Correspondence: Letters to and from Thomas Merton

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Title

Correspondence: Letters to and from Thomas Merton

Subject

Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968--Correspondence.

Description

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 Most materials are unpublished at present.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.

ARRANGEMENT
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.

Creator

Thomas Merton

Date

1931-1968, with some ancillary letters to or from Merton family members from 1909 and letters to or from the Merton Center dating the period after Merton's death

Rights

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 Unpublished letters by Merton must not however be copied, quoted, published or reprinted without the written permission of the Merton Legacy Trustees (Form C which will be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.

Format

Format
Paper records in file folders

Volume
40 cubic feet; 16 file drawers

Identifier

Thomas Merton Collection, Section A: Correspondence.

Collection Items

Card from Thomas Merton to Patrick Hart, November 1968
Greeting card from Thomas Merton to Patrick Hart regarding his meeting with the Dalai Lama. Merton wrote this card from from Dharamsala, India - printed with drawings of yaks and a phrase with the translation "May you have a long life, free from…

Photo postcard from Thomas Merton to Patrick Hart, November 5, 1968
A photo postcard sent to Patrick Hart from Thomas Merton. The front of the postcard is a black and white photograph of Merton and Amiya Chakravarty and others in Calcutta. Merton discusses his meeting with the Dalai Lama and meeting the Tibetan…

Telegram to Thomas Merton from Tenzin Geyshe Tethong, the Dalai Lama's secretary, 1968
Telegram to Merton in Calcutta, possibly from the Dalai Lama's secretary Tenzin Geyshe Tethong, setting up a meeting time on November 4, 1968. Part of the message is cut off.

Letter from Arthur Graham Carey to Thomas Merton. 1957 November 9
Letter from Carey to Merton discussing Merton's Notes on Art.

Letter from Thomas Merton to Arthur Graham Carey. 1959 December 29
Letter from Merton to Carey asking for a copy of a book.

Letter to Thomas Merton from Arthur Graham Carey. 1960 January 4
Letter to Merton to Carey in response to December 29, 1959.

Letter from Thomas Merton to Arthur Graham Carey. 1960 February 4
Letter from Merton to Carey, thanking him for sending a book.

Letter to Thomas Merton from Arthur Graham Carey. 1960 February 13
Letter to Merton from Carey thanking him for a book of poems Merton sent to Carey.

Letter from Thomas Merton to Arthur Graham Carey. 1960 February 27
Letter from Merton to Carey acknowledging the receipt of books sent to Merton.

Letter from Thomas Merton to Arthur Graham Carey. 1960 December 15
Letter from Merton to Carey discussing books about philosophy and theology.
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