Fonds F00444 - Merrill Denison fonds

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Merrill Denison fonds

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  • 1890-1974 (Creation)
    Denison, Merrill

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38 m of textual records and other material

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Merrill Denison (1893-1975) was an author and an historian from Bon Echo, Ontario. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. He served in World War I with the French Army, 1916-1917, and with the A.E.F., 1917-1919. He studied architecture at the University of Toronto, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and in Paris, France. He practiced architecture in Boston and at Hart House Theatre, 1919-1921, and was appointed Art Director of Hart House in 1921. He also managed Bon Echo Inn with his wife, Jessie Muriel Goggin, whom he married on 24 March, 1926. In the early 1920's, he began to produce plays and books, including some histories of industry. He was employed by Columbia and National Broadcasting Systems in New York City from 1932, and was a technical advisor for the National Advisory Committee on Radio and Education in New York.

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The fonds consists of correspondence regarding his works and research, drafts of his writings, manuscripts of books and photographs. Includes papers of his mother, Flora Macdonald Denison, and his wives, Muriel (Goggin) Denison and Lisa (Andrews) Denison, as well as his father-in-law David James Goggin.

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Purchase - partial purchase Chancellor Richardson Memorial fund.


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  • English

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2100.1 SE
2100.2 SE
2100.3 SE
2121.6 SE

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Copyright is held by the Estate of Merrill Denison until 2025.

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  • Shelf: 2056
  • Shelf: 2056.1
  • Shelf: 2056.2
  • Shelf: 2072
  • Shelf: 2068.2
  • Shelf: 2100.1 SE
  • Shelf: 2100.2 SE
  • Shelf: 2100.3 SE
  • Shelf: 2101
  • Shelf: 2121.6 SE
  • Shelf: 2056.3