Archie Hayes Merrill Papers
AL.Coll #30

Summary Information

Repository
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Archives
Title
Archie Hayes Merrill Papers
ID
AL.Coll #30
Date
1837-1972
Extent
4.0 Linear feet 4 linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
The Archie Hayes Merrill Papers contain correspondence, and papers related to AHM's profession as journalist; also photographs both of a professional and personal nature.

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Biographical Note

Arches Hayes Merrill (1894-1974), (AHM) , a newspaperman, was born in Sandusky,New York and settled in Rochester, New York where he worked for twenty-seven years on Gannett's Democrat and Chronicle.

From high school in Buffalo, New York, AHM went to Hobart College in Geneva,New York. In 1916, after attending Hobart for one year AHM enlisted in the Army,joining Company B, 33rd Engineers, and serving in France. He never returned to Hobart College. From 1919 to 1922 AHM worked at brief stints in Washington, D.C., Detroit, Michigan and New York City. While working in New York he married Katherine Marie Towell.

AHM had a 1ife-long career in journalism. While in high school he sent articles to a Buffalo newspaper and during his single year at Hobart College he served on the staff of the Hobart Herald and was elected to be a regular Herald reporter for the coming year. In 1923, AHM became a copyreader with the Democrat and Chronicle, later working for the Rochester Journal American from 1927-1937.

In 1937 AHM returned to the Democrat and Chronicle as assistant city editor, and for the next twenty-seven years, in his own words, he "held nearly every post in the city news room", as a reporter, assistant city editor, back-up editor, night city editor and member of the editorial staff. In 1939 AHM began to write feature stories for the Sunday Democrat and Chronicle resulting in about 1650 articles, largely based on the history of Rochester and surrounding areas. These articles, collected and expanded, became the basis of AHM's many popular books.

AHM retired from the Democrat and Chronicle in 1963, but he continued to write his column, "Arch Merrill's History" He died July 15, 1974 and is buried in Old Brighton Cemetary, Hoyt Plat, Rochester, New York.

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Scope and Contents

The Archie Hayes Merrill Papers contain correspondence, and papers related to AHM's profession as journalist; also photographs both of a professional and personal nature.

The records are arranged as received in six series: Correspondence, Notes related to AHM's books and articles, Items such as maps, Photographs. They are foldered in their original order . The fifth series consists of scrapbooks in which AHM pasted his Sunday articles for the Democrat and Chronicle, now in the HWS Library vault pending eventual microfilming. The sixth series is Kay Jackett's Thesis: Arch Merrill,1983.

Photographs have been kept with other items as foldered when received, and interleaved with acid-free tissue. Where necessary items have been photocopied on acid--free paper. Oversized items have been withdrawn and place in the Archives Flat File.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in 6 series

I. Correspondence

II. Notes

III. Items

IV. Photographs

V. Scrapbooks

VI. Thesis: Arch Merrill, by Kay Jackett, 1983

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Archives

Custodial History

The contents of one box(38x37x27 cm.)containing correspondence, notes, drafts and proofs for newspaper articles and books, and photographs, in 39 folders were given to Kay Jackett by Mrs. Arch Merrill for Jacket's research for her SUNY Brockport M.A. Thesis. Ms. Jackett, at the request of Mrs. Merrill, donated this material to the-Warren Hunting Smith Library of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. In addition to the box described above were 22 scrapbooks with copies of Merrill's Sunday feature articles for the Democrat and Chronicle, in need of microfilming and an index to the scrapbooks.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . (Rochester, N.Y.).

Genre(s)

  • Papers

Geographic Name(s)

  • Genesee River Valley (Pa. and N.Y.) ‡x History

Personal Name(s)

  • Jackett, Kay
  • Merrill, Arch

Subject(s)

  • Reporters and reporting

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Collection Inventory

Folder 1-"This Week in History", 

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"This week in History"

Folder containing 350 sheets of yellowed newsprint with headlines beginning 1837; 350 pages.

