This collection of Henry Miller materials was given to the Ransom Center by Alexander
B. Miller, a private collector unrelated to Henry Miller, who purchased most of
materials in 1998. The bulk of the collection is made up of correspondence from
Miller to Renate Gerhardt, a German publisher with whom he had a romantic
relationship during the 1960s, as well as a few letters to Gerhardt from Gerald
Robitaille, Miller's secretary. This correspondence has not been publicly available
since its creation. Also present in the collection are twenty letters to and from
Count Antonini and others, one carbon copy of a letter from Gerhardt to Henry
Miller, one letter from Gerhardt to Alexander Miller, and a small amount of business
and personal materials related to Henry Miller.
The papers are arranged in two series: I. Correspondence, 1936-2000; and II.
Miller-Related and Other Materials, 1949-2007. Upon arrival, all of the
correspondence was in rough chronological order organized by author, and a small
amount of further organization was done to complete this arrangement.
The correspondence in Series I. includes handwritten and typed letters, postcards,
telegrams, and a large number of envelopes that were separated from their
corresponding letters before arrival at the Ransom Center. The correspondence
Gerhardt reveals a wide variety of subject matter, from romantic conversation
discussions about their children, financial matters, health difficulties, literary
issues, contemporary writers and other notable persons, and travel plans.
The materials in Series II., Miller-Related and Other Materials, include a photograph
of Miller with Brenda Venus, a book catalog of "Titles Available and Unavailable"
for works available directly from Miller in Big Sur, two pamphlets and a press
release put out by Miller, promotional materials related to Miller's watercolor
paintings, a Henry Miller Literary Society newsletter from 1960, publishing
promotional materials, an essay by Karl Orend titled "Miller-Gerhardt Collection,
Introduction," and a thesis titled "The Temple Of the Living God."