Henry Merriman Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Merriman, Henry
Henry Merriman papers
Date [inclusive]
0.66 Cubic feet , 8 volumes in box.

Preferred Citation note

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Henry Merriman, an inventor from Jackson, Michigan, has more than 100 patents to his credit.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection includes some of his plans and sketches for inventions such as the shoe tree, wire shoehorn, Merriman Windjammer, spacecraft toilet, roll dispenser, belt tester, lubricated bushing, Merriman valves, lug tester, and window hook test equipment.The collection also contains correspondence between the inventor and his patent attorneys, Beaman and Beaman, Merriman's New Ideas, a Merriman family history, rather lengthy memoirs entitled "The Early Years in Kent County and West Whetland" (39 pages), newspaper clippings pertaining to his work, family photos, two autograph albums, journals and notebooks such as "Notes on Gas", based upon 2nd Lieutenant Merriman's World War I experience, and photographs.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections Revised March 2002

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

 Oct 2016 updated Rosebowl dinner photo title, added Rosebowl subject heading November 2011

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Henry Merriman.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rose Bowl (Football game). (1956 : Pasadena, Calif.)


  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Family histories
  • Journals (accounts)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs


  • Inventions
  • Inventors
  • World War, 1914-1918

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Collection Inventory


Box Folder

Bushing Prints (invention) 

1 1

Shoe Tree (invention) 

1 2

Wire Shoehorn (invention) 

1 3

Sparcraft Inc. 

1 4

Belt Tester (invention) 

1 5

Sparcraft Window Lug Tester and Belt Tester (invention) 

1 6

Lubricated Bushing (invention) 

1 7

Revised Lug Tester Drawings May 1959 

1 8

Lug Tester. Prints 

1 9

Tensile Test Calculations 

1 10

Window Hook Test Equipment 

1 11

Vaults and Caskets 

1 12

Bushings (invention) 

1 13

Merriman Valves (invention) 

1 14

New Ideas (Part I) 

1 15

New Ideas (Part II) 

1 16

Correspondence, Beaman and Beaman (Law Office) -- 1964-1967 

1 17

Miscellaneous Correspondence 1959-1965 

1 18

Merriman Family History 

1 19

"The Early Years in Kent County and West Whetland" (memories) 

1 20

Newspapers and clippings 

1 21


1 22

Volume 1: Autograph album, Emily L. Pomeroy 1877-1880 


Volume 2: Paragon Autograph Album 1882-1883 


Volume 3: "Notes on Gas." Notebook by Henry H. Merriman, 2nd Lieut. C.W.S., U.S.A. 1918 


Volume 4: "Automobile Preventive Maintenance." Fort Benning, Georgia: The Infantry School (undated) 


Volume 5: Notebook on preventive maintenance set-up for bus or truck operation; also contains handwritten notes on Christianity and racial problems (undated) 


Volume 6: Ledger bearing signature of James Davis 1887-1898 


Volume 7: Journal and ledger (author unknown) 1890-1892 


Volume 8: Ledger and journal (author unknown) 1894-1895 


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Photos, clippings and Diagrams of inventions circa 1925-1975 

SB 222

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Cultivators built by Henry Merriman 

LC Photo 38

Michigan. Deckerville, Bynon M. Green's elevator 

LC Photo 38

People. Bucker, Charlie 

LC Photo 38

People. Merriman, Henry (?) 

LC Photo 38

People. Merriman, Henry and unidentified man. Both in uniform. 

LC Photo 38

People. Merriman, Henry and Vernie. On wedding trip 1922 

LC Photo 38

People Merriman, Joel C., Sr. 

LC Photo 38

People. Merriman Family 1901 

LC Photo 38

People. Merriman Family 1910 

LC Photo 38

Scenes. Unidentified 

LC Photo 38


LC Photo 38

Tool Room at Kalamazoo Motor Coach Company 

LC Photo 38

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Motorcycles. Henderson 

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Oversize Photographs 

OS 14

Bill Green Elevator, Deckerville, Michigan Undated 

Merriman Cultivator (2) 

Brush Runabout (drawing) 

Rose Bowl. Big Ten Club of Southern California, Michigan State, Dinner for Champions December 30, 1955 

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