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Folder 2- Photos and Negatives, 1948-1955 

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Photos and Negatives

photo: Arch with Donald Knorr (Democrat and Chronicle reporter) 1955

photo: Arch with Tanner, Powderly, O'Brien and Vagg 1955

photo: Arch with Clune and Gannett (publisher) 1948

photo: Arch with Carl Carmer 8/7/53

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Folder 3- The Courant 4/3/41, 

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The Courant 4/3/41

Photographs

photo: sailing

photo: Cornell

photo: William H. Seward Mansion at Auburn

photo: Seneca Falls waterfront

photo: boat on Owasco Lake

photo: Cornell Campus 1872

photo: Cornell women of the 1890's

photo: "Gloomy Gil" Dobie

photo: McGraw Hall

photo: Cornell Campus

photo: Cornell Quad

photo: Cornell Summer Survey Camp

photo: Statles Hall

photo: Myron Taylor Hall Law School

photo: Feasel

photo: grave of William H. Sweard

photo: Creighton Hale

photo: movie days in Ithaca

photo: Milton Sells and Irene Castle in "Patria"

photo: Taughannock Falls

photo: Taughannock Falls

photo: Cornell

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Folder 4- Personal, 

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Personal

various menus

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Folder 5, 

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photos and delicate papers (proofs)

photos and delicate papers (proofs)

AHM column 11/3/46

Historical Wyoming, March, 1952

Pamphlets (2)

Ticket to "Last Trolley"

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Folder 6-"The Changing Years", 

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(Merrill wrote the book of the same title)

Articles (4) N.D.

Letter with manuscript "Rochester Subways"

Thank you notes (4)

Distribution list.

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Folder 7-Photos, 

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photo: Dr. Ray E. Wingate

photo: E. V. Thurber pamphlet

photo: American Girl

photo: Cheekerel Schoolhouse

photo: Bars on the Old Home of the Mormon Exile

photo: Plants at Corning Glass Works

photo: From Waverly Hill (Chemung Valley)

photo: Tioga Point

photo: Graves of Confederate prisoners at Elmira

photo: Gliders lined up on Harris Hill

photo: Chemung Valley from Waverly Hill

photo: Elmira prison camp

photo: Biggest piece of glass ever cast on exhibit (Corning)

photo: Grape Harvest along Keuka Lake

postcard: Balancing Rock

photo: interior of Mark Twain's study

various unlabelled photos

photo: Bear in Allegany State Park

photo: oil spurts

photo: Alfred's carillon

photo: Wellsville's "Pink House"

photo: "3 sisters" at Rock City

photo: Old Stone Vault

photo: International Business Machine Carp. School

photo: Mark Twain's Study

photo: Martin Allen

photo: Allens

photo: Florence, Eddy and Gloria Allen

photo: Gloria, Florence, Edward Jr. and Sr. Allen

photo: Florence and Gloria Allen

photo: the Susquehanna at Great Bend

photo: Fueman Memorial

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Folder 8-North Country photos and booklets, 

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photo: Benton

photo: Bonaparte

photo: Madam Vespucci

photo: "Stone House"

photo: LeRay Mansion

photo: unlabelled

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Folder 9- Fame in Our Time--19th book, 1960 

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Newspaper articles (2) Elmira Telegram, 11/6/60 and Democrat and Chronicle 10/30/60

Thank you notes (4)

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Folder 10- Gaslights and Gingerbread--18th book, 

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2 newspaper articles about Merrill and his book

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Folder 11- Bloomers and Bugles--17th book, 1958-1959 

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Articles (2) 1958

Thank you notes (2) 1958 and 1959

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Folder 12- Pioneer Profiles--16th book, 1957 

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Articles (2) 11/10 and 11/21, 1957

Thank you notes (2-), 1957

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Folder 13- Photos, articles and proofs, 

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photo: unlabelled

article: Hillcrest House

proofs

letters from Richard Field (2), 1947

History of Castile Sanitarium, 1949

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Folder 14- Down the Lone Lanes--20th book, 

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articles (3), 1961

letters (3)

list of complimentary copies

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Folder 15- The Underground--21st book, 

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letters (2)

article, 11/3/63

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Folder 16- Slim Fingers Beckon, 

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Thank you notes (4)

points of interest list

article on Finger Lakes region -Holiday Magazine, oversize, removed to Archives Flat File.

