Abstract

Papers of Max Miller, La Jolla (California) author and reporter for the San Diego Sun. Miller is best known for his book I COVER THE WATERFRONT (1932), the first of nearly twenty books on subjects including the modern U.S. military, Southern California, and Baja California (Mexico). His travel book THE CRUISE OF THE COW (1951) records his exploration of the Baja California coasts. The collection contains correspondence with colleagues, friends, and family, especially letters (1950 - 1953) from his wife written during his service in the Korean War; photographs of Miller and others; newspaper clippings of articles by Miller, about Miller, and reviews of his several books; and typescripts, including drafts of THE CRUISE OF THE COW and FROM THESE WINDOWS (1955), as well as unpublished works. Also included are notebooks for several of Miller's books, including I COVER THE WATERFRONT and THE FAR SHORE (1945); miscellaneous personal items; and ephemera. The papers span Max Miller's writing career, with the bulk of the materials dating from the 1940s and 1950s.

Biography

Max Miller (1899-1967) was born in Traverse City, Michigan. After attending the University of Washington, Miller wrote for the EVERETT DAILY NEWS, then took a job in San Diego as a waterfront reporter for the SAN DIEGO SUN. He became an active member of the La Jolla, California community, where he lived with his wife, Margaret Ripley Miller, until his death in December 1967. Miller left newspaper writing after publishing his best-selling book, I COVER THE WATERFRONT (1932), and continued to publish a book annually over the next twenty years. His subjects often included the modern U.S. military and the regions of Southern California and Baja California (Mexico). Miller served as a writer and information gatherer for the U.S. Naval Department Office of Public Information during World War II and the Korean War.

Scope and Content

Accession Processed in 1996

The accession processed in 1996 includes manuscripts spanning Max Miller's writing career (1933 - 1962) and arranged in two series: 1) WRITINGS and 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.

SERIES 1: WRITINGS

The WRITINGS series contains Miller's early draft manuscripts of published works, notably DAYBREAK FOR OUR CARRIER (1944) and the travel novel THE CRUISE OF THE COW (1951) recording his exploration of Baja California (Mexico). Also included are drafts for the unpublished works BLACKBURN'S SQUADRON, THE SHIP THAT CAME IN, and WRITTEN WHILE SITTING ON A CACTUS. Often included are materials omitted from final published versions. The materials are arranged alphabetically.

SERIES 2: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

The MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS series contains several letters to Miller, a letter from Miller to Howard Chernoff, notes on a text, and newspaper clipping book reviews.

Accession Processed in 2006

The accession processed in 2006 contains material relating to Miller's life, work, and military service, with the greatest portion consisting of personal correspondence and newspaper clippings dating from the 1940s and 1950s.

The papers are arranged in five series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS, 3) NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS, 4) PHOTOGRAPHS, and 5) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS.

SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE

The CORRESPONDENCE series contains correspondence with Miller's colleagues, friends, and family, with the greatest portion written by Margaret Ripley Miller from the periods of Max Miller's military service (1944 - 1946; 1950 - 1953). Her letters illustrate life in La Jolla (California) in the mid-twentieth century, comment extensively on the Millers' social milieu, note her efforts to establish her own writing career, and document her occasional role as liason between Max Miller and his publishers. To a lesser extent, the CORRESPONDENCE series also includes fan mail and business correspondence. Other notable correspondents include author Walt Coburn, newspaper executive John P. Scripps, KFMB television and radio general manager Howard Chernoff, and Miller's good friend Rear Admiral Harold Blaine Miller (no known relation). Through his later affiliation with the American Petroleum Institute, Harold B. Miller aided Max Miller's research for his book about the oil industry SPEAK TO THE EARTH (1955). The series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

SERIES 2: WRITINGS

The WRITINGS series is arranged in three subseries: A) Typescripts, B) Notes, and C) Newspaper Articles.

