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Joaquin Miller Poem

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LMD
Date: 15 October 2009

Biographical History

Joaquin Miller (1837-1913) was an American poet and author, born Cincinnatus Hiner Miller. Miller was known for his poems about the American West and cultivated the persona of a rustic frontiersman. He lead a nomadic and colorful life, being at various times a miner, a judge, a pony express rider, a newspaper editor, and a horse thief. His work was more popular in England than in the United States, although his most famous poem, "Columbus," was once regularly memorized by American schoolchildren.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Joaquin Miller Poem is an untitled, manuscript poem dated 31 January 1899 and signed by Miller. It is written on Hotel Lafayette of Philadelphia letterhead and is addressed to "my dear T." It reads, "There is no ugly thing on earth / There is no evil any where / There is no thing but hath some worth / If we but seek to see it there."

The folder also includes biographical clippings about Miller and Arthur Lewis Tubbs, an American playwright who once owned the poem.

Arrangement of the Collection

Items arranged chronologically.


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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Miller, Joaquin, 1837-1913.


Authors, American.
Poets, American.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Joaquin Miller Poem,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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