G. & C. Merriam Company archive 1797-1978 1830-1892


G. & C. Merriam Company archive 1797-1978 1830-1892

The archive consists of correspondence, documents, writings, printed material, and photographs documenting the history of the G. & C. Merriam Company. The papers provide insight into the business practices of the nineteenth century publishing and bookselling trade, particularly in Massachusetts, and contain much material on lexicography, the development of American English, and the publishing history of Webster's Dictionary. Principal correspondents include Merriam Company editors Chauncey Goodrich, Noah Porter, William G. Webster, William A. Wheeler, and printers H.O. Houghton & Co. There are both legal and financial records, including contracts with agents and publishers, and opinions of lawyers on copyright issues. There are sixty-five letterpress copybooks, as well as numerous account books, daybooks, merchants books, order books, and inventories, documenting the firm's business affairs. Twelve scrapbooks carry examples of the firm's stationery, circulars, advertisements, and clippings.

Total Boxes: 155 (including 40 oversize boxes); Other Storage Formats: 4 broadsides; Linear Feet: 119.49

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H.O. Houghton & Company.

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H.O. Houghton & Company.

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Merriam, Charles, 1806-1887

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Wheeler, William A. (William Adolphus), 1833-1874

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Philologist and librarian. From the description of Letters to William A. Wheeler, 1861-1871. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 63167590 ...

G. & C. Merriam Company.

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G. & C. Merriam Company, established by George and Charles Merriam in Springfield, Massachusetts, publisher and reviser of Noah Webster's American Dictionary beginning in 1847. From the description of G. & C. Merriam Company archive, 1797-1978 (bulk 1830-1892). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702160972 From the description of G. & C. Merriam Company archive, 1797-1978 (bulk 1830-1892). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78909801 Company founded in 1831 in Spr...

Webster, Noah, 1758-1843

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American lexicographer, textbook author, spelling reformer, word enthusiast, and editor; b. in Hartford, Conn.; attended Yale and taught school in the Hartford area; moved to New Haven, Conn., in 1798. From the description of Noah Webster papers, 1786-1980. (New Haven Colony Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 319706045 Noah Webster (1758-1843) was an American lexicographer, author and editor. He is best known for his spellers (early spelling textbooks) and his ...

H.O. Houghton & Company.

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Goodrich, Chauncey A. (Chauncey Allen), 1790-1860

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, merchant, magistrate and coroner. From the description of Chauncey S. Goodrich papers, 1831-1909. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34418435 American clergyman and lexicographer. From the description of Autograph letter signed : New Haven, to Norman White, 1855 Oct. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269577165 Chauncey Allen Goodrich. From the description of Memorial album, 1860. (American Antiquarian Society)...

Merriam, George, 1803-1880

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Publisher who, along with his brother Charles, purchased the unsold copies of the 1841 edition of Webster's Dictionary, revised it and was credited with popularizing and democratizing the dictionary. It became known as Merriam Webster Dictionary. From the description of George Merriam letter to unidentified recipient [Jarvis?] [manuscript], 1869 Oct 22 (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 398135377 ...

Porter, Noah, 1811-1892

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Noah Porter: Congregational clergyman, educator, president of Yale College; B.A., Yale, 1831; studied at the Yale Divinity School with Nathaniel W. Taylor; ordained in 1836; from 1843-1846 pastor of the Second Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts; president of Yale from 1871-1886. From the description of Noah Porter papers, 1781-1889 (inclusive). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702169079 Congregational minister, metaphysician, author, and president of Yale. ...

Webster, William G. (William Greenleaf), 1805-1869

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William Greenleaf Webster (1805-1869), an American editor and publisher, was the son of lexicographer Noah Webster. He participated in the editing, publication and sale of his father's dictionaries and other books. From the description of William Greenleaf Webster papers, 1820-1865. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122466647 ...