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Melvin Leroy Merritt papers, 1870-1952

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Merritt, Melvin Leroy, 1879-1961
Title
Melvin Leroy Merritt papers
Dates
1870-1952 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.0 linear feet, (6 containers, 1 volume)
Collection Number
Ax 066
Summary
The Melvin Leroy Merritt papers comprise family and professional material. The majority of the material focuses on Merritt's profession with the Forest Service, both in the United States and the Philippine Islands. The collection contains correspondence, private journals, as well as professional field diaries. In addition to Merritt's field journals, the collection also contains numerous field diaries of Juan Guthrie.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Melvin Leroy Merritt born October 19, 1879 near West Union, Iowa was the son of Morris Merritt and Jennie Allnat Merritt. He was the fourth of six children who were raised on a farm outside of Grundy Center, Iowa. Raised on a farm, Merritt was used to hard work. Upon graduating high school in 1898, Merritt attended Iowa State College in Ames, where he graduated in 1903 with a degree from the Horticulture department. After his graduation from college, he remained in Ames for two years as in instructor in the Horticulture department.

In 1905, Merritt left his teaching position at Iowa State for a position with the Bureau of Forestry in Manila, the Philippines. He remained in the Philippines for three years, originally settling in Calapan on Mindoro but later moving back to the headquarters in Manila. Merritt was one of the few men from his small Iowa town who had traveled around the world when he returned to the United States in 1909.

Once Merritt returned to the United States, he gained a position with the United States Forestry Service, residing in Oregon. On September 30, 1913, he married Nellie I. Brown amongst all his family in Iowa. Nellie was also a graduate of Iowa State College. With Nellie, Merritt would have three children: Alice Gertrude born September 12, 1914, Melvin Leroy born November 12, 1921 and Morris Jr., born October 27, 1923. At the time of his marriage (1913), Merritt was a supervisor of the Deschutes National Forest at Bend. In 1921, the Merritt family moved to Juneau, Alaska, where Melvin received a promotion as the Assistant District Forester of National Forests of Alaska. He was the second man in charge at the headquarters in Juneau. Melvin Merritt remained in Alaska for thirteen years before being promoted once and again and returning to Oregon. That return took place in 1934, when Merritt took up the position of Assistant Regional Forester of the North Pacific Region of the Forest Service in charge of operation and fire control. Melvin Merritt remained in this position until his death in 1961.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection concerns numerous aspects of forester Melvin Leroy Merritt's life but focuses primarily on his career with the Forest Service. The forestry material concerns Oregon, Alaska and the Philippines, where Merritt lived for three years. The collection contains correspondence, personal and professional journals/diaries, pictures, memos and professional reports for the various wildernesses under the supervision of Merritt. A good part of the collection is contained in the field diaries of Merritt and Juan Guthrie. These journals take up two complete boxes.

In addition to professional material, the Merritt papers contain personal and biographical information. A scrapbook in box 1 contains a brief family history of dates as well as newspaper clippings highlighting significant events relating to Merritt, including his wedding announcement, anniversaries, deaths, etc. The loose volume also contains family history. It was written by Merritt's grandmother in 1909. The Melvin Leroy Papers contain a wealth of information about the histories of the forests and the Forest Service of Alaska, Oregon and the Philippines.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Melvin Leroy Merritt Papers, Ax 066, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Melvin Leroy Merritt papersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Diary of Ernest E. Merritt, Grundy Center, IA
February 1, 1928-December 31, 1934
1 2
Account book of Jennie S. Merritt
1921-1935
1 3
Account Book
1907-1926
1 4
Account Book
1870-1909
1 5
Family history scrapbook
1 6
Miscellaneous forestry pictures and family history
1 7
Alaska
1 8
Picture and correspondence with Thomas Thompson
1961
1 9
Forestry pictures in Oregon, taken by M. Merritt
1 10
El Manual Forestal, Bureau of Forestry, Manila, Philippines
1904
1 11
History, Forest Service
1 12
Als Transfer
1 13
Highlights, Pacific Northwest Region, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service
1957
1 14
Deschutes historical pictures
2 1
Philippine Articles
2 2
Philippine letters
2 3
Philippine Notes
2 4
Mendenhall Glacier Notes
2 5
Notes on Mendenhall Glacier
2 6
Forestry Notes (Pocket Notebook)
2 7
Plant Succession, After Glacial Recession, Menenhall Notes
2 8
Climate Study-Rainfall
2 9
Precipitation and Tree Distribution
2 10
Weather Data
2 11
Wind Movements and Relation to Forest Fires, Merritt and Sproat
2 12
Myrtlewoods
2 13
Melvin Merritt Recollections
1909-1934
3 1
Forest Service diary
1933
3 2
Forest Service diary
1933
3 3
Forest Service diary
1932
3 4
Forest Service Diary-Ari-Juenau
1932
3 5
Field diary
1932-1933
3 6
Field diary
1932
3 7
Field Diary-Alaska National Forest
1931
3 8
Field diary
1931
3 9
Office diary
1931
3 10
Field diary
1931
3 11
Diary
1930
3 12
Field diary
June 5, 1930-July 24, 1930
3 13
Field diary
1929-1930
3 14
Field diary
1928
3 15
Field Diary-Glacier Bay
1928
3 16
Field diary
1928
3 17
Field Diary-Yakutat
1928
3 18
Field Diary-Juneau, Alaska
June 19,1927-June 30, 1927
3 19
Field diary
1927
3 20
Field diary
1927
3 21
Diary and Mendenhall Trial
October 1921
3 22
Diary-Alaska-Notes on Katella Developments
1922
3 23
Memos of States of Funds
Fall 1922
3 24
Diary of Expenses
1923
3 25
Diary
1924
3 26
Diary and Notes
1924
3 27
Mal Notes
1924
3 28
Diary and Notes
1925
3 29
Notes and diary
1926
3 30
Diary and Notes
1926
3 31
Diary and Notes
1926
3 32
Field Diary-Juneau Alaska
1926
3 33
Diary
April 20, 1925-July 1926
3 34
Diary and Notes
1927
3 35
Notes and Field Diary-Juneau Alaska
August 1921
3 36
Diary-Alaska Katella Oil Cases
1921
3 37
Notes-Chuyuch National Forest-Katella Oil Cases
September 1921
3 38
Ranger Meeting Notes: Baker, OR; Bend, OR
1921
3 39
Field Notes
1916
3 40
Field Notes
1920
3 41
Diary
1920
3 42
Diary-Cispis Fire Notes
1918
3 43
Diary
1916
3 44
Memos of Expense Accounts, U.S.F.S
1915-1922
3 45
Field Diary and Notes
1913
4 1
Letters to and from the Philippines (spiral bound volume)
1904-1909
4 2
Letters from Ames, Iowa
1898-1904
4 3
Log Pool correspondence
4 4
Notebook-Botanical Collections
June 1906
4 5
Botanical Collections
1907
4 6
Botanical Collections
1908
4 7
Mrs. M.L. Merritt Household Expenses
1913-1916
4 8
Wilson River
4 9
District 5 Reports etc. (Philippine Islands)
1905-1907
4 10
Salmonberry (?)
4 11
Tillamook Fire Subrogation
4 12
Fire Control
5 1
Field Diary and Notes
1934
5 2
Fire Control
5 3
Instructions of Fire Control Employees and Improvement Foremen
5 4
Miscellaneous Notes and Sketches, USFS
1921
5 5
Diary
September 1938
5 6
Field Diary and Travel Record
1934
5 7
Diary
1939
5 8
Diary
June 1940
5 9
Mel Statistics and Notes
1915
5 10
Fire Control
5 11
Notes and diary
1940
5 12
Field Diary and Travel Record
1942
Notes and Diaries of Juan Guthrie
Box Folder
5 13
Diary
December 11, 1930-March 31, 1931
5 14
Field Diary and Notes
1923
5 15
Morrell Trip
August 1, 1930-August 20, 1930
5 16
Forestry and Lumber Situation Notes
January 1931-July 1931
5 17
Coville
June 17, 1931-June 29, 1931
5 18
Snoqualmie
July 15, 1931-July 21, 1931
5 19
Agricultural College Editors Conference
August 11, 1931-August 14, 1931
5 20
Cadacade Deschutes Trip
August 14, 1931-August 18, 1931
5 21
Hemlock Fire Asst. Training Camp
April 25, 1932-April 27, 1932
5 22
Salem
April 1, 1932-May 3, 1932
5 23
Wallowa Inspection Notes
May 15, 1932-May 20, 1932
5 24
Fremont Inspection Notes
October 12, 1932-October 23, 1932
5 25
Malheur Inspection Notes
October 24, 1932-October 27, 1932
5 26
Seattle Inspection
November 14, 1932-November 16, 1932
5 27
Snoqualmie Inspection Notes
March 3, 1933-March 7, 1933
5 28
Mt. Hood
July 25, 1930-July 27, 1930
5 29
Umpqua
June 17, 1930-June 26, 1930
5 30
Military Diary and Notes for Fort Lawton, WA
May 25, 1930-June 7, 1930
5 31
Office Diary-Guthrie
June 2, 1930-August 6, 1930
5 32
Whitman Inspection Notes
August 2, 1932-August 22, 1932
5 33
Ochoco
October 4, 1929-October 18, 1929
5 34
Siskiyou
September 20, 1929-September 21, 1929
5 35
Umpqua
September 15, 1929-September 19, 1929
5 36
Whitman Wallowa Wilderness Trip
July 18, 1929-July 31, 1929
5 37
Umpqua Forest
June 21, 1929-June 28, 1929
5 38
Seattle Trip
June 6, 1929
5 39
"Light-Burning" Meeting-Corvallis, Oregon
April 18, 1929
5 40
Snoqialmie Forest Ranger District Analysis
January 20, 1929-January 27, 1929
5 41
Snoqualmie Spokane
December 20, 1928-December 29, 1928
5 42
W. Shepard Trip
September 30, 1928-October 31, 1928
5 43
Chelan Forest
August 19, 1928-August 31, 1928
5 44
Umpqua Forest
July 15, 1928-July 30, 1928
5 45
Columbia Forest
August 10, 1928-August 14, 1928
5 46
Umatilla Forest
July 30, 1928-August 5, 1928
5 47
Field Diary of Juan Guthrie on Umpqua National Forest
1928
5 48
Deschutes Forest
October 16, 1927-October 21, 1927
5 49
Field Diary of Juan Guthrie on mount Hood National Forest (Callowash District)
May 31, 1928-June 6, 1928
5 50
Cascade Forest
October 9, 1927-October 15, 1927
5 51
Field Diary of Juan Guthrie on Siskiyou National Forest
September 26, 1927-October 8, 1927
5 52
Inspection Notes, Malheur Forest
July 26, 1927-July 30, 1927
5 53
Inspection Notes Umatilla Forest
July 10, 1927-July 25, 1927
5 54
Field Diary and Notes
1925
5 55
Field diary
1924
5 56
Field Diary and Notes
1924
5 57
Inspection Notes -G.A. Duthie Trip
October 5, 1932-October 11, 1932
5 58
Supervisor Field Meetings
1927
5 59
Field Notes and diary
1917
5 60
Field Notes and diary
1917
Box Folder
5 61
Field Diary and Notes
1938
5 62
Field Diary and Notes
1940
5 63
Field Diary and Notes
1937
5 64
Field Diary and Notes
1936
5 65
Diary
October 10, 1935-February 24, 1936
5 66
Field Diary and Travel Record
August 18, 1936-August 23, 1936
5 67
Field Diary and Notes
1936
5 68
Field Diary and Notes
July 3, 1934-July 20, 1934
5 69
Field Diary and Travel Record
January 1, 1938-August 27, 1938
5 70
Field Diary and Travel Record
April 6, 1936
5 71
Diary
May 2, 1936-October 2, 1936
5 72
Field Diary and Notes
1935
5 73
Field Diary and Notes
1935
5 74
Diary
January 1, 1937
5 75
Field Diary and Notes
1937
5 76
Notes
1940
6 1
Personal Journal-Daily Reminder
1952
6 2
Personal Journal-Daily Reminder
1948
6 3
Personal Journal-National diary
1944
6 4
Personal Journal-Date-Book
1945
6 5
Personal Journal-diary
1946
6 6
Personal Journal-Daily Reminder
1949
6 7
Personal Journal-diary
1947
6 8
Five Year diary
1945 1946 1947
6 9
Personal journal
1942
6 10
Year Book-Personal Date Book
1937
6 11
Diary, Allnatt Genealogy
May 18, 1909-June 6, 1909
6 12
Standard diary
1908
6 13
Diary-Manila, Philippines Islands
1909
6 14
M..L. Merritt Accounts
1909
6 15
Notes on trip to the Philippine Islands
1905
6 16
Diary and Notes of Trip up Baco Mts. made with Lt. Jennings
June 1906
6 17
Personal journal
October 1, 1907-January 3, 1908
Volume
1
Merritt Family records