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Francis Sumner Merritt papers, circa 1930-1980

Francis Sumner Merritt papers, circa 1930-1980

Merritt, Francis Sumner, 1913-2000

Art teacher, Painter, Designer, Arts administrator


Collection Information

Size: 5.7 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of painter and arts administrator Francis Sumner Merritt measure 5.7 linear feet and date from circa 1930 to 1980. The bulk of the papers document his career as the founding director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Included are biographical materials, personal correspondence, writings and notes, professional files on Haystack and other institutions, printed material, and photographs.

Biographical materials contain scattered records relating to Merritt's personal life and career including a scrapbook containing printed materials and a print by Fiske Boyd. Professional files create the bulk of the papers and focus on Merritt's arts administration career at Haystack and other institutions including the Flint Institute of Art and Bradford Junior College. Among the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts material are planning materials, correspondence with many craft artists, financial records, student information, printed material, photographs for various sessions held at the school, and one sound recording concerning a trip to Nigeria.

Biographical/Historical Note

Francis Sumner Merritt (1913-2001) was a painter, designer, and arts administrator. He was the first director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.


The collection was donated by Francis Sumner Merritt in 1980 and 1994.

Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art are the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts records, 1950-1969; and an oral history interview of Francis Sumner Merritt conducted 1979 May 25-June 25, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

The collection is available on microfilm reels 5099-5106 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings and born-digital records with no duplicate copies requires advance notice.

How to Cite This Collection

Francis Sumner Merritt papers, circa 1930-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.