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Henry Miller Papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 472
Scope and Contents
The Henry Miller papers contain writings, journals, administrative files, correspondence, photographs, and personal papers chiefly documenting Miller's life and career from the 1950s through 1970s, though the papers include significant items dating from the 1930s and earlier. Writings in the collection consist of drafts of shorter works dating from the 1970s, with biographical works on friends, family, and acquaintances, and material relating to earlier, well-known titles. There is a typescript carbon draft of Miller's Tropic of Capricorn, circa 1934, possibly the earliest surviving draft of this novel, and there are notes and proofs dating from the mid 1940s for Nexus, The Rosy Crucifixion, and The World of Sex. Miller's three Paris journals, dating from 1930s, include reflections on life in Paris, discussions on contemporary literature and art, excerpts from his major works of the period, and lists recording residences, places to visit, and other activities. Administrative files contain correspondence and financial and legal records relating to theatrical and cinematic productions of Miller's literary works during the 1960s and 1970s. Miller's correspondence from the 1960s and 1970s includes letters from friends, farmily, writers and artists, translators, and literary agents and publishers. In addition to files for Agence Hoffman, Grove Press, and Laurence Pollinger Ltd., there are letters from Lawrence Durrell, Erica Jong, Norman Mailer, Anaïs Nin, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Other materials include photographs and personal papers such as address books, manuscript notes, and printed ephemera.
Language of Materials
Chiefly in English and French; some material in German, Japanese, Danish, and Swedish.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Henry Miller Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from PBA Galleries sale, San Francisco, 2010 March 18, lots 94-214 on the Edwin J. Beinecke and Alfred Z. Baker, Jr. funds, 2010.

From the collection of Roger Wagner.
Organized into six series: I. Writings, 1945-1979. II. Notebooks, 1930-1951. III. Administrative Files, 1962-1976. IV. Correspondence, 1928-1979. V. Photographs, 1910-1975. VI. Personal Papers, 1898-1978.
Associated Materials
Henry Miller Papers (Collection Number 110). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
1898 - 1979
Majority of material found within 1930 - 1979
5.29 Linear Feet (14 boxes)
Related Names
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980
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