Benjamin Dean Meritt Papers


Date: 1935-1989 | Size: 19.5 Linear feet


Known for his pioneering work on Athens in the fifth century BC, Benjamin Dean Meritt spent most of his career at the Institute for Advanced Study, where he developed a world-renowned center for the study of Attic epigraphy, or Greek inscriptions. Meritt reconstructed, with A.B. West, the inscribed tribute-quota lists of the Athenian Empire and is perhaps best known for his work on fifth century BC Athenian finances, which resulted in the four-volume Athenian Tribute Lists, co-authored with H.T. Wade-Gery and M.F. McGregor.

Background note

The collection consists of Meritt's correspondence with his colleagues, research notes, manuscripts of papers, and material from lectures and conferences. The correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection, with significant amounts of correspondence with his closest colleague, Geoffrey Woodhead (0.5 linear ft.) and collaborators West, Wade-Gery, and McGregor.

Collection Information

Physical description

19.5 linear feet.


Gift of Lucy Shoe Meritt, 1993.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Council of Learned Societies
  • American Numismatic Society
  • American Philosophical Society
  • Athens College
  • Greek War Relief Association
  • Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, N.J.)
  • Princeton University


  • Correspondence.
  • Research notes.

Personal Name(s)

  • Aydelotte, Frank, 1880-1956
  • Bonner, Campbell, 1876-1954
  • Cherniss, Harold F. (Harold Fredrik), 1904-1987
  • Clement, Paul A., 1906-1986
  • Dinsmoor, William Bell, 1886-1973
  • Dow, Sterling, 1903-1995
  • Edson, Charles F.
  • Ferguson, William Scott
  • Friedlander, Paul, 1882-1968
  • Haggard, Patience
  • Hondius, J.J.E.
  • Meritt, Benjamin Dean, 1899-1989
  • Moe, Henry Allen, 1894-1975
  • Raubitschek, A. E. (Antony Erich), 1912-1999
  • Richter, Gisela Marie Augusta, 1882-1972
  • Robinson, Charles Alexander, 1900-1965
  • Schweigert, Eugene William