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Joseph Fink collection of Henry Miller

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Joseph Fink collection of Henry Miller, 1949-1971 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Dustin Witsman

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Collection Overview

Title: Joseph Fink collection of Henry Miller, 1949-1971Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1956-1961

ID: 1/1/MSS 261

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arrangement by format.

Subjects: Authors, American - 20th century, Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977., Fink, Edith. 1914-, Fink, Robert., Heifetz, Jascha, 1901-1987., Literature, Modern. - 20th century, Michaels, Delores, 1933-2001., Miller, Henry, 1891-1980, Wolfe, Bernard,  1915-1985.

Forms of Material: Fink, Edith. 1914- - Photographs, Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 - Interviews, Sound recordings

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists mainly of sound recordings of Henry Miller and  his friends from 1949-1971.  Also, there is one photograph of Henry Miller and Edith Fink.  A recording of violinist Jascha Heifetz is included as well.

Subject/Index Terms

Authors, American - 20th century
Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977.
Fink, Edith. 1914-
Fink, Robert.
Heifetz, Jascha, 1901-1987.
Literature, Modern. - 20th century
Michaels, Delores, 1933-2001.
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980
Wolfe, Bernard,  1915-1985.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Due to preservation concerns, researchers are required to use the CD copy.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Physical Access Note: Due to preservation concerns, researchers are required to use digital copy of recordings.

Related Materials: Henry Miller papers.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Joseph Fink Collection of Henry Miller, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Tape 1, circa 1957Add to your cart.
Conversation with Henry Miller at the Walnuts Cafe.  Personnae: Henry Miller, Eve Miller, Robert Fink.  Subject: Mysticism.  Monoaural 7 1/2"/sec.  "Single track--the recorder had been left on by mistake.  Miller didn't like being recorded." [Fink's note]
Item 2: Tape 2, 1961Add to your cart.
"A party evening with Henry Miller.  Some time in 1961 at the home of Robert and Edith Fink of Northridge, Calif.  Those present at the party were:  Henry Miller, Bob and Edith Fink, Bernard and his wife the former Dolores Michaels (movies), Mr. and Mrs. Meyer Caiserman.  Mr. Caiserman, who tells stories, was at the time a carpet salesman, formerly of Habima (theatre) in Israel, a Zionist who at the time it became a State--and whose daughter was the first child born in Isreal (one minute after midnight when the State was formed).  Mr. Caiserman was a superb bullshitter and story-teller.  He captivated Miller and as the Chivas Regal was being washed down with liberal dollops of champagne, the party got better and better and the recording got lousier and lousier.  This recording is noteworthy for Miller's story of his meeting with Charlie Chaplin in Switzerland.  And also for Miller's obvious fascination with Caiserman's story-telling (most of which was bullshit anyway, since I had prepped Meyer in advance...).  It was a wonderful party--everybody got well lubricated.  Not one person mentioned Women's Lib ... Sic Transit in Gloria Steinem!" [Fink's note].
Item 3: Tape 3, undatedAdd to your cart.
Interview with Henry Miller (with Bernard Wolfe, Reel #1)
Item 4: Tape 4, undatedAdd to your cart.
Interview with Henry Miller (with Bernard Wolfe, Reel #2)
Item 5: Tape 5, undatedAdd to your cart.
Interview with Henry Miller (with Bernard Wolfe, Reel #3)
Item 6: Tape 6, 1961 December 11Add to your cart.
"An Evening with Henry Miller, Northeridge, Cal. Dec. 11th, 1961, chez Robert & Edith Fink" [Fink's note].
Item 7: Tape 7, circa 1957Add to your cart.
"Part of a lengthy conversation with Henry Miller, Reseda, Calif. circa 1957" [Fink's note].
Item 8: Tape 8, 1956Add to your cart.
"A letter to Fred Perle's 1956.  Recorded at Big Sur Calif. (Partwyton [?] Ridge).  Eve Miller is chief of [?] Dramatis Personae attempt to get Henry Miller to speak into a microphone.  RF."  [Fink's note].
Item 9: Tape 9, 1961 December 11Add to your cart.
"An Evening with HM #1.  12/11/61.  Zin umgebennbelte fuchselhiss [?].  Also breaking dishes." [Fink's note].
Item 10: Photograph of Henry Miller and Edith Fink, circa 1971Add to your cart.
"Henry Miller and Edith Fink at the Fink home [in] Reseda (Los Angeles), California.  About 1970.  Edie, Bob's widow, is now institutionalized with a Schizophrenic disorder.  [Fink's note, 11/20/1976].
Item 11: Jabberwhorl Cronstadt, an Episode from the Novel Black Spring/Third or Fourth Day of Spring, an Episode from the novel Black Spring, 1949 JuneAdd to your cart.
12" plastic disk (red).  Side 1:  Jabberwhorl Cronstadt. An Episode from the Novel Black Spring, c.1936.  Told by the author Henry Miller.  Written in Clich, France, 1933-36.  Recorded at Nepenthe, his nearest neighbor with electricity, Big Sur, California, June 1949.  Listening time 30 minutes.  Side 2:  Third or Fourth Day of Spring, An Episode from the Novel Black Spring, c.1936.  Told by the Author Henry Miller.  Written in Clich, France, 1933-36.  Recorded at Nepenthe, his nearest neighbor with electricity, Big Sur, California, June 1949.  Listening time 30 minutes.
Item 12: Recording of violinist Jascha Heifetz, undatedAdd to your cart.
Boxed set of 45 rpm recordings of violinist Jascha Heifetz playing several pieces.  2 records.

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