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Merton's Correspondence with:

Elbert R. Sisson; Elbert Richard Sisson; Elbert Sisson; Sisson, Elbert Richard Elbert Sisson

Sisson, Elbert R. (and Grace Sisson), 1916-2000  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1962-1967
Volume: 10 item(s); 13 pg(s)

Scope and Content


Elbert R. (Bert) Sisson writes from Bryans Road, Maryland. After retiring from active duty in the army in 1945, he worked for the federal government until 1972. He was a political activist and liberal democrat, once running for public office in 1974, but withdrawing when his wife took ill. He was opposed to the Vietnam War and wrote a book under the pen name Rory McCormick, entitled Americans against Man (New York and Cleveland: Corpus Books, 1970). (Source: Sisson, Maura A. Obituary of Elbert Sisson. Genealogical website. Accessed 3 May 2006. ‹›.)

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Related Information and Links

See also Cold War Letters #44 published in Witness to Freedom, p. 38; Cold War Letters #94 published in The Road to Joy, pp. 323-324; and see also a letter to his daughter, Grace Sisson, in The Road to Joy, pp. 352-353.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1962/03/no? (#01) transcript from Merton Friends have been keeping me supplied with information, and as a result I have seen Visible [Cold War Letters #44 - transcript from bound set] «detailed view»
2. 1962/03/no? (#02) other from Merton GRACE'S HOUSE [-] On the summit: it stands on a fair summit [transcript of poem written by Merton for Grace Sisson in thanks for her father sending a picture she drew of "Grace's House" - published in Collected Poems of Thomas Merton] «detailed view»
3. 1962/04/15 TALS to Merton In your letter several weeks ago you enquired about Szilard. Enclosed is a copy of a speech «detailed view»
4. 1962/06/26 TALS to Merton Many thanks for the mimeographed binder of letters and the "book" that just arrived, Peace «detailed view»
5. 1962/08/02 transcript from Merton I was very happy with your letter and above all with the pictures, especially the drawings [Cold War Letters #94 - transcript from bound set] «detailed view»
6. 1962/no/no? other[x]  from Sisson, Grace / to Merton GRACE'S HOUSE! «detailed view»
7. 1964/05/26 TALS to Merton Thank you for the paper on Father Perrin and the booklet on Prior Guigo. I guess you have been «detailed view»
8. 1965/01/16 TL[c] from Merton Your letter of November 25th is here answered and I have reason to be glad that it is, because Will «detailed view»
9. 1967/05/13 TL[c]  from Merton to Grace Sisson Of course I remember you and your drawing. If I did not answer in a big hurry, it was because «detailed view»
10. 1967/05/no HLS  from Sisson, Grace / to Merton You mayn't remember me, but I'm the little kid who sent you the picture "Grace's House." [verso: drawing by Grace Sisson entitled, "The Road to Joy"] «detailed view»

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