Guide to the Melvin Leroy Merritt papers
1870-1952

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Creator: Merritt, Melvin Leroy, 1879-1961
Title: Melvin Leroy Merritt papers
Dates: 1870-1952 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 3.0 linear feet (6 containers, 1 volume)
Collection Number: Ax 066
Summary: The Melvin Leroy Merritt papers comprise family and professional material. The majority of the material focuses on Merritt's profession with the Forest Service, both in the United States and the Philippine Islands. The collection contains correspondence, private journals, as well as professional field diaries. In addition to Merritt's field journals, the collection also contains numerous field diaries of Juan Guthrie.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Melvin Leroy Merritt born October 19, 1879 near West Union, Iowa was the son of Morris Merritt and Jennie Allnat Merritt. He was the fourth of six children who were raised on a farm outside of Grundy Center, Iowa. Raised on a farm, Merritt was used to hard work. Upon graduating high school in 1898, Merritt attended Iowa State College in Ames, where he graduated in 1903 with a degree from the Horticulture department. After his graduation from college, he remained in Ames for two years as in instructor in the Horticulture department.

In 1905, Merritt left his teaching position at Iowa State for a position with the Bureau of Forestry in Manila, the Philippines. He remained in the Philippines for three years, originally settling in Calapan on Mindoro but later moving back to the headquarters in Manila. Merritt was one of the few men from his small Iowa town who had traveled around the world when he returned to the United States in 1909.

Once Merritt returned to the United States, he gained a position with the United States Forestry Service, residing in Oregon. On September 30, 1913, he married Nellie I. Brown amongst all his family in Iowa. Nellie was also a graduate of Iowa State College. With Nellie, Merritt would have three children: Alice Gertrude born September 12, 1914, Melvin Leroy born November 12, 1921 and Morris Jr., born October 27, 1923. At the time of his marriage (1913), Merritt was a supervisor of the Deschutes National Forest at Bend. In 1921, the Merritt family moved to Juneau, Alaska, where Melvin received a promotion as the Assistant District Forester of National Forests of Alaska. He was the second man in charge at the headquarters in Juneau. Melvin Merritt remained in Alaska for thirteen years before being promoted once and again and returning to Oregon. That return took place in 1934, when Merritt took up the position of Assistant Regional Forester of the North Pacific Region of the Forest Service in charge of operation and fire control. Melvin Merritt remained in this position until his death in 1961.

Content Description

The collection concerns numerous aspects of forester Melvin Leroy Merritt's life but focuses primarily on his career with the Forest Service. The forestry material concerns Oregon, Alaska and the Philippines, where Merritt lived for three years. The collection contains correspondence, personal and professional journals/diaries, pictures, memos and professional reports for the various wildernesses under the supervision of Merritt. A good part of the collection is contained in the field diaries of Merritt and Juan Guthrie. These journals take up two complete boxes.

