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Shurcliff, Merrill and Footit Records, 1933-1975
2 boxes (0.83 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0662 (LD 7094.68)

Abstract:
Shurcliff, Merrill and Footit; Boston, Massachusetts landscape architects. Founded by Arthur Asahel Shurcliff (1870-1957) with his son, Sidney Nichols Shurcliff (b.1906). Later partners were Vincent N. Merrill, and Douglas B. Footit. Records contain correspondence, architectural drawings and plans, aerial photographs, cost estimates, bills, receipts, lists, and memoranda reflecting the firm's work at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts from 1933-1975.

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Historical Note

Arthur Asahel Shurclif (1870-1957) graduated with high honors from both Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1894 and Harvard University in 1896. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Olmsted firm to train under the direction of Frederick Law Olmsted. In 1900, Shurcliff aided Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. in the founding of what was to become the Harvard School of Landscape Architecture, the first such institution in the western hemisphere. In 1905, Shurcliff established his own business and hired several technical assistants. His son, Sidney Nichols Shurcliff (born in 1906) joined the firm in 1930 and became head of the business in 1950. Other partners were Vincent N. Merrill and Douglas B. Footit. The firm, which became widely known and in great demand by both private and public clients throughout New England and New York, designed the grounds of estates, hospitals, and private schools and colleges as well as parks, parkways, cemeteries, and subdivisions. Mount Holyoke College and Amherst College were major clients; other clients included the Boston Park Department and the Metropolitan Parks Commission.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Shurcliff, Merrill and Footit records consist of correspondence, architectural drawings and plans, aerial photographs, cost estimates, bills, receipts, lists, and memoranda relating to the firm's work at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts between 1933-1975. The records contain correspondence exchanged by Arthur Asahel Shurcliff, Sidney Nichols Shurcliff, Vincent N. Merrill, Douglass B. Footit and various administrators at Mount Holyoke, including President Roswell Gray Ham. Topics discussed in the records include garden restorations, parking area plans, campus beautification and building renovation projects, directional signs, and landscape plantings.


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Shurcliff, Merrill and Footit Records, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA

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Additional Information
Contact Information
Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
8 Dwight Hall
50 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075

Phone: (413) 538-2013
Fax: (413) 538-2370

Email Reference Form: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/forms/areq.htm
URL: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/library/arch/
Language
English.


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Subjects
  • Campus planning--Massachusetts--South Hadley.
  • Colleges--Landscape architecture-- Massachusetts--South Hadley.
  • Landscape architects--Massachusetts Boston.
  • Landscape design--Massachusetts--South Hadley.
  • Mount Holyoke College-- Administration.
  • Mount Holyoke College-- Campus.
  • Mount Holyoke College-- Planning.
  • Mount Holyoke--College Buildings.
  • Shurcliff, Arthur Asahel, 1870-
  • Shurcliff, Merrill and Footit(Boston, Mass.)
  • Shurcliff, Sidney Nichols, 1906-

Contributors
  • Footit, Douglas B.
  • Ham, Roswell Gray, 1891-1983.
  • Merrill, Vincent N.
  • Shurcliff, Arthur Asahel, 1870-
  • Shurcliff, Sidney Nichols, 1906-

Genre terms
  • Architectural drawings.
  • Drafts (Negotiable instruments).
  • Invoices.
  • Letters.
  • Photographs.
  • Receipts.


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