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Thomas Merton papers, 1923-2014

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, 1923-2014
Physical Description 21 linear feet (43 boxes)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 4 series.

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

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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.

The RBML cannot provide access to original time-based media material which has not been first been reformatted for preservation. Researchers are welcome to examine archival time-based media items and decide whether they wish to place an order for Audio/Video reformatting. If copyright and/or condition restrictions apply, it may not be possible to digitize a requested item. Please note that A/V reformatting is handled by an outside vendor and typically takes 6-8 weeks.

Preferred Citation

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

Related Materials

See Also the Mark VAN DOREN collection

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Ownership and Custodial History

Purchase, 1982, 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Merton, Thomas. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1964. Accession number--M-64.

10,200 items: Source of acquisition--Merton Center. Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--07/01/88. Accession number--M-88-07-01.

Sr.Therese addition: Source of acquisition--7/15/2011. Accession number--2011.2012.M006.

Gift of Thomas Merton, 1964.

Publications About Described Materials

THOMAS MERTON: THE POET AND THE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE [an exhibition catalog]. New York: Columbia University Libraries, 1990.

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.

Processed by Patrick Lawlor, 1990 Series IV added by Patrick Lawlor."

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

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Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
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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
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
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.

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Series I: Cataloged Material


Subseries I.1: Correspondence



Box 1 Berrigan, Daniel


Box 1 Griffin, John Howard, 1920-1980


Box 1 Huxley, Aldous


Box 1 Laughlin, James


Box 1 Lax, Robert


Box 1 McDonell, Tom


Box 1 Maritain, Jacques, 1882-1973


Box 1 Merton, Thomas:


To Edward Rice, Cuba & St. Bonaventure, NY , April 1940 - 24 Feb. 1941 , 3 t.l.s.


To Joe, St. Bonaventure, NY, 10 Sept. 1941, 1 t.l.s.; (Carbon copy)


To Robert Lax, St. Bonaventure College & Trappist, KY , n.d. & 24 Sept. 1941 - 27 Nov. 1949 , 3 t.l.s.


To Francis Sweeney, Trappist, KY, 3 Dec. 1946 - 28 Oct. 1953 , I a.l.s.; 5 t.l.s.; (photocopies)


To Sr. Therese Lentfoehr, Trappist KY & Darjeeling, India 1 t.p.c.s. 18 a.l.s. 20 a.n.s. 1 a.n. 9 a.p.c.s. , 1948-1968 & nd , 170 t.l.s.; 11 postcards; 18 a.l.s.; 20 a.n.s.



Box 3 Ocampo, Victoria, 1891-


Box 3 Rice, Edward E.1918-


Box 3 Shannon, William H.


Box 3 Smith, Grover Cleveland, 1923-


Box 3 Somoza, Luis A.


Box 3 Van Doren, Mark


Box 3 Waugh, Evelyn, 1903-1966


Subseries I.2: Manuscripts



Box 4 Berrigan, Daniel


Box 4 Cortes, Alfonso


Box 4 Lax, Robert


Box 4 Lentfoehr, Sister Thérèse


Box 4 MA Political Action for Peace



Box 19 Pennington, Basil


Box 19 Pessoa, Fernando


Subseries I.3: Documents


Box 19 Artists and Writers for Hughes


Subseries I.4: Photographs



Box 20 Berrigan, Daniel


Box 20 Dalai Lama


Box 20 Griffin, John Howard


Box 20 Lax, Robert


Box 20 Maritain, Jacques


Box 20 Merton, Thomas


Box 20 Rice, Edward E.


Box 20 Sheen, Fulton John, 1895-


Box 20 Van Doren, Mark


Box 20 Walsh, Daniel


Subseries I.5: Art



Mapcase 13/8/6 Antonucci, Emil


Mapcase 13/8/6 Hammer, Victor Photograph of his portrait of Merton


Mapcase 13/8/6 Merton, Owen Art, 4 oversize watercolors

[Three shelved in the Map Case, the fourth is hanging in the Vault ]


Subseries I.6: Audio-Visual


Mapcase 13/8/6 Gray, Richard The Poems of Thomas Merton Read by Richard Grey , New York: Spirit Records, [n.d.], 1record album



Box 20 Stewart, Bruce Me and My Shadow, [Bristol], 1989, 1 Audio cassette

[Radio play on the life of Thomas Merton; accompanying t.l.s. from John Stanley]

Series II: Arranged Material


Subseries II.1: Correspondence



Box 21 Merton, Thomas Letters to Lax, Gibney and other close friends ,, ca.1941, Carbon copies

[Unsigned and arranged A-Z.]


