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
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.