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L. Paul Mercer Papers (MS-00066)


The L. Paul Mercer Papers date from 1939-1970 and consist of personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and textile samples dyed in the Native American tradition.

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bulk 1965-1967
0.9 Linear Feet (6 folders (shared box))
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Access Note

Collection is open for research.

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Scope and Contents Note

The L. Paul Mercer Papers contains materials dated 1939-1970 relating to Paul Mercer's interest in the arts of textile spinning, dyeing, and weaving. Collection includes both typewritten and some handwritten letters from a fellow spinning and weaving enthusiast, Fred A. Pennington, and his wife, Lulu. Also included is a manuscript of Dye Formulas and Color Representations from the notes of Paul Mercer, which contain samples of wool dyed various colors. Other materials include photographs and newspaper articles.

Biographical / Historical Note

Author L. (Leslie) Paul Mercer was an enthusiast of spinning, dyeing, and weaving in the Native American tradition. Born October 2, 1903, Mercer was a former resident of Boulder City, Nevada where he worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for 16 years. Mercer was a former president of The Nevada Handweavers and Spinners Guild. He lived with a Navajo family in Arizona for three years to learn techniques in spinning, dyeing, and loom operation.

Leslie Paul Mercer passed away oin April 16, 1972 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Source: L. Paul Mercer Papers. University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Special Collections.


Materials remain in original order. Scrapbook housed separately.

Preferred Citation

L. Paul Mercer Papers, 1939-1970. MS-00066. Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Acquisition Note

Materials were donated in 1976 by Hal Erickson; accession number 1976-085.

Processing Note

Material was processed by Christine Marin in [undated].

In 2015, as part of a legacy finding aid conversion project, Kathleen Marx[your name] revised and enhanced the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards.

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