Box 21 Merton, Thomas Letters to various people, 2 folders (Carbon copies, photocopies, etc.)


Box 21 Merton, Thomas Mimeographed circular letters: "Advent-Christmas letters," "Asian Letters", [v.p.],, 1967-1968, 2 folders


Box 21 McInerny, Dennis Letter to Brother Patrick Hart, [v.p.], [v.d.]


Box 21 Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr American Broadcasting Company


Box 21 Bamberger, Abbot John Etudes Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr Bellarmine College


Box 21 Bernice Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Berns, Dorothy A. Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Biering, René Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 The Cashions Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Father Christopher Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Dinter, Father Paul Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Doubleday & Co. Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Durback, Robert Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Flood, Brother Maurice Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Ford, John J. Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Forest, Jim Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Fox, Dom James Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Gnass, George, S.J. Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Father Gerard, O.C.S.O. Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Hart, Brother Patrick Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 14 folders


Box 21 Horvath, Adam Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Jeffs, Joseph E. Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Jellema, Rod Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Lax, Robert Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 McQuilkin, Frank Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Father Magsam Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Maloney, Stephen R. Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Martin, Father M. Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr New Directions


Box 21 O'Callaghan, Tommie Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 O'Neil, Harry Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Pick, Dr. John Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Father Roseliep Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Schusky, Mary Sue Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Seitz, Ron Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Stark, Philip, S.J. Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr


Box 21 Stone, Naomi Burton Letters to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 3 folders

[With 1 t.l.s. from Sister Thérèse.]



Box 22 Andrade, Jaime Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Andrade, Jorge Carrera Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Arrés, Thérèse Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Boutoute, Abbé Louis Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Cavero, Carlos Duelo Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Letters to Thomas Merton Conferencia Episcopal Argentina


Box 22 Letters to Thomas Merton Curtis Brown, Ltd.


Box 22 de Hueck, Catherine Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Dell'Isola, Frank Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Letters to Thomas Merton Editorial Sur S.A.


Box 22 Sister Emmanuel Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Gibney, Bob Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Keegan, Daniel José Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Libra, Clara Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Maritain, Jacques Letters to Thomas Merton, Photocopies


Box 22 Moutini, J. B. Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Phillipe, Monsignor Paul Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Pick, Dr. John Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Reinhardt, Ad Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Ricuarte, Jose Euselio Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Rueda G., Marco V. Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Salazar, Juilo Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Unidentified Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Vigolle, Germaine Letters to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Laughlin, Brother Patrick Hart, Dan Walsh, et al. Letters relating to Thomas Merton


Box 22 Telegrams (2) re Merton's deathCircular letter from GethsemaniHomily at the mass for Father M Louis


Box 22 Circular lettersFriends of Gethsemani


Box 22 Envelopes, 3 folders


Subseries II.2: Manuscripts



Box 23 Butterworth, Mrs. O. L. "Gnothi Seauton", Poem


Box 23 Caputi, Ilaria "Il Primo Thomas Merton: The Seven Storey Mountain", 1v. Ph.D. dissertation.


Box 23 Giroux, Robert. Notes on the manuscript of "The Seven Storey Mountain"


Box 23 Kramer, Victor "Thomas Merton Oral History", 1 Bound volume

[in Box 35 of the collection]


Box 23 Lentfoehr, Sister Thérèse Classification of some of Merton's poems


Box 23 Lentfoehr, Sister Thérèse Extracts of Merton poems


Box 23 Lentfoehr, Sister Thérèse "Merton and Education"


Box 23 Lentfoehr, Sister Thérèse Miscellaneous manuscript material


Box 23 Lentfoehr, Sister Thérèse Notes on Evelyn Waugh letters to Merton


Box 23 Lentfoehr, Sister Thérèse Notes on Merton's life and works for talks, 3 folders


Box 23 Lentfoehr, Sister Thérèse "A Response to Thomas Merton: The Dimensions of Solitude"


Box 23 Lentfoehr, Sister Thérèse "Thomas Merton: Poet in his Time"


Box 23 Lentfoehr, Sister Thérèse Transcription of Merton's letter to Time re James Joyce


Box 23 Merton, Thomas Curriculum Vitae


Subseries II.3: Lectures and Conferences



Box 24 Ascetical and Mystical Theology, Gethsemani, KY, 1961, 1 volume Mimeograph


Box 24 Background and Attitude of Monastic Postulants, in Relation to the Failure of Vocation, Gethsemani, KY,, [n.d.], 12 page Typeseript (carbon)


Box 24 Conferences: Two lists of the material sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse, as well a a signed note by Merton ragarding the material, dated Nov. 14 [1958]


Box 24 Conferences: Two envelopes which contained the material sent to Sister Thérèse by Merton in November of 1958. One inscribed "The Mystery of Mary and the Church -- Conference" and the other "Conference - Liturgical Feasts and Seasons".