A) The Typescripts subseries contains typewritten works authored by Miller, including drafts for THE CRUISE OF THE COW (1951), FROM THESE WINDOWS (1955), and the unpublished works THE SHIP THAT CAME IN and BEACH BUMS.

B) The Notes subseries contains loose-leaf handwritten notes and notebooks containing material used in or related to several of Miller's books. Of special interest are Miller's notebooks containing material used in I COVER THE WATERFRONT (1932) and Miller's book about the D-Day landing at Normandy, THE FAR SHORE (1945).

C) The Newspaper Articles subseries contains clippings of newspaper articles authored by Miller.

SERIES 3: NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

The NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS series is arranged in two subseries: A) Articles, and B) Reviews.

A) The Articles subseries contains articles about Miller and miscellaneous subjects from Miller's files. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject.

B) The Reviews subseries contains reviews of Miller's books. The series is arranged alphabetically by title.

SERIES 4: PHOTOGRAPHS

The PHOTOGRAPHS series contains personal photographs, a small number of photographs used for publication, and two photo albums entitled "Max Miller's Pictures of the Pacific Theater, World War II," and "S.S. Ernie Pyle Launching."

SERIES 5: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

The MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS series includes publication announcements, pamphlets, miscellaneous ephemera and personal items, and a scrapbook compiled by Margaret Ripley Miller containing reviews of her book ALONG OUR COAST.

Accession Processed in 1996

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1 1 BEGINNING OF A MORTAL. Proofs of illustrations by John Sloan.
1 2 Blackburn's Squadron. Outline.
1 3 Blackburn's Squadron. "The S.O. Bees: Growl of the Big Hog" - typescript outline.
1 4 Blackburn's Squadron. The S.O. Bees Story - Chapter breakdown.
1 5 Blackburn's Squadron. "The S.O.Bees: Growl of the Big Hog" - Rewrite notes and correspondence.
1 6 Blackburn's Squadron. Miscellaneous notes and letter.
1 7 CRUISE OF THE COW. Typescript.
1 8 CRUISE OF THE COW. Typescript.
1 9 DAYBREAK FOR OUR CARRIER - She's Our Carrier. Manuscript.
1 10 DAYBREAK FOR OUR CARRIER - She's Our Carrier, 1944. Notes
2 1 HOLLADAY STREET. Mazzula letters - Reference material with table of contents.
2 2 HOLLADAY STREET. Correspondence, 1962.
2 3 HOLLADAY STREET. Correspondence, December 1962 - April 1963.
2 4 HOLLADAY STREET. Correspondence, 1960-1963.
2 5 IT'S TOMORROW OUT HERE. Typescript.
2 6 MC-038-10 IT'S TOMORROW OUT HERE. Galleys.
2 7 Newspaper columns - unidentified. Typescripts.
2 8 Ship that Came In. Unpublished typescript.
2 9 SPEAK TO THE EARTH. Chapters 1-14.
2 10 SPEAK TO THE EARTH. Chapter 15-30.
2 11 SPEAK TO THE EARTH. Chapters 31-40.
3 1 SPEAK TO THE EARTH. Chapters 40-54.
3 2 Written While Sitting on a Cactus.

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

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3 3 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1956 - 1981.
3 4 Miscellaneous notes.
3 5 Newspaper clippings.
3 6 Newspaper clippings.

