G. & C. Merriam Company Collection
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of 30 business letters written to George and Charles Merriam from 1833-1852. Letters are from people associated with Amherst College and the town of Amherst: J. L. H. Adams; Amherst College, Committee for the Sophomore Class; W. H. Beaman; Rev. L. Coleman; Simeon Colton; Edward Dickinson; N. S. Dickinson; George H. Gould; William S. Howland; William W. Hunt; H. B. Nims; William Randall Palmer; E. W. Storrs; Martin A. Tinker; W. W. Whipple; and Samuel N. White.
- G. & C. Merriam Company (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.
Conditions Governing Use
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.
Biographical / Historical
Booksellers in Springfield, Massachusetts, George and Charles Merriam owned and operated a successful press that sold a variety of publications. The most well-known and popular of these was Webster's Dictionary, on which the Merriam brothers bought the copyright in 1845 from the firm J. S. and C. Adams, which had purchased it after Webster's death in 1843. Today the company exists as Merriam-Webster; it continues to publish editions of Merriam-Webster's Dictionary.
0.25 Linear feet (1 half archives box)
Language of Materials
Business correspondence (30 items) written to George and Charles Merriam, booksellers in Springfield, Mass., 1833-1852, from people associated with Amherst College and the town of Amherst.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
- Zoe Kiefer (AC 2005)
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