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Merriam, Eve, 1916-1992. Papers of Eve Merriam, 1840-1978 (inclusive), 1930-1978 (bulk): A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 78-M146--78-M151
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Eve Merriam, 1916-1992
Title: Papers of Eve Merriam, 1840-1978 (inclusive) 1930-1978 (bulk)
Date(s): 1840-1978
Date(s): 1930-1978
Quantity: 5.21 linear feet (5 cartons, 1/2 file box) plus 1 oversize folder, 1 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, radio and television scripts, book reviews, etc., of Eve Merriam, writer and feminist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 78-M146, 78-M151

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: June, 1982
By: Adelaide Kennedy

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Eve Merriam is held by her sons, Dee Michel and Guy Michel. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Eve Merriam Papers, 1840-1978); item description, dates. 78-M146--78-M151, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Eve Merriam Additional papers, 1960-1984 (inclusive), 1978-1984 (bulk) (84-M79) Eve Merriam Additional papers, ca.1930-1992 (MC 650), and Eve Merriam Audiovisual collection, 1964-1992 (T-72, Vt-184).


Eve Merriam, writer, was born in Philadelphia in 1916. Eve Merriam took her A.B. at the University of Pennsylvania, continuing her education at the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University. She married Martin Philip Michel; they had two sons, Guy Michel and Dee Michel.
Primarily a poet, Merriam is also a playwright, teacher, and lecturer, particularly on the subjects of education, the status of women, and poetry. Merriam has written satire, fiction, children's books, biographies (including one of Emma Lazarus), and the precedent-setting After Nora Slammed the Door, one of the early works of the current wave of feminist writing. She has read her poems on radio, television, in films, and in the theatre; and her writings have appeared in periodicals abroad and in The New York Times, the Nation, the New Republic, and the Ladies' Home Journal, as well as in many anthologies. Earlier in her career, Merriam was a copy writer, fashion editor of Glamour, and conducted a weekly radio show.
Merriam's first book of verse, Family Circle, was awarded the Yale Younger Poets' Prize; others are the Nixon Poems , The Double Bed, and The Inner City Mother Goose, the last with her help made into a Broadway musical. Merriam has won the Colliers Star Fiction Award, a CBS grant to write poetic drama for television, and in 1977 the Obie Award.


The collection consists of some of Eve Merriam's verse; correspondence; radio and television scripts; fiction for both children and adults; magazine articles; book reviews; publicity about her work; feminist material collected by Merriam; and material on feminist conferences she attended.


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Additional Index Terms

Women's rights--Congresses
American literature--20th century
Radio scripts
Sex role
Television scripts
Women authors, American
Women dramatists, American--20th century
Women poets, American--20th century
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962