Museum Spotlight

Around the House

A brief tour of the rooms and objects around The Merrill House.

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From Merrill’s archives housed at the Washington University Library

LEFT: Early manuscript draft of “18 West 11thStreet,” jotted on an envelope

RIGHT: Knopf advertisement for Merrill’s memoir, A Different Person

LEFT: Merrill and his mother, Hellen, in Tucson, AZ, 1931. Photographer unknown.

RIGHT: Merrill at Washington University in St. Louis, November 1994. Photograph by Clarke Montford.

Snapshot of Merrill as a young man. Date, place and photographer unknown.

LEFT: Merrill’s first published poem, Junior Home, November 1934.

RIGHT: Oil on canvas painting by Merrill.

Merrill’s homemade Ouija board.

LEFT: Merrill’s Death Mask

RIGHT: Corrected draft page of “Lost in Translation”

James Merrill Papers
Washington University Libraries,
Department of Special Collections

Copyright: Literary Estate of James Merrill at
Washington University

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Intended as a resource for scholars, students, writers, and teachers, the James Merrill Digital Archive currently provides digital access to a small cross-section from the James Merrill Papers housed in Special Collections at Washington University in St. Louis.

The James Merrill Papers consists of original manuscripts, drafts, typescripts, diaries, reading notes, college materials, ephemera, and photographs, extensive correspondence with his family, friends, and business associates. Audiovisual and personal material document other aspects of Merrill’s life.