This collection consists of the papers of environmental activist Clifton R. Merritt. From 1964 to1978 Merritt served as Director of Field Services for The Wilderness Society. After leaving The Wilderness Society, Merritt founded the American Wilderness Alliance (later American Wildlands). His papers include correspondence, research files and other documents from his time with these agencies. Other materials cover his work with Montana Wilderness Association, Montana Wildlife Federation, and Friends of the Bitterroot. The collection also contains personal writings and correspondence.