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Henry Miller papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll 204


Henry Miller was an American author and watercolor painter, best know for his autobiographical novel, Tropic of Cancer. The collection represents Miller's writings from 1939 to 1972 and secondary material from 1949 to 1980.


  • Creation: 1939-1980


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Miller was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 26, 1891 to German-American parents. Impoverished for much of his young life, Miller eventually achieved success in both his writing and his watercolor paintings. Best known for his salacious literature, Miller's Tropic of Cancer was followed by Tropic of Capricorn, and the trilogy known as "The Rosy Crucifixion" which included Sexus, Plexus, and Nexus. Miller died on June 7, 1980.

[Source: The New York Times, June 9, 1980]


5 linear feet (10 containers)

Language of Materials



Box 1-5: Books written by Henry Miller. Box 6-8: Books about or books containing articles and essays about Henry Miller. Box 8: Books and printed material containing articles and essays by Henry Miller. Box 8-9: Printed material containing articles, interviews, and essays written by other authors about Henry Miller. Box 10: Newsclippings and photocopies of articles, essays, and short blurbs about Miller. Alphabetical or Chronological arrangement.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by James Henry, 1989-1990.

Physical Description

10 manuscript boxes

Processing Information

Collection processed by Christina Pierce, Manuscript Processor.

Guide to the Henry Miller Papers
Preliminary Description
Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA