Max Miller Papers, 1924-1981 (MSS 0158)

Extent: 3.5 Linear feet (8 archive boxes and 3 oversize folders)

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his several books; and typescripts, including drafts of THE CRUISE OF THE COW and FROM THESE WINDOWS (1955), as well as unpublished works.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.

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.

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 Also included are drafts for the unpublished works BLACKBURN'S SQUADRON, THE SHIP THAT CAME IN, and WRITTEN WHILE SITTING ON A CACTUS.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 chiefly contains personal photographs and a small number of photographs used for publication. The series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

SERIES 5: MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

The MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS series includes publication announcements, pamphlets, and miscellaneous ephemera and personal items.

Container List

Accession Processed in 1996

WRITINGS

Box: 1 Folder: 1
BEGINNING OF A MORTAL

Proofs of illustrations by John Sloan.

Box: 1 Folder: 2
Blackburn's Squadron

Outline.

Box: 1 Folder: 3
Blackburn's Squadron

"The S.O. Bees: Growl of the Big Hog" - typescript outline.

Box: 1 Folder: 4
Blackburn's Squadron

The S.O. Bees Story - Chapter breakdown.

Box: 1 Folder: 5
Blackburn's Squadron

"The S.O.Bees: Growl of the Big Hog" - Rewrite notes and correspondence.

Box: 1 Folder: 6
Blackburn's Squadron

Miscellaneous notes and letter.

Box: 1 Folder: 7
CRUISE OF THE COW

Typescript.

Box: 1 Folder: 8
CRUISE OF THE COW

Typescript.

Box: 1 Folder: 9
DAYBREAK FOR OUR CARRIER - She's Our Carrier

Manuscript.

Box: 1 Folder: 10
DAYBREAK FOR OUR CARRIER - She's Our Carrier, 1944

Notes

Box: 2 Folder: 1
HOLLADAY STREET

Mazzula letters - Reference material with table of contents.

Box: 2 Folder: 2
HOLLADAY STREET

Correspondence, 1962.

Box: 2 Folder: 3
HOLLADAY STREET

Correspondence, December 1962 - April 1963.

Box: 2 Folder: 4
HOLLADAY STREET

Correspondence, 1960-1963.

Box: 2 Folder: 5
IT'S TOMORROW OUT HERE

Typescript.

Box: 2 Folder: 6 Oversize: MC03810
IT'S TOMORROW OUT HERE

Galleys.

Box: 2 Folder: 7
Newspaper columns - unidentified

Typescripts.

Box: 2 Folder: 8
Ship that Came In

Unpublished typescript.

Box: 2 Folder: 9
SPEAK TO THE EARTH

Chapters 1-14.

Box: 2 Folder: 10
SPEAK TO THE EARTH

Chapter 15-30.

Box: 2 Folder: 11
SPEAK TO THE EARTH

Chapters 31-40.

Box: 3 Folder: 1
SPEAK TO THE EARTH

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

August.

Box: 4 Folder: 33
Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1950

September.

Box: 4 Folder: 34
Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1950

October.

Box: 4 Folder: 35
Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1950

November.

Box: 5 Folder: 1
Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1952

May.

Box: 5 Folder: 2
Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1952

June.

Box: 5 Folder: 3
Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1952

July.

Box: 5 Folder: 4
Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1952

August - September.

Box: 5 Folder: 5
Miller, Margaret Ripley, 1953
Box: 5 Folder: 6
Miller, Margaret Ripley

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

Unpublished typescript, part 1.

Box: 5 Folder: 35
BEACH BUMS

Unpublished typescript, part 2.

Box: 6 Folder: 1
The Book Parade, 1958

Script for radio broadcast, book review of TALE OF VALOR by Verdis Fisher.

Box: 6 Folder: 2
Chapter on dwarf elephants of San Nicols

Similar to material in chapter 3 of . . . AND BRING ALL YOUR FOLKS. ca. 1959.

Box: 6 Folder: 3
CRUISE OF THE COW

Chapters 1-14. ca. 1951.

Box: 6 Folder: 4
CRUISE OF THE COW

Chapters 15-28. ca. 1951.

Box: 6 Folder: 5
CRUISE OF THE COW

Chapters 29-43. ca. 1951.

Box: 6 Folder: 6
FROM THESE WINDOWS

First draft. ca. 1955.

Box: 6 Folder: 7
Report on flight deck efficiency, USS Sicily

ca. 1951.

Box: 6 Folder: 8
SHIP THAT CAME IN

Unpublished typescript.

Box: 6 Folder: 9
Untitled poem

Notes

Box: 6 Folder: 10
Notebook

Includes notes for I COVER THE WATERFRONT. ca. 1932.

Box: 6 Folder: 11
Notebook

Includes notes for HE WENT AWAY FOR A WHILE. ca. 1932.

Box: 6 Folder: 12
Notebook

Includes notes related to HE WENT AWAY FOR A WHILE. ca. 1932.

Box: 6 Folder: 13
Notebook

Notes from England and France for THE FAR SHORE. ca. 1944.

Box: 6 Folder: 14
Notebook

Notes from Ireland, England, and Europe for THE FAR SHORE. ca. 1944.

Box: 6 Folder: 15
CRUISE OF THE COW

Notes. ca. 1951.

Box: 6 Folder: 16
Notebook

Includes notes related to material in THE CRUISE OF THE COW. ca. 1951.

Box: 6 Folder: 17
Notebook

Includes notes for CRUISE OF THE COW. ca. 1951.

Box: 6 Folder: 18
Notebook

Miscellaneous notes and addresses. ca. 1952.

Box: 7 Folder: 1
Notebook

Includes notes related to the oil industry. ca. 1953.

Box: 7 Folder: 2
Notebook

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

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

ca. 1932.

Box: 7 Folder: 8
Articles - Miscellaneous, 1924 - 1967
Box: 7 Folder: 9
Articles - Miscellaneous

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

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

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

Box: 7 Folder: 27
Miller, Max

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

Box: 7 Folder: 28
Miller, Max

Marlin fishing. n.d.

Box: 7 Folder: 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.

Box: 7 Folder: 30
The Miller Sisters

Photographs of novelty band featuring Miller practicing at a private residence. n.d.

Box: 7 Folder: 31 Oversize: FB43902
O'Brien, Pat

n.d.

Box: 7 Folder: 32 Oversize: FB43903
Photo Album

Photo album labeled "Max Miller's pictures of the Pacific Theater World War II." n.d.

Box: 7 Folder: 33
Unidentified subjects

MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS

Box: 7 Folder: 34
A Reporter Learns to Fly

SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS, vol 1 no 3 (December 1927).

Box: 7 Folder: 35
Biographical Note

ca. 1945.

Box: 7 Folder: 36
Datebook, 1933

Used as address book.

Box: 8 Folder: 1
Diploma, 1963
Box: 8 Folder: 2
Ephemera - Miscellaneous
Box: 8 Folder: 3
Expense books, 1953

Include appointments.

Box: 8 Folder: 4
Miller, Margaret Ripley?

Notepad.

Box: 8 Folder: 5
Miller, Margaret Ripley?

Stenographer's notebook.

Box: 8 Folder: 6
"My Diary", 1935

Two notebooks each including short entries by unidentified authors.

Box: 8 Folder: 7
Passport, 1927
Box: 8 Folder: 8
Pamphlets - Miscellaneous
Box: 8 Folder: 9
Postcards, unsigned
Box: 8 Folder: 10
Publication announcements, 1934 - 1951