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Merriam, C. Hart (Clinton Hart), 1855-1942
C. Hart Merriam Collection
Manuscripts Division
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4 boxes
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4


Consists of a fragment of the Merriam archive on the Harriman Alaska Expedition (1899) as well as other materials relating to documentation of Alaskan wildlife and native peoples in the early 1890s. Most of the material is the result of proofing the illustration of a series of published papers documenting the expedition and its findings.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection contains approximately 300 gravures of Alaska and 103 silver gelatin and albumen photographs (ranging from 5x8 to 38x28 cm.), the majority of which are attributed to Merriam. Other photographers include Walter D. Wilcox, O.J. Murie, and Donald R. Dickey. There are also a number of maps, diagrams, some correspondence, and typewritten manuscripts related to publication.


Arranged in four boxes.

Collection Creator Biography:

Merriam, C. Hart (Clinton Hart), 1855-1942

C. Hart Merriam was an American zoologist, ornithologist, entomologist, and ethnographer. In 1886, he became the first chief of the Division of Economic Ornithology and Mammalogy of the United States Department of Agriculture, predecessor to the National Wildlife Research Center and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. He was one of the original founders of the National Geographic Society in 1888. In 1899, he helped railroad magnate E. H. Harriman to organize an exploratory voyage along the Alaska coastline. He died in Berkeley, California in 1942.

Collection History


Purchased from Gary Edwards in 1997 (WA1997-92).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid updated by Valerie Addonizio in 2009.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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:

C. Hart Merriam Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-4