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Papers of Harry M. Miller, 1958-2003 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1655866
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Miller, Harry M. (Harry Maurice), 1934-2018
 
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Description [1958-2003] 
34.7 m (110 boxes) + 28 cartons + 5 map folios + 3 folio boxes + 2 medium folio boxes + 3 large folio boxes + 2 large cartons + 1 folio + 1 oversized music score. 
Summary

MS 7981 comprises correspondence, press clippings, programmes, photographs, posters, financial records, contracts, music scores, scripts, administrative files, stage management reports and other papers dealing with the numerous concert tours, stage musicals and theatrical productions promoted by Miller from the late 1950s to the late 1970s. These include such artists as Louis Armstrong, Arthur Rubinstein, Roy Orbison and the Rolling Stones; such musicals as Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar; and, theatrical productions including The boys in the band and The secretary bird. The collection also includes material on individuals managed by Miller including Graham Kennedy, Barry Humphries, Dame Zara Bate and Sir John Kerr. Also present are papers of an autobiographical nature such as those relating to Miller's trials and imprisonment on fraud charges in the early 1980s (84 boxes, 5 map folios, 2 medium folio boxes, 3 large folio boxes, 1 folio, 26 cartons, 1 oversized music score).

The Acc04.271 instalment comprises material relating to the production of Jesus Christ Superstar (majority of files), The real estate show, and to Graham Kennedy, Deborah Hutton and Lindy Chamberlain (26 boxes, 3 folio boxes).

The Acc09.069 instalment comprises papers relating to Miller's involvement in an unrealised project to make a film version of Patrick White's novel, Voss. The papers comprise correspondence, telexes, production files, cast lists and location information. There are also various drafts of the screenplay including one by John McGrath, 1970, one by David Mercer, one adapted by Mercer for Joseph Losey and one adapted by Mercer for Stuart Cooper, 1982 (2 large cartons).

Biography/History

Show business entrepreneur, cattle breeder, promoter and public relations consultant. Harry Maurice Miller was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1934. In 1963, he moved to Australia where he founded Pan Pacific Productions Pty Ltd. He established himself as a prominent show business promoter, manager and entrepreneur, promoting a large number of concert tours, musicals and theatre productions. Miller wrote a weekly column for The Australian and pioneered Australia's first subscription schemes. He was appointed to the board of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and became a director of Qantas Airways Ltd. and organiser of the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations in Australia.

Miller was also chairman of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales. He founded and was director of the Harry M. Miller Group, the company that has managed the careers of several top Australian media, sporting and entertainment figures. Miller's published autobiographies include My story (1983) and Harry M. Miller: confessions of a not-so-secret agent (2009).

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 7981, MS Acc04.271, MS Acc09.069.

Related Material Harry M. Miller interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/650. 
Source of Acquisition Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Harry M. Miller. 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; E752.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available online. 
Subjects Miller, Harry M. (Harry Maurice), 1934-2018 -- Archives.  |  Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971.  |  Humphries, Barry, 1934-  |  Kennedy, Graham, 1934-2005  |  Kerr, John, Sir, 1914-1991.  |  Orbison, Roy.  |  Rolling Stones (Musical group)  |  Businessmen -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Impresarios -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Theatrical agents -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Promoters -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Entrepreneurship -- Australia.
Time Coverage 1958-2003 
Occupation Business professionals.  |  Theatrical agents.  |  Promoters.

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