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
Materials; II. Correspondence, 1915-1991; III. Beatrice Wickens Miller Sandford
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
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
Barbara from the 1950s until Miller's death in 1980. The Miller-Beatrice letters
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
Eve, and his other two children, Valentine and Tony, as well as one post card
Henry's sister Loretta.
Series III. holds materials relating to Beatrice and Barbara. Beatrice's writings
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,
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
a frequent visitor to the studio, and as a result, there are many photographs
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
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.