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Special Collections: Guide to the Adelbert Merrill Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department
August 2004
Introduction and Summary Information
Collection Title: Adelbert Merrill Papers.
Dates of the Collection: 1872-1972 (inclusive); 1931-1942 (bulk).
Provenance: The Merrill papers came to the Special Collections Department as a gift from Adelbert Merrill in the 1970’s.
Collection Number: MS 342.
Box Numbers: 1 (formerly Box 808).
Size and Arrangement: The collection consists of one archival record carton of material (1 cubic foot).
Conservation Note: The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes.
Preferred Citation: Adelbert Merrill Papers, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine.
Restrictions on Access and Use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

The collection contains papers of Adelbert Merrill of Portland, Maine, reflecting his military career and subsequent retirement.
Adelbert Howard Merrill was born in 1897. He had a long military career in the Coast Artillery Corps of the Maine National Guard, enlisting in 1916 and serving until 1934. From 1934 to 1937, he served as adjutant for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Maine. He was promoted to major in 1941 and retired in 1942. He was on inactive reserve status from 1944 to 1952. He was later employed with the Maine Department of Health and Welfare.
Adelbert Merrill died in 1976.

Scope and Content Note
This small collection contains material which documents Adelbert Merrill’s military service, including notes from a course in anti-aircraft artillery, forms, correspondence, copies of special orders, etc. Much of the material concerns his efforts to obtain a pension and medical benefits after his retirement. It also contains his records while seeking civilian employment both in federal and state agencies.
Also included is a manuscript volume from Merrill’s library containing general orders from Camp Sykes, Dakota Territory, 1872. This fort was established in 1872 to protect construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad.

Box List
Box 1
1-3     Notes, Special Battery Officers’ course in anti-aircraft artillery material and gunnery, 1933
4-5     Special orders, U.S. military, 1931-1942
6-7     U.S. Army documents, 1936-1972
8-10   Correspondence, etc., to U.S. Civil Service Commission, 1924-1964
11      Correspondence, state of Maine, 1938-1970
12      Personal to Dec. 31, 1968
13-14 Retirement information, 1942-1976
15     General post orders, Camp Sykes, D.T., 1872 [from the library of Adelbert Merrill]

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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