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CORRESPONDENCE

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4 1 A-Miscellaneous.
4 2 American Petroleum Institute, 1953 - 1958.
4 3 B-Miscellaneous.
4 4 Broadcast Music, Inc, 1958.
4 5 C-Miscellaneous.
4 6 Cavanaugh, Paige, 1958.
4 7 Chadwick, Florence, 1956 - 1958.
4 8 Chernoff, Howard, 1950 - 1967.
4 9 Coburn, Pat and Walt, 1957 - 1968.
4 10 D-Miscellaneous.
4 11 E-Miscellaneous.
4 12 E.P. Dutton and Co., Inc, 1942 - 1952.
4 13 F-Miscellaneous.
4 14 Farmer, Malcolm F., 1952 - 1958.
4 15 THE FISHERMAN, 1957 - 1958.
4 16 Foust, Chester, 1958.
4 17 G-Miscellaneous.
4 18 H-Miscellaneous.
4 19 Hanley, Thomas, 1950 - 1958.
4 20 I-Miscellaneous.
4 21 J-Miscellaneous.
4 22 K-Miscellaneous.
4 23 Karig, Walter, 1952 - 1953.
4 24 Kieldsen, James and Ynez, 1945 - 1953.
4 25 L-Miscellaneous.
4 26 M-Miscellaneous, part 1.
4 27 M-Miscellaneous, part 2.
4 28 Miller, Harold B., 1944 - 1975.
4 29 Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1935 - 1943.
4 30 Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1944.
4 31 Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1945 - 1946.
4 32 Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1950. August.
4 33 Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1950. September.
4 34 Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1950. October.
4 35 Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1950. November.
5 1 Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1952. May.
5 2 Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1952. June.
5 3 Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1952. July.
5 4 Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1952. August - September.
5 5 Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1953.
5 6 Miller, Margaret Ripley. n.d.
5 7 Miller, Wray, 1957.
5 8 N-Miscellaneous.
5 9 O-Miscellaneous.
5 10 P-Miscellaneous.
5 11 Peach, Gene, 1950.
5 12 Pearce, Antoinette, 1961.
5 13 Pinkerton, Airdrie and Roy, 1958.
5 14 R-Miscellaneous.
5 15 Ripley, John, 1958.
5 16 Rogers, Bogart, 1957 - 1958.
5 17 S-Miscellaneous.
5 18 SAN DIEGO UNION, 1957 - 1966.
5 19 Scripps, Edythe and John, 1950 - 1967.
5 20 Shepard, Elizabeth and F.P., 1967 - 1972.
5 21 Shippey, Lee, 1956 - 1966.
5 22 Stone, Irving, 1952 - 1966.
5 23 Stoudt, Ray, 1950 - 1952.
5 24 T-Miscellaneous.
5 25 Taylor, Frank, 1958.
5 26 Thisted, Nina, 1958.
5 27 U-Miscellaneous.
5 28 United States Navy, 1943 - 1953.
5 29 University of Oregon, 1966 - 1981.
5 30 W-Miscellaneous.
5 31 Walker, Lew and Melanie, 1957 - 1966.
5 32 Ware, Harlan, 1952 - 1962.
5 33 Unidentified correspondents.

Typescripts

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5 34 BEACH BUMS. Unpublished typescript, part 1.
5 35 BEACH BUMS. Unpublished typescript, part 2.
6 1 The Book Parade, 1958. Script for radio broadcast, book review of TALE OF VALOR by Verdis Fisher.
6 2 Chapter on dwarf elephants of San Nicols. Similar to material in chapter 3 of . . . AND BRING ALL YOUR FOLKS. ca. 1959.
6 3 CRUISE OF THE COW. Chapters 1-14. ca. 1951.
6 4 CRUISE OF THE COW. Chapters 15-28. ca. 1951.
6 5 CRUISE OF THE COW. Chapters 29-43. ca. 1951.
6 6 FROM THESE WINDOWS. First draft. ca. 1955.
6 7 Report on flight deck efficiency, USS Sicily. ca. 1951.
6 8 SHIP THAT CAME IN. Unpublished typescript.
6 9 Untitled poem.
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6 10 Notebook. Includes notes for I COVER THE WATERFRONT. ca. 1932.
6 11 Notebook. Includes notes for HE WENT AWAY FOR A WHILE. ca. 1932.
6 12 Notebook. Includes notes related to HE WENT AWAY FOR A WHILE. ca. 1932.
6 13 Notebook. Notes from England and France for THE FAR SHORE. ca. 1944.
6 14 Notebook. Notes from Ireland, England, and Europe for THE FAR SHORE. ca. 1944.
6 15 CRUISE OF THE COW. Notes. ca. 1951.
6 16 Notebook. Includes notes related to material in THE CRUISE OF THE COW. ca. 1951.
6 17 Notebook. Includes notes for CRUISE OF THE COW. ca. 1951.
6 18 Notebook. Miscellaneous notes and addresses. ca. 1952.
7 1 Notebook. Includes notes related to the oil industry. ca. 1953.
7 2 Notebook. Includes notes used in SHINNY ON YOUR OWN SIDE and project with working title THAT HOUSE IS MINE. ca. 1957.
7 3 Notes - Miscellaneous.

