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Millar (Margaret) Papers
MS.L.002  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Historical Background
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Related Collections
  • Bibliography

  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Title: Margaret Millar papers
    Creator: Millar, Margaret
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.L.002
    Physical Description: 8.8 Linear Feet (26 boxes and 1 oversized folder) and 0.4 unprocessed linear feet
    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 award-winning Beast in View and award-nominated The Fiend and Beyond This Point Are Monsters . The collection also includes short stories, plays, television scripts, and poems by Millar from the 1940s to the 1980s.
    Language of Material: English .

    Access

    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.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    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.

    Acquisition Information

    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.

    Processing History

    Processed by Archives staff in the 1980s; additions and revisions completed by Ernesto Bassi and Audrey Pearson, 2008.

    Historical Background

    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.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Chronology

    1915 February 5 Born Margaret Ellis Sturm.
    1936 Leaves University of Toronto.
    1938 Marries Kenneth Millar, pseudonym Ross Macdonald.
    1941 The Invisible Worm
    1942 The Devils Loves Me
      The Weak-Eyed Bat
    1943 Wall of Eyes
    1944 Fire Will Freeze
    1945 The Iron Gates
    1947 Experiment in Springtime
    1948 It's All in the Family
    1949 The Cannibal Heart
    1950 Do Evil in Return.
    1952 Rose's Last Summer
      Vanish in an Instant
    1954 Wives and Lovers
    1955 Beast in View
    1956 Beast in View
    1957 An Air That Kills
    1957-1958 Serves as president of Mystery Writers of America.
    1959 The Listening Walls
    1960 A Stranger in My Grave
    1962 How Like an Angel
    1964 The Fiend
    1965 Los Angeles Times
      The Fiend
    1967 The Birds and the Beasts Were There
    1970 Beyond This Point Are Monsters
    1971 Beyond This Point Are Monsters
    1976 Ask For Me Tomorrow
    1979 The Murder of Miranda
    1982 Mermaid
    1983 Receives Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award.
      Banshee
    1983 July 11 Kenneth Millar dies in Santa Barbara, California.
    1986 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 and nominated The Fiend and Beyond 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.

    Collection Arrangement

    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 finding aid.

    Related Collections

    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 Mystery and Suspense Writers: The Literature of Crime, Detection, and Espionage, edited by 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
    Authors
    Suspense fiction -- 20th century
    Millar, Margaret -- Archives