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Merrill, Stuart, 1863-1915
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Stuart Merrill Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1895-1915 (mostly 1900-1911)
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of letters and a poetry manuscript of the American poet, translator and bohemian Stuart Merrill (1863-1915).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of 67 letters by Merrill to Thomas Brown Rudmose-Brown, a friend and the author of French Literary Studies (1917), which contains a chapter about Merrill concerning the Symbolist movement. Also included are 15 letters to Gabriel Mourey, an art critic; three letters to Jean Moréas, a fellow supporter of the Symbolist movement; and two letters to Alfred Mortier, a literary critic and author. Also present is an undated autograph manuscript of a poem by Merrill entitled "Le Vrai Temple," a small selection of miscellaneous material, and a letter by Merrill to an unknown recipient.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ALS = autograph letter signed and AMsS = autograph manuscript signed


The collection has been arranged alphabetically by author or letter recipient.

Collection Creator Biography:

Merrill, Stuart, 1863-1915

Stuart Merrill was born in 1863 near New York. In his early childhood his parents took him to Paris, where he remained for most of his life. Merrill was closely associated with the Symbolist movement, in which he largely experimented in versification and in the orchestration of verse. He used French for most of his writing. Les Gammes (1887) and Les Fastes (1891) show the influence of Wilde, the Pre-Raphaelite school, and William Morris's socialism. He died in the year 1915.

Collection History

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Stuart Merrill Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1