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Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Henry Miller Materials, 1932-1983

Series II. Correspondence, 1915-1991

Series III. Beatrice Wickens Miller Sandford and Barbara Miller Sandford Materials, 1895-1986

Series IV. Photographs, 1870s-1950s

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Beatrice Wickens Miller Sandford and Barbara Miller Sandford:

A Preliminary Inventory of Their Collection of Henry Miller in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Sandford, Beatrice Wickens Miller and Sandford, Barbara Miller
Title: Beatrice Wickens Miller Sandford and Barbara Miller Sandford Collection of Henry Miller
Dates: 1870s-1991
Abstract: This collection contains materials about Henry Miller compiled by Miller's first wife Beatrice and their daughter Barbara. It is divided into four series: I. Henry Miller Materials; II. Correspondence, 1915-1991; III. Beatrice Wickens Miller Sandford and Barbara Miller Sandford Materials; IV. Photographs, 1870s-1950s.
Extent: 9 boxes (3.78 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials about Henry Miller compiled by Miller's first wife Beatrice and their daughter Barbara. It is divided into four series: I. Henry Miller Materials; II. Correspondence, 1915-1991; III. Beatrice Wickens Miller Sandford and Barbara Miller Sandford Materials; IV. Photographs, 1870s-1950s.

Original Miller material in Series I. includes visual plans for Black Spring and a mixed typescript and carbon copy of Miller's "Dream Book," written in Paris in the 1930s. The bulk of the series is made up of published versions of Miller's works, annotated by Beatrice. There are also royalty statements and/or sales records for foreign editions of Miller's works for the years 1979-1983.

The correspondence in Series II. is primarily comprised of correspondence between Miller and Beatrice before, during, and after their marriage, and between Miller and Barbara from the 1950s until Miller's death in 1980. The Miller-Beatrice letters are mainly carbons, since Beatrice destroyed the originals around the time of their divorce in 1924. There is one folder of letters to Barbara from Miller's third wife Eve, and his other two children, Valentine and Tony, as well as one post card from Henry's sister Loretta.

Series III. holds materials relating to Beatrice and Barbara. Beatrice's writings in Subseries A. include several folders of her anecdotes and memories of her marriage to Miller, as well as a folder of her early childhood memories of life in Utica, NY. There are also several folders relating to her career as a pianist and music teacher. Barbara's materials in Subseries B. include the Family Circle magazine that helped her locate Miller in the 1950s, several folders of short stories and poetry by Barbara, and her notes about events and meetings in the months before and after Miller's death in 1980.

The photographs in Series IV. are arranged in rough chronological order, beginning with childhood pictures of Beatrice's second husband William Sandford, and of Beatrice's Sherer and Wickens relatives. Included in these folders are several well-preserved tin types. One of Beatrice's Sherer uncles was a contemporary of George Eastman and operated a successful photographic studio in Utica. Beatrice was a frequent visitor to the studio, and as a result, there are many photographs of Beatrice as a child and young woman. Barbara is also well represented by photographs with three folders of childhood photos, and a few of her while she was working at a Los Angeles newspaper in the 1940s. There are three folders with photographs of Henry Miller, including one with photos taken during Miller's marriage to Beatrice, one folder of later Miller photographs compiled by Barbara, and one folder with photographs taken during Barbara's first adult visit with Miller in 1958.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchase and Gift, 2006 (Reg. no. 16479, Gift no. 12504)

Processed by:

Hope Donovan Rider, 2007

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Container List

 

