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Merson Papers, 1960-1968
1 archives box (0.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Vietnam War soldier, business administrator. Contains mainly letters written home to family members during Marine Corps basic training and combat duty in Vietnam, 1965-1968.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Merson Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Merson Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

John Cox Merson was born in Washington, D.C. in 1944. He grew up chiefly in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and graduated from the Kent School, Connecticut, in 1962. As an undergraduate at Amherst he majored in Political Science, was President of Student Council in his Junior year (1965) and participated in wrestling, crew, and cross country. In 1965 after his Junior year, Merson withdrew from Amherst without receiving a degree. He enlisted in the Marine Corps, undergoing basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina, and Camp Pendleton, California. In May 1966 he shipped out for a tour of duty in Vietnam as part of the 7th Marine Regiment, 3rd Battallion, K Company, 3rd Platoon. After a year of combat duty, Merson returned to the U.S. in May 1967. Upon leaving the military, Merson enrolled at the University of North Carolina; he later earned an MBA degree at Harvard Business School. He has worked as an administrator at Lenoir Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina, under the auspices of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. In the 1970s Merson entered the field of management consulting in New York, working actively with educational institutions.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The bulk of the papers consist of Merson's letters written home to family members during Marine Corps basic training and combat duty in Vietnam, 1965-1968, in which he describes conditions in that country, his thoughts about the war and his plans for his life after the military. Also included are a journal kept by Merson during his undergraduate days at Amherst and an undated notebook, written sometime after his military service, that records changes in Merson's views on the Vietnam War. Although his letters home do not reveal many of his personal views about the politics of the war, the later notebook clearly indicates his weakening support for it.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Merson Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Merson Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in John Merson (AC 1966) Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information
Processed:2002 April
By:Peter Nelson, Assistant Archivist
Finding Aid:2002 April
Prepared by:Peter Nelson, Assistant Archivist


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: AMHERST COLLEGE,
1962-1965


Directory of Freshman Class of 1966 (2 copies)
1962

Box 1: folder 1
Journal
1963 Apr-1965 Feb

Box 1: folder 2
Series 2: CORRESPONDENCE,
1960-1968


Correspondence, chiefly outgoing
1960-1962

Box 1: folder 3
Letters to father from Amherst College (includes also some undated letters)
1963 Oct-1964 Apr

Box 1: folder 4
Correspondence, chiefly outgoing
1965

Box 1: folder 5
Correspondence, chiefly outgoing
1966 Jan-May

Box 1: folder 6
Correspondence, chiefly outgoing
1966 Jun-Dec

Box 1: folder 7
Correspondence, chiefly outgoing
1967

Box 1: folder 8
Letters by Merson printed in Amherst Student and Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News
1967 Mar

Box 1: folder 9
Correspondence, chiefly outgoing
1968

Box 1: folder 10
Series 3: NOTES ON VIETNAM WAR,
[1968?]


Notes on Vietnam War
ca. 1968

Box 1: folder 11
Series 4: PERSONAL AFFAIRS AND MISCELLANEOUS,
ca. 1961-1968


Wyoming
1961-1963

Box 1: folder 12
Vocational preference scores
[1962?]

Box 1: folder 13
Photograph of Merson (Lenoir-Rhyne College)
n.d.

Box 1: folder 14

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Subjects
  • Merson, John C.
  • United States. Marine Corps. Division, 1st. Regiment, 7th. Battallion, 3rd. Kilo Company. Platoon, 3rd.--Sources.
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Sources.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1966. Merson, J.

Genre terms
  • Diaries.
  • Letters.


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