James Merrill Papers. 1926-2003
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All Series Level Scope and Content Notes

Scope and Contents Note

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.


Consists of general correspondence, family correspondence, business correspondence, correspondence to Frederick Buechner, correspondence from Charles P. Curtis, correspondence in Greek, and unidentified correspondence.

All subseries (I.1 - I.7) have there own box numbering order system, each beginning with #1. None of the subseries have folder numbers. The folders are either arranged alphabetically or chronologically.


This is arranged alphabetically by recipient's last name.


This is arranged alphabetically by author's last name.


This is arranged alphabetically then chronologically.








Arranged alphabetically by last name of recipient.


Arranged alphabetically by last name of author.

There is some correspondence intermingled that is not to James Merrill, which has not been separated out.


Includes correspondence relating to James Merrill and Family, correspondence between Chalres E. Merrill, Sr. and Kinta Desmare, correspondence to Hellen Ingram Merrill Plummer from family and friends.

Folder titles are general titles, the correspondence may be from or to others not labeled on the folder.

May include some correspondence to James Merrill sporadically throughout the series.


Arranged alphabetically by last name of recipient.


Arranged alphabetically by first name of author.


Arranged alphabetically.


This is arranged alphabetically by organization name.


Consists of photocopies of the correspondence, arranged chronologically.


Consists of correspondence from Charles P. Curtis to Ellen and Nelly about his big game hunting trip in Africa, housed in a scrapbook, ca. 30 letters, arranged chronologically.

There is also a newsclipping about Curtis' trip, October 31, 1920.

Also included is TLS, 1p, 1921: March 3, from editor of the Atlantic Monthly to Margaret P. Montague, Boston about Curtis' letters and not seeing much potential for publication.


Uncatalogued.

This includes letters both from James Merrill and to him.


Arranged alphabetically by first name of recipient.





Arranged alphabetically by first name of author or first letter of first name, when the full name could not be made out.


Arranged chronologically.


Arranged chronologically.


Arranged alphabetically, then chronologically.





Arranged alphabetically by first name of author.


Arranged alphabetically.


Arranged in reverse chronological order.





Arranged alphabetically by first name of author.


Arranged chronologically.


Arranged chronologically.








Consists of James Merrill's journals, David Kalstone's journals, and Bernard de Zogheb's journal.

Each subseries has its own box numbering order system, each beginning with #1. None of the subseries have folder numbers.


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.


Index Available/Notebook B


Index Avaiable/Notebook C


Index Available/Notbook D


Index Available/Notebook E


Missing as of 2003: May 6


Index Available/Notebook J


Index Available/Notebook I


Index Available/Notebook H


Index Available/Notebook L


Index Available/Notebook G


Index Available/Notebook F


Index Available/Notebook A


Missing as of 2003: May 6


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.


Venice.


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.


Venice.


New York.


Spiral notebook with letters from various people to Bernard de Zogheb pasted onto the notebook pages.


Consists of transcripts from James Merrill's sessions with the Ouija board, which were used as inspirations for some of his poetry. These are arranged by format (bound, notebook, and looseleaf) and then chronologically within each group.

The dates listed are the beginning and ending dates noted in each grouping. However, some of the pages are undated and the dates may be sporadic.

This series has one box and one folder numbering order system, beginning with #1.


Ts, (black binder), pages 1 - 184.


Ts, (white binder), pages 185 - 319.


Athens.


Includes TLS, to James Merrill from Bruce Taylor, 1981: February 5, 1p.


Ts and Ts[x]


Ts[x] and Ms[x]


Ms


Ts and Ms


Ts


Ms


Ms


Ts, pages 231-308.


Ts[x] (copy of most of above material), pages 229-302.


Ts[x]


Ms


Consists of material by James Merrill and by others.

The two subseries (IV.1 Manuscripts by JM and IV.2. Manuscripts by Others) has its own box numbering order system, each beginning with #1. Neither subseries has folder numbers.


Consists of poems; poetic sequences; prose; drama; translations; miscellaneous manuscripts; and unidentified manuscripts by James Merrill.

This is arranged by genre, then alphabetically.


Consists of individual poems by Merrill, arranged alphabetically by title or first line.

The following manuscripts, published in the Collected Poems, are not in the manuscript collection here at WU: At a Texas Wishing Well, p. 748; Author in Exile to his Publisher, p. 800; Blackcock, p. 799; Les Collines, p. 773; The Eel, p. 791; From "The Broken Home", p. 739; Idea, p. 839; The Image Maker; In the Greenhouse, p. 796; Little Fallacy, p. 493; Poets at Home; Pyrargyrite Metal, p. 789; The Shadow of the Magnolia, p. 98; The Summer People, p. 72; Two Double Dactyls, p. 814; The Water CP, p. [Lodeizen trans.]


