Collection Scope and Content Summary
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine
Title: Margaret Millar papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.L.002
8.8 Linear Feet
(26 boxes and 1 oversized folder) and 0.4 unprocessed linear
Date (inclusive): 1944-1994
Abstract: This collection comprises the papers of
Margaret Millar, an acclaimed mystery writer. The collection includes manuscript and
typescript drafts and galley proofs of several of Millar's novels, including the
Beast in View and award-nominated
The Fiend and
Beyond This Point Are
. The collection also includes short stories, plays, television scripts,
and poems by Millar from the 1940s to the 1980s.
Language of Material:
Researchers must receive prior written permission to use or make copies from the collection
from the Trustees of the Margaret Millar Charitable Remainder Unitrust. Please contact the
Head of Special Collections and Archives for more information.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by
the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish,
please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Margaret Millar papers. MS-L002. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries,
Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information
about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder
descriptions, and box/folder locations.
Acquired in a series of donations and purchases beginning in 1966. The bulk of the archive
was purchased in 1984 with funds provided by the Friends of the UCI Libraries.
Processed by Archives staff in the 1980s; additions and revisions completed by Ernesto
Bassi and Audrey Pearson, 2008.
Margaret Ellis Millar (née Sturm) was the author of many mystery novels, plays, television
scripts, poems, and short stories.
Millar was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, on February 5, 1915. She studied psychiatry
at the University of Toronto, but left college after three years without completing her
degree. In 1938 she married Kenneth Millar, with whom she lived in Santa Barbara, California
until his death in 1983. They had one daughter, Linda. Margaret Millar died on March 26,
1994, at age 79, in Santa Barbara, California.
Millar's novels have been published in several languages including French, Japanese,
Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, and
Catalan. Her literary work has received ample recognition by literary critics, reviewers,
and peers. In 1956 she was awarded the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel, and in 1983 she
received the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award.
|1915 February 5
||Born Margaret Ellis Sturm.
||Leaves University of Toronto.
||Marries Kenneth Millar, pseudonym Ross Macdonald.
||The Invisible Worm
||The Devils Loves Me
||The Weak-Eyed Bat
||Wall of Eyes
||Fire Will Freeze
||The Iron Gates
|| Experiment in Springtime
|| It's All in the Family
|| The Cannibal Heart
|| Do Evil in Return.
|| Rose's Last Summer
|| Vanish in an Instant
|| Wives and Lovers
|| Beast in View
||Beast in View
|| An Air That Kills
||Serves as president of Mystery Writers of America.
|| The Listening Walls
|| A Stranger in My Grave
|| How Like an Angel
|| The Fiend
||Los Angeles Times
|| The Birds and the Beasts Were There
|| Beyond This Point Are Monsters
||Beyond This Point Are Monsters
|| Ask For Me Tomorrow
|| The Murder of Miranda
||Receives Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award.
|1983 July 11
||Kenneth Millar dies in Santa Barbara, California.
|| Spider Webs
|1994 March 26
||Margaret Millar dies in Santa Barbara, California.
Collection Scope and Content Summary
This collection comprises the papers of Margaret Millar, an acclaimed mystery writer. The
collection includes manuscript and typescript drafts and galley proofs of several of
Millar's novels, including the award-winning
Beast in View
The Fiend and
This Point Are Monsters
. The collection also includes a considerable sample of
short stories, plays, television scripts, and poems by Millar from the 1940s to the 1980s.
Also present are publication contracts, research notes, research files, and reviews.
This collection is arranged in 4 series.
- Series 1. Novels, 1956-1994. 5.8 linear feet.
- Series 2. Other writings, 1936-1963. 1.2 linear feet
- Series 3. Publication contracts, 1943-1978. 0.4 linear feet.
- Series 4. Research files, notes, and reviews, 1945-1994. 1.4 linear feet.
Accession 2018.018, an unprocessed addition to the collection, is listed at the end of the
Related materials can be found in the following collection: Kenneth Millar Papers. MS-L001.
Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
Warfel, Harry R.
American Novelists of Today.
Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1951.Keating, H.R.F.
Crime & Mystery: The 100 Best Books. New York: Carroll &
Graf, 1987."Margaret Millar." In
Suspense Writers: The Literature of Crime, Detection, and Espionage,
Robin W. Winks. 2 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998."Margaret (Ellis
Sturm) Millar." In
Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit:
Gale Research Co., 2003. http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/LitRC?locID=ucirvine.
(accessed May 13, 2008).
Subjects and Indexing Terms
American fiction -- 20th century -- Sources
Suspense fiction -- 20th century
Millar, Margaret -- Archives