Kenneth Hayes Miller papers, 1906-1951

Miller, Kenneth Hayes, b. 1876 d. 1952
Painter, Illustrator, Etcher
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 1.0 linear ft. (on 3 microfilm reels).

Collection Summary: Correspondence, notes, photographs, typescripts of lectures, and exhibition catalogs.

REELS N583-N583A: Correspondence with Sherwood Anderson, Theodore Dreiser, Garet Garrett, Marsden Hartley, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and others; and letters from Miller to his first wife, Irma Ferry Miller; Miller's mother, Annie Elizabeth Kelley Miller; and his cousin, Rhoda Dunn; personal photographs; exhibition catalogs; lecture notes; speeches; and reminiscences of Miller's classes at the Art Students League by some of his students.

REEL 379: Correspondence and typescripts from lectures collected by Helen Miller and Elizabeth Stone Dickson for an unpublished book on Miller's teaching methods at the Art Students League, 1945-1947. Included are letters to John Taylor Arms, Garet Garett, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Louis Lozowick, and Forbes Watson, and a copy of a letter from Marsden Martley to Miller; and a typescript of an address, "The Third Dimension in Painting." Exhibition catalogs and clippings are also included.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter, instructor and etcher; New York, N.Y. Born Oneida, New York. Taught at William Merritt Chase's New York School of Art, 1900-1910, and Art Students League, 1912-1936.

Material on reels N583-N583A was lent for microfilming by Miller's daughter, Louise Miller Smith, 1967. Portions of the material were later received from Edward Laning, 1972. Laning, who took over from Miller at the Art Students League, presumably received these papers from Elizabeth Dixon and Helen Miller, who had compiled them in preparation for a book on Miller's teaching methods (never published).

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