In addition to professional material, the Merritt papers contain personal and biographical information. A scrapbook in box 1 contains a brief family history of dates as well as newspaper clippings highlighting significant events relating to Merritt, including his wedding announcement, anniversaries, deaths, etc. The loose volume also contains family history. It was written by Merritt's grandmother in 1909. The Melvin Leroy Papers contain a wealth of information about the histories of the forests and the Forest Service of Alaska, Oregon and the Philippines.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Melvin Leroy Merritt Papers, Ax 066, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Melvin Leroy Merritt papers are contained in one loose volume and six boxes and are not divided into series.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Melvin Leroy Merritt papers
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Diary of Ernest E. Merritt, Grundy Center, IA February 1, 1928-December 31, 1934
1 2 Account book of Jennie S. Merritt 1921-1935
1 3 Account Book 1907-1926
1 4 Account Book 1870-1909
1 5 Family history scrapbook
1 6 Miscellaneous forestry pictures and family history
1 7 Alaska
1 8 Picture and correspondence with Thomas Thompson 1961
1 9 Forestry pictures in Oregon, taken by M. Merritt
1 10 El Manual Forestal, Bureau of Forestry, Manila, Philippines 1904
1 11 History, Forest Service
1 12 Als Transfer
1 13 Highlights, Pacific Northwest Region, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service 1957
1 14 Deschutes historical pictures
2 1 Philippine Articles
2 2 Philippine letters
2 3 Philippine Notes
2 4 Mendenhall Glacier Notes
2 5 Notes on Mendenhall Glacier
2 6 Forestry Notes (Pocket Notebook)
2 7 Plant Succession, After Glacial Recession, Menenhall Notes
2 8 Climate Study-Rainfall
2 9 Precipitation and Tree Distribution
2 10 Weather Data
2 11 Wind Movements and Relation to Forest Fires, Merritt and Sproat
2 12 Myrtlewoods
2 13 Melvin Merritt Recollections 1909-1934
3 1 Forest Service diary 1933
3 2 Forest Service diary 1933
3 3 Forest Service diary 1932
3 4 Forest Service Diary-Ari-Juenau 1932
3 5 Field diary 1932-1933
3 6 Field diary 1932
3 7 Field Diary-Alaska National Forest 1931
3 8 Field diary 1931
3 9 Office diary 1931
3 10 Field diary 1931
3 11 Diary 1930
3 12 Field diary June 5, 1930-July 24, 1930
3 13 Field diary 1929-1930
3 14 Field diary 1928
3 15 Field Diary-Glacier Bay 1928
3 16 Field diary 1928
3 17 Field Diary-Yakutat 1928
3 18 Field Diary-Juneau, Alaska June 19,1927-June 30, 1927
3 19 Field diary 1927
3 20 Field diary 1927
3 21 Diary and Mendenhall Trial October 1921
3 22 Diary-Alaska-Notes on Katella Developments 1922
3 23 Memos of States of Funds Fall 1922
3 24 Diary of Expenses 1923
3 25 Diary 1924
3 26 Diary and Notes 1924
3 27 Mal Notes 1924
3 28 Diary and Notes 1925
3 29 Notes and diary 1926
3 30 Diary and Notes 1926
3 31 Diary and Notes 1926
3 32 Field Diary-Juneau Alaska 1926
3 33 Diary April 20, 1925-July 1926
3 34 Diary and Notes 1927
3 35 Notes and Field Diary-Juneau Alaska August 1921
3 36 Diary-Alaska Katella Oil Cases 1921
3 37 Notes-Chuyuch National Forest-Katella Oil Cases September 1921
3 38 Ranger Meeting Notes: Baker, OR; Bend, OR 1921
3 39 Field Notes 1916
3 40 Field Notes 1920
3 41 Diary 1920
3 42 Diary-Cispis Fire Notes 1918
3 43 Diary 1916
3 44 Memos of Expense Accounts, U.S.F.S 1915-1922
3 45 Field Diary and Notes 1913
4 1 Letters to and from the Philippines (spiral bound volume) 1904-1909
4 2 Letters from Ames, Iowa 1898-1904
4 3 Log Pool correspondence
4 4 Notebook-Botanical Collections June 1906
4 5 Botanical Collections 1907
4 6 Botanical Collections 1908
4 7 Mrs. M.L. Merritt Household Expenses 1913-1916
4 8 Wilson River
4 9 District 5 Reports etc. (Philippine Islands) 1905-1907
4 10 Salmonberry (?)
4 11 Tillamook Fire Subrogation
4 12 Fire Control
5 1 Field Diary and Notes 1934
5 2 Fire Control
5 3 Instructions of Fire Control Employees and Improvement Foremen
5 4 Miscellaneous Notes and Sketches, USFS 1921
5 5 Diary September 1938
5 6 Field Diary and Travel Record 1934
5 7 Diary 1939
5 8 Diary June 1940
5 9 Mel Statistics and Notes 1915
5 10 Fire Control
5 11 Notes and diary 1940
5 12 Field Diary and Travel Record 1942
Notes and Diaries of Juan Guthrie
Box
Folder
5 13 Diary December 11, 1930-March 31, 1931
5 14 Field Diary and Notes 1923
5 15 Morrell Trip August 1, 1930-August 20, 1930
