Scope and Content
Title: Philip Peatman Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1926-1980
Collection number: Mss 29
Creator: Peatman, Philip D.
Extent: 2 linear feet (2 boxes).
University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Donated by Philip D. and Sylvia Peatman, 1991.
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.
[Identification of item], Philip Peatman Collection, Mss 29, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University
of California, Santa Barbara.
Henry Valentine Miller was born Dec. 26, 1891 in New York City and grew up in Brooklyn. He went to Europe in 1930 and lived
in Paris until 1939. He later settled in the Big Sur central coast area of California, and then Pacific Palisades, a coastal
community west of Los Angeles. He died June 7, 1980, in Pacific Palisades.
The following sources contain further biographical/autobiographical information:
Dearborn, Mary V.
The Happiest Man Alive: A Biography of Henry Miller (1991)
Henry Miller: A Life (1991).
Always Merry and Bright: The Life of Henry Miller: An Unauthorized Biography (1978)
Big Sur and the Oranges of Heronymus Bosch (1957).
Black Spring (1936).
The Colossus of Maroussi (1941).
The Intimate Henry Miller (1959.
My Life and Times (1971)
My Friend Henry Miller, an Intimate Biography (1955).
Henry Miller: Full of Life (1986).
Scope and Content
This collection contains material by and about Henry Miller, collected by Philip D. and Sylvia Peatman.
The bulk of the Peatman Collection consists of books and other printed items, which have been cataloged individually and which
are not included in this guide. They can be searched in Pegasus, the UCSB online catalog. The remainder, represented in this
guide, is arranged in eight series: Correspondence - Outgoing, Advertising Brochures, Magazine Articles, Newspaper Articles,
Photographs, Miscellany, Oversize Materials, and Sound Recordings.
Numbers in the guide, e.g. [Peatman #240], correspond to numbers assigned by the Peatmans in their collection list. Folders
in the collection are arranged by the Peatman numbers.
Henry Miller correspondence and other manuscript materials are located in a number of repositories. The most extensive and
significant collection is at UCLA, University Research Library, Special Collections - Henry Miller Papers, ca. 1920-1980 (Collection
110). The collection contains 131 boxes of correspondence, literary manuscripts, documents, clippings, artwork, and related
material, as well as printed material in many languages by Miller, his critics, and colleagues.
Jay Martin's "Acknowledgments and Notes on Sources," in his
Always Merry and Bright, cites several other repositories with significant Miller holdings, including:
Library of Congress, Manuscript Division. 13 boxes of legal materials relating to the litigation over the
Tropics in the Elmer Gertz Papers, and 6 boxes of letters and manuscripts in the Huntington Cairns Collection.
Southern Illinois University, Special Collections. 1300 pieces, including correspondence with Durrell, Nin
and Bunuel, and literary manuscripts.
University of Texas at Austin, Humanities Research Center Library. 62 manuscripts, 500 letters from
Miller to other correspondents, and 500 other items.
University of Virginia, Clifton Waller Barrett Library and Manuscripts Department, Alderman Library. A
very large collection, with manuscripts, correspondence, notes, paintings, photographs, and contracts.