[Contents removed and re-foldered. See the follwing records for a detailed description of this material.]


Box 24 "All Saints", 5 page Typescript (carbon, with ms. correction)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "The Angels", 4 page Typescript (carbon)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary", 2 page Typescript (carbon)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary", 1 page Typescript (carbon)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "The Assumption of Our Lady in the Byzantine Rite", 1 page Typescript (carbon)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Candlemas", 3 page Typescript (carbon)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Conference on Prayer", 6 page Typescript (mimeograph, with ms corrections)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Exaltation of the Holy Cross", 1 page Holograph

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "Feast of All Saints", 1 page Holograph, with writing on verso


Box 24 "Feast of all the Saints of the Order", 2 page Typescript (carbon)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "Feast of the Dedication of the Church", 5 page Typescript (carbon)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "Feast of the Holy Name of Mary", 1 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary", 1 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady", 2 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "Feast of Our Holy Father St Benedict", 2 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Feast of Our Lady's Presentation", 4 page Typescript (with ms. correction)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "Feast of Saint Anne", 2 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Feast of the St Joseph", 3 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Feast of Saint Luke II", 1 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "Feast of the Seven Dolors", 3 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Feast of the Transfiguration", 1 page Typescript (with ms. correction)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Feast of the Visitation", 1 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Holy Rosary II", 1 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "May – Consecration to Our Lady", 1 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Mary in the Passion", 3 page Typescript (carbon)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Monroe Conference on Contemplative Living", 13 page Mimeograph

[With cover letterSent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3-/1958]


Box 24 "The Mystery of Mary and the Church", 3 page Typescript (carbon)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Nativity of Our Lady II", 2 page Typescript (with ms. corrections)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist", 4 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Office of the Feast of Saint Bernard", 3 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "Pax Huic Domui: Monastic Peace", 3 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "The Priest in the Monastery – Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle", 3 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "The Reception of the Holy Crown of Thorns", 1 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "The Rosary and Its Mysteries", 6 page Typescript (carbon)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "Saint Aifred – Cistercian Life in His Time", 2 page Typescript (with ms. correction)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Saint Bernard's Sermons for the Feast of Saint Andrew", 4 page Typescript (carbon, with ms. corrections)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Saint Lawrence", 1 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Saint Martin", 2 page Typescript (carbon)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "Saint Mary Magdalen", 3 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Saint Robert and the Foundation of Citeaux", 3 page Typescript (with ms. addition)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "Saint Stephen Harding", 3 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Saint Stephen Harding (Comm Of Confessors)", 1 page Typescript

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Saints Peter and Paul", 1 page Typescript (with ms. addition)

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/3/1958]


Box 24 "Saints Simon and Jude", 1 page Holograph

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "Scripture and the Cistercian", 1 page Mimeograph

[Sent by Merton to Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr, 11/10/1958]


Box 24 "Vigil of All Saints", 1 page Holograph


Box 24 Gallo Roman Monasticism/Cassian/The Regula Magistri/and the Background to the Rule of Saint Benedict, Trappist, KY,, 1963, 96 page Mimeograph


Box 24 An Introduction to Cistercian Theology, Trappist, KY, 1950-1952, 2 volumes Mimeograph


Box 24 An Introduction to Cistercian Theology, Trappist, KY, 1950-1952, 71 pages Typescript (with ms. corrections)



Box 25 Liturgical Feasts and Seasons


Box 25 Monastic Fathers


Box 25 Monastic Orientation



Box 26 Monastic Orientation Series III - V



Box 27 Monastic Orientation Series V (cont) - VI


Box 27 Pre-Benedictine Monachism


Box 27 A Program of Studies: The virtues of the common life as helps to the religious life


Box 27 The Spiritual Doctrine of St Ammonas



Box 28 Miscellaneous: Poems, 3 folders

[Photocopies, mimeographed, etc., A-Z.]


Box 28 Merton, Thomas Reviews by Merton


Box 28 Merton Center


Box 28 Miscellaneous material relating to Merton


Box 28 Miscellaneous manuscript material


Box 28 Lawlor, Patrick Thomas Merton: The Poet and the Contemplative Life, 1v. Manuiscript of catalog, galleys, page proofs, etc.


