Margaret Guilford-Kardell (1920-) began this presentation in the 1980s at the urging of Corinne Graves Hoffpauir (1916-1989), who had discovered some early previously undocumented Miller poems. Guilford-Kardell was prodded on and encouraged by fellow Shasta County historians Hazel McKim and Joe Mazzini; without the latter’s word processing skills this project could not have been envisioned. Then bibliographer Hensley Woodbridge (1923-2001) saw a draft copy at a Jack London symposium and urged its completion. In May of 1991 Dr. Ray C. Longtin, Miller’s bibliographer of the 20th century, read the manuscript and encouraged Guilford-Kardell to continue in an academic climate then still in denial of the importance of Joaquin Miller in both Western Literature and Western History.
In the years of research before the advent of today’s web sites Guilford-Kardell met or corresponded with many historians and librarians etc. who were often succeeded by others during the course of this project.
Among these helpful people were Susan M. Allen, former and now Carrie Marsh present, Head, Special Collections, The Honnold Library, The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA; Eleanor Brown, former Executive Secretary, Siskiyou County Historical Society, Yreka, CA; Robert Chandler, Wells Fargo History Room, San Francisco, CA; J. Fraser Cocks, Curator, Special Collections, The Library, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; Cathy Coldren, Bellingham Public Library, Bellingham, WA; Shawna Fleming, Editorial Assistant, Mark Twain Project, Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA; Dale Forster of Portland, OR for sharing his private collection; Dennis Freeman, Director, Library and Media Services, College of the Siskiyous, Weed, CA; Charlolet Gaston, Whatcom County Library, Bellingham, WA; Fred Granata, Portland, OR; Sara S. Hodson, Curator of Literary Manuscripts, The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA; Bill Jones, Head, Special Collections, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico, CA; Russ Kingman (deceased) and Winnie Kingman, Jack London Bookstore, Glen Ellen, CA; Jacqueline Koenig, Carefree, AZ for a list of her private collection; Gary Kurutz, Principal Librarian, Sybil Zemetis retired Reference Librarian, and now Karen Paige, Reference Librarian Special Collections Branch, Library-Courts Bldg., Sacramento, CA; Bénet Leigh of Rohnert Park, CA; for her Witt family genealogy; William Miesse, Art Historian,Mt. Shasta, CA; David Milholland, President Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission OCHC, Portland, OR; Oregon Historical Society, Portland, OR; Jayne Primrose, Museum Manager Grant County Historical Museum and Dennis C. Smith of the Historical Society, Canyon City, OR; Tim Pyatt, Special Collections Librarian, The Library, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; Peter A. Smith, Online Services Coordinator, Western Washington University, Wilson Library, Bellingham, WA; William W. Sturm, former Librarian, Oakland History Room, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA; Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma, WA; Fred Welcome, Director, Shasta State Historic Park, Shasta, CA; Marty West, former Head of the Lane County Museum, Eugene, OR; and ever so many more kind people. Susan Goodwin, Portland, Oregon, deserves separate recognition for her considerable research.
In 2004 Margaret Guilford-Kardell and Scott McKeown decided to merge their massive Miller bibliographies into one document to be equally available to and usable by both Joaquin Miller scholars and aficionados (and, of course, aficionadas).
Fortunately Margaret’s long time friend, editor and burgeoning Miller enthusiast Glennys Christie (BA, UBC, English Literature; MA Stanford University, Journalism and Communication) was able to bring her lifetime of editorial experience as editor/publisher of several community newspapers over the years to this monumental effort. Without her understanding and love of literature and editorial background from early print to online editing, this bibliography would never have seen the light of day. As noted elsewhere, her journalist daughter Alix Christie worked on the 1985 special edition of True Bear Stories and her well-known poet daughter, A.V. Christie, has been invited to read at Joaquin Miller’s Cabin in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C.
Hopefully, you too, as you read this Miller study guide and bibliography, can write something about Joaquin Miller or find something in your local archives that should be included in this bibliography; you can send it to us so we can share the info with others.