Gertrude Hutchinson Merritt Papers, 1925-1971  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Merritt, Gertrude Hutchinson, 1902-1971
Title
Gertrude Hutchinson Merritt Papers
Dates
1925-1971 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 602
Summary
This collection contains mostly outgoing correspondence and short stories written by Gertrude Hutchinson Merritt and a brief biography of her life written by Richard L. Merritt. The writings describe Gertrude Merritt’s travels and work in New York, Europe, Latin America and San Francisco from 1925 to her death in 1971.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana-Missoula.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Gertrude Hutchinson Merritt was born on July 5, 1902 in New York City to Alfred and Marry Zimmerman, East Prussian immigrants. After her parents separated, she lived in an orphanage for several years, then in foster care and finally in 1911, was back with her father, stepmother and siblings. She attended Columbia School of Librarianship. Merritt worked for the New York Public Library, the Book of the Month Club, in the publishing business and briefly ran a bookstore on lower Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Merritt traveled to the USSR and worked for the Moscow Daily News twice during the 1930s. She traveled to Columbia in 1938 and after U.S. entry into World War II, she moved to the Panama Canal Zone where she was the first medical librarian at Gorgas Hospital until her departure in 1948. Merritt acquired more library training at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. From there she was at UNESCO in Paris in 1949 and in 1950 went to Geneva, Switzerland in 1950, as the assistant to the chief of the World Health Organization Library for three years.

Merritt moved to San Francisco, California, in 1953. In 1954 she met Richard L. Merritt, who became her husband. That same year, Merritt took the position of medical librarian at the new Kaiser Foundation Hospital where she worked until she retired in 1966. She died May 17, 1971

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains outgoing correspondence and short stories written by Gertrude Hutchinson Merritt and a brief biography of her life written by Richard L. Merritt. The material describes Gertrude Merritt’s travels and work in New York, Europe, Latin America, and San Francisco as well as her political views, her thoughts on writing, books, and authors, and the state of her life. A few of the letters are addressed to Ernst Boas, who was a lover of Romana Javitz and the son of Franz Boas.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Gertrude Hutchinson Merritt Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Letters to Romana Javitz 1925-1934
1/2 Letters to Romana Javitz 1940-1950
1/3 Letters to Romana Javitz 1955-1971
1/4 Letters to Mary Lorene 1950-1971
1/5 Letters to Ethel Wigmore 1950-1971
1/6 Letter from Dr. Francis Schiller 1971
1/7 Bound copies of transcribed letters, biography, and short stories 1925-1971

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Medical librarians
  • Personal Names :
  • Merritt, Gertrude Hutchinson, 1902-1971--Biography
  • Geographical Names :
  • Europe--Description and travel
  • Latin America--Description and travel
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Personal papers
  • Short stories
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Merritt, Richard L.