Published in Collected Poems, p. 248


Published in Collected Poems, p. 110


Published in Collected Poems, p. 9


Published in Collected Poems, p. 817


Not published; also titled Advice to a Statue / "April 1945"


Also titled After a Quarrel


Published in Collected Poems, p. 853


Not published ; on yellow paper, pencil, with list of poems such as "1002nd Night" that appear in Nights and Days


Published in Collected Poems, p. 134


Published in Collected Poems, p. 486


Published in Collected Poems, p. 296


Not published


Not published; includes a page of "Variations: White Stag, Black Bear;" one draft on typed copy of "Little Fallacy"


Not published; "July 1945"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 604


Published in Collected Poems, p. 668


Not published


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 87


Not published; "May, 1943;" 34 lines blank verse


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 160


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 158


Published in Collected Poems, p. 318


Published in Collected Poems, p. 257


Published in Collected Poems, p. 829


Published in Collected Poems, p. 504


Published in Collected Poems, p. 468


Published in Collected Poems, p. 196


Published in Collected Poems, p. 912


Not published; Pool at 1000 Peachtree Battle Ave NW


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 811


Not published


Not published


Not published


Not published under this title; titled "Elegy" except for last draft, dated 1961; next to last draft of "Elegy" dated Autumn 1960; note on one draft "NY Times Summer 1961;" one draft entitled "Two Elegies," with "The Art Dealer;" published as Autumn Elegy Collected Poems p. 735


Not published; typed white note card


Published in Collected Poems, p. 325


Published in Collected Poems, p. 733


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 707


Not published; "Dec. 1941"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 703


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 809; "James I. Merrill, '43;" May 1944 at bottom; all 3 drafts 1944


Published in Collected Poems, p. 736


Published in Collected Poems, p. 189


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 590


Not published; "November, 1942"


Not published; "May 1945"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 708


Not published


Not published; "28.ix.75"


Not published; "July, 1925"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 329


Published in Collected Poems, p. 3


Published in Collected Poems, p. 3; "Keep separate--these sheets included w/Friar letters," but only one sheet.


Not published; "November 1943"


Not published; "Orient Express 1983"


Not published; "June, 1943"


Not published; "September, 1942"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 462


Published in Collected Poems, p. 646


Not published


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 2


Published in Collected Poems, p. 197


Published in Collected Poems, p. 449


Not published


Not published


Not published; 4 lines on a yellow note card


Not published; also titled Song of the Uglies


Published in Collected Poems, p. 717


Published in Collected Poems, p. 202


Published in Collected Poems, p. 2 ; in French, quatrains


Published in Collected Poems, p. 743


Published in Collected Poems, p. 750


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 769


Not published; "8 - ix - 61;" 6 verse praising, thanking people


Published in Collected Poems, p. 461


Published in Collected Poems, p. 74


Published in Collected Poems, p. 195


Not published


Not published


Not published; limerick


Published in Collected Poems, p. 766; crossed out: "Nina de la tierra" "1969"


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 148


Published in Collected Poems, p. 371


Published in Collected Poems, p. 849


Not published; Note: folder states 2 pages; story of Anthony's contrition, setting Florence; "January, August, November, 1942"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 866


Published in Collected Poems, p. 406


Published in Collected Poems, p. 11


Published in The Changing Light


Not published; love poem for David in Jamaica


Not published


Not published; "February 1945"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 17


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 571


Published in Collected Poems, p. 650


Published in Collected Poems, p. 681; also titled The Blue Eye


Published in Collected Poems, p. 756


Published in Collected Poems, p. 57


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 742


Published in Collected Poems, p. 92


Not published; folder states 1 item


Published in Collected Poems, p. 204


Published in Collected Poems, p. 14


Not published; "July, 1942"


Not published; "(with gift of a salt dish)"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 255


Published in Collected Poems, p. 503


Published in Collected Poems, p. n;


Published in Collected Poems, p. 104


Published in Collected Poems, p. 444


Not published; folder states one item


Published in Collected Poems, p. 425


Published in Collected Poems, p. 868; also titled To Wake (Days of 1994), Summer Visits (1994)


Published in Collected Poems, p. 803


Published in Collected Poems, p. 348


Published in Collected Poems, p. 220


Published in Collected Poems, p. 3; also titled Days of 1934


Published in Collected Poems, p. 540


Not published; first letters of 5 line poem spell DAVID


Not published; quatrain


Not published; "July, 1942"


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 494; Dedication [1943] "to my mother;" "June-August 1943," sonnet


Not publishedsonnet, also to his mother?


