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Guide to the Chizuko Ikegami / Henry Miller Correspondence
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Chizuko Ikegami / Henry Miller Correspondence
    Dates: 1975-1976
    Collection number: Mss 219
    Collection Size: 0.2 linear feet (1 half-size document box)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: The collection contains 52 handwritten letters (ALS), in English, from Japanese author Chizuko Ikegami [b. 1946] to American author Henry Miller [1891-1980] during a period when he lived in Pacific Palisades [near Los Angeles], California.
    Physical location: Del Sur.
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    None.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Chizuko Ikegami / Henry Miller Correspondence. Mss 219. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase, 2004.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains 52 handwritten letters (ALS), in English, from Japanese author Chizuko Ikegami [b. 1946] to American author Henry Miller [1891-1980] during a period when he lived in Pacific Palisades [near Los Angeles], California. The first letter is dated July 8, 1975 and the last Dec. 6, 1976. They are written while Ikegami lived in San Francisco.
    Miller appears to have initiated the correspondence after meeting Ikegami once, writing her at least weekly and frequently presenting her with his watercolors and books. Ikegami writes at some length about the books, Japanese society and sexual practices, philosophical concepts and social mores, as well as the American sexual revolution (including attitudes toward pornography and birth control), as depicted by Henry Miller and other authors such as Erica Jong, and as seen in San Francisco lifestyles of the time.
    In the last letter Ikegami mentions that she will be in Los Angeles and will call Miller, if he would like. There is no indication why the correspondence breaks off at this point.
    Ikegami's writings include Yagate kanashii Amerikajin (1988) and Danjo K-osaitte nandar-o (1991). In recent years, she has been active in HIV/AIDS prevention and care issues.
    There is no container list for this collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Ikegami, Chizuko, 1946-
    Miller, Henry, 1891-1980.