Subseries II.4: Documents


Box 28 Merton, Thomas Last will and testament, Photocopy.


Box 28 AgreementMerton Legacy Trust



Box 29 Lentfoehr, Sister Thérèse Catalog information for the material in her Thomas Merton collection and the original folders used by her to secure the manuscript of "The Seven Storey Mountain"



Box 30 Card catalogue (incomplete) of its holdings Merton Center


Subseries II.5: Photographs



Mapcase 13/8/6 Merton, Thomas Framed photograph & matted photograph of Merton



Box 31 Thomas Merton Childhood and family


Box 31 Thomas Merton at Columbia University


Box 31 Ordination, first mass, etc


Box 31 Bangkok conference


Box 31 Funeral mass


Box 31 Grave


Box 31 Bust


Box 31 Greenwich Village apartment


Box 31 Monastery of Gethsemani


Box 31 Hermitage


Box 31 Funeral mass in Bangkok


Box 31 Hart, Brother Patrick et al.


Box 31 Walsh, Daniel


Box 31 Zilboorg, Gregory


Box 31 Chairs, room, etc


Box 31 Desert rocks, New Mexico


Box 31 Houses


Box 31 School House, Pleasant Hill


Box 31 Shrine of St Thérèse


Box 31 Sister Thérèse Lentfoehr At Merton exhibit


Box 31 Miscellaneous


Box 31 Merton, Thomas Photographs by Thomas Merton


Subseries II.6: Art



Box 32 Manessier, Alfred. "Crown of Thorns", 1 Photograph


Box 32 Merton, Thomas Calligraphies: Series of six

[1 of the 6 retained by William H. Shannon]


Box 32 Merton, Thomas Calligraphies Series of four

[3 of the 4 retained by William H. Shannon]


Box 32 Series of eight: "La Vida Politica" Calligraphies, 8 folders

[1 retained by William H. Shannon]


Box 32 Lentfoehr, Sister Thérèse Drawings by Sister Thérèse


Box 32 Merton, Thomas Drawing of a Cross

[Shelved in mapcase 13/8/6]


Box 32 Merton, Thomas Drawings of Figures, 45 folders


Box 32 Merton, Thomas Calligraphic drawings of figures, 5 folders


Box 32 Merton, Thomas Drawing of a guitar


Box 32 Merton, Thomas Drawings of Heads, 30 folders


Box 32 Merton, Thomas Feast Day Card


Box 32 Merton, Thomas Watercolor: "A Pastoral"


Box 32 Shannon, William H. Calligraph


Box 32 Sissons, Grace Pencil and crayon drawing

Series III: Printed Material


Subseries III.1: General



Box 33 Beecher, John. "On Acquiring a Cistercian Breviary" [Poem]


Subseries III.2: Clippings


Box 33 Archibald MscLeish & Lewis Mumford


Box 33 Art Exhibit


Box 33 Gethsemani and other monasteries


Box 33 Father Irenaeus Herscher & St Bonaventure


Box 33 Merton


Box 33 Merton's death


Subseries III.3: Reviews


Box 33 Ascent to Truth


Box 33 Asian Journal


Box 33 Bread in the Wilderness


Box 33 Clement of Alexandria


Box 33 Collected Poems


Box 33 Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander


Box 33 Contemplation on a World of Action


Box 33 Disputed Questions


Box 33 Elected Silence


Box 33 Figures for an Apocalypse


Box 33 A Hidden Wholeness


Box 33 Life and Holiness


Box 33 The Living Bread


Box 33 Love and Living


Box 33 My Argument with the Gestapo


Box 33 Mystics and Zen Masters


Box 33 The New Man


Box 33 No Man is an Island


Box 33 Secular Journal


Box 33 Seeds of Contemplation


Box 33 Seeds of Destruction


Box 33 The Seven Storey Mountain


Box 33 Sign of Jonas


Box 33 The Strange Islands


Box 33 Tears of the Blind Lions


Box 33 Thomas Merton, Monk


Box 33 Thomas Merton on Peace


Box 33 Thomas Merton Reader


Box 33 Waters of Silence


Box 33 Waters of Siloe


Box 33 What Are These Wounds?


Box 33 Zen and the Birds of Appetite


Subseries III.4: Articles, Poems, etc.


