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Merrill, Elmer Drew, 1876-1956. Elmer Drew Merrill papers, 1934-1946: A Guide.

Archives of the Arnold Arboretum (Cambridge), Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Archives of the Arnold Arboretum (Cambridge), Botany Libraries, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: arn00001
Repository: Archives of the Arnold Arboretum (Cambridge), Botany Libraries, Harvard University
Creator: Merrill, Elmer D. (Elmer Drew), 1876-1956
Title: Elmer Drew Merrill papers
Date(s): 1934-1946
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (6 folders in shared box 4, 2 folders in shared oversize box 2)
Language of materials: English


Provenance: Given to library by E.D. Merrill.

Processing Information:

Processed by Lynn McWhood

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is available by appointment for research. Researchers must register and provide two forms of valid photo identification. Please contact botref@oeb.harvard.edu for additional information.

Preferred Citation:

Elmer Drew Merrill papers, Archives of the Arnold Arboretum (Cambridge), Harvard University.


Elmer Drew Merrill worked for the U.S. government in the Philippines, 1902-1923, and became a major figure in Philippine botany. He was director of the New York Botanic Garden from 1931-1935. At the time of these letters, he was director of the Arnold Arboretum, a post he held from 1937 to July 31, 1946. (for more information, see Taxon 6: 89-101)

Scope and Content

The collection contains letters pertaining to an attempt to get copies of Vols. 1 and 2 of the "Palau Tropical Biological Station Studies" in 1946, a manuscript for "An Index to Rafinesque's Published Technical Names for the Cellular Cryptogams" by E. D. Merrill, and a manuscript "A Partial List of the Present Locations of Authentically Named William Roxburgh's Phanerogams Many Being Isotypes or Perhaps Holotypes of his Indian and Malayan Species." Also included, bank statement and canceled checks from November 1934.

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