|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
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
royalty statements and/or sales records for foreign editions of Miller's works for
|The correspondence in Series II. is primarily comprised of correspondence between
and Beatrice before, during, and after their marriage, and between Miller and Barbara
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
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
Subseries A. include several folders of her anecdotes and memories of her marriage
Miller, as well as a folder of her early childhood memories of life in Utica, NY.
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
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
childhood pictures of Beatrice's second husband William Sandford, and of Beatrice's
and Wickens relatives. Included in these folders are several well-preserved tin types.
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
result, there are many photographs of Beatrice as a child and young woman. Barbara
well represented by photographs with three folders of childhood photos, and a few
while she was working at a Los Angeles newspaper in the 1940s. There are three folders
photographs of Henry Miller, including one with photos taken during Miller's marriage
Beatrice, one folder of later Miller photographs compiled by Barbara, and one folder
photographs taken during Barbara's first adult visit with Miller in 1958.