Box 33 The Shakers


Box 33 Ed Rice


Box 33 Miscellaneous


Box 33 Lax, Robert "A Poem for Thomas Merton"



Box 34 Merton, Thomas Articles and essays, 3 folders


Box 34 Merton, Thomas "Five Drawings by Thomas Merton"


Box 34 Merton, Thomas "Four Freedom Songs"


Box 34 Merton, Thomas Poems


Box 34 Miscellaneous


Subseries III.5: Offprints



Box 35 The Christmas Sermons of Bl Guerric


Box 35 The Climate of Monastic Prayer


Box 35 Conversatio Morum


Box 35 Examination of Conscience


Box 35 For a Renewal of Eremitism in the Monastic State


Box 35 Liturgical Renewal


Box 35 The Pasternak Affair in Perspective


Box 35 La vida solitaria


Box 35 The Zen Koa


Subseries III.6: Offprints and Articles re. Merton


Box 35 Pamphlets: Miscellaneous, 2 folders


Box 35 Pamphlets: The Monk in the Diaspora


Box 35 Pamphlets: Thomas Merton Books, Fall 1988, Catalog


Box 35 Pamphlets: Two Articles by Thomas Merton


Box 35 Columbia Yearbook, 1937, Tearsheets


Box 35 "The Jester", Tearsheets


Box 35 Vespers Funeral Mass & Burial Mass for Thomas Merton


Subseries III.7: Books and Oral History



Box 36 Books by Merton and others


Box 36 Victor Kramer's "Thomas Merton Oral History"



Box 37 Translations of books by Thomas Merton



Box 38 Translations of books by Thomas Merton



Box 39 Translations of books by Thomas Merton



Box 40 Translations of books by Thomas Merton

Series IV: Additions to the Collection


Subseries IV.1: St. Thérèse Lentfoehr Letters, Manuscripts, and Photographs

A 2011 addition to the Thomas Merton Papers consisting of letters, publications, memoranda, etc. sent to Bernice Power from Sister Theresa Lentfoehr.



Box 41 Folder 1 Cards (2) sent to Bernice Power, undated


Box 41 Folder 1 Broadside: 23rd Knock Pilgrimage, August 14, 1977


Box 41 Folder 2-5 Letters from Sr. Thérèse Lentfoehr to Bernice Power, 1978-1981


Box 41 Folder 6 Advertisement for Sr. Thérèse Words and Silence: On the Poetry of Thomas Merton


Box 41 Folder 7 "Draft Announcement of the Establishment of the Thomas Merton Center for Religious Studies.", 2 pages


Box 41 Folder 8 Review of Sr. Thérèse Words and Silence: On the Poetry of Thomas Merton, from FCC 10:4, October, 1979, with a lengthy inscription from Sr. Thérèse to Bernice Power, October, 1979, 10 pages


Box 41 Folder 9 "The Thomas Merton Center for Religious Studies: A Perliminary Design", October 10, 1978, 8 pages


Box 41 Folder 10 "Thomas Merton: Poet In His Time" by Sr. Thérèse, 13 pages


Box 41 Folder 11 Photographs (4) of Sr. Thérèse


Box 41 Folder 12 St. Anthony Messanger, December 1978 containing the article "Thomas Merton--His Friends Remember Him" on pages 32-41, December 1978


Subseries IV.2:

A 2019 addition to the Thomas Merton Papers by Father Raymond Rafferty. Given to Father Rafferty by Robert Rambusch.


Box 41 Folder 13 "Eight Freemon Songs" Mimeograph copy, inscribed in pen to Robert and Nancy Rambusch.


Box 41 Folder 14 "From Pilgrimage to Crusade" Mimeograph copy, August 1964


Box 41 Folder 15 "Monastic Vocation and the Backgroung of Modern Secular Thought" Mimeograph copy, October 1964


DVDs:



Box 42 "The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton", 2014


Box 42 "Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton", 2007

Gift of Morgan Atkinson, the filmmaker, 2019


Box 42 "Winter Rain: A One-Man Play Based on the Life of Thaomas Merton", 2002

Playwright Anthony Padovano chronicles the life of Thomas Merton from his initial journey to a Cistercian monastery in 1941 to his death twenty-seven years later.

Gift of Neil Bradley, 31 January 2015


Subseries IV:3:

Gift of Damien Garrylee McCormick 2015



Box 43 Damien Garrylee McCormick. Two silkscreen artist's proofs: "Thomas Merton" and "Father Louis, OCOS". Also, three postcards., 7 items; There are 2 versions of each silkscreen image