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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Researchers
  • Historical Background
  • Bibliography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Related Collections
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Margaret Millar papers
    Date: 1944-1994
    Collection Number: MS-L002
    Creator: Millar, Margaret, 1915-1994
    Extent: 8.8 linear feet (26 boxes and 1 oversized folder)
    Languages: The collection is primarily in English, with some materials in German, Swedish, Dutch, Japanese, and Portuguese.
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection comprises the papers of Margaret Millar, an acclaimed mystery writer. The collection includes manuscript and typescript drafts and galley proofs of several of Millar's novels, including the award-winning Beast in View and award-nominated The Fiend and Beyond This Point Are Monsters. The collection also includes short stories, plays, television scripts, and poems by Millar from the 1940s to the 1980s.

    Important Information for Researchers

    Access

    Researchers must receive prior written permission to use or make copies from the collection from the Trustees of the Margaret Millar Charitable Remainder Unitrust. Please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives for more information.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Margaret Millar Papers. MS-L002. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in a series of donations and purchases beginning in 1966. The bulk of the archive was purchased in 1984 with funds provided by the Friends of the UCI Libraries.

    Processing History

    Processed by Archives staff in the 1980s; additions and revisions completed by Ernesto Bassi and Audrey Pearson, 2008.

    Historical Background

    Margaret Ellis Millar (née Sturm) was the author of many mystery novels, plays, television scripts, poems, and short stories.
    Millar was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, on February 5, 1915. She studied psychiatry at the University of Toronto, but left college after three years without completing her degree. In 1938 she married Kenneth Millar, with whom she lived in Santa Barbara, California until his death in 1983. They had one daughter, Linda. Margaret Millar died on March 26, 1994, at age 79, in Santa Barbara, California.
    Millar's novels have been published in several languages including French, Japanese, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, and Catalan. Her literary work has received ample recognition by literary critics, reviewers, and peers. In 1956 she was awarded the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel, and in 1983 she received the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award.

    Biography/Organization History

    Chronology

    1915 February 5 Born Margaret Ellis Sturm.
    1936 Leaves University of Toronto.
    1938 Marries Kenneth Millar, pseudonym Ross Macdonald.
    1941 Publishes The Invisible Worm.
    1942 Publishes The Weak-Eyed Bat.
      Publishes The Devils Loves Me.
    1943 Publishes Wall of Eyes.
    1944 Publishes Fire Will Freeze.
    1945 Publishes The Iron Gates.
    1947 Publishes Experiment in Springtime.
    1948 Publishes It's All in the Family.
    1949 Publishes The Cannibal Heart.
    1950 Publishes Do Evil in Return.
    1952 Publishes Vanish in an Instant.
      Publishes Rose's Last Summer.
    1954 Publishes Wives and Lovers.
    1955 Publishes Beast in View.
    1956 Wins the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel for Beast in View.
    1957 Publishes An Air That Kills.
    1957-1958 Serves as president of Mystery Writers of America.
    1959 Publishes The Listening Walls.
    1960 Publishes A Stranger in My Grave.
    1962 Publishes How Like an Angel.
    1964 Publishes The Fiend.
    1965 The Fiend nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel.
      Named Woman of the Year by Los Angeles Times.
    1967 Publishes The Birds and the Beasts Were There.
    1970 Publishes Beyond This Point Are Monsters.
    1971 Beyond This Point Are Monsters nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel.
    1976 Publishes Ask For Me Tomorrow.
    1979 Publishes The Murder of Miranda.
    1982 Publishes Mermaid.
    1983 Publishes Banshee.
      Receives Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award.
    1983 July 11 Kenneth Millar dies in Santa Barbara, California.
    1986 Publishes Spider Webs.
    1994 March 26 Margaret Millar dies in Santa Barbara, California.

    Bibliography

    Warfel, Harry R. American Novelists of Today. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1951.
    Keating, H.R.F. Crime & Mystery: The 100 Best Books. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1987.
    "Margaret Millar." In Mystery and Suspense Writers: The Literature of Crime, Detection, and Espionage, edited by Robin W. Winks. 2 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
    "Margaret (Ellis Sturm) Millar." In Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 2003. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/LitRC?locID=ucirvine. (accessed May 13, 2008).

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection comprises the papers of Margaret Millar, an acclaimed mystery writer. The collection includes manuscript and typescript drafts and galley proofs of several of Millar's novels, including the award-winning Beast in View and nominated The Fiend and Beyond This Point Are Monsters. The collection also includes a considerable sample of short stories, plays, television scripts, and poems by Millar from the 1940s to the 1980s. Also present are publication contracts, research notes, research files, and reviews.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in 4 series.
    • Series 1. Novels, 1956-1994. 5.8 linear feet.
    • Series 2. Other writings, 1936-1963. 1.2 linear feet
    • Series 3. Publication contracts, 1943-1978. 0.4 linear feet.
    • Series 4. Research files, notes, and reviews, 1945-1994. 1.4 linear feet.

    Related Collections

    Related materials can be found in the following collection: Kenneth Millar Papers. MS-L001. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Millar, Margaret, 1915-1994 -- Archives.
    American fiction -- 20th century -- Archives.
    Suspense fiction -- 20th century -- Archives.

    Occupations

    Authors