Finding-Aid for the Mary Boatwright Collection of James Merrill Papers (MSS133)


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Table of Contents

Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Box and Folder Listing


Collection Outline

I. Correspondence

II. Ephemera ca. 1979-2001

III. Realia

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Merrill, James Ingram
TitleMary Boatwright Collection of James Merrill Papers
Dates: ca. 1968-2001
Quantity: 4.5 linear feet
Identification: MSS133

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Biographical Note

Mary Boatwright was James Merrill's neighbor in Stonington, Connecticut.

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Scope and Contents Note

Consists of correspondence, manuscripts, ephemera, and realia.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open.

Use Restriction

None

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

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Box and Folder Listing

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Box/folder
1-2/1-17

I. Correspondence,

Consists of correspondence to Mary Boatwright.
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Box/folder
1/1
From: Mary T. Boatwright,
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, 1998
, August 18 (ALS, 1 p., w/ env. and enclosure)
Several copies of "Jimmy Merrill in Stonington," authored by Mary Boatwright.
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Box/folder
1/2
From: Jim Boylan,
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, 1998
, June 20 (AN, 1 p)
"Our James" speech by Mary Boatwright at the dedication of the James Merrill Reading Room.
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Box/folder
1/3
From: Paul G. Holland, Jr., Cummings & Lockwood,
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, 1995
, July 20 (TLS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
re: JM's estate
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Box/folder
1/4
From: Peter Hooten,
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, n.d.
, (AN, 1 p)
Titlepage from Peter Hooten's performance of "Robert Frost Poetry / Prose."
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, 1987
, November 1 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1988
, June 25 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1992
, March 12 (ACS, 1 p)
, April 10 (TL, 1 p)
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Box/folder
1/5-6
From: David Jackson,
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, n.d.
, (ACS, 1 p)
, (ACS, 1 p)
A portion of the card is torn and missing.
, (ACS, 1 p)
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, n.d.
, January 13 (ACS, 1 p)
, December 18 (TCS, 1 p)
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, 1973
, February 10 (ACS, 1 p)
, December 18 (TCS, 1 p)
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, 1974
, June 29 (TLS, 2 pp., w/ env. )
, February 13 (ACS, 1 p )
, December 16 TLS, 2 pp., w/ env. )
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, 1975
, February 26 (ACS, 1 p)
, April 10 (ACS, 2 pp )
, July 31 (ACS, 1 p )
, August 18 (TLS, 1 p., w/ env. )
, October 21 (ACS, 1 p)
, November 2 (TLS, 1 p., w/ env.)
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, 1976
, January 14 (ACS, 1 p)
, February 4 (ACS, 1 p )
, May 7 (TLS, 1 p., w/ env. )
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, 1977
, (ACS, 1 p)
, January 14 (ACS, 1 p)
, February 14 (ACS, 1 p )
, April 10 (ACS, 1 p)
, May 13 (TLS, 1 p., w/ env.)
, November 7 (ACS, 1 p)
, November 15 (ACS, 1 p)
, December 17 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1978
, November 25 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1979
, February 17 (ACS, 1 p)
, May 13 (ACS, 1 p)
, July 1 (ACS, 1 p)
, July 27 (ACS, 1 p)
, July 30 (ACS, 1 p)
, November 13 (ACS, 1 p)
, December 2 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1980
, May 3 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1981
, February 8 (TLS, 1p., w/ env.)
, September 21 (ALS, 1 p)
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, 1982
, April 3 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1983
, April 23 (ACS, 1 p)
, August 30 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1984
, January 7 (TLS, 1 p., w/ env.)
, February 2 (ACS, 1 p)
, April 11 (ACS, 1 p)
, April 23 (ACS, 1 p)
, September 16 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1985
, August 8 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1988
, September 16 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1989
, April 12 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1990
, April 24 (ACS, 1 p)
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Box/folder
1/7
From: Doris Magowan,
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, 1998
, July 8 (TLS, 1 p)
Request for Mary Boatwright's memorial speech for JM
, August 4 (TLS, 1 p)
Request for Mary Boatwright's memorial speech for JM
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Box/folder
1/8
From: Sandy McClatchy,
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, 1980
, May 30 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1983
, January 11 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1989
, May 31 (ACS, 1 p)
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Box/folder
1/9-12
From: James Merrill,
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, n.d.
, April 10 (ACS, 1 p)
, January 4 (ACS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
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, n.d.
, (ACS, 1 p)
, (ACS, 1 p)
, (ACS, 1 p., w/ env.)
, (ACS, 1 p)
, (ACS, 1 p)
, (ACS, 1 p)
, (AN, 1 p)
Note on copy of poem, "How to Get On in Society" by John Betjeman
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, 1968
, July 31 (TLS, 1 p)
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, 1970
, July 11 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1971
, May 16 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1972
, August [31?] (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1973
, July 7 (ACS, 1 p)
, July 10 (TLS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
, [October 2 ?] (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1974
, May 17 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1976
, April 21 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1977
, June 15 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1978
, August 22 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1979
, April 12 (AN, 1 p. on verso of photo)
Photo of portrait of JM as a child.
, May 17 (ACS, 1 p)
, August 17 (ACS, 1 p)
, [October 16 ?] (TLS, 1 p., w/env.)
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, 1981
, May 17 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1982
, February 2 (ACS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
, [November ?] (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1983
, January 4 (ACS, 1 p)
, February 24 (ACS, 1 p)
, June 16 (ACS, 1 p)
, July 31 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1984
, March 17 (ACS, 1 p)
, April 19 (ACS, 1 p)
, October 22 (TCS, 1 p)
, December 27 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1985
, February 5 (ACS, 1 p)
, February 21 (ACS, 1 p)
, September 1 (ACS, 1 p)
, November 27 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1986
, January 2 (ALS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
, January 30 (ACS, 1 p)
, March 3 (ACS, 1 p., w/ env. and signed enclosure)
Enclosed is "Eight Bits," a small pamphlet of short poems.
, March 27 (ACS, 1 p)
, April 19 (ACS, 1 p)
, September 26 (ACS, 1 p., w/ env.)
, October 19 (ACS, 1 p)
, December 25 (AN, 1 p)
Manuscript of "The Image Maker," with note from JM.
, December 27 (ALS, 1 p., w/ env.)
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, 1987
, February 10 (ACS, 1 p)
, March 26 (ACS, 1 p)
, April 7 (ACS, 1 p)
, May 28 (ACS, 1 p)
, July 22 (ACS, 1 p)
, August 8 (ACS, 1 p., w/ env.)
, December 28 (TCS, 1 p., w/ env.)
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, 1988
, January 5 (ACS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
, January 19 (ACS, 2 pp., w/ env. and enclosure)
"Thanksgiving Ode" enclosed.
, March 23 (TCS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
, September 3 (ACS, 1 p)
, December 31 (ACS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
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, 1989
, January 31 (TLS, 1 p., w/ env.)
, August 11 (ACS, 1 p)
, August 21 (ACS, 1 p)
, October 1 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1990
, January 1 (ACS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
, January 16 (ACS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
, December 29 (ACS, 1 p., w/ env.)
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, 1991
, May 7 (ACS, 1 p)
, January 16 (ACS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
, November 9 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1992
, January 27 (ACS, 1 p)
, August 22 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1993
, September 21 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1994
, October 11 (ACS, 1 p)
, November 30 (ACS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
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Box/folder
2/13
From: Hellen Plummer,
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, 1986
, May 2 (ACS, 1 p)
, December 2 (ALS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
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, 1987
, June 4 (ALS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
, October 1 (ALS, 1 p., w/ env.)
, December 2 (ALS, 2 pp., w/ env.)
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, 1988
, August 8 (ALS, 1 p., w/ env.)
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, 1989
, September 12 (ACS, 2pp)
, November 29 (ALS, 1 p., w/ env. and enclosure)
Two photos (duplicates) of JM portrait enclosed.
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, 1990
, November 5 (ALS, 1 p., w/ env.)
, December 24 (ACS, 1 p)
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Box/folder
2/14
From: "Ron",
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, 1985
, August 21 (ACS, 1 p)
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Box/folder
2/15
From: Nancy Rose,
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, n.d.
, August 25 (ALS, 1 p., w/ env.)
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Box/folder
2/16
From: "Thad" [?],
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, 1983
, March 14 (ACS, 1 p)
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, 1986
, May 15 (ALS, 1 p., w/ env. and enclosure)
Article enclosed, "Jacksonville Visits Influenced Poet"
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, 1995
, April 18 (TLS, 1 p., w/ env.)
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Box/folder
2/17
From: Unidentified,
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, n.d.
, (ACS, 1 p)
, (ACS, 1 p)

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Box/folder
2-/18-

II. Ephemera, ca. 1979-2001

Ephemera is divided into four subseries: Print and Magazines Featuring Poems, etc. by Merrill, Clippings, Tributes to Merrill, and Legal Papers.
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Box/folder
2/18-21
II.1 Print and Magazines Featuring Poems, etc. by Merrill, 1977-1995 (4 folders)
Consists of copies of Poetry (1977) featuring "O"; A Memorial Tribute to David Kalstone; Barbara Kassel: New Paintings, signed by Merrill; Voices from Sandover, The New Yorker (1995) featuring "Koi;" and a photocopy of "The Next to Last Scene."
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Box/folder
2-3/22-26
II.2 Clippings, ca. 1979-2001 (5 folders)
Consists of clippings featuring Merrill. Includes memorial articles and obituaries, book reviews, and articles discussing Merrill.
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Box/folder
3/27-29
II.3 Tributes to Merrill, 1995-1998 (3 folders)
Consists of tributes to Merrill: "In Thanksgiving for the Life of James Ingram Merrill" at the Calvary Church, Stonington, Connecticut (1995); "James Merrill: A Memorial Tribute" at the New York Public Library (1995); and "Remarks by Mrs. V.T. Boatwright at the Dedication of the James Merrill Reading Room in the Richard W. Woolworth Library" (1998).
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Box/folder
3/30-31
II.4 Legal Papers, 1995 (2 folders)
Consists of a Motion For Appeal From Probate, a Decree Allowing Appeal From Probate, and a Notice of Decree Admitting Will to Probate for the Merril Estate.

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Box/folder
-/-

III. Realia, (1 drawing)

Consists of a framed drawing of James Merrill as a young boy.
Located in oversize.

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