Vassar Miller Papers, 1937-1992 | University of Houston Libraries
These original materials are available in Special Collections.
The Vassar Miller Papers contain material pertaining to Miller's writings, career, and personal life, and materials pertaining to the editing and publication of the anthology . Materials range in date from circa 1937 to 1992, with most of the material falling between the years 1960 to 1986.
The series relating to Miller's own work and life contain correspondence, poems, short stories, plays, miscellaneous works, drafts and typescripts of published works, and material related to Miller's writing career. The Despite This Flesh series contain correspondence, material related to the preparation of the anthology, stories and poems which were considered for possible inclusion in the anthology, and drafts and proofs of the anthology.
Noteworthy correspondents whose letters or notes may be found in the collection include Larry McMurtry, Richard Hugo, Calvin Trillin, Anne Tyler, and James Wright. A brief partial autobiography of Vassar Miller can be found in Miscellaneous Works, and typescripts of interviews done with Vassar Miller may be found in the correspondence of Karla Hammond and the correspondence of Christopher Woods.
Two chapbooks, two literary magazines, and one broadside have been removed from the manuscript collection and cataloged.
Special Collections also holds numerous signed copies of Miller's books, and Miller's personal collection of signed books by other poets.
Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Poems
Series 3: Short Stories
Series 4: Plays
Series 5: Miscellaneous Works
Series 6: Published works
Series 7: Writing Career
Series 8: Personal
Series 9: Photographs
Series 10: Despite This Flesh Correspondence
Series 11: Despite This Flesh Preparation
Series 12: Despite This Flesh Possibilities
Series 13: Despite This Flesh Selections
Series 14: Despite This Flesh Drafts
Series 15: Despite This Flesh Copy-edited Draft
Series 16: Despite This Flesh Galley Proof