Published in Collected Poems, p. 123


Published in Collected Poems, p. 741


Not published; folder states one item; on typed page, an additional poem, Titania


Published in Collected Poems, p. 764


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 413


Published in Collected Poems, p. 697


Not published; "February 1946"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 838


Published in Collected Poems, p. 419


Not published; on John Donne?; "January 1944"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 98


Not published; "11.xi.85"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 589


Not published; "October, 1943"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 1150


Published in Collected Poems, p. 345


Published in Collected Poems, p. 12


Published in Collected Poems, p. 82


Not published; "circa 1949"


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 709


Not published; "July, November, 1943"


Not published; typed on yellow card, birthday of "Charlee"


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 729


Not published; "June 1942"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 538; includes Death of a Millionaire


Published in Collected Poems, p. 314


Published in Collected Poems, p. 343; "Summer '71;" also titled Seascape with Dentist


Not published


Not published


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 692


Not published


Not published; "22.ix.79"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 821; "25.viii;" also titled "A Marriage"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 13


Published in Collected Poems, p. 726


Published in Collected Poems, p. 244


Published in Collected Poems, p. 825


Not published


Not published


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 701


Not published; "November 1944"


Not published; "12.viii.89"


Not published; also titled Slides


Not published


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 654


Not published; sonnet


Not published; to Kimon Friar?


Published in Collected Poems, p. 581; draft page of Geiger Counter


Published in Collected Poems, p. 259


Published in Collected Poems, p. 507; also titled Youth and The Fourteenth Summer


Published in Collected Poems, p. 31


Published in Collected Poems, p. 59


Not published; also titled Juvenilia; "First Poems for Frederick Buechner "12.i.79;" also dated "1972" and "4.i.73;" on Amherst College stationary 4 quatrains


Published in Collected Poems, p. 818


Published in Collected Poems, p. 152; also titled Five Leaves from the Album in the Waiting Room


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 347


Published in Collected Poems, p. 6


Published in Collected Poems, p. 251; 1 page titled "Goodbye [Adieu] and After


Published in Collected Poems, p. 27


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 686


Not published; filed in the "F's" because first draft title "for E."?; also for G. for R. and I.


Not published


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, pink note card w/ stamp of E. Dickinson; quatrain; "21.vii.81"


Not published; quatrain in red ink


Not published; 24.iii.88; also titled In the Study and Little Hall


Published in Collected Poems, p. 781; "16 July 1950;" 5 lines on "despair is over for a time"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 139


Not published


Not published; "July 1945;" "The marble eye will never close but who;" For S. T. J., Jr. 1?; "July 1945"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 686


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 820


Published in Collected Poems, p. 723


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 25


Not Published; two typed lines on postcard; "2/1"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 228


Published in Collected Poems, p. 130


Published in Collected Poems, p. 679


Published in Collected Poems, p. 207


Published in Collected Poems, p. 463


Not published; folder states 1 item


Published in Collected Poems, p. 739; from "The Broken Home" in Collected Poems


Not published; typewritten on blue note card addressed to Peter Hooten, 20 East 17 Street NY; "1.ix.84"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 513; from The Image Maker


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 754


Published in Collected Poems, p. 18; also titled Eden, Idyll, Winter Idyll


Published in Collected Poems, p. 834; "(DJ from his fond JM)" "for DJ"


Not published; "November 1944"


Not published; "August 1945"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 150


Published in Collected Poems, p. 535


Not Published; "April 1942"


Not published; "7-8 March 63"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 810


Not published; "October, 1942"


Not published; "ca. 1943 - 4;" ballet danced to Granados' Goyescas, music based upon certain drawings by Goya


Published in Collected Poems, p. 568


Not published; "for Grace Stone 1960? 61?"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 7


Published in Collected Poems, p. 136


Published in Collected Poems, p. 29


Published in Collected Poems, p. 405


Published in Collected Poems, p. 629


Not published; for Harry and Kathleen


Published in Collected Poems, p. 5


Published in Collected Poems, p. 63


Not published; "9.i.73


Not published; "August, 1942"


Not published


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 418


Not published


Not published; DMc from JM; 30.iv.80


Published in Collected Poems, p. 836


Not published


Not published


Not published


Not published; "December, 1942"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 205

Drafts also under Coda: The Higher Keys


Published in Collected Poems, p. 534


Not published


Not published; "March 1945"


Not published; "October 1946"


Not published; sketch of the face of a female veiled or mummy like


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 608


Published in Collected Poems, p. 436


Not published in this form


Published in Collected Poems, p. 830; "Raritan"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 68


Published in Collected Poems, p. 740


Published in Collected Poems, p. 16


Published in Collected Poems, p. 50


Not published; "1963"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 790; "How to make Bob and Doris see the fruits of their half century?;" "15 June 1985"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 828


Not published; "1957"


Not published


Not published


Not published; "May 1944"


Not published; "7.vi.67"


Not published; "November, 1942"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 569


Published in Collected Poems, p. 433


Published in Collected Poems, p. 832


Not published; "9.iv.85"


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 854 as Minotaur; "Some drafts of 'Minotaur;" "22-25.ix.94"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 301


Published in Collected Poems, p. 319


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 477


Published in Collected Poems, p. 121


Published in Collected Poems, p. 857


Not published; about Baudelaire, 5 lines


Published in Collected Poems, p. 710


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 623


Published in Collected Poems, p. 850


Published in Collected Poems, p. 580; includes one draft page of Walks in Rome


Published in Collected Poems, p. 411


Not published; Juan Burning the Diary 20/727


Published in Collected Poems, p. 677 items; Black Swan dedication “To Kimon Friar”


