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A Finding Aid to the Dorothy C. Miller papers, 1853-2013, bulk 1920-1996

Dorothy C. Miller papers, 1853-2013, bulk 1920-1996

Miller, Dorothy Canning, 1904-2003

Curator

Collection Information

Size: 34.6 linear feet

Summary: The papers of contemporary and folk art curator, historian, and consultant Dorothy C. Miller measure 34.6 linear feet and date from 1853-2013, with the bulk of the material dating from 1920 to 1996. The papers primarily concern Miller's art consulting work outside of her curatorial work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York city. Found are scattered biographical materials, extensive correspondence and subject files, and project files for her art consulting work for the Rockefeller family, Rockefeller University, Chase Manhattan Bank, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and other miscellaneous corporate and private clients. Her work as a trustee and committee member of various public and private boards and commissions is also represented here. Additionally, the papers contain Miller's research files on Edward Hicks and folk art, and a small number of files related to Miller's husband Holger Cahill and his work as Director of the Federal Art Project. There is important documentation of Miller's early curatorial work with Holger Cahill on the First Municipal Art Exhibition (1934) held at the RCA Building in Rockefeller Center. Artwork includes scattered sketches and drawings enclosed with correspondence and original Christmas cards sent to Miller by various artists. Photographs of Miller date from 1926-circa 1950.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dorothy C. Miller (1904-2003) was a museum curator and art consultant from New York, New York.

Provenance

The collection was donated by Dorothy C. Miller via Wendy Jeffers between 1986 and 1997, and Reid White, Executor of Miller's estate, in 2004. Two subsequent additions were donated by Wendy Jeffers in 2014 and 2015.

Related Materials

The Museum of Modern Art Achives holds Dorothy Miller's papers related to her curatorial work at the museum.

Funding

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.