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Brian James Miller papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2014-010

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises writings, subject files, research material, personal papers, audiocassettes, and videocassettes, 1956-2006, from sociologist Brian James Miller. The bulk of the collection is manuscripts, journal articles, clippings, notes, conference papers, bibliographies, and other resource materials Miller used for his sociological research, primarily examining gay men and their relationships. Included are his manuscripts for unpublished books, including a compilation of the mental health advice column he wrote for Edge Magazine and a book on gay fathers. His personal papers include materials documenting his career, correspondence, immigration papers, photographs, an award, and an interview with Miller's former partner, Laud Humphreys. The majority of the audiocassettes are recorded interviews with gay and lesbian individuals and mental health professionals, whom Miller interviewed for his research on gay relationships and families.


  • 1956 - 2006
  • Majority of material found within 1975 - 1990


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Brian James Miller was born on October 24, 1950 in Wingham, Canada. He received his BA and MA in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario in 1974 and 1975, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Alberta in 1983, with his dissertation titled "Identity Conflict and Resolution: A Social-Psychological Model f Identity Formation." In the late-1970s, Miller was licensed in California as a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor (MFCC) and worked in private psychotherapy practice in Los Angeles and West Hollywood for most of his career. He published articles and lectured on such topics as gay men in heterosexual marriages, gay fathers, sex and gender, gay victimization and homicide, and lesbian women in heterosexual marriages. He also worked as an adjunct assistant professor for California State University, Northridge. In the 1980s and 1990s, Miller was best known for writing the mental health advice column "Out for Good," published in Edge Magazine for over ten years. Miller died on April 5, 2006.

Source: Box 4, Folder 1, Brian James Miller Papers, Coll2014-010, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.


8.5 Linear Feet (7 archive boxes + 1 archive shoebox + 1 oversize envelope.)

Language of Materials



Manuscripts, clippings, sociological research papers, correspondence, curriculum vitae, notes, photographs, audiocassettes, videocassettes and other material, 1956-2006, from sociologist and writer Brian James Miller. The bulk of the collection is writings, resource material, manuscripts for unpublished books, and recorded interviews pertaining to Miller's sociological research on gay men and their relationships. Personal and professional papers document Miller's career, as well as his relationship with former partner and mentor, sociologist Laud Humphreys.


This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Writings and research

Series 2. Personal and professional papers

Series 3. Audiocassettes and videocassettes (VHS)


Gift of Bernard Cooper, August 21, 2007.

Related Materials

Laud Humphreys Papers, Coll2007-012, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Separated Materials

Separated to the ONE periodicals collection:

The Advocate, October 1981-May 2006 [2 items]

AIDS Alert, Summer 1991 Vol. 3, No. 2 [1 item]

[Association of Lesbian and Gay Psychologists] ALGP Newsletter, Spring 1991, Vol. 16, No. 1 [1 item]

CGLBMAPA, Winter 1984, Vol. 9, Number 3.

Changing Men, Spring 1988-Summer 1988 [1 item]

Children of Gays Newsletter, September 1982-February 1983 [2 items]

Christopher Street Magazine, April 1977-1983 [2 items]

Common Bond: NM Gay & Lesbian Community Newspaper, March 1985, Vol. 4, No. 7 [1 item]

GFCI Network, Spring 1985-June 1986 [2 items]

[Gay Fathers of Toronto] GFT News, February 1984-June 1995 [31 items]

Lambda Book Report, June 1990-July 1990 Vol. 2, No. 5 [1 item]

The Lynchpin, November 1995-February 1997 [9 items]

Men and Wife Newsletter, September 1981-January 1985 [9 items]

National Center for Lesbians Rights newsletter, Fall/Winter 1990

Nurturing News, September 1982-September 1983 [5 items]

ONE Letter, November 1984-May 1988 [2 items]

Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc., October 1987-Fall 2000 [4 items]

Partners Newsletter for Gay & Lesbian Couples, March/April 1991

The Playboy Report on American Men, 1979 [1 volume: 2 items]

Progress Notes, July 2006 [1 item]

A Quarterly of Evangelicals Concerned, Inc., Summer 1982, Vol. 6, No. 4 [1 item]

Sex Vibe, August 1995-Winter 1996 [3 items]

Sociologists' Gay Caucus Newsletter, Spring 1984-Winter 1984 [2 items]

The Triangle Project Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 3, February 1987

Separated to the Scripts collection:

Making Love screenplay, by Barry Sandler, February 20, 1981

Processing Information

Formerly boxes A160, A161, A163, A164, A166, A167 and A168. Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama with assistance from Sean Wejebe and Elvin Salvatierra, March 2014.

  • Project 10 Handbook
  • Publications: The Playboy Report on American Men Psychology Today: November 1979- February 1997 [8 items] Sober Times: January 1993- March 1994 [3 items]
Finding Aid to the Brian James Miller Papers, 1956-2006
Loni Shibuyama
(c) 2014
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Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, University of Southern California Repository

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