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Merritt Ierley Papers

Identifier: Mss. 85 Ie7
The Merritt Ierley papers record his literary and musical career. Ierley is an alumnus of the College of William and Mary. His works include The Year that Tried Men's Souls, With Charity for All, Traveling the National Road, and Wondrous Contrivances.

The material includes research notes, original manuscripts, critiqued manuscripts, page proofs and printed copies. The papers also include reviews and articles written by Ierley. As a musical composer, Ierley has written musical scores and hymns, including music performed by the William and Mary Choir. In the collection are pencil sketches, manuscripts, production proofs, printed copies and publisher's catalogs listing Ierley's music and hymns. There are also programs and reviews of Ierley's performances and musical material. The collection includes surveys sent to and responses from curators of historic houses for Ierley's books, Open House and The Comforts of Home.


  • 1972-2018

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Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


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Guide to the Merritt Ierley Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Elizabeth Englken, updated by Christina R. Luers.
Language of description
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Revision Statements

  • May 12th, 2017, April 2018.: Original Accession and additions physically and intellectually combined in 2009 by Anne Johnson.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository