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Merrill M. May papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSF 443


  • 1960 - 1969


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection are in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue Univeersity or original creator. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Merrill M. May was born July 25, 1913 in Newton, IL, the only child of E.O. and Mabel May. He lived in Newton until moving to study in Chicago where he received a B.A. in English in 1935 and a M.A. in English in 1936, both from the University of Chicago. He served in the United States Army during WWII.

On completion of his service May resumed his studies, earning a Ph.D. in English, also from the University of Chicago, in 1954. May taught English at the University of Illinois, the University of Nebraska, and Northwestern University before joining the English faculty at Purdue University in 1953. He retired from Purdue as a Professor Emeritus of English in 1979.

May began spending summers in New Mexico in the 1960s, and became an expert on Southwestern literature and art. He moved to Albuquerque after retirement, where he continued to pursue his interests in Southwestern literature, art, and culture. He also became very active as a patron of theater in Albuquerque, including serving on the board of the Vortex Theatre. May had a great depth and breadth of knowledge of literature, history, art, and politics. He was also an accomplished poet.

Merrill M. May passed February 5, 2006.


0.363 Cubic Feet (One letter-size full-width manuscript box)

Acquisition Information

Source and date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

The papers have been placed into acid-free folders and an acid-free box.
Merrill M. May papers
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Second edition. Collection description first completed 2010-02-06.

Repository Details

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