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COLLECTION Identifier: arn00001

Elmer Drew Merrill papers

Scope and Content

The collection contains letters pertaining to an attempt to get copies of Vols. 1 and 2 of the "Palau Tropical Biological Station Studies" in 1946, a manuscript for "An Index to Rafinesque's Published Technical Names for the Cellular Cryptogams" by E. D. Merrill, and a manuscript "A Partial List of the Present Locations of Authentically Named William Roxburgh's Phanerogams Many Being Isotypes or Perhaps Holotypes of his Indian and Malayan Species." Also included, bank statement and canceled checks from November 1934.


  • 1934-1946


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available by appointment for research. Researchers must register and provide valid photo identification. Please contact for additional information.


0.2 linear feet (6 folders in shared box 4, 2 folders in shared oversize box 2)


Elmer Drew Merrill worked for the U.S. government in the Philippines, 1902-1923, and became a major figure in Philippine botany. He was director of the New York Botanic Garden from 1931-1935. At the time of these letters, he was director of the Arnold Arboretum, a post he held from 1937 to July 31, 1946. (for more information, see Taxon 6: 89-101)


Provenance: Given to library by E.D. Merrill.

Processing Information

Processed by Lynn McWhood

Merrill, Elmer Drew, 1876-1956. Elmer Drew Merrill papers, 1934-1946: A Guide.
Botany Libraries, Arnold Arboretum Library (Cambridge), Harvard University.
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Repository Details

Part of the Botany Libraries, Arnold Arboretum Library (Cambridge), Harvard University Repository

The Harvard University Herbaria houses five research libraries that are managed collectively as the Botany Libraries. The Arnold Arboretum Library in Cambridge specializes in the identification and classification of Old World plants with emphasis on Asia. The Archives of the Arnold Arboretum (Cambridge) houses unique resources, primarily field notes related to the plant specimens housed in Cambridge.

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