Clinton Levi Merriam Papers,
circa 1848-1899

Summary
Collection ID:
Record Unit 7182
Creators:
Merriam, Clinton Levi, 1824-1900
Dates:
circa 1848-1899
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2 cu. ft. (3 document boxes) (2 half document boxes)
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Descriptive Entry
Descriptive Entry
These papers consist of journals kept by Clinton Levi Merriam from 1848 to 1899. The journals contain diary entries, poems, copies of letters, speeches, political writings, expense accounts, and clippings from newspapers. In many cases, the clippings have been pasted over a written entry. The papers also contain a photograph album containing prints of family members, associates, and reproductions of paintings.

Historical Note
Historical Note
Clinton Levi Merriam (1824-1900) was born in Leyden, New York. After attending Copenhagen Academy in Copenhagen, New York, he entered business as a merchant in Utica, New York. In 1847 he moved to New York City and became an importer and, in 1860, entered banking. While in New York City, he married Caroline Hart in 1850. In 1864, Merriam returned to Leyden, having retired from business early. He had a mansion built in Locust Grove, Lewis County, New York; and it was here that his son, Clinton Hart Merriam, the naturalist, grew up and had his original medical practice. From 1871 to 1875, the elder Merriam served two terms in Congress as a Republican from New York. He died on a trip to Washington, D.C., February 18, 1900.

Notes
Personal Papers

Using the Collection
Prefered Citation
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7182, Clinton Levi Merriam Papers

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Merriam, Clinton Levi, 1824-1900 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Merriam, Caroline Hart Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Merriam, C. Hart (Clinton Hart), 1855-1942 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Copenhagen Academy (Copenhagen, N.Y.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Congress Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Diaries Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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