Max Miller Papers

Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mandeville Special Collections Library
The UCSD Libraries
9500 Gilman Drive
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Phone: (858) 534-2533
Fax: (858) 534-5950
URL: http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/speccoll/
Copyright 2005
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Miller, Max, 1899-1967
Title: Max Miller Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1924 - 1981
Extent: 3.50 linear feet (8 archive boxes and 3 oversize folders)
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his several books; and typescripts, including drafts of THE CRUISE OF THE COW and FROM THESE WINDOWS (1955), as well as unpublished works.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.
Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Collection number: MSS 0158
Language of Material: Collection materials in English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information

Not Available

Preferred Citation

Max Miller Papers, MSS 0158. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

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 of Collection

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.

Indexing Terms

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

Subjects

Miller, Max, 1899-1967 -- Archives
Silks, Mattie, 1845 or 6-1929
Birds -- Mexico -- Baja California (Peninsula)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
Aircraft carriers -- United States
Prostitution -- Colorado -- Denver
Petroleum industry and trade -- United States
Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula) -- Description and travel
California, Gulf of (Mexico) -- Description and travel
San Diego (Calif.) -- Description and travel

Contributors

Miller, Max, 1899-1967. -- Cruise of the cow
Miller, Max, 1899-1967. -- Daybreak for our carrier
Miller, Max, 1899-1967. -- Holladay Street
Miller, Max, 1899-1967. -- Speak to the earth


Collection Contents

 

Accession Processed in 1996

 

WRITINGS

box 1, folder 1

BEGINNING OF A MORTAL

Note

Proofs of illustrations by John Sloan.
box 1, folder 2

Blackburn's Squadron

Note

Outline.
box 1, folder 3

Blackburn's Squadron

Note

"The S.O. Bees: Growl of the Big Hog" - typescript outline.
box 1, folder 4

Blackburn's Squadron

Note

The S.O. Bees Story - Chapter breakdown.
box 1, folder 5

Blackburn's Squadron

Note

"The S.O.Bees: Growl of the Big Hog" - Rewrite notes and correspondence.
box 1, folder 6

Blackburn's Squadron

Note

Miscellaneous notes and letter.
box 1, folder 7

CRUISE OF THE COW

Note

Typescript.
box 1, folder 8

CRUISE OF THE COW

Note

Typescript.
box 1, folder 9

DAYBREAK FOR OUR CARRIER - She's Our Carrier

Note

Manuscript.
box 1, folder 10

DAYBREAK FOR OUR CARRIER - She's Our Carrier 1944

Note

Notes
box 2, folder 1

HOLLADAY STREET

Note

Mazzula letters - Reference material with table of contents.
box 2, folder 2

HOLLADAY STREET

Note

Correspondence, 1962.
box 2, folder 3

HOLLADAY STREET

Note

Correspondence, December 1962 - April 1963.
box 2, folder 4

HOLLADAY STREET

Note

Correspondence, 1960-1963.
box 2, folder 5

IT'S TOMORROW OUT HERE

Note

Typescript.
box 2, folder 6, oversize MC03810

IT'S TOMORROW OUT HERE

Note

Galleys.
box 2, folder 7

Newspaper columns - unidentified

Note

Typescripts.
box 2, folder 8

Ship that Came In

Note

Unpublished typescript.
box 2, folder 9

SPEAK TO THE EARTH

Note

Chapters 1-14.
box 2, folder 10

SPEAK TO THE EARTH

Note

Chapter 15-30.
box 2, folder 11

SPEAK TO THE EARTH

Note

Chapters 31-40.
box 3, folder 1

SPEAK TO THE EARTH

Note

Chapters 40-54.
box 3, folder 2

Written While Sitting on a Cactus

 

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

box 3, folder 3

Miscellaneous correspondence 1956 - 1981

box 3, folder 4

Miscellaneous notes

box 3, folder 5

Newspaper clippings

box 3, folder 6

Newspaper clippings

 

Accession Processed in 2006

 

CORRESPONDENCE

box 4, folder 1

A-Miscellaneous

box 4, folder 2

American Petroleum Institute 1953 - 1958

box 4, folder 3

B-Miscellaneous

box 4, folder 4

Broadcast Music, Inc 1958

box 4, folder 5

C-Miscellaneous

box 4, folder 6

Cavanaugh, Paige 1958

box 4, folder 7

Chadwick, Florence 1956 - 1958

box 4, folder 8

Chernoff, Howard 1950 - 1967

box 4, folder 9

Coburn, Pat and Walt 1957 - 1968

box 4, folder 10

D-Miscellaneous

box 4, folder 11

E-Miscellaneous

box 4, folder 12

E.P. Dutton and Co., Inc 1942 - 1952

box 4, folder 13

F-Miscellaneous

box 4, folder 14

Farmer, Malcolm F. 1952 - 1958

box 4, folder 15

THE FISHERMAN 1957 - 1958

box 4, folder 16

Foust, Chester 1958

box 4, folder 17

G-Miscellaneous

box 4, folder 18

H-Miscellaneous

box 4, folder 19

Hanley, Thomas 1950 - 1958

box 4, folder 20

I-Miscellaneous

box 4, folder 21

J-Miscellaneous

box 4, folder 22

K-Miscellaneous

box 4, folder 23

Karig, Walter 1952 - 1953

box 4, folder 24

Kieldsen, James and Ynez 1945 - 1953

box 4, folder 25

L-Miscellaneous

box 4, folder 26

M-Miscellaneous, part 1

box 4, folder 27

M-Miscellaneous, part 2

box 4, folder 28

Miller, Harold B. 1944 - 1975

box 4, folder 29

Miller, Margaret Ripley 1935 - 1943

box 4, folder 30

Miller, Margaret Ripley 1944

box 4, folder 31

Miller, Margaret Ripley 1945 - 1946

box 4, folder 32

Miller, Margaret Ripley 1950

Note

August.
box 4, folder 33

Miller, Margaret Ripley 1950

Note

September.
box 4, folder 34

Miller, Margaret Ripley 1950

Note

October.
box 4, folder 35

Miller, Margaret Ripley 1950

Note

November.
box 5, folder 1

Miller, Margaret Ripley 1952

Note

May.
box 5, folder 2

Miller, Margaret Ripley 1952

Note

June.
box 5, folder 3

Miller, Margaret Ripley 1952

Note

July.
box 5, folder 4

Miller, Margaret Ripley 1952

Note

August - September.
box 5, folder 5

Miller, Margaret Ripley 1953

box 5, folder 6

Miller, Margaret Ripley

Note

n.d.
box 5, folder 7

Miller, Wray 1957

box 5, folder 8

N-Miscellaneous

box 5, folder 9

O-Miscellaneous

box 5, folder 10

P-Miscellaneous

box 5, folder 11

Peach, Gene 1950

box 5, folder 12

Pearce, Antoinette 1961

box 5, folder 13

Pinkerton, Airdrie and Roy 1958

box 5, folder 14

R-Miscellaneous

box 5, folder 15

Ripley, John 1958

box 5, folder 16

Rogers, Bogart 1957 - 1958

box 5, folder 17

S-Miscellaneous

box 5, folder 18

SAN DIEGO UNION 1957 - 1966

box 5, folder 19

Scripps, Edythe and John 1950 - 1967

box 5, folder 20

Shepard, Elizabeth and F.P. 1967 - 1972

box 5, folder 21

Shippey, Lee 1956 - 1966

box 5, folder 22

Stone, Irving 1952 - 1966

box 5, folder 23

Stoudt, Ray 1950 - 1952

box 5, folder 24

T-Miscellaneous

box 5, folder 25

Taylor, Frank 1958

box 5, folder 26

Thisted, Nina 1958

box 5, folder 27

U-Miscellaneous

box 5, folder 28

United States Navy 1943 - 1953

box 5, folder 29

University of Oregon 1966 - 1981

box 5, folder 30

W-Miscellaneous

box 5, folder 31

Walker, Lew and Melanie 1957 - 1966

box 5, folder 32

Ware, Harlan 1952 - 1962

box 5, folder 33

Unidentified correspondents

 

WRITINGS

 

Typescripts

box 5, folder 34

BEACH BUMS

Note

Unpublished typescript, part 1.
box 5, folder 35

BEACH BUMS

Note

Unpublished typescript, part 2.
box 6, folder 1

The Book Parade 1958

Note

Script for radio broadcast, book review of TALE OF VALOR by Verdis Fisher.
box 6, folder 2

Chapter on dwarf elephants of San Nicols

Note

Similar to material in chapter 3 of . . . AND BRING ALL YOUR FOLKS. ca. 1959.
box 6, folder 3

CRUISE OF THE COW

Note

Chapters 1-14. ca. 1951.
box 6, folder 4

CRUISE OF THE COW

Note

Chapters 15-28. ca. 1951.
box 6, folder 5

CRUISE OF THE COW

Note

Chapters 29-43. ca. 1951.
box 6, folder 6

FROM THESE WINDOWS

Note

First draft. ca. 1955.
box 6, folder 7

Report on flight deck efficiency, USS Sicily

Note

ca. 1951.
box 6, folder 8

SHIP THAT CAME IN

Note

Unpublished typescript.
box 6, folder 9

Untitled poem

 

Notes

box 6, folder 10

Notebook

Note

Includes notes for I COVER THE WATERFRONT. ca. 1932.
box 6, folder 11

Notebook

Note

Includes notes for HE WENT AWAY FOR A WHILE. ca. 1932.
box 6, folder 12

Notebook

Note

Includes notes related to HE WENT AWAY FOR A WHILE. ca. 1932.
box 6, folder 13

Notebook

Note

Notes from England and France for THE FAR SHORE. ca. 1944.
box 6, folder 14

Notebook

Note

Notes from Ireland, England, and Europe for THE FAR SHORE. ca. 1944.
box 6, folder 15

CRUISE OF THE COW

Note

Notes. ca. 1951.
box 6, folder 16

Notebook

Note

Includes notes related to material in THE CRUISE OF THE COW. ca. 1951.
box 6, folder 17

Notebook

Note

Includes notes for CRUISE OF THE COW. ca. 1951.
box 6, folder 18

Notebook

Note

Miscellaneous notes and addresses. ca. 1952.
box 7, folder 1

Notebook

Note

Includes notes related to the oil industry. ca. 1953.
box 7, folder 2

Notebook

Note

Includes notes used in SHINNY ON YOUR OWN SIDE and project with working title THAT HOUSE IS MINE. ca. 1957.
box 7, folder 3

Notes - Miscellaneous

 

Newspaper Articles

box 7, folder 4

Cannibal series, THE EVERETT NEWS 1924

box 7, folder 5

Tell it on the Marines, SAN DIEGO SUN

Note

ca. 1927.
box 7, folder 6

It Seems to Max Miller, NEW YORK WORLD TELEGRAM 1932

box 7, folder 7

Before I Forget, SAN DIEGO SUN

Note

ca. 1932.
box 7, folder 8

Articles - Miscellaneous 1924 - 1967

box 7, folder 9

Articles - Miscellaneous

Note

n.d.
 

NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

 

Articles

box 7, folder 10

Miller, Max 1927 - 1939

box 7, folder 11

Miller, Max 1941 - 1948

box 7, folder 12

Miller, Max 1950 - 1959

box 7, folder 13

Miller, Max 1960 - 1978

box 7, folder 14

Miller, Max

Note

n.d.
box 7, folder 15

Miller, Max and Ernie Pyle 1945 - 1947

box 7, folder 16

SAN DIEGO SUN 1938 - 1980

box 7, folder 17

Newspaper Clippings - Miscellaneous

 

Reviews

box 7, folder 18

AND BRING ALL YOUR FOLKS 1959 - 1960

box 7, folder 19

THE FAR SHORE 1944 - 1945

box 7, folder 20

THE GREAT TREK 1935

box 7, folder 21

IT MUST BE THE CLIMATE 1941 - 1942

box 7, folder 22

PROMISED LAND 1945 - 1946

box 7, folder 23

A STRANGER CAME TO PORT 1938 - 1941

box 7, folder 24

Reviews - Miscellaneous

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

box 7, folder 25

Miller, Max 1906 - 1958

box 7, folder 26

Miller, Max

Note

Includes images of Miller with others, some published in FOG AND MEN ON BERING SEA. ca. 1936.
box 7, folder 27

Miller, Max

Note

Three informal portraits, digital printouts from original negatives with envelope labeled "Negatives for THE LULL." ca. 1946.
box 7, folder 28

Miller, Max

Note

Marlin fishing. n.d.
box 7, folder 29

The Miller Sisters

Note

Photographs of novelty band featuring Miller for story by Constance Herreshoff for SAN DIEGO UNION, "Miller Sisters (No Sisters) ..." December 9, 1945.
box 7, folder 30

The Miller Sisters

Note

Photographs of novelty band featuring Miller practicing at a private residence. n.d.
box 7, folder 31, oversize FB43902

O'Brien, Pat

Note

n.d.
box 7, folder 32, oversize FB43903

Photo Album, "Max Miller's Pictures of the Pacific Theater, World War II," n.d

box 7, folder 33, oversize FB43904

Photo Album. "S.S. Ernie Pyle Launching," 1945

box 7, folder 34

Unidentified subjects

 

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

box 7, folder 35

A Reporter Learns to Fly

Note

SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS, vol 1 no 3 (December 1927).
box 7, folder 36

Biographical Note

Note

ca. 1945.
box 7, folder 37

Datebook 1933

Note

Used as address book.
box 8, folder 1

Diploma 1963

box 8, folder 2

Ephemera - Miscellaneous

box 8, folder 3

Expense books 1953

Note

Include appointments.
box 8, folder 4

Miller, Margaret Ripley -- ALONG OUR COAST scrapbook, ca. 1942

box 8, folder 5

Miller, Margaret Ripley?

Note

Notepad.
box 8, folder 6

Miller, Margaret Ripley?

Note

Stenographer's notebook.
box 8, folder 7

"My Diary" 1935

Note

Two notebooks each including short entries by unidentified authors.
box 8, folder 8

Passport 1927

box 8, folder 9

Pamphlets - Miscellaneous

box 8, folder 10

Postcards, unsigned

box 8, folder 11

Publication announcements 1934 - 1951