Daphne Winslow Merrill papers, 1954-1992
Collection Scope and Content
This collection includes manuscripts of Merrill’s articles and the book More Cones From the Pines of Maine, as well as copies of published articles. Also included is literary correspondence with the publishers of Merrill’s poetry. A scrapbook contains reader responses and clippings pertaining to More Cones. There is material on the history and activities of the Maine Writers Research Club, as well as publications of other organizations with which Merrill was affiliated.
Daphne Winslow Merrill was born in Rockland and received her undergraduate and Masters degrees from the University of Maine. She also studied languages at Middlebury’s Language School, and went on to teach languages at the high school and college levels. Merrill published two books of poetry, Cones From the Pines of Maine (Falmouth Publishing House, 1952) and More Cones From the Pines of Maine (Dorrance and Company, 1965). Her poetry, described as “simply written, yet profound in mood and imagery,” reflects her love of nature and the state of Maine. Merrill also published two non-fiction works about Maine: The Lakes of Maine (1973) and A Salute to Maine (1983), and was a frequent contributor of articles to the Lewiston Journal Magazine and Down East. She was active in numerous clubs and committees, including the Maine Writers Research Club, for which she served as president for two years.