Newspaper Articles

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7 4 Cannibal series, THE EVERETT NEWS, 1924.
7 5 Tell it on the Marines, SAN DIEGO SUN. ca. 1927.
7 6 It Seems to Max Miller, NEW YORK WORLD TELEGRAM, 1932.
7 7 Before I Forget, SAN DIEGO SUN. ca. 1932.
7 8 Articles - Miscellaneous, 1924 - 1967.
7 9 Articles - Miscellaneous. n.d.

NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

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7 10 Miller, Max, 1927 - 1939.
7 11 Miller, Max, 1941 - 1948.
7 12 Miller, Max, 1950 - 1959.
7 13 Miller, Max, 1960 - 1978.
7 14 Miller, Max. n.d.
7 15 Miller, Max and Ernie Pyle, 1945 - 1947.
7 16 SAN DIEGO SUN, 1938 - 1980.
7 17 Newspaper Clippings - Miscellaneous.
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7 18 AND BRING ALL YOUR FOLKS, 1959 - 1960.
7 19 THE FAR SHORE, 1944 - 1945.
7 20 THE GREAT TREK, 1935.
7 21 IT MUST BE THE CLIMATE, 1941 - 1942.
7 22 PROMISED LAND, 1945 - 1946.
7 23 A STRANGER CAME TO PORT, 1938 - 1941.
7 24 Reviews - Miscellaneous.

PHOTOGRAPHS

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7 25 Miller, Max, 1906 - 1958.
7 26 Miller, Max. Includes images of Miller with others, some published in FOG AND MEN ON BERING SEA. ca. 1936.
7 27 Miller, Max. Three informal portraits, digital printouts from original negatives with envelope labeled "Negatives for THE LULL." ca. 1946.
7 28 Miller, Max. Marlin fishing. n.d.
7 29 The Miller Sisters. Photographs of novelty band featuring Miller for story by Constance Herreshoff for SAN DIEGO UNION, "Miller Sisters (No Sisters) ..." December 9, 1945.
7 30 The Miller Sisters. Photographs of novelty band featuring Miller practicing at a private residence. n.d.
7 31 FB-439-02 O'Brien, Pat. n.d.
7 32 FB-439-03 Photo Album, "Max Miller's Pictures of the Pacific Theater, World War II," n.d.
7 33 FB-439-04 Photo Album. "S.S. Ernie Pyle Launching," 1945.
7 34 Unidentified subjects.

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

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7 35 A Reporter Learns to Fly. SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS, vol 1 no 3 (December 1927).
7 36 Biographical Note. ca. 1945.
7 37 Datebook, 1933. Used as address book.
8 1 Diploma, 1963.
8 2 Ephemera - Miscellaneous.
8 3 Expense books, 1953. Include appointments.
8 4 Miller, Margaret Ripley -- ALONG OUR COAST scrapbook, ca. 1942.
8 5 Miller, Margaret Ripley?. Notepad.
8 6 Miller, Margaret Ripley?. Stenographer's notebook.
8 7 "My Diary", 1935. Two notebooks each including short entries by unidentified authors.
8 8 Passport, 1927.
8 9 Pamphlets - Miscellaneous.
8 10 Postcards, unsigned.
8 11 Publication announcements, 1934 - 1951.



Finding aid generated: 2006-10-09