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Mary Owings Miller Papers

 Collection — Box: SX-B1
Identifier: R0075-MOM

Scope and Contents

The Mary Owings Miller Papers primarily documents Mary Owings Miller's activities as a poet, editor, and publisher. The collection includes writings, manuscripts, proofs, reviews, correspondence, and financial and business records related to the 'Contemporary Poetry' publication and other publications work. Also present are personal papers related to Miller's writings and life. These include published works, photographs, personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, and certificates and diplomas.


  • 1918-1972
  • Bulk dates: 1937-1972


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, the donor has assigned the copyright of this collection to the University Foundation. However, copyright for some items in this collection are held by their respective creators.

Biographical Note

Mary Owings Miller was born in Columbia, South Carolina on September 26, 1900. She earned her B.A. from Withrop College and her M.A. from the University of South Carolina. On March 5, 1927, she married Raymond B. Miller, a professor at the University of Baltimore. Her four volumes of poetry include: Sand Dunes and Other Poems (1935), Only Brown Stubble (1937), Wheel of Paper (1948), and High Sun Over Yram (1961). Miller was also the founder, editor, and publisher of Contemporary Poetry, which was produced quarterly from 1941-1949 and annually from 1950-1970. From 1944-1961, Miller also produced two other poetry publications: Contemporary Poetry Library Series and the Distinguished Poets Series.


4.96 Linear Feet (12 containers)

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The collection is organized in three series:

  • Biographical
  • Business Records
  • Pre-Publications

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by Mary Owings Miller on October 12, 1977.

Related Materials

Non-circulating copies of all of Miller's publications can be found in Langsdale Library's Pullen Collection by searching the online catalog. A related archival collection titled, Mary Owings Miller Collection MS 08, is located at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in the Special Collections Department.

Finding aid for the Mary Owings Miller Papers
Finding aid prepared by staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (2022).
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Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Studies Archives Repository

H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA