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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lucy Shoe Meritt Oral History



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Creator: Meritt, Lucy Shoe
Title: Meritt, Lucy Shoe, Papers
Abstract: Oral history interviews capture the recollections of noted Classics professor Dr. Lucy Shoe Meritt, including her extensive travels, professional work, and memories of Dr. William Battle.
Accession No.: 96-095; 98-283
Extent: 11 audiocassettes, 1/2 in. paper.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Lucy Shoe Meritt began her career as a student, teacher, and scholar of classical archaeology and architecture in 1915, when at the age of nine she saw the stereoptical views of Pompeii in the Memorial Hall Museum in Philadelphia. Her interest in the classics was heightened at college, and she received her bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1927, her master's in 1928, and her doctorate in 1935.

Meritt studied at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens from 1929-1934. It was during those years that she visited many classical sites in Greece and Asia Minor and made the drawings of the mouldings that appeared in her book, Profiles of Greek Mouldings, published in 1936.

She taught at Mount Holyoke College from 1937-1950. As a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome in 1937 and 1950, she investigated architectural mouldings in Italy. Her research was later published in two volumes, Profiles of Western Greek Mouldings (1952) and Etruscan and Republican Roman Mouldings (1965). She worked at the Roman site of Cosa in Tuscany and at the Greek site of Serra Orlando (Morgantina) in Sicily. When the American School of Classical Studies in Athens established a publications office at Princeton, she was named Editor of Publications, a post she held from 1950-1972.

In 1972 Dr. Meritt returned to the family home in Austin, Texas and was a visiting scholar in the Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin from 1973 until her death in 2003. She authored numerous publications and held many offices in professional organizations. She received numerous awards and honors, including honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Brown University and Hamilton College. Meritt was considered one of the world's foremost authorities on classical archaeology with particular reference to Greek, Etruscan, and Roman architecture, specifically profiles of mouldings.

(adapted from Virginia Phillips, Alexander Architectural Archive)

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Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews capture the recollections of noted Classics professor Dr. Lucy Shoe Meritt, including her extensive travels, professional work, and memories of Dr. William Battle.

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See also the Lucy Shoe Meritt Collection at the Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas at Austin.

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Lucy Shoe Meritt Oral History, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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2X70a Audiocassettes, recorded in 1995-1997 (more detailed description in holding record):
Tape 1:
Chasing mouldings of Greek architecture, Delphi, 1930
Epidauros, 1930, 1991
Interest in archaeology
Acquiring the steel Maco template, 1930
Traveling in Greece, 1930-1932
Getting permission to work at sites
Nights I have spent: Samos and Salamis, 1931-1932
Effect of worldwide depression on Greece
Tape 2:
Visit to Pherai, Thessaly, 1932
Nights I have spent: Nemea to Styx, 1931
Tape 3:
Fourteen-mile trip to Aigosthena, 1930
Trip to Crete, 1930
Corinth, 1930
Trip to islands of Paros, Tenos, Naxos, and Thera, 1932
Tape 4:
Background of Greek architectural mouldings, 1930
Travel in northwest Greece, including Oiniadai, 1931
Work and travel in Asia Minor, 1931
Tape 5:
American Academy in Rome, 1936
Permission to visit Italian sites
Cleaning the template with Gifford Proctor
Work at Paestum site, 1936
Visit to Sele, 1936
Sicily, 1936-1937, 1957
Serra Orlando, 1957
Confraternita procession in Aiodone, 1957
Tape 6:
Confraternita procession, continued
Loss of publications of American School of Classical Studies during World War II
Benjamin Dean Meritt and early life of Abraham Flexner
Tape 7:
Athenian Agora, Meritt and Flexner
Establishment of publications department for American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Recollections of Dr. William Battle
American School in Rome and site visits in Italy, 1936-1937, 1949- 1950, 1957
Tape 8:
Detailed description on use of Maco template
Technicalities of preparing drawings for publication
Charles K. Williams and daily drawings, Serra Orlando/Morgantina, 1957
Founding and early history of American Academy in Rome
Visit to Dodecanese Islands, 1937
Visit to King Victor Emmanuel III to American Academy, 1937, including comments on segregation policy
Tape 9:
Return to American Academy in Rome as Senior Fellow, 1949-1950
Sunday walks with Inez and Cesare Longobardi
Etruscan and Republican Roman sites, work at Cosa, 1950
Life in Rome and at the Academy, 1949-1950
Sicilian expedition, 1950
Return to Rome for final church visits
Recollections of two return trips from Italy, 1950, 1937
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2X325 Two audiocassettes and transcript, concerning Dr. William Battle, recorded in 1995

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