Published in Collected Poems, p. 883; also Unlovely Fauna drafts


Published in Collected Poems, p. 361


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 734


Published in Collected Poems, p. 24


Published in Collected Poems, p. 867


Published in Collected Poems, p. 334


Published in Collected Poems, p. 238


Published in Collected Poems, p. 67


Published in Collected Poems, p. 89


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 721


Published in Collected Poems, p. 724


Published in Collected Poems, p. 447


Not published; 11 lines in Greek


Not published; "Nov. 1941"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 145


Published in Collected Poems, p. 702


Published in Collected Poems, p. 475


Not published


Not published; "Letter (unpublished)"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 164


Not published


Not published; version of "Elizabeth" poem


Not published; 1945 newspaper; "J.I.M."


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 245


Not published


Not published?; "American Letters '48;" page from the magazine apparently


Not published; pencil draft lines from Bronze on one page


Not published; 4 lines on white note card


Not published; ink on yellowing paper


Published in Collected Poems, p. 201


Not published


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 119


Published in Collected Poems, p. 295


Published in Collected Poems, p. 637; also titled Sodom Was, Sodom Rome Babylon, Notes on NY, The NY School, A Look Askance at New York, A Look Askance at Xandau


Not published; "Ca. 44" in red ink


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 227


Published in Collected Poems, p. 572


Published in Collected Poems, p. 362


Not published; "James I. Merrill '43"


Not published; also titled The Two by Moonlight


Published in Collected Poems, p. 64


Not published; "1967;" On sheet a separate villanelle "642719" / "1967;" also the "theatres" poem about Baudelaire 1956


Published in Collected Poems, p. 765


Published in Collected Poems, p. 206


Published in Collected Poems, p. 186


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 312


Published in Collected Poems, p. 379


Published in Collected Poems, p. 96


Not published/ sonnet


Published in Collected Poems, p. 767


Published in Collected Poems, p. 267


Not published; file card


Published in Collected Poems, p. 368


Not published; sonnet "Oct 1941"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 7


Not published; "August, 1942"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 716; "1967"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 530


Not published; "1958"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 435


Published in Collected Poems, p. 78


Published in Collected Poems, p. 478


Not published; paper note


Not published; half sheet of paper


Published in Collected Poems, p. 854; clean drafts


Not published; "July, 1942"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 83


Published in Collected Poems, p. 794


Not published; poem about David losing himself


Published in Collected Poems, p. 438


Not published; "27.viii;" on the moon walk


Published in Collected Poems, p. 851 as More Bits


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 237


Published in Collected Poems, p. 632


Published in Collected Poems, p. 602


Published in Collected Poems, p. 496


Not published; "November 1946"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 261


Published in Collected Poems, p. 746


Published in Collected Poems, p. 815


Not published; "July 1945"


Not published; "Winter 1941-42"


Not published; "January 1943;" sonnet


Published in Collected Poems, p. 722


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. "June, 1942"


Not published; "25.i.95"


Not published; "/in red ink: college days"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 627


Not published; pink note card; 4 line personal ad


Not published; "July, 1944;" "James I. Merrill '43"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 77


Published in Collected Poems, p. 846


Not published; "December, 1942"


Not published


Not published; "25.viii"


Not published; "January, 1943" ; also titled Sonnet


Published in Collected Poems, p. 175


Published in Collected Poems, p. 249


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 591


Published in Collected Poems, p. 191


Not published; "NY 1948?9?"


Not published; "August, 1942"


Not published; "1963"


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 753


Not published


Not published; "Oct. 1941"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 624


Published in Collected Poems, p. 843; drafts and JM reaction to criticism of poem


Not published; "Ca. 1960"


Not published


Not published


Not published


Not published


Not published


Not published; "November, 1942"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 58


Not published; "22.vi. 79"


Not published


Not published


Not published; "/ 21.viii.89"


Not published; "2.i.73;" Version of First Poems


Not published; folder states: Olive Green


Not published; "October 1944"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 802; also titled Cavafy: On an . . .


Published in Collected Poems, p. 633


Published in Collected Poems, p. 737


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 661


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 757


Published in Collected Poems, p. 263


Not published; 1965?


Published in Collected Poems, p. 725


Published in Collected Poems, p. 856


Published in Collected Poems, p. 97


Not published; "October, 1942"


Not published; anagrams on Sitwell's name


Published in Collected Poems, p. 240


Published in Collected Poems, p. 666


Published in Collected Poems, p. 428


Not published; "June, 1942"


Not published


Not published; not Valéry


Published in Collected Poems, p. 420


Published in Collected Poems, p. 761


Published in Collected Poems, p. 529


Published in Collected Poems, p. 37


Published in Collected Poems, p. 163


Published in Collected Poems, p. 246


Not published; birthday poem for DJ 1962


Not published under this title, whole day in Beirut


Published in Collected Poems, p. 472


Published in Collected Poems, p. 39


Published in Collected Poems, p. 665


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 842


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 38


Published in Collected Poems, p. 103


Published in Collected Poems, p. 48


Published in Collected Poems, p. 682; folder states 1 item


Published in Collected Poems, p. 440


Published in Collected Poems, p. 684; "April 1946"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 835


