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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2703

Henry Miller papers


Correspondence, compositions and other materials by or about American author and artist Henry Miller.


  • Creation: 1944-1989

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.2 linear feet (1 box)

Includes correspondence between Miller and his literary agents, Reece Halsey, Dorris Halsey and Scott Meredith and publisher Robert MacGregor, 3 compositions by Miller, as well as clippings, contracts and 1 photograph. Also includes a letter and 1 composition by Joyce Howard, editor of a book of letters from Miller to his fifth wife.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Miller (1891-1980) was an American writer noted for his candid treatment of sex. His Tropic of Cancer (1934) and Tropic of Capricorn (1939) were banned as obscene in the United States until 1961. Popular throughout Europe and the United States, Miller was influential on the "Beat Generation" of writers. Miller was also an artist well-known for his watercolor paintings.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Compositions
  3. III. Other materials

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2007M-49. Purchased with the Edward Hyde Cox fund from Brian Cassidy, P.O. Box 8636, Monterey, California 93943; received: 2008 February 13.

Related Materials

See also: Henry Miller When I reach for my revolver (MS Am 2704).

Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne E. Denison

Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. Henry Miller papers, 1944-1989: Guide.
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