Correspondence: Letters to and from Thomas Merton
SCOPE AND CONTENT
This Section contains Merton's correspondence. The bulk years of the collection are between 1963 and his death in 1968 with some earlier correspondence or copies of correspondence. There are an estimated ten thousand pieces of correspondence. Included are both letters to and from Merton. In addition, there are letters that are related to Merton or the Merton Center, but not to or from Merton. Subjects of this collection vary and include personal correspondence, conscience matter and other spiritual direction, dialogue with social activist groups, and correspondence with publishers. Most materials are unpublished at present. Bibliographic records for Bellarmine Library and Merton Center holdings of published volumes can be found by following the "Catalogued Holdings" link below.
This Section is arranged primarily by the name (last, first) of the person corresponding with Merton. Within each person's folder, arrangement is chronological. For example, letters to and from Mark Van Doren are filed under "Van Doren, Mark" in the order sent and received.
Letters to Thomas Merton from others are not a part of the Merton Legacy Trust and may be made available for reading and note taking upon the signing of Form A unless the person in correspondence with Merton has expressly restricted such access in writing. Letters may not be copied, quoted, published, or reprinted without the written permission of the person in correspondence with Merton or that person's heir (Form C which will be sent upon request after user's submission of Form A and agreement to the rules of the collection, Form B).
Letters written by Thomas Merton to others may be made available for reading and note taking upon the signing of Form A unless the Merton Legacy Trust has restricted access to particular letters. Unpublished letters by Merton must not however be copied, quoted, published or reprinted without the written permission of the Merton Legacy Trustees (Form C which will be sent upon request after user's submission of Form A and agreement to the rules of the collection, Form B).
Though most of the correspondence remains unpublished, please refer to our copyright webpage for information concerning use of published materials.
Published works in the Bellarmine University library catalog
Paper records in file folders
40 cubic feet; 16 file drawers
- Correspondence: Letters to and from Thomas Merton