Howard Merritt Papers

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Howard Merritt Papers
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Call Number: D.479
Dates: 1941-2004 [bulk]
Physical Description: 10 Linear Feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Howard Merritt Papers
Call Number: D.479
Dates: 1941-2004 [bulk]
Physical Description: 10 Linear Feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Born in 1915, Howard Merritt completed his undergraduate degree at Oberlin College and went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts from Princeton University, after which he served in the army during WWII. Upon his discharge from active duty, Merritt returned to the United States to complete his PhD. Merritt then became a professor at the University of Rochester from 1946-1976. Merritt originally studied Renaissance paintings; however, he later developed expertise in the work of the 19th century painter Thomas Cole. As a result, Merritt wrote or co-authored a number of books including Thomas Cole (1969), Studies on Thomas Cole (1967), and The Genesee Country (1975). Florence Merritt was born in 1915 and was employed at the University of Rochester as a lecturer. Florence and Howard had four children. After retiring from the University, the couple bought and sold antiques. During this period, they also donated several pieces to the Memorial Art Gallery, including Thomas Cole's Genesee Scenery.

Scope and Content
The majority of the collection includes the research, lecture notes, published articles and books for Howard Merritt, with a small portion of materials related to Florence. Merritt. Howard wrote and lectured extensively on 19th century painters such as Thomas Cole and Thomas Chambers. Much of Howard's research and lecture notes focus on painting in early America and American landscape, however, his lectures also covered topics such as the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Baroque period. Florence's research and lecture notes, though limited, focus on early America, specifically the American West. The collection also contains the couple's correspondence exchanged among colleagues from 1963-1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was made a gift of the Merrritt family in 2007.Access
The Howard Merritt Papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Howard Merritt Papers, D.479, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Kristina Fricker and Danielle Vander Horst
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1"The American Spirit in Portaiture", Notes on Introduction, Printed Materials
Box 1, Folder 2American Genre, Lectures and Lecture Notes
Box 1, Folder 3American Impressionism, William Merritt Chase and Frank Daveneck: Notes and Printed Materials
Box 1, Folder 4"Buffalo Hunter", Correspondences, Notes, Printed Materials
Box 1, Folder 5Native Americans, Research Notes
Box 1, Folder 6Native Americans, Printed Materials
Box 1, Folder 7The American West, Reading Notes
Box 1, Folder 8The American West, History of Colorado and Paper Notes
Box 1, Folder 9Early Landscape, Notes and Lectures
Box 1, Folder 10Early Landscapes, Printed Materials
Box 1, Folder 11Landscape, Lectures
Box 1, Folder 12Landscape, Notes and Printed Materials
Box 1, Folder 13Lecture on Epiphany and Magi
Box 1, Folder 14Medieval Art, Painting in France and Burgundy, Notes
Box 1, Folder 15Renaissance Art Perspective, Lectures and Lecture Notes
Box 1, Folder 16Baroque Period, Essays and Notes
Box 1, Folder 17Baroque Period, Printed Materials
Box 1, Folder 18Rococco Period, 18th Century Venice, Lecture Notes
Box 2, Folder 1Thomas Cole, Drawings from Sketchbook
Box 2, Folder 2Thomas Cole, Secondary Sources, Abstracts, Lectures, Journal Articles
