Tom Miller is a noted writer of literature on the Southwest and Latin America. For over thirty years Miller has been producing books, articles, and commentary on topics ranging from Panama hats to the song La Bamba. His nine books include Jack Ruby's Kitchen Sink: Offbeat Travels through America's Southwest; On The Border; The Panama Hat Trail; Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba; and Writing on the Edge: A Borderlands Reader. His articles have been published in such magazines as the Washington Post, New York Times, Smithsonian, and Rolling Stone. Miller was a founder of the U.S.-Cuba Writers Conference, a bilingual and bi-national conference held in Havana, and is also a cofounder of Writers of the Americas. Tom Miller has been affiliated with the University of Arizona's Latin American Area Center since the 1990s and was a visiting lecturer in creative writing for the university in the 1980s. Miller was awarded the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for best travel book of the year in 2001 for Jack Ruby's Kitchen Sink: Offbeat Travels through America's Southwest. He also was awarded a Gilder Lehrman fellowship from Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in 2002. He resides in Tucson, Arizona with his wife Regla Albarrán.
Collection consists of the papers of Tom Miller and underground press publications collected by him. The Publications by Tom Miller series includes articles, correspondence, manuscripts, and research materials relating to his books. The Research Files series contains a variety of materials on a broad range of topics. Materials within each file are arranged by format (correspondence, research material, and notes). Items within each of these subdivisions are then arranged chronologically. The personal Materials series includes materials on Miller's teaching career. The Salt of the Earth series contains extensive documentation on this film about striking New Mexico miners, which was created by blacklisted professionals from the Hollywood film industry. The Manuscripts by Other Authors series consists of writings by Christopher Baker, William Lee Brent, and Adam Kufield. The Underground Press, Miscellaneous Publications, and Ephemera series is alphabetized by title and includes; comics, leaflets, and magazines. Most of the files in this collection retain their original headings put in place by Miller.