The Merritt Ierley papers record his literary and musical career. Ierley is an alumnus of the College of William and Mary. His works include The Year that Tried Men's Souls, With Charity for All, Traveling the National Road, and Wondrous Contrivances.
The material includes research notes, original manuscripts, critiqued manuscripts, page proofs and printed copies. The papers also include reviews and articles written by Ierley. As a musical composer, Ierley has written musical scores and hymns, including music performed by the William and Mary Choir. In the collection are pencil sketches, manuscripts, production proofs, printed copies and publisher's catalogs listing Ierley's music and hymns. There are also programs and reviews of Ierley's performances and musical material. The collection includes surveys sent to and responses from curators of historic houses for Ierley's books, Open House and The Comforts of Home.