Other Research Collections
The largest research collections relating to Thomas Merton, besides the Thomas Merton Center
at Bellarmine University, are to be found at Columbia University, Harvard University and St.
- An extensive manuscript collection assembled primarily by Sister Therese
Lentfoehr, Mark Van Doren, and Robert Shepherd.
- Harvard University
- The personal papers of James Laughlin and the New Directions Publishing Corporation
publishing and business papers are described in Houghton Library's
Online Archival Search Information System (OASIS) and materials relating to
Thomas Merton appear in the following collections:
- St. Bonaventure University
- The Merton archive at St. Bonaventure University include manuscripts and
typescripts of his earliest journals, along with drafts of books and articles,
letters, associated copies of printed materials and other special items.
Boston College, Syracuse University, University at Buffalo and the
University of Kentucky have substantial Thomas Merton collections.
- The John J. Burns Library at Boston College holds a collection of Merton
materials including lecture and conference notes, correspondence, photographs,
drawings, and proofs and original manuscripts of several books by Merton.
The collection also holds materials donated by
Jim Forest and
Basil Pennington which relate to Merton. A finding aid for the Thomas
Merton Collection at Boston College is available
- Syracuse University
- The department of Special Collections at Syracuse University Library houses a
collection which includes ten of Merton's working notebooks, some correspondence,
essays and other materials.
- University at Buffalo,
State University of New York
- The majority of the Merton material in the Poetry and Rare Book Collection
of the University at Buffalo came as a gift from Merton between 1948-1952.
There is also some Merton material in their Kayak Magazine Collection and in their
Jargon Society Collection. Details of these collections are not currently available
on their web pages, though an inventory is available at the Merton Center.
- University of Kentucky
- The Margaret I. King Library at the University of Kentucky holds correspondence
between Merton and Erich Fromm, Boris Pasternak, Daisetz Suzuki, and Merton's friends
Robert Lax and Carolyn and Victor Hammer along with holographs and typescripts,
carbon copies and mimeographs of Merton's. Finding aids for the
two main collections are available at:
The following link provides all
results from the Kentuckiana Digital Library.
This search displays holdings at the University of Kentucky regarding Merton,
but also includes a collection at the
Filson Historical Society in Louisville.
A number of other Universities hold varying amounts of materials by Thomas Merton, frequently these
Merton collections relate to other figures with whom Merton was in touch, such as Dorothy Day, Jacques
Maritain, and Ed Rice, whose papers were subsequently donated to these institutions.
- Boston University
- The Special Collections department of Boston University Library holds 3 manuscript
boxes of writing by Merton including over 100 different articles, essays and reviews
written by him. Many of these are mimeographs of typed pieces, but also include a fair number of typescripts in various drafts, some with handwritten corrections and notes.
Details of this collection are not currently available on their web pages.
Christchurch City Libraries, Christchurch, New Zealand
- The Merton Collection was founded with donations
made by two of Merton's aunts, Agnes and Beatrice Merton. The collection has been
developed by the Library in subsequent years.
- Georgetown University
Notre Dame University
- Marquette University
- The Dorothy Day - Catholic Worker Collection at Marquette University Library
includes Merton's correspondence with Dorothy Day along with manuscripts
Merton submitted for publication in the Catholic Worker.
- Northwestern University
- A significant portion of the
Michael Mott Collection at Northwestern University Library consists of
materials related to The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester Archive
- The William H. Shannon Papers: Personal and
scholarly files of Msgr. William H. Shannon, professor of
religious studies at Nazareth College (1946-1982) and founding
president of the International Thomas Merton Society.
- University of Mississippi
Katallagete / James Y. Holloway Collection in University of Mississippi's
Archives and Special Collections includes correspondence
between Merton, James Holloway, and other figures associated with Katallagete,
the journal of the Committee of Southern Churchmen. Merton was a contributor to
Katallagete, and the collection holds some of the manuscripts he submitted
and manuscripts sent to frieds at the journal, such as Will Campbell and