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 299


Published in Collected Poems, p. 416


Not published


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 833


Published in Collected Poems, p. 649


Not published; "Who never find out how to give things names"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 15


Published in Collected Poems, p. 132


Published in Collected Poems, p. 741


Published in Collected Poems, p. 271


Published in Collected Poems, p. 614


Not published


Not published; white note card from Hellen, w/ 6 lines by JM


Not published; "July, 1942;" of a woman


Not published; "November 1944"


Not published; sonnet


Not published; "May, 1943" ; "(from The Tales of Hoffman)"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 114


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 262; folder states Preface to the Memories


Not published; "May, 1943"


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 638


Published in Collected Poems, p. 40


Published in Collected Poems, p. 137


Published in Collected Poems, p. 583


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 541


Published in Collected Poems, p. 664


Not published; also titled Puppet Theatre and Little Players


Published in Collected Poems, p. 663


Not published; early


Not published; typed 5 line stanzas


Published in Collected Poems, p. 653


Published in Collected Poems, p. 469


Not published; pencil on small note card


Not published/ "June 1941"


Not published; "August, 1942"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 156


Published in Collected Poems, p. 258


Published in Collected Poems, p. 66


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 619; also titled Turtle


Published in Collected Poems, p. 423


Published in Collected Poems, p. 859; folder states Rhapsody on Czech Things


Not published; in English; "June, 1943"


Not published; "'Plectrum' tentative title"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 611


Published in Collected Poems, p. 23


Published in Collected Poems, p. 155


Published in Collected Poems, p. 751


Published in Collected Poems, p. 508


Published in Collected Poems, p. 712


Not published; penciled on fragment of an air letter


Published in Collected Poems, p. 73


Published in Collected Poems, p. 79


Published in Collected Poems, p. 439


Published in Collected Poems, p. 479


Published in Collected Poems, p. 141


Published in Collected Poems, p. 422


Published in Collected Poems, p. 635


Not published; "ca. 1963"


Not published; "Feb. 1942"


Not published; "11.vii.71"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 758


Published in Collected Poems, p. 669; in blue ink: "a poem written entirely on the computer"


Not published; "1950-51?"


Not published; "ca. 1944"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 501


Not published; "June, 1946;" "from the French of Charles Baudelaire"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 749


Not published; white note card; 16. ix.92


Not published; this draft belongs with drafts of Overdue Pilgrimage


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 827


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 747; also titled Villanelle


Published in Collected Poems, p. 233


Not mss. but pages from Poetry magazine; "June '61" Old Vienna, Economic Man, etc.


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 166


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 826


Published in Collected Poems, p. 607


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 65


Published in Collected Poems, p. 840


Not published; "May-June 1942"


Not published"November 1944"


Not published


Not published


Not published; "to a gay deceiver"


Not published


"From the French of Charles Baudelaire"


"We got it when the Baptist church next door"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 118


Not publishedearly poem


Published in Collected Poems, p. 336


Not published


Not published; in red ink: "late '50's"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 823


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 109; also titled The Cottage in the Garden; folder states: A Survivor


Published in Collected Poems, p. 690


Published in Collected Poems, p. 167


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 355


Published in Collected Poems, p. 731


Not published; (1959); Ten [More] Commandments for ?


Published in Collected Poems, p. 168


Not published


Not published


Not published; "April, 1944"


Not published; "29.4.79


Not published


Not published; 4 lines on red card, gift for Frank from D and J


Not published; half sheet "James I. Merrill. AGE 10"


Not published; draft belongs in First Poems folder


Not published; "June 1945"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 415


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 61


Not published; red note card


Not published; Happy Birthday to Harriet and Grace


Published in Collected Poems, p. 176


Not published


Not published; "October, 1943"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 90


Published in Collected Poems, p. 93


Not published; "September, 1942"


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 192


Published in Collected Poems, p. 62


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 161


Published in Collected Poems, p. 831


Not published; parchment card: On Her Birthday, MXMIII


Not published; also titled To Remember Jean


Published in Collected Poems, p. 241


Not published; "October 1946"


Not published; "Athens: 13.viii.73"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 616


Not published


Not published


Not published; "15 Feb 64"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 759


Published in Collected Poems, p. 642


Published in Collected Poems, p. 429


Not published; couplet


Published in Collected Poems, p. 33


Published in Collected Poems, p. 470


Not published; "July, 1942;" 6 quatrains


Published in Collected Poems, p. 75


Not published


Not published; "August, 1942;" Chason de Crépuscule


Not published; "July 1945"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 752


Not published; 2 five line stanzas; 1. Nulla Dies sine Linea; 2. Pentimento


Published in Collected Poems, p. 505


Not published; red and blue note cards; "Christian from James 10.iii.86 Key West"