Box 2, Folder 3Thomas Cole, Research Notes
Box 2, Folder 4Thomas Cole, Research Work from the Genesee, NY Area. Primary Sources
Box 2, Folder 5Thomas Cole, Research on Works from the Genesee, NY Area. Secondary Sources
Box 2, Folder 6Thomas Cole, Research on Work from Genesee, NY Area. Notes and Photographs of Sketches
Box 2, Folder 7Thomas Cole, Research on Work from Genesee, NY Area. Portage Bridge
Box 2, Folder 8Thomas Cole, Research on Work from Genesee, NY Area. Genesee Falls
Box 2, Folder 9Thomas Cole, Research on Work from Genesee, NY Area. Genesee Mountain Landscape
Box 2, Folder 10Thomas Cole, Research on Work from Genesee, NY Area. Waterfall with Bridge
Box 2, Folder 11Thomas Cole, Research on Work from Genesee, NY Area. Research Notes and Photographs
Box 3, Folder 1Correspondence, 1963-1967
Box 3, Folder 2Correspondence, 1968-1970
Box 3, Folder 3Correspondence, 1970-1972
Box 3, Folder 4Correspondence, 1973
Box 3, Folder 5Correspondence, 1975-1977
Box 3, Folder 6Correspondence, 1978-1979
Box 3, Folder 7Correspondence, 1980-1982
Box 3, Folder 8Correspondence, Photographs, Negatives, and Copies related to Thomas Cole Paintings, 1981-1982
Box 3, Folder 9Correspondence, 1983-1988
Box 3, Folder 10Correspondence, Undated
Box 3, Folder 11Hieronymous Bosch, Notes, Lecture Notes
Box 3, Folder 12Hieronymus Bosch, Printed Materials
Box 3, Folder 13Hieronymus Bosch, Student Papers
Box 3, Folder 14Pieter Bruegel, Notes
Box 3, Folder 15Pieter Bruegel, Printed Materials
Box 3, Folder 16Michelangelo Buonarroti, Notes, Lectures, and Printed Materials
Box 4, Folder 1Thomas Cole, Lectures
Box 4, Folder 2Thomas Cole, Lecture Notes
Box 4, Folder 3Thomas Cole, Lecture Correspondence
Box 4, Folder 4Thomas Cole, Shows and Exhibitions, 1848-1858
Box 4, Folder 5Thomas Cole, Shows and Exhibitions, 1941-1965
Box 4, Folder 6Thomas Cole, Shows and Exhibitions, 1969-1994
Box 4, Folder 7Thomas Cole, Public Auction, 1964
Box 4, Folder 8Thomas Cole, "History in Ruins" Notes
Box 4, Folder 9Thomas Cole, "History in Ruins"
Box 4, Folder 10Thomas Chambers, Research Notes
Box 4, Folder 11Thomas Chambers, Printed Materials
Box 4, Folder 12Thomas Chambers, Research Correspondence
Box 4, Folder 13Thomas Chambers, Photographs, Paintings 1489-19593
Box 4, Folder 14Thomas Chambers, Photographs, Paintings 19871-41258
Box 4, Folder 15Thomas Chambers, Photographs, No Numbers
Box 5, Folder 1Edmund C. Coates, Lectures and Lecture Notes
Box 5, Folder 2Asher Durand, Research/Lecture Notes and Photographs
Box 5, Folder 3Asher Durand, Printed Materials
Box 5, Folder 4Jan Van Eyck, Notes, Lectures
Box 5, Folder 5Jan Van Eyck, Printed Materials
Box 5, Folder 6Jan Van Eyck, The Ghent Altar
Box 5, Folder 7Domenico Ghirlandaio, Notes
Box 5, Folder 8Hugo van der Goes, Notes
Box 5, Folder 9Edward Hicks, Notes and Printed Materials
Box 5, Folder 10Edward Hicks, Essays
Box 5, Folder 11R.W. Hubbard, Photographs
Box 5, Folder 12Daniel J. Kellogg, Research Notes and Correspondence
Box 5, Folder 13Daniel J. Kellogg, Printed Materials and Lectures
Box 5, Folder 14John Kensett, Research Notes and Printed Materials
Box 5, Folder 15Jaques Gerard Milbert, Notes, Printed Materials, Photographs
Box 5, Folder 16Charles W. Peale, Notes and Primary Sources
Box 5, Folder 17Charles W. Peale, Printed Materials
Box 5, Folder 18William Theodore Richards, Notes, Correspondence, and Photographs
Box 5, Folder 19William Theodore Richards, E.L. Magoon Correspondence, Photocopies of Originals, 1861-1877
Box 5, Folder 20Raphael Sanzio, Notes and Essays
Box 6, Folder 1William Theodore Richards, E.L. Magoon Correspondence Transcribed, 1838-1883
Box 6, Folder 2William Theodore Richards, Secondary Sources
Box 6, Folder 3Jerome B. Thompson, Notes, Printed Materials, and Correspondence
