Finding Aid for the Geoff Miller Los Angeles Magazine records, 1950-2011

Miller (Geoff) Los Angeles Magazine records
Finding aid prepared by Karie Jenkins with assistance from Julie Graham, May 27, 2014; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
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Title: Geoff Miller Los Magazine records
Collection number: 2212
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6.4 linear ft. (11 boxes, 17 magazine boxes, 6 flat boxes.)
Date: 1950-2011
Abstract: Geoff Miller was co-founder and served as editor and publisher of Los Angeles Magazine. The collection consists of a small number of published writings by Miller, a small number of photographs, a small amount of material documenting Los Angeles Magazine’s operations, and issues of Los Angeles Magazine.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Creator: Miller, Geoff

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Geoff Miller Los Angeles Magazine Records (Collection 2212). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography/History

George Geoffrey Miller was born in Salt Lake City on August 1, 1936. He earned his B.A. (1958) and M.A.in Journalism (1959) from the University of California, Los Angeles. While doing his graduate work at UCLA, Miller began developing a format for a city magazine. In 1960, he teamed with David Brown, an ad executive, to launch Los Angeles, known at the time as The Southern California Prompter. Miller served as editor in chief from 1974 until 1990, when he was appointed publisher. During his time as editor, Los Angeles Magazine was one of the most successful magazines of its type in the United States. Miller was awarded the first Irwin R. Blacker Award from the University of Southern California for Distinguished Contribution to Literature in Southern California. He retired from the magazine in 1994 and continued to work in the publishing field as a consultant. In 2006 Miller was diagnosed with Progressive Supra-nuclear Palsey and died April 16, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of material related to the career of Los Angeles Magazine editor and publisher Geoff Miller. Included are a small number of published writings by Miller, a small number of photographs, a small amount of material documenting Los Angeles Magazine’s operations, and a small number of other Los Angeles related magazines. The bulk of the collection consists of Los Angeles Magazine publications.
Series 1. Geoff Miller papers (1954 - 2011; Box 1,3) The Geoff Miller papers series consists of a small amount of articles, letters, speeches, and assorted publications which document Miller’s educational background and career as an editor and publisher for Los Angeles Magazine.
Series 2. Los Angeles Magazine documents and publications (1959 - 2006; Box 1-28) The bulk of the series consists of issues of Los Angeles Magazine (1960- 2007). Also included are a small amount of early promotional materials, a small amount of advertising information, editorial and story ideas, and clippings regarding the magazine’s ownership and influence on Los Angeles.
Series 3. Magazine publications (1950s-1990s; Box 1, 29-35) The series consists of a assorted magazine publications collected by Miller. The publications contain stories or information related to Los Angeles and/or Southern California which Miller considered significant or newsworthy. Some of the pieces may have inspired story ideas for Los Angeles Magazine.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series:
  • Series 1. Geoff Miller papers
  • Series 2. Los Angeles Magazine documents and publications
  • Series 3. Magazine publications.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7421029 

Container List

 

Geoff Miller papers. Bulk, 1954-1992. 1954-1992; 2011.

Box 1, Folder 9

Geoff Miller speeches and notes. ca. 1974-1985.

Box 1, Folder 3

Assorted publications from UCLA and Loyola University. 1954-1961.

Box 1, Folder 7

Best Articles and Stories (1 issue) and UCLA Review Magazine (2 issues) with articles by Geoff Miller.. 1958-1960.

Box 3, Folder 12

In Memoriam from the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. 2011 Apr 19.

General note

Signed by Zev Yaroslavsky.
Box 3, Folder 13

Los Angeles Board of Supervisors recognition to Los Angeles Magazine for Riot Relief Contributions. 1992 Nov 11.

Scope and Content

Press release and 2 photographs.
Box 3, Folder 10

Photographs. ca. 1970s-ca. 1990s.

Scope and Content

Images of Geoff Miller and others such as: Dyan Cannon, Groucho Marx, Joyce Haber, and Kathryn Leigh Scott among others.
Box 3, Folder 11

Wedding announcement for Geoff Miller and Kathryn Leigh Scott.. 1991.

Box 1, Folder 5

Westwind (with article by Miller). Fall, 1958.

Scope and Content

Article title: If One Should Fall.
Box 1, Folder 2

UCLA memorabilia. no date, ca. 1960.

Scope and Content

Prompter article by Miller and journalism graduate class poster.
 

Los Angeles Magazine documents and publications. 1959-2006.

Box 3, Folder 6

Advertising and circulation reports. 1980s.

Box 3, Folder 7

Advertising Lineage. 1990s.

Scope and Content

boxscore, circulation, linage reports clipping, some related to Buzz magazine.
Box 3, Folder 8

Assorted clippings and tears outs. early 1970s to early 2000s.

Box 3, Folder 5

Business documents. 1970s.

Scope and Content

Advertising, circulation, financial, and employment contracts.
Box 1, Folder 13

Julie Cameron's piece about Washington and Los Angeles. 1979.

Box 3, Folder 1

Clippings about Los Angeles Magazine. 1994-2003.

Box 2, Folder 1

Early promotional materials for Los Angeles Magazine. 1960s-1970s.

Scope and Content

With newspaper and radio copy; some with hand written notes that may be by Dave Brown and Miller.
Box 1, Folder 12

Editorial stories and ideas. 1973-1978.

Scope and Content

Appears to be for Los Angeles Magazine.
Box 2, Folder 6

Editorial focus. 1979.

Box 2, Folder 9

Clipping and tear outs about Europe. late 1960s to late 1970s.

Box 1, Folder 15

Me and Her South of the Boarder by Lorin Maazel (written for Los Angeles Magazine). 1975.

Box 3, Folder 3

Layout ideas. ca. 1979-1980.

Box 3, Folder 2

Layout for Financial Planning Who'll Earn What in '76. 1976.

Box 1, Folder 10

Letters. mid 1970s to early 2000s.

Scope and Content

Mostly referencing Los Angeles Magazine.
Box 3, Folder 4

News stand sales. ca. 1963.

Scope and Content

w/ layout notes not dated
Box 3, Folder 8

New West (California) vs. Los Angeles Magazine (folder 1 of 2). ca. 1980.

Scope and Content

Magazine wars w/ New West strategy, memos, and clippings.
Box 3, Folder 9

New West (California) vs. Los Angeles Magazine (folder 2 of 2). 1976-1981.

Scope and Content

Magazine wars w/ New West. New West journal (4 issues) and WJR (1 issue)
Box 1, Folder 11

Story idea topics. 1960s-1970s.

Scope and Content

Appears to be for Los Angeles Magazine.
Box 1, Folder 14

Berry Gordy: The Story that Killed Joyce Haber. ca. 1959.

Box 2, Folder 3

Subscription mailer samples. ca. 1961.

Box 2, Folder 2

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issue The New South Bay). 1965 May.

Box 2, Folder 4

LosAngeles Magazine (possible 15 year anniversary). 1975.

Box 2, Folder 5

LosAngeles Magazine 25th Anniversary. 1985.

Scope and Content

memos, corr., and ideas
Box 2, Folder 7

LosAngeles Magazine 30th Anniversary issue and press kit. 1990 July.

Box 4

LosAngeles Magazine (bound volumes). 1960 and 1962.

Box 5

LosAngeles Magazine (bound volumes). 1963 and 1964.

Box 6

LosAngeles Magazine (bound volumes). 1965 and 1966.

Box 7

LosAngeles Magazine (bound volumes). 1967 and 1968.

Box 8

LosAngeles Magazine (bound volumes). 1969 and 1970.

Box 9

LosAngeles Magazine (bound volumes). 1971 and 1972.

Box 10

LosAngeles Magazine (bound volumes). 1973.

Box 11

LosAngeles Magazine (bound volumes). 1975.

Box 12

LosAngeles Magazine (bound volumes). 1975.

Box 13

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1976-1977.

Scope and Content

Volume 21, number 6-8, 10-12; Volume 22, number 2, 4, 8-11.
Box 14

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1977-1978.

Scope and Content

Volume 22, numbers 11, 12; Volume 23, numbers 5, 8-12.
Box 15

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1979.

Scope and Content

Volume 24, numbers 1, 4-8, 10, 11.
Box 16

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1979-1980.

