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Elizabeth Gamble Miller papers

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Miller, Elizabeth Gamble, 1926-
Title: Elizabeth Gamble Miller papers
Dates: 1965-2006
Abstract: This collection consists of the papers of Elizabeth Gamble Miller, first an instructor and subsequently a professor of Spanish at Southern Methodist University from 1962 to 2002. Though the collection spans the period from 1965 through 2006, the bulk of the material comes from Miller’s postdoctoral career (1981-2006). The papers include research materials, essays, translations, translation journals, a handbook from a 1980 translation workshop, American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) newsletters and membership rosters, grant applications, rejection slips, and a draft of Miller’s master’s thesis.
Accession No: SMU 2007.0402
Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear foot)
Language: Material is in English and Spanish
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Elizabeth Gamble Miller received her bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University in 1946 and her master's degree in Spanish in 1965 from Southern Methodist University. A charter member of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA), Miller received her doctorate in Comparative Literature and Aesthetics in 1981 from The University of Texas at Dallas. She served as a part- or full-time instructor at SMU for three separate periods: from 1947 to 1949, from 1957 to 1960, and from 1962 to 1972. In 1972, Miller became an assistant professor of Spanish, and advanced to associate professor in 1984. She retired in August of 2002. For twenty-three years (1983-2006) she served as an editor for the ALTA Newsletter, which boasts a circulation of over one thousand. She translated many poems from Spanish into English, and worked as a consultant in her spare time.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Elizabeth Gamble Miller papers reflect Dr. Miller’s time as a member of the academic community. They clearly demonstrate that Dr. Miller's academic interest centered on translating Spanish literature.

The bulk of the collection focuses on her career after 1981, the year she received her doctorate. Dr. Miller translated Spanish-language poetry and stories into English. And her involvement in the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) is expressed by the large amounts of information on ALTA workshops, conferences, and newsletters found in the collection.

Other portions of the collection include personal and professional correspondence, research material, grant applications, and course notes for her SMU teaching responsibilities.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 8 series:
Series 1: Curriculum Vitae
Series 2: Southern Methodist University Course Notes
Series 3: Finished Research
Series 4: Translations
Series 5: Professional Career
Series 6: Clippings and Publications
Series 7: Correspondence
Series 8: Book Excerpts, Magazines, Translations, and Miscellaneous Notes


Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Miller, Elizabeth Gamble, 1926-
American Literary Translators Association.
Southern Methodist University -- Faculty.
Translators -- Texas.

Related Materials

Miller, E. Gamble mss., 1967-2007, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elizabeth Gamble Miller papers, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Elizabeth Gamble Miller, 2007.

Processing Information

Processing carried out Summer 2007. Finding aid written by Miles Vaughn.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2007.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Curriculum Vitae
1 folder

This series contains information on Dr. Miller's education and career, as arranged in her curriculum vitae.
Box Folder
1 1 Curriculum Vitae

Series 2: SMU Course Notes, 1983-2005
1 folder

This series contains lists of faculty members, as well as lists of the courses Miller taught. It also has bills for textbooks she used in classes.
Box Folder
1 2 Course Notes/Materials

Series 3: Finished Research, 1965-2006
5 folders

This series contains information pertaining to Miller’s research. It also includes her dissertation cover page, original master’s thesis, and articles.
Box Folder
1 3 Research Projects, Grants, Rejections, etc.
4 Dissertation Cover Page, UTD May 1981
5 Original Thesis: La Afirmación del Ser como Base de la Vida en la Figura, la Filosofía y la Obra de Don Miguel de Unamuno
6 Professional Articles Written by Elizabeth Gamble Miller
7 "La poética del desplazamiento en la obra de Nela Río" by Elizabeth Gamble Miller

Series 4: Translations, ?-1989
8 folders

This series contains translations that Dr. Miller completed during her career.
Box Folder
1 8 Claudio Rodríguez, Espuma; trans. Elizabeth Gamble Miller
9 David Escobar Galindo, Fables; trans. Elizabeth Gamble Miller
10 Hugo Lindo, Maneras de Llover; trans. Elizabeth Gamble Miller
11 Hugo Lindo, Solo la Voz; trans. Elizabeth Gamble Miller
12 Hugo Lindo, Solo la Voz
13 Translations of Hugo Lindo and Alfonso Quijada Urias by Elizabeth Gamble Miller
14 Jose Ortega y Gasset, The Misery and the Splendor of Translation; trans. Elizabeth Gamble Miller
15 Silvia Molina, I Confess; trans. Elizabeth Gamble Miller

Series 5: Professional Career, 1980-2006
7 folders

This series contains information on professional organizations, conferences, and workshops with which Dr. Miller was involved.
Box Folder
1 16 "Biena Internacional de Poesía" – Madrid
17 American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) – Conferences
18 American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) Member Lists and various papers
19 American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) – Newsletters
20 Translation Workshop Handbook, 1980
21 Workshop Materials
22 Translation Journals

Series 6: Poems and articles
8 folders

This series contains poems and articles that Dr. Miller collected.
Box Folder
1 23 Newspaper and Magazine Clippings
24 Works of Alfonso Quijada Urías
25 Information on Hugo Lindo, Antonio Porpetta, and Maria Capote
26 Works of Ruben Dario, 1867-1916
27 Mirta Toledo Collection (Articles)
28 Nela Rio
29 Ephemera of Elizabeth Gamble Miller
30 Poetry by Emma Ramirez and Carlos Garcia

Series 7: Correspondence, 1980-2006
1 folder

This series contains the personal and professional correspondence of Elizabeth Gamble Miller.
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence

Series 8: Book Excerpts, Magazines, Translations, and Miscellaneous Notes
8 folders

This series contains photocopied book excerpts, magazines, translations, Spanish journal articles, and miscellaneous notes.
Box Folder
2 2 Poetry in Spanish (and French)
3 Book Excerpt Photocopies
4 Magazines and Brochures
5 Poetry Translations and Poetry
6 Nancy Alonso and Mirta Yanez
7 Spanish Journal Articles
8 Religious Articles
9 Miscellaneous Notes