Series I. Henry Miller Materials, 1932-1983

Box
1 Black Spring
1 Visual plans, framed
2 Published version, annotated by Beatrice
3 Book inscriptions, Henry to Barbara, photocopies
4 The Books in My Life, published version, annotated by Beatrice
5 The Cosmological Eye, published version, annotated by Beatrice
Box Folder
2 1 "Dream Book," typescript with corrections, bound, 1932-1933
2 "Un Etre Etoilique," offprint from The Criterion, vol. XVII, no. 66, 1944
3 Henry Miller, by Kingsley Widmer, published version annotated by Beatrice
4 Letters of Henry Miller and Wallace Fowlie (1943- 1972), annotated by Beatrice
5-6 "The most lovely inanimate object in existence," typescript draft pages, photocopies
7 My Friend Henry Miller, by Alfred Perlès, published version, annotated by Beatrice
Box Folder
3 1 My Life and Times, published version annotated by Beatrice
Newspaper clippings
2 Obituaries for Henry; various re Beatrice
3 re Henry
Royalty statements
4 Denmark, Finland, Greece, Norway, Poland, Sweden, 1981-1983
5 France, 1979-1983
6 Israel, Portugal and Brazil, Yugoslavia, 1979-1983
7 Italy, 1979-1983
8 Netherlands, 1979-1983
9 Spain, 1979-1983
10 United Kingdom, 1979-1983
11 Sexus, published version annotated by Beatrice
Box Folder
4 1 Time of the Assassins, published version annotated by Beatrice
2 Tropic of Cancer, introduction to 1961 American edition, by Karl Shapiro, torn from book
3 The World of Sex, published version annotated by Beatrice

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Series II. Correspondence, 1915-1991

Box
4 Miller, Henry, 1915-1980
To Beatrice
4-5 1915-1921, carbons and photocopies
6-7 1923-1925, originals and photocopies, annotated by Beatrice and Barbara
8 From Beatrice, 1925; from Samuel G. Apperson to Henry re rent, 1925
To Barbara
9 1938-1941
10-11 1954-1966
Box Folder
5 1-2 1954-1966, cont'd
3-6 1967-1980
7 Various, photocopies
8 To others, 1920-1922, 1940, photocopies
Sandford, Barbara Miller, 1959-1991
9 To Barbara from Miller family members, "Bo," 1959-1976
10 From various re Henry, 1940, 1972, 1983, 1991

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Series III. Beatrice Wickens Miller Sandford and Barbara Miller Sandford Materials, 1895-1986

Subseries A. Beatrice Wickens Miller Sandford, 1895-[1970s]
Box Folder
5 11 Adoption papers, 1895; marriage certificate, 1917; divorce papers, 1923; Barbara Miller, birth certificate, 1919
Box Folder
6 1 "Beatrice's anecdotes," typescript
2-3 "Beatrice's historical account" of marriage to Henry, drafts, typescripts
4 Biography of Beatrice, by Barbara
5 Clippings re Beatrice, Henry, misc.
6 Early childhood memories
7-8 Musical career materials
9 Musical Advance magazine, vol. III, no. 1, August 1915, article re Beatrice
10-11 Notes and drafts re Beatrice's historical accounts, memories re Henry
12 Recital programs
Box Folder
7 1-2 Recital programs, cont'd
3 Sandford, William, newspaper clipping, wedding to Beatrice program, misc.
Subseries B. Barbara Miller Sandford, circa 1921-1986, undated
Box Folder
7 4 Clippings, typescripts, Barbara's writings, 1930s
5 Family Circle, December 1951, with article re Big Sur mentioning Henry
6 Inventory of Henry materials held by Barbara, sent to A. Brown at Gotham Books, circa 1986
7 Japanese fairy tale books, circa 1921, given to Barbara by Henry
8 Notes re death of Henry, estate, typescripts
9 Poetry, handwritten drafts by Barbara

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Series IV. Photographs, 1870s-1950s

Box Folder
7 10 Sandford, William, circa 1870s-1930s
11-12 Scherer and Wickens families, 1890s-1910s
Box Folder
8 1 Scherer and Wickens families, cont'd
2-5 Beatrice, 1892-1918, 1950s
6 Henry, alone, with Eve and others, 1894, 1914-1965
7 Henry, Beatrice, Barbara, 1917-1919
8-10 Barbara, 1919-1940s
Box Folder
9 1 Beatrice and Barbara, 1923-1928
2 Family photographs at Big Sur: Henry, Eve, Barbara, Valentine, and Tony, 1958

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