Gertrude Hutchinson Merritt papers, 1925-1971

Merritt, Gertrude Hutchinson, 1902-1971


0.5 linear ft.
Chiefly outgoing correspondence and short stories written by Gertrude Hutchinson Merritt and a brief biography of her life written by Richard L. Merritt -- The writings describe Gertrude Merritt?s travels and work in New York, Europe, Latin America, and San Francisco from 1925 to her death in 1971.
Gertrude Hutchinson Merritt was born on 5 July 1902 in New York City to Alfred and Marry Zimmerman, East Prussian immigrants. After her parents separated, she lived in an orphanage for several years, then in foster care and finally in 1911, was back with her father, stepmother and siblings. Merritt attended Columbia School of Librarianship and worked for the New York Public Library, the Book of the Month Club, in the publishing business, and briefly ran a bookstore on lower Fifth Avenue in New York City. She traveled to the USSR and worked for the Moscow Daily News twice during the 1930s. She traveled to Columbia in 1938 and after U.S. entry into World War II, she moved to the Panama Canal Zone where she was the first medical librarian at Gorgas Hospital until her departure in 1948. She acquired more library training at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. From there she was at UNESCO in Paris in 1949 and in 1950 went to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1950, as the assistant to the chief of the World Health Organization Library for three years. Merritt moved to San Francisco, Calif., in 1953. In 1954 she met Richard L. Merritt, who became her husband. That same year, Merritt took the position of medical librarian at the new Kaiser Foundation Hospital where she worked until she retired in 1966. She died on 17 May 1971.
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