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

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Series 15: Addition to the Dorothy C. Miller Papers , 1853-2013, bulk 1920-1996
9.9 Linear feet
Boxes 28-38, OVs 39-41

The addition to the Dorothy C. Miller papers includes biographical material; family papers; correspondence; professional files; art collection and client files; printed material; and photographic material. While a small number of professional files are found here, the majority of material relates to Miller's personal life, including correspondence with her husband Holger Cahill, and files pertaining to her personal art collection. Scattered correspondence, inventories, research, and notes created by curator and donor, Wendy Jeffers, are found throughout the collection. These materials date from the 1980s-2000s.
The series is arranged as seven subseries
  • 15.1: Biographical Material, circa 1950-1985 (Box 28; 2 folders)
  • 15.2: Family Papers, 1853-2002 (Boxes 28-30, OV 39; 2.4 linear feet)
  • 15.3: Correspondence, 1912-2006 (Boxes 30-31; 1.1 linear feet)
  • 15.4: Professional Files, circa 1926-1985 (Box 31; 0.2 linear feet)
  • 15.5: Art Collection and Client Files, circa 1926-1996 (Boxes 31-35; 3.5 linear feet)
  • 15.6: Printed Material, 1876-2003 (Boxes 35-36, OV 40; 1.7 linear feet)
  • 15.7: Photographic Material, circa 1900-2013 (Boxes 36-38, OV 41; 1 linear foot)
15.1: Biographical Material, circa 1950-1985
2 Folders
Box 28
Biographical material consists of one folder of biographical essays and one folder of receipts and business cards for clothing, music performances, and other personal items.
Description Container
Biographical Writing, circa 1957-1985
28
1
Receipts, 1950s-1960s
28
2
15.2: Family Papers, 1853-2002
2.4 Linear feet
Boxes 28-30, OV 39
Family papers include correspondence, writings, personal business records, photographic material, and genealogies relating to Miller's paternal (Miller) and maternal (Canning) relatives. The bulk of the family papers relate to Miller's father, Arthur Barrett Miller, an architect and engineer for the Walter B. Kidde Company and resident of Montclair, New Jersey. Upon retirement, Miller worked for John D. Rockefeller on his estate in Tarrytown, New York. Also found here are a few items of correspondence with Dorothy C. Miller as a child.
Description Container
Rob and Katherine Barrett, 1919-1941
28
3
Ella Churchill Canning, circa 1900-1905
28
4
Alice Canning, 1907-1944
28
5-6
Canning Family, General, 1904-1950
28
7-8
Adelaide Gerrish Miller, 1883-1964
28
9-13
Arthur Barrett Miller
Biographical Material, 1917-1966
28
14
Clippings and Ephemera, circa 1900-1966
28
15
Clippings, John D. Rockefeller, 1930s
Oversized clippings housed in OV 39
28
16
Correspondence, 1799, 1895-1966
28
17
Correspondence, 1895-1966
29
1-3
Montclair, New Jersey, 1887-1952
29
4
Stevens Institute School Records, 1892-1897
29
5
Writings, circa 1900-1960
29
6-7
Edith Canning Miller, 1862-1955
29
8-13
Arthur Barrett Miller and Edith Miller Photographs, circa 1900-1950
29
14-15
William Miller, 1853-1931
30
1-2
Frank Waller, 1912-1935
30
3
Miller Family, General, circa 1880-1970
30
4-7
Miller Genealogy Research, circa 1950-1992
30
8
Family Photographs, circa 1880-1920
Includes copy prints from circa 2000
30
9
Obituaries, 1903-1993
30
10
Donor's Research, circa 1979-2002
30
11
Oversized Arthur Barret Miller Clippings about Rockefeller from Box 28, Folder 16
OV 39
15.3: Correspondence, 1912-2006
1.1 Linear feet
Boxes 30-31
Correspondence is predominantly personal and is with family, friends, and artists. In addition to items of correspondence, files may contain photographic material, clippings, exhibition catalogs and announcements, poems, shipping receipts, and purchase orders. Several folders contain correspondence between Miller and her husband Cahill from the first few decades of their marriage. One folder of professional correspondence relates to her work at the Museum of Modern art and to professional recognitions.