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 330


Published in Collected Poems, p. 327


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 339


Published in Collected Poems, p. 72


Published in Collected Poems, p. 437


Published in Collected Poems, p. 674


Published in Collected Poems, p. 127


Published in Collected Poems, p. 700


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 42


Published in Collected Poems, p. 19


Not published; "March 1945"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 385


Published in Collected Poems, p. 353


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 95


Published in Collected Poems, p. 190


Published in Collected Poems, p. 131


Published in Collected Poems, p. published as Storm 848


Published in Collected Poems, p. 112


Published in Collected Poems, p. 641; also titled Volume 61, Number 8 and Vol. 58, NO. 3


Published in Collected Poems, p. 617


Not published; paper scrap


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 107


Published in Collected Poems, p. 563


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 205; also titled At the Ballet; in blue ink: "in N.Y. Ballet Program (1963?)"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 157


Published in Collected Poems, p. 502


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 763


Not published; It does have a title: Poem


Not published; "24 October;" about attending boring Hudson Review party


Not published


Not published


Not published; "October 1941"


Not published; albino girl poem again; "James Merrill 431 E 57 NY"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 399


Published in Collected Poems, p. 76


Published in Collected Poems, p. 392


Published in Collected Poems, p. 49


Published in Collected Poems, p. 324


Not published


Not published; in red ink: "1958 (unfinished)"


Published in Collected Poems, p. 71


Not published; apparently the 1940's


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 235


Published in Collected Poems, p. 719


Published in Collected Poems, p. 18


Published in Collected Poems, p. 328


Published in Collected Poems, p. 380


Not published; early


Not published; on note card Alison and Jonathan


Not published


Not published; quarter paper; "12 June 1944;" For Friar?


Not published


Not published


Not published; "July 1945;" sonnet


Not published


Published in Collected Poems, p. 706


Consists of sequences of poems by Merrill, arranged alphabetically by title or first line.


Accession 1666.


Consists of prose work by Merrill including fiction, non-fiction, and fragments, arranged by category then alphabetically by title or first line.


Arranged alphabetically by interviewees last name.


Arranged alphabetically by author's last name.


Missing as of 2004: March 2.


Consists of drama work by Merrill, arranged alphabetically by title.


Two copies of the original version and Ts short story or sketch.


Two copies of revised version.


Two copies.


Tentative sketches, precis, journal entries.


Two copies and playbill.


Five copies.


Drafts and scripts.


Consists of translations by Merrill, arranged alphabetically by title or first line.


Consists of autograph manuscripts and typescripts by JM. Some have titles and some do not. They were not easily identifiable with specific JM works. These are roughly arranged chronologically.


Located in oversize.


Consists of manuscripts by others, arranged alphabetically by author's last name, then by title or first line. Some material had no author identified, this material is filed by Unidentified author and arranged by title or first line.

Some folders may contain more than one poem.


The manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by author's last name, then by title or first line.


Includes TLS, 1p from Bagg to Merrill (1967: October 6).


Includes ALS, 2 p from Fitzgerald to Merrill (1980: November 25).


Includes ALS, 1 p from Harteis to Merrill (1981: September 10).


Authors include: Robert Frost, Joy Hawkins, Emerson, William James.


Authors include: Adrien de Menasce, Simone Rodocanachi, Fay Guarino, Laura Terni, Marcel Salinas, Suzy Romano, Peter Calvious, Johnny Nahman, Rosine Moreno, Maggie Debbane.


Includes ALS, 2 p from Snodgrass to Merrill (1975: September 29)


These manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by title or first line because the author is unidentified.


Consists of material towards books including page proofs, galley proofs, business, typescripts/manuscripts, correspondence, drafts, notes, and changes and corrections for the different books by Merrill.

This is arranged chronologically by publication date.

This series has one box numbering order system, beginning with #1 and no folder numbers.


Located in oversize.


Located in oversize.


Page proof from one poem in the publication, with holograph annotations and revisions.


Title page and page signed by JM that describes publication information.


Page proofs.


Consists of photographs, negatives, slides, cassette tapes, video tapes, and reel-to-reels.

This series has one box numbering order system, beginning with #1 and no folder numbers.


The photographs are divided in the categories below. The folders are only partially labeled. Some are located in oversize.


There was no apparent original order of these photographs. They are sorted into general categories, including James Merrill, Family, Friends, and Places. However, some photographs may overlap categories. For example, there may be family photographs in with friends, and vice versa.


Some photographs have labels on the back indentifying the photograph; the labels were put on by staff or scholars. Words written in pencil in brackets [ ], on the back of the photographs were written by staff to identify the photograph. Some photographs are identified by the label on the folder they are in.


Includes photographs of James Merrill as a child, as a young man, in college, in the 1960s and 1970s, as an older man, and professional photographs of him.

PRESERVATION: Photo 4.25x5.5" oval, black and white photo in 7.5x8.75" oval wooden frame of bust of JM as a child [Rip across middle of photo and attached to the frame and storage concern]. Stored wrapped in tissue paper at end of collections with box of Photo albums and Scrapbooks.

