Miller, Floyd (1912-1988)
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The Floyd Miller collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, and research material.
Manuscripts include books, radio broadcasts, articles, and a speech. Book drafts include research related to each book. Titles include Ahdoolo (Dutton, 1963); The Electrical Genius of Liberty Hall (McGraw Hill, 1962); The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower (by James Johnston, Doubleday, 1961); The Orderly Disorderly House (by Carol Edwin, Doubleday, 1960); Statler (Cornell University, 1968); Dr. Cotzias and I (1975); I Remember Lindbergh (by Laurence Rockefeller, ghost-written by Miller); and Yankee Doodle Red. Radio scripts were written by Miller for the radio shows Aunt Jenny's True Life Stories on CBS; First Nighter on CBS; Harvest of the Stars on NBC; The Sea Hound on ABC; and Theatre of Today on CBS. Also present are several other individual radio scripts, dated mostly from the 1940s. Articles by Miller (1952-1972) include pieces for Redbook, Family Circle, Woman's Day, and Sunday Empire. Also present is a draft of a speech by Miller to the Alumi Association of Western Michigan State University in 1977.
Correspondence in the collection includes both personal and professional letters, arranged chronologically, dating from the 1930s to the 1970s. Much of it includes letters from Miller's literary agent John Schafner and Reader’s Digest editor John M. Allen. Other notable correspondents include Paul Reynolds, Omar N. Bradley, Carol Erwin, DeWitt Walace, Jack Benny, Alexandra Tolstoy, Clyde Wagoner, Taylor Caldwell, David Merrick, James Stewart, Octavus Roy Cohen, Dorothy McKay, John M. Allen, George C. Cotzias MD, William Howland, James Johnson, Joseph Kastner, and Theodore Roscoe. Some fan mail is also present (1962-1968).
Printed material includes: several issues of the Statler Salesmanship, a monthly publication for circulation among the employees of Statler Hotels; a notebook pasted with news clippings (1931-1932); material related to the Sigma Delta Chi Award received by Miller in 1974; a program for commencement at Western Michigan State University (1977); a copy of The Block Island Times from 1977 with a front page article on Miller; news clippings about Western Michigan State University Distinguished Alumni Award Winners, including Miller; clippings about family events; radio scripts from the International Harvester Program on NBC; pamphlets on Parkinson's disease; Seaman and U.S. Coast Guard identification; and scrapbooks and lose scrapbook pages containing more clippings of reviews, events, and Miller's stories and articles.
Research material consists of research used for Ahdoolo, The Electrical Genius of Liberty Hall, Last Frontier Marshall, The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower, The Orderly Disorderly House, and Statler. Materials consist of notes, maps, research correspondence, interview notes, logs, and more. Also include are several ship's logs for the S.S. Yomei Maru in 1920 related to the Petrograd Children's Colony Expedition and used for the book Wild Children of the Urals. Other research has been sorted into files and includes files on Archibald MacLeish, Parkinson's Disease, the Robinson v. E.P. Dutton court case, the Sigma Delta Chi Awards, pamphlets (1968-1973), periodicals and manuals (1966-1971), photographs, and other items.
|1. Miller, Floyd|
|1. Journalism Subject Guide|
|2. Readers digest|
|3. Authors, American|
|4. American literature--20th century|