MSS 113
Merrill, Rev. Herbert C.
Papers of Rev. Herbert C. Merrill

Gallaudet University Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 113
Title: Papers of Rev. Herbert C. Merrill,
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Note: This document last updated 2006 January 5.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: This collection was donated by Phyllis Stewart Barschdorf through Rev. Otto B. Berg.
Processed by: Ronald Rood Jr. 2000 July 27.
Processing Note:

Conditions on Use and Access:
This collection is open to the public with no restrictions. Photocopies may be made for scholarly research.

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Vertical Files

  • Herbert C. Merrill. Gallaudet University Archives, Call Number: Deaf Biographical

Biographical Sketch

1874 Herbert Merrill was born in Waseca, Minnesota.
1881 Merrill became Deaf due to scarlet fever.
1881 He graduated from the Minnesota School for the Deaf.
1896 At Gallaudet College, Merrill was valedictorian for his class.
1896 For nineteen years Merrill worked for United States Weather Bureau as a meteorologist.
1897 Married to Miss Emma Vail, and from this union two daughters were born.
1904 Merrill received his Masters of Art from Gallaudet College.
1912 During this year he was ordained as Deacon.
1915 Merrill was appointed missionary to Deaf in Diocese of Washington D.C., Virginia, West Virginia.
1919 He was called a missionary in Albany, Central, Rochester, and Western New York.
1941 At Gallaudet College, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
1943 Merrill retired as Deacon.
1945 Reverend Herbert C. Merrill passed away on December 28th.

Scope and Content

Papers of Rev. Herbert C. Merrill collection contain one box. The collection, which consists of approximately 150 papers, is dated from 1897-1957. The collection includes each typed letters, program books, pamphlets, and letters between him and some of his deacons. The information is available to the public.

Series Descriptions and Folder Lists
No Series

Box Folder Title of Folder Date
1 1 Correspondence- Rev. G. Ashton Oldham 1942          
1 2 Invitation Cards for Rev. Merrill’s ordination 1912-1914
1 3 Letters to Mrs. Emma Vail Merrill  1921-1957
1 4 Letters to Mrs. Thelma Stewart from Rev. Merrill  1939
1 5 Letters to Rev. Merrill  1897-1944
1 6 Letters re: problems at Gallaudet College 1945
1 7 Manuscript-Life of Thomas H. Gallaudet  n.d.
1 8 Miscellaneous 1947
1 9 Newspaper Clippings/ Newsletter  1919-1945
1 10 Pamphlets    1939-1941
1 11 Program Books 1912-1945
1 12 Resolution        1942-1946