Audiovisual collection of Eve Merriam, 1964-1992
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Copying. Audiovisual materials may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Subseries A, Videotapes 1970s-ca.1980 (#1-3), includes a reading of children's literature by Eve Merriam and a performance of a Merriam play.
Early in her career, Merriam worked as a copy writer, fashion editor of Glamour, and conducted a weekly radio show about poetry on WQXR, New York. Her first book of verse, Family Circle, was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Prize. Other books of poetry include The Nixon Poems, The Double Bed, and The Inner City Mother Goose. Although primarily a poet, Merriam was also a playwright, teacher, and lecturer, particularly on the subjects of education, the status of women, and poetry. She wrote satire, fiction, children's books, biographies (including one of Emma Lazarus), and the precedent-setting After Nora Slammed the Door, one of the early works of second-wave feminist writing. She read her poems on radio, television, in films, and in the theater; and her writings appeared in periodicals abroad and in the New York Times, The Nation, The New Republic, and the Ladies' Home Journal, as well as in many anthologies. Several of her plays were produced off Broadway, including Viva Reviva, The Club, and Inner City (based on her book of poetry The Inner City Mother Goose), renamed Street Dreams: The Inner City Musical in a 1989 revival. Her play Out of Our Father's House, which portrayed prominent American women such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was performed at the White House in 1978 and on public television's Great Performances. For several years in the 1960s she taught writing at the City College of New York, and in the 1980s for several years at New York University. Merrriam served as a board or committee member of a number of organizations, including the Dramatists Guild, the Authors League of America, and Very Special Arts, and was a member of the nominating committee for the Tony Awards. Merriam died of cancer in 1992.
- Series I. Audiotapes, 1964-1992 (#1-31)
- Series II. Videotapes, 1970s-ca.1980 (#1-3)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The audiovisual materials of Eve Merriam were given to the Schlesinger Library by Eve Merriam, her sons Dee Andy Michel and Guy Michel, and Helen R. Heffer between 1978 and 1992.
By: Melissa Dollman
- Authors, American--20th century
- Feminism and theater
- Feminism--United States
- Feminists--United States
- Radio programs
- Women authors, American--20th century
- Women dramatists, American--20th century
- Women poets, American--20th century
- Women--Social conditions
- Merriam, Eve, 1916-1992. Audiovisual collection of Eve Merriam, 1964-1992: A Finding Aid
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- EAD ID
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