PRESERVATION: Photo 6.5x9" black and white photo of JM young and in military uniform; in glass frame 13x15" with "Dan Dan" engraved on the glass at the top. [Should be dismounted and storage concern]. Stored wrapped in bubblewrap at the end of the collection in an oversize box.


Includes photographs of James Merrill's family arranged alphabetically by last name, then general family and friends, and children.

PRESERVATION: Photo 4x5.5" oval, black and white photo in glass of Mary Jane Power, teen girl in lacy dress with cameo broach and hairpiece with feather [Glass is cracked, but not chipping off and storage concern]. Stored wrapped in tissue paper at end of collection with Photo albums and Scrapbooks.

PRESERVATION: Photo collage in wooden frame 8.75x6.75", includes baby, woman, woman ice skating, and man in bathing suit with gold and silver checkerboard background [Storage concern]. Stored in tissue paper at end of collection in box with Photo albums and Scrapbooks.


Includes photographs of James Merrill's friends arranged alphabetically by last name and then general groups of friends.


Includes photographs of places including 702 Elizabeth, Key West; "The Orchard;" Southampton; Stonington; and others. This group also includes photographs of animals and objects.

Photographs of Merrill's Key West house taken by Rollie McKenna located in oversize.


Includes photographs of James Merrill as a child, as a young man, in military uniform, his family, his friends, places/houses, and others.


The original order was not maintained. The photographs have been sorted by people and places, then arranged alphabetically by last name or place name. Located in oversize


Includes photographs of David Jackson, his family, and his friends especially James Merrill.


Includes photographs from Peter Hooten.


Includes photographs from Jerl Surratt.


Includes various miscellaneous photographs.


Includes photographs that may be duplicates of photographs in the earlier boxes.


Includes photographs of James Merrill as a child and his family.


The original order was maintained. Photo album has been disposed of.


Includes photographs of a house and Merrill's family.


The original order was maintained.


Includes photographs of James Merrill as a child and his family.

The original order was maintained. Photo album has been disposed of.


The original order was maintained. Photo album has been disposed of.


ca. 500 negatives intermixed with slides, no apparent order.


ca. 500 slides intermixed with negatives, no apparent order.


Consists of James Merrill's general, medical, legal, and financial materials.

This series has one box and one folder numbering order system, beginning with #1.

Please ask archivist for detailed item listing.


Accession 1526.


See also scrapbooks in Series IX. Realia.


See also scrapbooks in Series IX. Realia.


See scrapbooks in Series IX. Realia.


See also scrapbooks in Series IX. Realia.


6x7" framed drawing by Merrill, "To My dear Mama: I Love Your Very Much" (1938) wrapped and located in realia box.


PRESERVATION: Painting 10x14", paint on canvas assumed by JM of young boy holding a flower, lots of green [canvas nailed to wooden frame on back, nails rusting, paint chipping, tear in middle area of canvas and stored horizontally, but needs stored vertically]. Stored near end of collection with box of Scrapbooks.

Some located in oversize.


No detailed item listing available.


No detailed item listing available.


No detailed item listing available.


No detailed item listing available.


Consists of print and magazine material, clippings, and programs concerning James Merrill and concerning others.

Each subseries has its own box numbering order system, each beginning with #1.


The VIII.1.a-c. includes material featuring poems etc. by JM, with articles discussing JM, and material unrelated to JM.

The print material in VIII.1.a-c. is located in several different locations: within the collection, in the special collection general stacks or queue, or the library's regular stacks. Please ask archivist for item listing for details.

The VIII.1.a-c. have no folders, the material is arranged by category, then chronologically.

The VIII.1.d, e, f. have one folder numbering order system, beginning with #1.





This includes offprints, articles, and photocopies. The items may overlap with some items in the other subseries of Print and Magazine and/or with the Clippings.

These items were found together and were separate from the other materials in the above mentioned series and subseries, so they are kept separate in this subseries.

This is arranged alphabetically by author's last name or title of document. Some of the items have inscriptions and/or signatures.


Includes material concerning JM and not concerning JM.

The two subseries have there own folder numbering order system, each beginning with #1.


This has its own folder numbering system, beginning with #1.


Missing original as of 2003: May 17 (ca. 12 items).


Missing original as of 2003: May 17 (ca. 17 items).


Incluldes material on the scandal involving a Stonington grocery store and the poem "November Ode" .


Includes JM obituaries and news of his death.


Missing as of 2003: May 17.


Missing original as of 2003: May 17 (ca. 25 items).


Missing as of 2003: May 17.


Missing original as of 2003: May 17 (ca. 14 items).


Missing as of 2003: May 17.


Missing as of 2003: May 17.


Missing as of 2003: May 17.


Missing original as of 2003: May 17 (ca. 40 items).


This has its own folder numbering system, beginning with #1.


Includes material related to Mary McCarthy and Elizabeth Bishop.


