Merriam, Harold

Merriam, Harold (?)

Little is known about Harold Merriam. He worked for the WPA Federal Arts Project starting on February 28, 1936, creating 23 works for the Index of American Design. He may have lived in Westbrook, Connecticut from 1936-June 1938 and in Lyme from 1939-40. His residence in Westbrook was damaged by the 1938 hurricane. On May 10, 1959, the New York Timesreported in an article about gallery exhibitions that his works were being exhibited at Mond’Art Galleries. In his mother’s obituary on May 17, 1970, theHartford Courant reported that her son, Harold, was in California. The dates of Merriam’s birth and death are unknown. Of interest is the entry for Harold A. Merriam in the Social Security Death Index. It shows that he received his Social Security Card in Connecticut. He was born on May 15, 1910, and died on September 10, 2002. His last residence was Carson City, Nevada.

 Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Allocation Card; “Galleries Here Plan Busy Week,’ New York Times, May 10, 1959; Deaths – Rose D. Merriam,Hartford Courant, May 17, 1970; WPA Federal Arts Project Newsletter, September 1938, October 1938; Erwin O. Christensen, The Index of American Design, (New York, 1959), pp. 124, 203; Social Security Death Index.

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from Harold Merriam:

Band Box: watercolor
Band Box: watercolor
Band Box: watercolor
Band Box: watercolor
Band Box: watercolor
Hadley Chest: black & white
Hartford Chest: watercolor
Details of Chest: black and white
Cupboard with Drawers: watercolor
Sideview: watercolor
Band Box: watercolor
Band Box: watercolor
Band Box: watercolor
Hadley Chest: watercolor
Details of Chest: black & white
Wainscot Chair: watercolor
Hartford Chest: watercolor
Cow and Calf: watercolor
Band Box: watercolor
Band Box: watercolor
Band Box: watercolor
Impression of the Hurricane: watercolor
Portrait of African American Boy:  
Merriam, Harold