973: July 15Add to your cart.
Venice.
Folder 2947: Journal, 1971: July 19 -Add to your cart.

Venice. Includes printed program for "A Memorial Tribute to David Kalstone," held September 20, 1986, at the New York Public Library.The program contains tributes made at the service by J. D. McClatchy, Richard Poirier, Maxine Groffsky, Edmund White, Alec Treuhaft, Charles Kalstone, Alfred Corn, and James Merrill. Also see Accession #17000, Series VI.4. Audiovisual, cassette tapes: "A Memorial Tribute to David Kalstone" 9/20/1986. New York Public Library with J. D. McClatchy, Richard Poirier, Maxine Groffsky, Edmund White, Alec Treuhaft, Charles Kalstone, Alfred Corn, and James Merrill.

Originally included ALS, 1p., from A. R. Ammons (1926- , American author) to David Kalstone, 1971: May 25. This has been separated and is filed in Series I.1.b. Correspondence to JM in the David Kalstone folder.

Folder 2948: Journal, 1973: September 15 - July 23Add to your cart.
Venice.
Folder 2949: Journal, 1974: January 1 - 1978: November 28Add to your cart.
Box 124Add to your cart.
Folder 2950: Daily Agenda, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2951: Daily Agenda, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2952: Daily Agenda, 1983Add to your cart.
New York.
Folder 2953: Daily Agenda, 1984Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Bernard de Zogheb's Journal, Box 124, Folder 2954, 1962-1969Add to your cart.
Spiral notebook with letters from various people to Bernard de Zogheb pasted onto the notebook pages.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1-112, Folders 1-2880],
[Series 2: Journals, Box 113-124, Folders 2881-2954],
[Series 3: Ouija Material, Box 125-126, Folders 2955-2977],
[Series 4: Manuscripts, Box 127-170, Folders 2978-5326],
[Series 5: Material Towards Books, Box 170-182, Folders 5327-5497],
[Series 6: Audiovisual, Box 183-262],
[Series 7: Personal Papers, Box 263-282, Folders 5498-5615],
[Series 8: Ephemera, Box 283-302, Folders 5616-5834],
[Series 9: Realia, Box 303-310],
[All]


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