5 16 Forestry and Lumber Situation Notes January 1931-July 1931
5 17 Coville June 17, 1931-June 29, 1931
5 18 Snoqualmie July 15, 1931-July 21, 1931
5 19 Agricultural College Editors Conference August 11, 1931-August 14, 1931
5 20 Cadacade Deschutes Trip August 14, 1931-August 18, 1931
5 21 Hemlock Fire Asst. Training Camp April 25, 1932-April 27, 1932
5 22 Salem April 1, 1932-May 3, 1932
5 23 Wallowa Inspection Notes May 15, 1932-May 20, 1932
5 24 Fremont Inspection Notes October 12, 1932-October 23, 1932
5 25 Malheur Inspection Notes October 24, 1932-October 27, 1932
5 26 Seattle Inspection November 14, 1932-November 16, 1932
5 27 Snoqualmie Inspection Notes March 3, 1933-March 7, 1933
5 28 Mt. Hood July 25, 1930-July 27, 1930
5 29 Umpqua June 17, 1930-June 26, 1930
5 30 Military Diary and Notes for Fort Lawton, WA May 25, 1930-June 7, 1930
5 31 Office Diary-Guthrie June 2, 1930-August 6, 1930
5 32 Whitman Inspection Notes August 2, 1932-August 22, 1932
5 33 Ochoco October 4, 1929-October 18, 1929
5 34 Siskiyou September 20, 1929-September 21, 1929
5 35 Umpqua September 15, 1929-September 19, 1929
5 36 Whitman Wallowa Wilderness Trip July 18, 1929-July 31, 1929
5 37 Umpqua Forest June 21, 1929-June 28, 1929
5 38 Seattle Trip June 6, 1929
5 39 "Light-Burning" Meeting-Corvallis, Oregon April 18, 1929
5 40 Snoqialmie Forest Ranger District Analysis January 20, 1929-January 27, 1929
5 41 Snoqualmie Spokane December 20, 1928-December 29, 1928
5 42 W. Shepard Trip September 30, 1928-October 31, 1928
5 43 Chelan Forest August 19, 1928-August 31, 1928
5 44 Umpqua Forest July 15, 1928-July 30, 1928
5 45 Columbia Forest August 10, 1928-August 14, 1928
5 46 Umatilla Forest July 30, 1928-August 5, 1928
5 47 Field Diary of Juan Guthrie on Umpqua National Forest 1928
5 48 Deschutes Forest October 16, 1927-October 21, 1927
5 49 Field Diary of Juan Guthrie on mount Hood National Forest (Callowash District) May 31, 1928-June 6, 1928
5 50 Cascade Forest October 9, 1927-October 15, 1927
5 51 Field Diary of Juan Guthrie on Siskiyou National Forest September 26, 1927-October 8, 1927
5 52 Inspection Notes, Malheur Forest July 26, 1927-July 30, 1927
5 53 Inspection Notes Umatilla Forest July 10, 1927-July 25, 1927
5 54 Field Diary and Notes 1925
5 55 Field diary 1924
5 56 Field Diary and Notes 1924
5 57 Inspection Notes -G.A. Duthie Trip October 5, 1932-October 11, 1932
5 58 Supervisor Field Meetings 1927
5 59 Field Notes and diary 1917
5 60 Field Notes and diary 1917
5 61 Field Diary and Notes 1938
5 62 Field Diary and Notes 1940
5 63 Field Diary and Notes 1937
5 64 Field Diary and Notes 1936
5 65 Diary October 10, 1935-February 24, 1936
5 66 Field Diary and Travel Record August 18, 1936-August 23, 1936
5 67 Field Diary and Notes 1936
5 68 Field Diary and Notes July 3, 1934-July 20, 1934
5 69 Field Diary and Travel Record January 1, 1938-August 27, 1938
5 70 Field Diary and Travel Record April 6, 1936
5 71 Diary May 2, 1936-October 2, 1936
5 72 Field Diary and Notes 1935
5 73 Field Diary and Notes 1935
5 74 Diary January 1, 1937
5 75 Field Diary and Notes 1937
5 76 Notes 1940
6 1 Personal Journal-Daily Reminder 1952
6 2 Personal Journal-Daily Reminder 1948
6 3 Personal Journal-National diary 1944
6 4 Personal Journal-Date-Book 1945
6 5 Personal Journal-diary 1946
6 6 Personal Journal-Daily Reminder 1949
6 7 Personal Journal-diary 1947
6 8 Five Year diary 1945 1946 1947
6 9 Personal journal 1942
6 10 Year Book-Personal Date Book 1937
6 11 Diary, Allnatt Genealogy May 18, 1909-June 6, 1909
6 12 Standard diary 1908
6 13 Diary-Manila, Philippines Islands 1909
6 14 M..L. Merritt Accounts 1909
6 15 Notes on trip to the Philippine Islands 1905
6 16 Diary and Notes of Trip up Baco Mts. made with Lt. Jennings June 1906
6 17 Personal journal October 1, 1907-January 3, 1908
Volume
1 Merritt Family records

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Guthrie, Juan--Diaries
  • Merritt, Melvin Leroy, 1879-1961
  • Merritt, Melvin Leroy, 1879-1961--Diaries
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Forest Service--History--20th century
  • Family Names :
  • Merritt family
  • Subject Terms :
  • Forest reserves--Alaska--Management
  • Forest reserves--Oregon--Management
  • Forest reserves--Phillipines--Management
  • Foresters
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Diaries

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