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Elmer Gertz Collection

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Biographical Note

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Detailed Description

Manuscript- "Henry Miller: Years of Trial and Triumph"

Book- "Henry Miller: Years of Trial and Triumph"


Elmer Gertz Collection, 1962-1991 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Matthew A. Borowicz

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Collection Overview

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ID: 1/1/MSS 274

Primary Creator: Gertz, Elmer, (1906-2000.)

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Arranged by topic.

Subjects: Gertz, Elmer, 1906-2000, Miller, Henry, 1891-1980

Forms of Material: Ephemera., Manuscripts for publication.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Elmer Gertz collection consists of the manuscript for the "Henry Miller: Years of Trial and Triumph," the book, and ephemera. Henry Miller, one of Gertz's clients, was accused of obscenity for his book Tropic of Cancer. These papers document Miller's challenge of these charges, and the fight that Gertz successfully waged in Illinois to stop censorship of the book.

Biographical Note

Elmer Gertz (September 14, 1906 - April 27, 2000) was an American lawyer, writer and civil rights activist. During his lengthy legal career he won some high-profile cases, most notably parole for notorious killer Nathan Leopold and the obscenity trial of Henry Miller's novel Tropic of Cancer (novel). In addition to accounts of his cases and career, he also reviewed books and edited a collection of works by Frank Harris, whom he represented as literary agent for a while.

Subject/Index Terms

Gertz, Elmer, 1906-2000
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 boxes

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

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.

Related Materials: Elmer Gertz Collection of Henry Miller in Special Collections Research Center; Elmer Gertz papers, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Elmer Gertz Collection, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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