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Merle Armitage papers, 1930-1974

MS 234

Collection Summary

Creator: Armitage, Merle, 1893-1975
Collection Name:Merle Armitage papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1930-1974
Physical Description:6 linear feet
Abstract:The collection contains an assortment of correspondence, books, some published by his Manzanita Press, typescripts of books and short stories, advertisements, illustrations, clippings, photographs and photographic plates, articles, speeches, catalogs, and miscellaneous original art work.
Collection Number:MS 234
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Merle Armitage was an American author, publisher, book designer, graphic artist, and impresario.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains an assortment of correspondence, books, some published by his Manzanita Press, typescripts of books and short stories, advertisements, illustrations, clippings, photographs and photographic plates, articles, speeches, catalogs, and miscellaneous original art work. The majority of the correspondence, 1958-60, is with George Mason regarding the book Stella Dysart, and with Ida Whitsett concerning the book Success Is No Accident. Typescript drafts and items relating to the publication of the books are also present.

Another set of correspondence is with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, 1958- 1973. Background materials relating to Armitage's book Homage to Santa Fe include the typescript draft, illustrations and advertisements, as well as railroad articles, timetables, and train photographs. Travel photographs from 1955 depict mainly the landscapes, monuments, and Native Americans in Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Oklahoma. Eighteen copper photographic plates are from the book Edward Weston: Fifty Photographs, and 22 more photographic plates are from other publications. Miscellaneous original art work is by Henrietta Shore, his daughter Chama Armitage, and Frank O'Brien. Other items are articles written by and about Armitage, speech typescripts, family mementos, material from his work as an impresario, and some of his original graphic designs.


This collection is organized into eight series.
Series I: Correspondence, 1947-1973
Series II: Books, Typescripts and Illustrations
Series III: Short Stories
Series IV: Photographs
Series V: Printed Matter
Series VI: Personal Material
Series VII: Photographic Plates
Series VIII: Miscellaneous Art Work





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Armitage, Chama
Armitage, Merle, 1893-1975 -- Archives
Mason, George -- Correspondence
O'Brien, Frank
Shore, Henrietta, 1880-1963
Weston, Edward, 1886-1958
Whitsett, Ida -- Correspondence

Corporate Name(s)
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company -- History
Manzanita Press

Geographic Name(s)
Southwest, New -- Pictorial works

Commercial artists -- United States
Book design -- United States -- History
Book industries and trade -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Indians of North America -- Southwest, New -- Pictorial works
Publishers and publishing -- California -- History -- 20th century
Small press books -- Specimens

Genre Form(s)
Photographic Plates

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Merle Armitage papers(MS 234).Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Correspondence, 1947-1973
11 General Correspondence. , 1947-1956
12 General Correspondence. , 1957
13 General Correspondence. , 1958
14 General Correspondence. , 1959
15 General Correspondence. , 1960-1964
16 General Correspondence. , No date
21 Correspondence with: Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe Railroads. , 1958-1973
22 Correspondence with: Duell, Sloan & Pearce. , 1956-1959
23 Correspondence with: Dysart, Stella. , 1958-1959
24 Correspondence with: Hurley, Pat J. (Gen.). , 1958
25 Correspondence with: Kistler, Lynton R. , 1958-1959
26 Correspondence with: Lane Publishers. , 1959
27 Correspondence with: Mason, George. , November 1957-December 1958
28 Correspondence with: Mason, George. , 1959
29 Correspondence with: Smalley, Carl. , 1959
210 Correspondence with: Verbeck, Howard. , 1958-1959
211 Correspondence with: Whitsett, Ida and Paul. , 1958?-1960
Series II: Books, Typescripts and Illustrations
31 Accent on Life (proofs).
32 Burro Alley (illustrations).
33 Books for Our Times.
34 Fit for a Queen (or King?) (illustrations).
35 Five Essays on Klee.
36 Henrietta Shore (illustrations).
37-8 Homage to Santa Fe (typescript).
39 Homage to Santa Fe (Railroad articles).
310 Homage to Santa Fe (Railroad photos).
311 Homage to Santa Fe (Railroad timetables).
41 Homage to Santa Fe (advertisements and illustrations).
42 Pagans, Conquistadors, Heroes and Martyrs (illustrations).
51 Lovet-Lorski (illustrations).
52 Modern Dance (advertisement).
53 Martha Graham (advertisements).
54 Operation Santa Fe (advertisement).
55 Of Streets and Stars (book).
56 Pagans, Conquistadors & Martyrs (book). , 1960
57 Painter into Artist (book).
58 Smile at the Foot of the Ladder (advertisement).
59 Stella Dysart (typescript).
510 Stella Dysart (clippings).
511 Stella Dysart (photos).
61 Success is no Accident (typescript).
62 Success is no Accident (typescript).
63 Success is no Accident (pp. 1-78, draft).
64 Success is no Accident (pp. 79-136, draft).
65 Success is no Accident (pp. 137-224, draft).
66 Success is no Accident (pp. 225-292, draft).
67 Success is no Accident (unidentified fragments).
68 Success is no Accident (clippings).
69 U.S. Navy (advertisement).
610 Warren Newcomb (illustrations).
611 Miscellaneous unidentified photos.
Series III: Short Stories
71 "Case of the Missing Steak"
72 "Flying Gold"
73 "Jade"
74 "Keystone of the Arch"
75 "Red Rogues"
76 "San Simeon"
77 "Serbania"
78 "Transcontinental"
Series IV: Photographs
81 Arizona: Canyon de Chelly. , 1955
81 Arizona: Grand Canyon. , 1955
81 Arizona: Indians. , 1955
81 Arizona: Monument Valley. , 1955
81 Arizona: Petrified Forest. , 1955
81 Arizona: Rainbow Bridge. , 1955
81 Arizona: Taliesen West. , 1955
81 Arizona: Miscellaneous Cities. , 1955
82 California. , 1955
83 New Mexico. , 1955
84 Oklahoma. , 1955
85 Europe.
86 Animals, Reptiles, Birds, Insects.
87 Brush.
88 Cacti.
89 Rock Formations.
810 Art-photo copies.
Series V: Printed Matter
91 Printed Matter designed by Merle Armitage.
92 Merle Armitage as art designer for "The Atom."
93 Merle Armitage as art designer for Vision Magazine.
94 Merle Armitage as art designer for "Western Family."
101 Book Advertisements (clippings).
102 Articles by Merle Armitage.
103 Articles about Merle Armitage.
104 Book Catalog.
105 Published weekly catalogs containing Merle Armitage books.
Series VI: Personal Material
111 "Look" at the Art Department.
112 Family Photos.
113 Speeches.
114 Merle Armitage as impresario (clippings).
115 Miscellaneous.
116 Book designing paraphernalia.
Series VII: Photographic Plates
12 18 plates from Edward Weston: Fifty Photographs.
13 15 plates from Edward Weston and 7 plates from miscellaneous unidentified publications.
Series VIII: Miscellaneous Art Work
14 Miscellaneous art work owned by Merle Armitage, Chama Armitage or Frank O'Brien.