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Guide to the C. Hart Merriam Papers Volume 2: Correspondence; Papers Relating to Career With United States Biological Survey, 1798-1972 (bulk 1871-1942)
Microfilm copies: BANC FILM 1958 Originals: BANC MSS 83/129 c  
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Correspondence, letterpress copybooks, manuscripts, notes, clippings, pamphlets, printed matter, scrapbooks, notebooks, certificates and financial papers documenting this naturalist's long and varied career. The papers cover a wide range of topics including natural history, zoology, ornithology, geography, geographic distribution, botany and wildlife conservation. The extensive correspondence files include prominent individuals from many of the fields noted above, including Merriam's sister Florence Bailey, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Vernon Bailey, to name just a few. The papers document Dr. Merriam's long association with the United States Biological Survey and other surveys beginning with the Hayden Survey of the Rocky Mountain West in 1872 through the Harriman Alaska Expedition of 1899. Also included are papers on his involvement, beginning in 1891, in the Bering Sea controversy over seal hunting. Among the subject files are a large group of files on bears of North America and files on geographical distribution and the development of Dr. Merriam's Life Zone Theory.

Posthumous Publications

  • Boundary Descriptions of California Indian Stocks and Tribes. Co-authored with Zenaida Merriam Talbot; edited by Robert F. Heizer. Berkeley: Archaeological Research Facility, 1974.
  • Chumash Place Name Lists. Compilations by A. L. Kroeber, C. Hart Merriam, and H. W. Henshaw; edited by R. F. Heizer. Berkeley: Archaeological Research Facility, 1975.
  • Ethnogeographic and Ethnosynonymic Data From Northern California Tribes. Assembled and edited by Robert F. Heizer. Berkeley: Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology, University of California, 1976.
  • Ethnographic Notes on California Indian Tribes. Compiled and edited by Robert F. Heizer. Berkeley: University of California Archaeological Research Facility, 1966-67.
  • Indian Names For Plants and Animals Among Californian and Other Western North American Tribes. Assembled and annotated by Robert F. Heizer. Socorro, N.M.: Ballena Press, 1979.
  • Studies of California Indians. Edited by the staff of the Department of Anthropology of the University of California. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1955.
  • "Village Names in Twelve California Mission Records." Assembled and edited by Robert F. Heizer. Berkeley: Reports of the University of California Archaeological Survey, no. 74 (1968).
  • Extent
    Microfilm copy: 216 reels Originals: Number of containers: 52 boxes, 24 cartons, 33 volumes, 1 oversize folder Linear feet: 65
    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of the History of Science and Technology Program. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
    Collection is available on microfilm only. Originals not available for use.