Including material related to Peter Hooten, W. H. Auden, John Hersey, Eugenio Montale, Maya Deren, Freddie Buechner, Kimon Friar, J. D. McClatchy, Stephen Yenser, David Jackson family.


This material includes mateiral about the combustion of the house on 11th Street which JM wrote about.


Includes various types of programs.

This has its own folder numbering order system, beginning with #1.


PRESERVATION: Flyer 11x14", paper painted red with paper of JM biography attached, Oct. 13, Central Library [mounted on cardboard, but paper is pealing away]. Stored in OVERSIZE.


Scrapbook containing programs and clippings about operas JM attended, 100 pages, 2 sided.

Stored at end of collection with Photo albums and Scrapbooks.


Consists of James Merrill's awards, book, glasses, camera, baby clothes and shoes, etc.


The Lawrenceville Medal for Eminent Achievement: 3.5" diameter silver medal with red and black ribbon necklace, engraved on back "James I. Merrill '43, October 11, 1991" . In wooden box.


The National Arts Club: 2.5" diameter bronze medal, with lady on front holding award with words "Medal of Honor" , engraved on back "For Distinction in Literature, James Merrill, February 23, 1989" . In box.


Brandeis University Creative Arts Award: 3" diameter bronze medal with woman, man/horse, and boy with trumpet on front, engraved on back "Poetry, James Merrill, 1985" . In box.


The Elmer H. Bobst Award for Contributing to Arts & Letters: 3" diameter bronze medal, with face of Elmer H. Bobst on front, with wording on back "The Bobst Library, New York University" with image of the library building. In box.


The New York Public Library Literary Lions 10th Anniversary.


State of Connecticut, Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Arts Award. In box.


National Book Award


The Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Missing as of 2004: March 24.


The Golden Plate Award (When John Ashberry received it, he said "I wonder if it's dishwasher proof?" )

Located in oversize.


The Presidents Club of Florida State University Honors James I. Merrill as a Member


The Golden Plate Award Medal: 2.5" diameter gold medal with purple ribbon necklace, wtih seated woman statue on front with words "Gathering of the Greats" , with wording on the back "American Academy of Achievement, Banquet of the Golden Plate" .


The American Academy of Arts and Letters: 1x1" pin with horse with wings, engraved on back "James Merrill, December 1, 1989" .


The Sabrina Society of Amherst College: 2.75" diameter golden medal, with seated lady statue on front, with wording on back "It Asks of Us a Certain Height, Robert Frost At Amherst, 1963" with building and trees.


Green glasses in red leather case.


Poster 38x12", "The whole view of Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall" in mailing tube.


Poster 11x14", announcing poetry reading by JM. Located in oversize.


Poster 16x24", announcing poetry reading by JM at the Unversity of Western Ontario. Located in oversize.


Poster 14x22", announcing poetry reading by JM at Princeton Unversity. Located in oversize.


Poster 15x23", announcing Mary McCarthy tribute at Vassar College. Located in oversize.


Poster 10.5x16.5", announcing the publication of A Different Person. 4 copies. Located in oversize.


By James Merrill, New York: Atheneum, 1983. Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Book with burgundy leather cover in book box.


JM's camera.


2.75x6" photo stand-up wooden cutout of James Merrill as a young boy.


Silver cup, with "James Ingram Merrill" engraved with leaves, in brown flannel bag with words "Tiffany & Co., New York."


Silver silverware includes: baby spoon with engraving of "This little piggy went to market" and "Jim," baby fork, butter knife, spread knife, spoon with long skinny end.


One baby shoe, coated so gold/copper in color and stiff.


Pair of bronzed baby boots, engraved on each bottom is "Jimmy Merrill 1926." Each came in a plastic sack with handwritten label by Hellen Ingram Plummer, "James Ingram Merrill's first shoes, 1927."


Death mask of James Merrill made out of white plaster.


American Academy of Achievement nametag, "James Merrill, Pulitzer Prize for Poetry" , with words on ribbon "1991 Salute to Excellence Weekend, June 27-29, Guest of Honor" .


Baby clothes:

White muslin-like, long dress with long sleeves; lace around the collar and bottom of the sleeves; two buttons close the back.

Yellow muslin-like short-sleeve shirt with buttons up the front; buttons around the middle, and pocket with button

Beige cotton tank top

Beige shirt with buttons up the front; embroidered ribbing up the front and around the collar

Light beige jumper dress without sleeves; button at the top of each shoulder; embroidered flowers and dots along the bottom edge

White muslin-like short; button close on each side


Plastic canvas piece, with green background and words "Pieces, " "James," and "March" with additional decoration.


"James Merrill, 165 East 72nd Street, Apt. 9A, New York, New York 10021" and envelop with address on back flap.

Stored in VII. Personal Papers - General, 14. Miscellany, folder 61.


James Merrill's baby book with photographs.


Blank journal, 6.5x8.75".


New York University Presidential Citation for James Merrill, in burgundy leather folder.


Located in oversize.