Description Container
Alexander, Marie, 1958
30
12
Andrews, Edward D., 1956-1957
30
13
Artists, circa 1940-1989
Includes letters from Robert Motherwell, Hans Hoffman, Tom Corwin, Edwin Dickinson, Nathan Oliviera, Fred Martin, Morgan Russell, Janice Biala, Philip Guston, Donald Bear, Hyman Bloom, Edgar Britton, John Sloan, Bill Gaskin, Ed Corbett, Clay Spohn, Emma Lu Davis, and others.
30
14
A, General, circa 1955-1974
30
15
Biesel, Fred and Frances Strain, 1940-1955
30
16
Boyfriends, circa 1928-1990
30
17
Brett, Catherine, circa 1935-1965
30
18
B, General, circa 1958
30
19
Cahill, Holger, 1926-1959
30
20-22
Carpenter, Leonard, 2006, 1926-1960
30
23
C, General, 1956
30
24
D, General, 1957-1980
30
25
Feitelson, Lorser and Helen Lundeberg, 1954-1980
30
26
Friess, Constance, circa 1975-1995
30
27
G, General, 1937-1983
30
28
Hathaway, Rufus, Painting Restoration, circa 1965
31
1
Holt, Elizabeth and John, circa 1955-1987
31
2
H, General, circa 1942-1960
31
3
I, General, 1960
31
4
Johnson, Anna, 1954-1967
31
5
Kidde, Walter, 1933-1954
Includes a few letters to Arthur Barrett Miller
31
6
K, General, 1960
31
7
Lambie, Liz, 1953
31
8
Miller, Barrett, 1921-1979
31
9
Miller Family, 1912-1962
Includes many letters from Arthur Barrett Miller
31
10-11
M, General, circa 1960
31
12
Pickens, Alton, 1955
31
13
Pocono Residence, circa 1946-1960
31
14
Professional, 1950-1987
31
15
Ray, Man, 1955
Includes photographs of Miller by Ray
31
16
R, General, circa 1955-1960
31
17
White, Alice and Reid, 1930-1982
31
18
Scheider, Katherine and D., 1956-1960
31
19
Schulte, Antoinette, 1953-1967
31
20
Smith, Margery, 1955-1957
31
21
Smith College Friends, 1932-1960
31
22
Sympathy, 1966
31
23
S, General, 1942-1958
31
24
Taft, Edgar, 1995, 1953-1960
31
25
T, General, 1947-1968
31
26
Van Hook Ferber, Elise, 1953-1957
31
27
Wilson, Eleanor, circa 1960
31
28
W, General, 1989, 1960
31
29
First Names Only, 1951-1976
31
30
15.4: Professional Files, circa 1926-1985
0.2 Linear feet
Box 31
Professional files include notes for an unfinished book project, an essay Miller wrote for an exhibition at the Neuberger Museum, a folder relating to her work at the Newark Museum, and a few scattered notes.
Description Container
"Americans Seen" Book Project, 1946-1950
31
31
Roy Neuberger Exhibition, circa 1978
31
32
Newark Museum, circa 1926-1935
31
33
Notes, circa 1985
31
34
15.5: Art Collection and Client Files, circa 1926-1996
3.5 Linear feet
Boxes 31-35
Art collection and client files predominantly relate to Miller and Cahill's personal art collection, although some scattered correspondence with clients is also found here. An alphabetical arrangement of artists' in the collection includes correspondence, photographic material, sales and loan records, and exhibition announcements and catalogs. The Lucas Samaras folder contains two drawings made for Miller. Another grouping details artworks in the collection and includes binders of photographs itemizing the works, as well as folders arranged by type or subject which include correspondence, photographic material, sales and loan records, and provenance research. Other files found here document the conservation, consignment, financials, gifts, inventory, and loans of the collection. The last folder in this subseries relates to the art collection of Miller's paternal grandfather, William Miller.
