Max Miller papers, 1927-1967  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Karig, Walter, 1898-1956Miller, Margaret (Margaret Ripley)Miller, Max, 1899-1967
Max Miller papers
1927-1967 (inclusive)
15.0 linear feet, (10 containers)
Collection Number
Ax 605
Max Miller, (1899-1967) a Navy officer who served in WWII and Korea, was a prolific writer, authoring twenty-eight books. The collection contains professional and personal correspondence, manuscripts, play and radio scripts, material on Ernie Pyle, photographs, publicity, notebooks, scrapbooks, and research on Max Miller by Margaret Ripley Miller.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Max Carlton Miller (1899-1967) was born February 9, 1899, at Traverse City, Michigan. The Miller family moved to Everett, Washington while Max was a child, and then to a homestead on the Montana prairie. Miller returned to Everett to attend high school and enlisted in the Navy during WWI. Following his discharge, he finished high school and attended the School of Journalism at the University of Washington. At the time he was to graduate, he was at Shelby, Montana covering the Demsey-Gibbons fight which took place July 4, 1923.

Miller then went to Australia and the South Pacific, working as a reporter in Melbourne. In 1924 he returned to America, settling in San Diego, where he was waterfront reporter for the Sun. His dockside experiences inspired his book, I Cover the Waterfront, published in 1932. It became a best seller and was make into a motion picture starring Claudette Colbert. Miller wrote twenty-eight books.

In 1942 Miller rejoined the Navy as an officer. He spent the war years in the South Pacific, part of the time with a friend from his Scripps-Howard newpaper days, Ernie Pyle. Miller was recalled for the Korean action. After his release, he returned to La Jolla, near San Diego, where he lived until his death, December 27, 1967.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains professional and personal correspondence, manuscripts, play and radio scripts, material on Ernie Pyle, photographs, publicity, notebooks, scrapbooks, and research on Max Miller by Margaret Ripley Miller.

The correspondence is separated into outgoing letters organized by date (1940-1963), incoming professional, organized by publisher and producer name, and personal correspondence, organized by sender's last name.

The manuscripts series is organized by title of work and includes book length manuscripts, plays, radio scripts, outlines, and articles.

There are also files on Ernie Pyle, cartoons by Karig, reviews, biographical material, illustrations, notebooks and scrapbooks. Also included are photographs mostly about the South Pacific.

The 1980 Addenda consists of correspondence, articles about Miller, and articles by Miller. The outgoing correspondence is organized by date (1958-1968), and incoming lettes are organized alphabetically by name. The manuscripts are organized by title of work. Also included is material by Margaret Ripley Miller (Miller's wife) consisting of correspondence and research relating to a book about Max Miller, news articles, personal records, and manuscripts.

The 1981 Addenda includes personal correspondence between Max and Margaret Miller.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Max Miller papers, Ax 605, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • American literature--20th century
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Journalists--United States
  • Journalists--United States--Correspondence
  • World War, 1939-1945--Journalists
  • Personal Names :
  • Miller, Margaret (Margaret Ripley)--Correspondence
  • Miller, Max, 1899-1967
  • Miller, Max, 1899-1967--Correspondence
  • Pyle, Ernie, 1900-1945
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts for publication
  • Plays
  • Radio scripts