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Guide to the Philip Peatman Collection, 1926-1980
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Philip Peatman Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1926-1980
    Collection number: Mss 29
    Creator: Peatman, Philip D.

    Peatman, Sylvia
    Extent: 2 linear feet (2 boxes).
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Donated by Philip D. and Sylvia Peatman, 1991.



    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

    [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) .
    Ferguson, Robert. Henry Miller: A Life (1991).
    Martin, Jay. Always Merry and Bright: The Life of Henry Miller: An Unauthorized Biography (1978) .
    Miller, Henry. 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) .
    Perles, Alfred. My Friend Henry Miller, an Intimate Biography (1955).
    Winslow, Kathryn. 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.

    Related Materials

    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.