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Corporate Papers of the Robert Mills Literary Agency

 Collection
Call Number: MS 307

Overview

In 1959, Robert Park Mills founded the Robert Mills Literary Agency. Mills worked full time as an agent, representing a wide variety of science fiction writers. In 1984, Robert Mills retired and sold the agency to Richard Curtis Associates. This collection contains correspondence, book agreements, and royalty contracts between the Robert Mills Literary Agency and authors.

Dates

  • 1948 - 1989

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Robert Mills Literary Agency

Robert Park Mills was born in 1920 in Missoula, Montana, to William P. Mills and Alice Wicklund. Mills received his bachelor's degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1942. He served in World War II, rising to the rank of first lieutenant. Mills was married twice, to Anne Hale in 1945, and later to Patricia Bain. He and Patricia had two children, Frederic and Alison.

In 1949, Mills served as managing editor of Mercury Press' The Magazine of Fantasy. He also served as the managing editor to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine from 1948–1959. Mills became the sole editor of what became The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1954.

In 1959, Mills founded the Robert Mills Literary Agency. As a full time literary agent, Mills represented a wide variety of science fiction writers. In 1984, Robert Mills retired and sold the agency to Richard Curtis Associates. Richard Curtis, president of Richard Curtis Associates, Inc., is both a literary agent and author. Robert Park Mills died in 1986 at the age of 65.

Extent

24 Linear Feet (25 boxes)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, book agreements, royalty contracts, and other related records between the Robert Mills Literary Agency and authors represented by the agency. The contents of this collection were arranged alphabetically according to author's last name. Titles listed may represent working or abbreviated titles rather than final publication titles.

Physical Location

MS 307

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Richard Curtis Associates, Inc, 1990

Title
Guide to the Robert Mills Literary Agency Collection
Subtitle
Corporate Papers of the Robert Mills Literary Agency
Author
Finding aid prepared by rh, 2012, brch, 2012. Finding aid encoded by rh, 2012, brch, 2012. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2017.
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in<language encodinganalog="language">English</language>
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/3993174092
Preferred citation
Robert Mills Literary Agency Collection, MS 307, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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