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Guide to the P. Schuyler Miller Collection

Papers of P. Schuyler Miller, 1930-1974


Creator:Miller, P. Schuyler (Peter Schuyler), 1912-1974
Title:Papers of P. Schuyler Miller, 1930-1974
Quantity:11.5 linear ft (24 boxes)
Abstract:American Science Fiction writer and critic P. Schuyler Miller (1912-1974) He wrote book reviews for Astounding Science Fiction magazine and then its successor, Analog. He was awarded a special Hugo Award for book reviews in 1961. He is also known as an early bibliographer of Robert E. Howard's "Conan" stories in the 1930s, together with his friend John D. Clark. This collection reflects his work as a book reviewer and is primarily made up of letters from science fiction readers. It also includes business correspondence between Miller and other writers.

Call Number:

MS 255

Repository:University of Kansas
Kenneth Spencer Research Library
Department of Special Collections
1450 Poplar Lane, Lawrence, KS 66045-7616
Phone: (785)864-4334
Fax: (785)864-5803
URL: http://spencer.lib.ku.edu
Finding aid prepared by skt, 2008
Finding aid encoded by skt, 2008

BIOGRAPHY of P. Schuyler Miller

P. Schuyler Miller was born February 21, 1912 and raised in New York's Mowhawk Valley, which led to his life-long fascination with the Iroquois nation. He pursued this as an amateur archaeologist and a member of the New York State Archaeological Association. Miller received his M.S. in chemistry from Union College in Schnectady, New York. He subsequently worked as a technical writer for General Electric in the 1940s, and for the Fisher Scientific Company in Pittsburgh from 1952 until his death.

Miller wrote pulp science fiction beginning in the 1930s. His work appeared in such magazines as Wonder Stories, Science Fiction Digest, Marvel Tales, and Super Science Stories, among others. He gradually shifted into book reviewing beginning in 1945, initially for Astounding Science Fiction and later for its successor, Analog. He began a regularly monthly review column in Astounding Science Fiction in October, 1951. He is also known as an early bibliographer of Robert E. Howard's "Conan" stories in the 1930s, together with his friend John D. Clark.

In 1963, Miller was awarded a special Hugo Award for book reviews.

Miller died October 13, 1974 in Blennerhassett Island, West Virginia.


The P. Schuyler Miller Collection dates from 1930 to1974. It consists largely of correspondence from his years as a book reviewer. While the letters are primarily from science fiction readers, there are letters from influential members of the science fiction community such as Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Lloyd Biggle, Jr.

A large portion of the collection consists of fandom material, including letters from science fiction readers who were responding to Miller's request in first Astounding Science Fiction and later Analog for the readers' top twenty-five favorite science fiction books and top ten favorite science fiction authors.

The collection also includes Miller's correspondence with science fiction writers as well as conference advertisements, agendas, and progress reports.


Restrictions on Access


Restrictions on Use

These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library staff (785-864-4334, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material can not be accommodated.

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.



Asimov, Isaac, -- 1920-1992.
Biggle, Lloyd, -- 1923-2002.
Bradbury, Ray, -- 1920-
DeVore, Howard.
Gunn, James E., -- 1923-
Miller, P. Schuyler -- (Peter Schuyler), -- 1912-1974.
Wollheim, Donald A.


Arkham House.
F. and S.F. Book Co.
Frederick Fell Publishers.
G.P. Putnam & Sons.
Institute for Twenty-First Century Studies.
National Fantasy Fan Federation.
Perri Press.
Shasta Publishers.
Stanton & Lee Publishers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

P. Schuyler Miller Collection, Department of Special Collections, MS 255, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries