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Thomas Merton papers, 1923-1989

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0868
Bib ID 4079099 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968
Title Thomas Merton papers, 1923-1989
Physical Description 20 linear feet (20 linear feet 41 boxes)
Language(s) Material is in English.
Access

The following boxes are located off-site: 21-41. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 3 series: Series I: Cataloged Material; Series II: Arranged Material; Series III: Printed Material; Series IV: St. Thérèse Lentfoehr Letters, Manuscripts, and Photographs

Description

Summary

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, art work, audio cassette, printed materials by and about Thomas Merton. The correspondence covers the years from his study at Columbia to his death in Bangkok. Among the cataloged correspondence are: Daniel Berrigan, Mark Van Doren, Luis Somoza, Jacque Maritain, Aldous Huxley, James Laughlin, Robert Lax, Grover Cleveland Smith, John Howard Griffin, William Henry Shannon and Victoria Ocampo. The extensive manuscript collection was assembled primarily by Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, Mark Van Doren, and Robert Shepherd. Among the more significant manuscripts are: corrected typescript of THE SEVEN STOREY MOUNTAIN; fragments of his NOVITIATE JOURNAL; notebooks and journals used in THE SIGN OF JONAS; numerous draft of poems; most of his lecture and conference notes which he used while serving as master of scholastics and, later, master of novices. There is an extensive collection of mimeographed articles, many inscribed to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr; four watercolors by his father, Owen Merton, and many humorous and devotional drawings by Merton; many photographs of Merton, as well as photographs taken by Merton. There is an audio cassette of the radio play by Bruce Stewart entitled ME AND MY SHADOW, produced by the BBC in 1989. The printed material consists of numerous clippings and some offprints, pamphlets, and books

General Note

See Also the Mark VAN DOREN collection

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: 21-41. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Permission to quote or publish must be obtained from Thomas Merton's literary executor, James Laughlin, New Directions Publishing Corp., 80 Eighth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10011. This permission is required for Ph.D. dissertations if they are microfilmed by University Microfilms or published in hard copy.

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Thomas Merton papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed Christina Hilton Fenn 1964.

10,200 items Processed 04/18/90.

Revision Description

2010-02-16 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2013-08-5 FA revised by PTL

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Audio cassettes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Paintings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photoprints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
American literature -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berrigan, Daniel Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Catholic authors -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Catholics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clergy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Griffin, John Howard, 1920-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Laughlin, James, 1914-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lax, Robert Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maritain, Jacques, 1882-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mason, Herbert, 1932- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Merton, Owen, 1887-1931 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Monks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ocampo, Victoria, 1890-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pennington, M. Basil Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, American -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Religious literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Religious poetry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rice, Edward Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Smith, Grover, 1923-2014 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Somoza Debayle, Luis, 1922-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Waugh, Evelyn, 1903-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Merton (Father Louis), M.A. Columbia 1939, was a widely read Catholic author and social critic who lived as a member of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, the Trappists, from 1941 till his death in Bangkok in 1968.