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Folder 17- Photos, 

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photos: Merrill (l0)

photo: Merrill with Steve Fitzgerald

photo: Merrily Rogers and Yakoubin

photos: Merrill in bookstore (2)

photos: Merrill with his books

photo: Merrill, Schmidt, Brown and Dr. Allan Willard Brown

photo: Merrill and Joe Taylor with Indians

photo: Merrill, Getzin and Segelin

photo: Merrill's home

photo: Merrill, Smiley, Wellington and Hickey

photo: Newsroom friends bid farewell to Merrill

photos: old photos of Merrill

negatives.

photo: Merrill at Hobart

photo: Authors, oversize, removed to Archives Flat File

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Folder 18- The White Woman and Her Valley- 14th book, 

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letters (2)

article by Steve Fitzgerald, N.D.

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Folder 19- Various Maps, mostly N.Y.S., 

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Large county maps removed to Archives Flat File

Service station maps removed and discarded

"Points of Interest". Livingston County

Brochure, Genesee Falls Hotel

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Folder 20- Miracle at Niagara, 

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The Chemung Historical Journal 03/65

letters (2)

Merrill's notes an cobblestone buildings

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Folder 21- Death of Merrill, 

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Democrat and Chronicle articles announcing Merrill's death (8)

newspaper clippings

letters (2)

articles written by Merrill

articles written about Merrill

postcard: Rock City Park

various articles

proofs

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Folder 22- Taylor Instruments Co./Clifton Springs San., 

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story of a century of Humanitarian Service

The Taylor Meteor (2)

Deed of Trust

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Folder 23 - three envelopes., 

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Proofs, From Pumpkin Hill to Dumpling Hook

Letters (4), 1969

Photographs

photo: John L. Sullivan

photo: Johnson Canal tunnel, now "bat cave"

photo: Eight-sided cobblestone blacksmith shop

photo: Long excursion trains at Lakeside

photo: Clara Jerome

photo: Leonard Jerome

photo: Elisha Johnson, pioneer promoter

photo: Midway at Charlotte Amusement Park

photo: Cory Lattin residence near Albion, built 1844

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- "Genesee Valley Mysteries" - manuscript, 

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Photographs (2)

photo: The Rev. George Hetenyi

photo: Jean Gareis Hetenyi

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Folder 25 - two envelopes, 

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Letters requesting AHM as a speaker 1943-1964

Related newspaper articles

Radio Scripts, 1945

Biographical sketch, N.D.

Booklets, Merrill Family Reunions, 1953 and 1955

Booklet, "Rochester", 1946

Booklet, "Kodak Milestones", 1950

Notes far A River Ramble - oversized, removed to Archives Flat File

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Folder. 26 - three envelopes, 

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Galleys - From Pumpkin Hook to Dumpling Hill

Article, "Letchworth's Forbidden Bat Cave" N.D.

Article, "Piano That 'Saw' Lincoln Assassinated", Democrat and Chronicle 4/16/61

Article, "Henrietta Man's Great-Aunt and the South's Memorial Day", Democrat and Chronicle 5/28/61

Article, "First Decoration Day" by Sadie Hudson, N.D.Oversize removed to Archives Flat File

Letters (11) 194 and 1947 and N.D.

Manuscripts, untitled, N.D.

Photographs (2)

photo: Laura Keener

photo: Laura Keene's piano in East Rochester

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Folder 27, 

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Manuscript "DAR Unveil Bronze Marker" 6/25/15

Letters (3) 1948

Article, "Last Soldiers of the Revolution" by Archibald MacLeish Life, 1948 -oversized, removed to Archives Flat File

Articles (3) by AHM, 1948

Photographs (7)

photo:Grave of Daniel Frederick Bakeman, last soldier of the Revolution.

