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Descriptive inventory for the Robert Edward Merriam papers, ca. 1947-1955

Robert Edward Merriam papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Robert Edward Merriam papers, ca. 1947-1955

Prepared by Robert E. Kozlow, June 1962. Revised by Ralph Pugh, April 1984.
  
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Robert Edward Merriam papers, circa 1947-1955 (inclusive)
Creator: Robert Edward Merriam
Dates: circa 1947-1955 (inclusive)
Accession numbers: 62.341
1984.82
Bib number: 00066865
Call number: MSS Lot M
Size: 6.5 linear feet (15 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

These records are a gift of Robert E. Merriams, Wayne, Illinois, May 1962 (accession #: 62.341 and accession # 1984.82 acquired later, source unknown.

Please cite this collection as:

Robert Edward Merriam Papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and series/box/folder/call number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center holds a larger collection of Robert E. Merriam papers.

Collection Summary +/-

The papers deal almost exclusively with Merriam’s participation in several City Council committees, these being the Committee on Utilities, Committee on Conservation, 1953. Included are printed proceedings of committee meetings, correspondence both to and from Merriam relating to the committees’ work, and newsclippings on committee revelations. Also present is a miscellaneous lot of material, primarily information files compiled by Merriam on such topics as the municipal courts and the compliance of city departments with consultants’ reports on city-operated utilities.

The records are divided into three series: I. Committee on Utilities, 1947-1948, II. Emergency Crime Committee, 1952-54, and III. Special Committee on Conservation, and miscellaneous materials, 1949-1955.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Robert Edward Merriam was born October 2, 1918, the son of Charles E. Merriam, professor of political science at the University of Chciago, and Hilda Doyle Merriam. Young Merriam was educated at the University of Chicago and graduated in 1940 with a Master’s degree. In 1942 he entered the U.S. Army and was made a combat historian for the Seventh Armored Division; he produced Dark December: The Full Account of the Battle of the Bulge in 1947.

After leaving the service Merriam was elected Alderman of Chicago’s 5th Ward in 1946, and re-elected in 1951. Although he served on the City Council as a Democrat, he ran in 1955 as the Republican candidate for mayor against Richard J. Daley. After his defeat Merriam was appointed to the U.S. Budget Bureau in Washington, D.C. where he became Deputy Director in 1958; he subsequently became Deputy Assistant to President Eisenhower.

Upon his return to Chicago in 1961 Merriam became president of Spaceonics Inc. Other works he has authored are The American Government: Democracy in Action (1954, written with his father) and Going into Politics: A Guide for Citizens (1957, written with Rachel Goetz).

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
City council members--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
City planning--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Municipal government--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Politicians--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Public utilities--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Urban renewal--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Persons:
Merriam, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1918- -- Archives
Organizations:
Chicago (Ill.). City Council
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Minutes
Newspaper clippings
Proceedings
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government-- 20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in three series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series I. Committee on Utilities, 1947-1948 (boxes 1-5)
Series II. Emergency Crime Committee, 1952-1955 (boxes 5-14)
Series III. Special Committee on Conservation, and miscellaneous materials, 1949-1955 (boxes 14-15)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Karen Grigsby and Julie Wroblewski using Oxygen editor, 2017.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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