Scope and Content

Volume 24, number 12; Volume 25, numbers 1-8.
Box 17

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1980-1981.

Scope and Content

Volume 25: numbers 9-12; Volume 26, numbers 1,4,5,8,9.
Box 18

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1981-1982.

Scope and Content

Volume 26,numbers 10-12; Volume 27, numbers 2-4, 11, 12.
Box 19

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1983-1984.

Scope and Content

Volume 28, numbers 2-5, 11, Volume 29, numbers 1, 2, 4-5.
Box 10

Los Angeles Magazine's Olympic Guide. 1984.

Box 20

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1984-1985.

Scope and Content

Volume 29,numbers 6, 8-12; Volume 30, numbers 2, 5.
Box 21

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1985-1987.

Scope and Content

Volume 30, numbers 8, 10, 12; Volume 31, numbers 2, 3, 5; Volume 32, numbers 2-6.
Box 22

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1987-1988.

Scope and Content

Volume 32, numbers 7-12; Volume 33, numbers 1-4.
Box 23

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1988-1989.

Scope and Content

Volume 33, numbers 5-12; Volume 34, numbers 5, 7.
Box 24

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1989-1992.

Scope and Content

Volume 34, number 12; Volume 35, numbers 1, 2, 4, 7, 8; Volume 36, numbers 8, 12; Volume 37, numbers 1, 2, 4-7.
Box 25

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1992-1995.

Scope and Content

Volume 37, numbers 2, 4, 6; Volume 39, numbers 4-8; Volume 39, number 9-12; Volume 40, number 3, 4.
Box 26

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1995-1996.

Scope and Content

Volume 40, numbers 5- 12; Volume 41, numbers 1-7, 9.
Box 27

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 1996-2001, 2003.

Scope and Content

Volume 41, number 11, 12; [Volume 42, number 1, 2, 4, 12]; [Volume 43, number 1]; [Volume 44, numbers 7,8]; [Volume 45, number 11]; [Volume 46, numbers 3, 9, 10]; [Volume 48, number 3, 8, 9].
Box 28

LosAngeles Magazine (loose issues). 2005-2006.

Scope and Content

[Volume 50, number 1, 2]; [Volume 51, number 5-8, 10, 12].
 

Other Magazine Publications. 1950s-1990s.

Box 29

Holiday (assorted issues). late-1950s to mid-1960s.

Scope and Content

Magazines collected by Miller, containing stories pertaining to Los Angeles and/or Southern California. With 13 issue of the publication titled Holiday.
Box 1, Folder 1

Loyalist (The) (assorted issues). 1950-1954.

Box 1, Folder 6

Prompter (The) (assorted issues). 1958-1959.

Box 1, Folder 4

Westwind (3 issues). 1957-1958.

Box 1, Folder 8

Assorted Magazine publications. 1950s.

Scope and Content

Down Beat (June 1954); Fortnight (Oct. 1956); L.A.:the Southern California Magazine (June 1959 and July- August 1960); The Record Changer (1951 Jul-Aug).
Box 30

Assorted Magazine Publications. 1960s.

Scope and Content

Magazines collected by Miller, containing stories pertaining to Los Angeles and/or Southern California. 17 items
Box 31

Assorted Magazine Publications. 1960s.

Scope and Content

Magazines collected by Miller, containing stories pertaining to Los Angeles and/or Southern California. 14 items
Box 32

Assorted Magazine Publications. late 1970s to early 1990s.

Scope and Content

Magazines collected by Miller, containing stories pertaining to Los Angeles and/or Southern California. 23 items.
Box 33

Assorted Magazine Publications. early 1950s to early 1970s.

Scope and Content

Magazines collected by Miller, containing stories pertaining to Los Angeles and/or Southern California. 22 items
Box 34

Assorted Magazine Publication. early 1960s to mid 1980s.

Scope and Content

Magazines collected by Miller, containing stories pertaining to Los Angeles and/or Southern California. 16 items
Box 35

Assorted Magazine Publications. 1990s.

Scope and Content

Magazines collected by Miller, containing stories pertaining to Los Angeles and/or Southern California. 5 items