Photo: Daniel Bakeman

photo: Sandusky, 1918

photo: Winter, 1919 (house)

photo: Winter, 1919 (barn)

photo: BandS Depot, Sandusky N.Y.

photo: Daniel Bakeman

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Folder 28, 

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Notes

Drafts or Proofs, 1950

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Folder 29- Advertising - Democrat and Chronicle cuttings., 

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Full Page (20) oversize, removed to Archives Flat File

Various sizes (16), 1950 - 1951

Advertising copy

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Folder 30, 

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Democrat and Chronicle article 10/30/ 60

Letter (1), 1968

Manuscript proof - "Cobblestone Society"

"General Objectives of the Cobblestone Society"

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Folder 31, 

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U.S. Vice Presidents

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Folder 32, 

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Who's Who listing, 1946

Letters (4) 1944 - 1950

Three index cards related to A River Ramble sent from Library of Congress

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Folder 33, 

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Citation and Invitation, Rochester. Museum and Science Center, 1953

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Folder 34, 1947-1948 

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Radio Script, 1947

Letters (2), 1947 and 1948

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Folder 35- "Land of the Senecas", 

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Review, F. Turner, 1/19/50

Letters (5), 1949 - 1950

Radio Scripts, 1949

Bookstore order card

Letter and article by A.M. Stewart, 1951

Party article, Think Magazine N.D. (p. 9 Iroquois)

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Folder 36- "Place Names", 

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Letters (21), 1952

Democrat and Chronicle Article 3/16/52

Article, 7/29/54

Articles (2) N.D.

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Folder 37, 

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Letters (87) 1943 - 1962

Includes letters from James w. Wadsworth.. MC,, Kenneth B. Keating. MC, U.S.

Senators A.H. Vandenberg and Stuart Symington, Interior Secretary Stewart

L. Udall and author Carl Carmer.

Letters (8) N.D.

Address by F.E. Gannett 9/28/45

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Folder 38 

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Letters (13) 1948 - 1957

Radio Script, 1950

Tower Talk, 1/20/51

Three newspaper clippings, 1950

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Folder 39, 

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Chemung Historical Journal, June 1950 (Review of From Pumpkin Hook .... p. 1938

Merrill bibliography

Hobart Herald, 5/3/17

"The Genesee Valley", AHM manuscript N.D.

Advertising posters (reprints)

Articles, AHM, Democrat and Chronicle, 1/2/72, 1/23/72, 2/8/72

Article, The Courant, 4/3/41

Articles (2), unidentified, N.D.

Photographs

photo: AHM in uniform

photo: AHM with friends

photo: AHM and Katherine Merrill

photo: AHM as Hobart student

photo: AHM portrait in uniform

photo: Advertising photos

photo: Dam across Genesee River, N.D. Removed to Archives Flat File

Insignia, "The Confederate Air Force"

Letters (2) 1950 and 1957

Advertising brochure, The Towpath, N.D.

Postcard, 1/22/46

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Folder A, 

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Thesis by Katherine Jackett

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Folder B, 

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Correspondence concerning the AHM Collection.

Oversize Items - placed in Oversize Box # 6.

"Unsung Eden", Holiday Magazine., N.D. (from folder 16)

Photo: "Author's Day" (from folder 17 )

County Maps (from folder 19)

Notes for A River Ramble. Typescript. (from folder 25)

Article, "First Decoration Day" (from folder 26)

Article, "Last Soldiers of the Revolution", by Archibald MacLeish, 1948. (from folder27)

Full Page Advertisements (from folder 29)

Photo: Dam Across the Genesee River. (from folder 39)

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Scrapbooks 

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Twenty-two scrapbooks with articles by AHM. Removed to New Cold Storage.

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Hobart College Alumni Association Award, 1971 

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Hobart College Medal of Excellence. Bronze incased in heavy plastic. "1971 Alumni Association Award Presented to Arch Merrill '20 for outstanding accomplishments in the field of Journalism and therefore the high honor he has brought to his Alma Mater."

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