Box 6, Folder 4Jacob Ward, Lecture Notes and Papers
Box 6, Folder 5Jacob Ward, Printed Materials
Box 6, Folder 6Jacob Ward, Research Correspondence
Box 6, Folder 7Jacob Ward, Inventories and Artwork Descriptions
Box 6, Folder 8Benjamin West, Lecture and Research Notes
Box 6, Folder 9Benjamin West, Gallery Notes
Box 6, Folder 10Benjamin West, Printed Materials
Box 6, Folder 11J.T. Young, Notes on Secondary Sources
Box 6, Folder 12Art History, Printed Materials and Essays
Box 6, Folder 13Art Academies, Notes and Lecture
Box 6, Folder 14American Luminism, Notes, Printed Materials, Essays
Box 7, Folder 1Transportation, Printed Materials
Box 7, Folder 2Transportation, Notes
Box 7, Folder 3Planners, 1969-1972, 1977-1978
Box 7, Folder 4The American West, Colorado, "An Illustration of the Turner Hypothesis"
Box 7, Folder 5The American West, Alaska, Printed Materials
Box 7, Folder 6Florence, Frederick J. Turner and Frontier Concepts, Notes
Box 7, Folder 7Florence, American Public Land, Notes and Printed Materials
Box 7, Folder 8His 129, 230, 239, The American West, Class Notes
Box 7, Folder 9His 129, 230, 239, The American West, Student Bibliographies
Box 7, Folder 10His 129, 230, 239, The American West, Term Papers
Box 7, Folder 11History 129, The American West, Class Assignmentsand Syllabi, 1972-1978
Box 7, Folder 12History 230, The American West, Class Assignmentsand Syllabi, 1969-1972
Box 7, Folder 13History 239, The American West, Class Assignmentsand Syllabi, 1972
Box 8, Folder 1Correspondence related to Thomas Cole exhibit, ca. 1974-1975
Box 8, Folder 2Florence Merritt's notes and research materials related to urbanization
Box 8, Folder 3Florence Merritt's research materials on American Painters
Box 8, Folder 4Trompe-l'oil related research materials
Box 8, Folder 5Art and Education materials
Box 8, Folder 6John Wollaston related research materials
Box 8, Folder 7Correspondence, I-L, P
Box 8, Folder 8Syllabi and course requirements
Box 8, Folder 9Notes related to Ghent altarpiece
Box 8, Folder 10Correspondence, 2002-2004
Box 8, Folder 11Research materials related to Thomas Cole and others (1 of 2)
Box 8, Folder 12Research materials related to Thomas Cole and others (2 of 2)
Box 9, Folder 1Research materials on prints and paintings
Box 9, Folder 2Lecture notes and outlines (1 of 2)
Box 9, Folder 3Lecture notes and outlines (2 of 2)
Box 9, Folder 4Correspondence from Robert G. La France, 1997
Box 9, Folder 5Exhibit catalogs and correspondence, 1961, 1993
Box 10, Folder 1Transportation, Newspaper Clippings
Box 10, Folder 2The American West, Colorado, Newspaper, 1920
Box 10, Folder 3The American West, Alaska, News Clippings, 1970-1978
Box 10, Folder 4Florence, Frederick J. Turnes and Frontier Concepts, News Clippings and Printed Materials
Box 10, Folder 5Florence, American Public Land, News Clippings
Box 10, Folder 6American Genre, William Sidney Mount, Printed Materials
Box 10, Folder 7Thomas Cole Exhibit, Newspaper Clippings
Box 10, Folder 81969 Show Reviews, Newspaper Clippings
Box 10, Folder 9Native Americans, News Clippings (1 of 2), 1978, undated
Box 10, Folder 10Native Americans, News Clippings (2 of 2), 1973-1974
Box 10, Folder 11Native Americans, News Clippings (2 of 2), 1971-1972
Box 10, Folder 12Native Americans, News Clippings (2 of 2), 1970
Box 10, Folder 13Native Americans, News Clippings (2 of 2), 1969
Box 10, Folder 14The Renaissance, Lecture and Secondary Sources
Box 10, Folder 15Florence, Lecture, Lecture Notes, and Secondary Sources
Box 10, Folder 16Hudson River School, Printed Materials
Box 10, Folder 17Hudson River School, Notes and Secondary Sources
Box 10, Folder 18Hieronymus Bosch, News Clippings


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