Miller, Merle (1919-1986)
The Merle Miller collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, personal memorabilia, research material, and other material.
Manuscripts include books, articles, screenplays, teleplays, and other items. Books include A Day in Late September (1963); Only You Dick Daring!; Reunion; A Gay and Melancholy Sound (Sloane, 1961); On Being Different (Random House, 1971); Warm Feeling; What Happened (Harper and Row, 1972); Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman; a draft of an unidentified novel; and a copy of Orinoco Adventure (NY Doubleday, 1954) by Hector Acebes, but "ghost written by Merle Miller" (according to a note written in Miller's hand on the inside). Articles have been collected extensively, both in manuscript form and as clippings; drafts of Millers most famous article, "What it Means to be a Homosexual" (New York Times Magazine, 1971) are present. Other articles in the collection include "No One Seems to Know" (Audience Magazine); "Divorce Dilemma" (Esquire); "Brazil" (Harper's); "A Profile of Joseph Alsop" (Harper's); "Tranquilized in Latin America" (Harper's); "Holiday" (Brazil); "My Life as a Homosexual" (Pageant, 1971); "The Bugs in My Life" (Small World); "Behind the Scenes at Tonight, Way Behind" (1970); "Buttoned Up Frank McGee" (1971); "The CBS Newcomers" (T.V. Guide); "Happy Days" (T.V. Guide); "Make Your Own Kind of Music" (T.V. Guide); "Smothers Brothers Summer Show" (T.V. Guide); and others. Screenplays include the Calhoun screenplays; Dark December (1956); The Ira Hayes Story (1960); Kings Go Forth; A Marriage Day (1956); Only You, Dick Daring! (Adapted from the book); The Rains Came (also The Rains of Ranchipur) (1955); Reunion (1956); and A Walk on the Wild Side. Teleplays include After Many Days (unproduced); The American; The Happy Island; The Hurricane Season; Jackie Gleeson Pilot; Only You, Dick Daring! (1965-1966); and Reunion (1956, based off the novel). Other miscellaneous manuscripts include a speech for the Writer's Board for World Government; a CBS broadcast script called Of Men and Books (1948), regarding his novel That Winter; a review by Harriet T. Kane of That Winter; and a review by Roderick MacLeish of The Sure Thing (by Miller).
Correspondence dates from 1942 to 1972. Much of it is professional, and there are many letters to editors and agents regarding the publishing of Miller's books and articles. Other notable names within Miller’s correspondence include Granville Hicks, Gerald W. Johnson, Stanley Young, Benjamin Sonneburg, Marquis Childs, William Shirer, Hubert Humphrey, Walter Spearman, Marten Gabel, Benjamin V. Cohen, Roderick MacLeish, Jackie Cooper, Carl Haverlin, Christopher Z. Hobson, Joseph McCarthy, Peter Braestrup, R.A. Arthur, the National Talent Service, and the staff of Harpers, The New York Times Magazine, and 20th Century Fox.
Printed material in the collection includes clippings of newspaper reviews for Miller's novels That Winter, The Sure Thing, A Gay and Melancholy Sound, Reunion, A Secret Understanding and Only You, Dick Daring!; a copy of the last will and testament of David M. Elliot; a picture of a display for an author's luncheon; the jacket covers for The Sure Thing and That Winter; a 1965 copy of Harper's; a tear sheet of "The Undaunted" by Miller; copies or clippings of articles by Miller in Show Magazine, Literary Cavaclade, Harper's Magazine, True, Holiday, Iowa Journalist, New Liberty, New Republic, New York Times Magazine, Pageant, Redbook, The Saturday Review, T.V. Guide, Venture, Everybody’s Weekly, and Show; clippings of the articles "Gay Liberation is Not Loveable" (More, 1972), "The Literary Scene" (New York Post, 1971), "Homosexual Revolution" (Washington Post, 1971) and "Letters to a Homosexual" (Press Enterprise, 1971); a Middlebury College Bulletin; a celebrity bulletin with an article about Miller; a brochure for a symposium called “The American Writer and his Public”; a front and back flap copy from On Being Different; flyers for Opinions; a writer’s conference pamphlet from the University of Cincinnati; a Cornwall Academy flyer; a copy of the San Francisco Book Review; clippings of early articles Miller wrote for The Daily Iowan (1935-1939); and more.
Personal memorabilia include a New York state hunting tag (1965); a high school report card; and an essay written by Miller at age 18.
Research material includes Miller's files of notes and clippings regarding his writings, including a Brewster Library Speech from 1970; research on the Bundy family (1970s); research on Jed Johnson and notes for a Ladies Home Journal story; research for Dark December and A Gay and Melancholy Sound; research for a New York Times piece on Ralph Ginzburg; notes on John Glenn for a Harper's article; notes for "What it Means to be a Homosexual" and notes on gay dissent; and several notebooks.
Other material includes Miller's 1970 passport; two audio recordings of interviews (one regarding the book Ike the Soldier: As They Knew Him and another regarding Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman); photographs (World War II, college, portraits, snapshots); and two scrapbooks (1935-1948) with clippings of articles, awards, and certificates issued to Miller.