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Merriam, C. Hart (Clinton Hart), 1855-1942
C. Hart Merriam Collection
Manuscripts Division
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4 boxes
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): 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


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).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Finding aid updated by Valerie Addonizio in 2009.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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.

Credit this material:

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

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