Description Container
Artists in Collection
A, General, 1995, circa 1960
31
35
Gorky, Arshile, circa 1941-2001
32
6
Barr, Victoria, 1955-1982
31
36
Bluemner, Oscar, circa 1980-1995
31
37
Bontecou, Lee, 1960-2005
31
38
Burrage, Mildred, 1978-1979
31
39
B, General, circa 1971-1979
31
40
Calder, Alexander, circa 1950-2005
31
41
Coggeshall, Calvert, 1963-1995
31
42
Chryssa, 1961-2013
31
43
C, General, circa 1980
31
44
Davis, Joseph, circa 1970-1995
31
45
Davis, Stuart, 1935-2002
31
46
Dove, Arthur, circa 1994
31
47
D, General, circa 1995, circa 1975
32
1
Feininger, Lyonel, 1951-1995
32
2
Francis, Sam, 1957-1985
32
3
F, General, circa 1970-1980
32
4
Glarner, Fritz, 1978-1996
32
5
Graves, Morris, 1942-2003
32
7
Guston, Philip, 1953-2003
32
8
Gonzalez, Julio, circa 1975
32
9
Hartigan, Grace, circa 1957-1990
32
10
Hare, David, 1992
32
11
Edward Hicks, General, circa 1960-1999
32
12-13
Edward Hicks, Loans and Insurance, circa 1957-1985
32
14
Edward Hicks, Peaceable Kingdom Sale, circa 1990-1996
32
15
Edward Hicks, Reproductions, 1958-1994
32
16
Johns, Jasper, 1964-2003
32
17
Kiesler, Frederick, circa 1970
32
18
Kline, Franz, circa 1958-2003
32
19
Kolár, Jirí , circa 1965-1975
32
20
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo, circa 1970-1994
32
21
Lundeberg, Helen, 1954-1999
32
22
L, General, circa 1968-1995
32
23
McQueen, John, 1977-1991
32
24
Moore, Henry, 1949-2003
32
25
M, General, circa 1957-2003
32
26
Nevelson, Louise, circa 1960-2005
33
1
Okulick, John, circa 1977-1990
33
2
Pascin, Cinderella, 1938-1994
33
3
Pereira, Irene Rice, 1947-1995
33
4
Picasso, Pablo, 1995, circa 1970
33
5
R, General, circa 1975-1995
33
6
Samaras, Lucas, circa 1970-1995
Includes two drawings by Samaras made for Miller
33
7
Schwitters, Kurt, 1948-1971
33
8
Shahn, Ben, circa 1970-1996
33
9
Shaw, Charles, circa 1995, 1975-1977
33
10
Sheeler, Charles, 1966-1992
33
11
Shiele, Egan, 1957-1995
33
12
Spencer, Niles, circa 1960-1995
33
13
Steinberg, Saul, circa 1970-1995
33
14
Suba, Miklos, 1964-1995
33
15
S, General, circa 1966-1995
33
16
Tawney, Lenore, 1967-1985
33
17
Tomlin, Bradley, 1951-2003
33
18
Tryggvaddotir, Nina, circa 1955-1995
33
19
T, General, circa 1995, circa 1975
33
20
Van Leyden, Ernest, 1962-1986
33
21
Villon, Jacques, 1963-1995
33
22
Weber, Max, circa 1970, circa 1995
33
23
W, General, 1963-1995
33
24
Zorach, William, circa 1975, circa 1995
33
25
Artworks in Collection
Art Collection Binder (disbound), circa 1990
33
26
Aboriginal, circa 1940-1995
33
27
Antiques, circa 1967-1995
33
28
Bridal Boxes, circa 1995
33
29
Chalkware, circa 1995
33
30
Eagles, circa 1970-1990
33
31
Folk Art Collection Binder (disbound), circa 1970-1990
33
32
Folk Artworks, General, circa 1939-1990
33
33-35
Fraktures, circa 1990
33
36
Furniture, circa 1940-1990
33
37
Indian Baskets, circa 1970-1995
33
38
Jewelry, circa 1940-1975
33
39
Landscapes (Folk), circa 1970-1995
33
40
Mourning Pictures, circa 1970, circa 1995
33
41
Portraits, circa 1965-1970
33
42
Sculpture (Folk), circa 1970-1995
33
43
Shaker, 1936, circa 1995
33
44
Still Lifes, circa 1990, circa 1970
34
1
Toys, circa 1995, circa 1970
34
2
Weathervanes, circa 1970-1995
34
3
Whirligigs, circa 1970, circa 1995
34
4
Artworks, Original
Includes a print by Miguel Angel Vidal and a drawing by Al Copley
34
5
Conservation, circa 1970-1995
34
6
Consignment Records, circa 1970-1995
34
7
Correspondence, circa 1955-1995
34
8
Financial Records, circa 1940-1995
34
9
Former Collection, circa 1965-1995
34
10
Former Collection, Folk Art, circa 1990, circa 1970
34
11
Framing, circa 1955-1995
34
12
Gifts
To Jane Cahill, circa 1942-1995
34
13
To the Museum of Modern Art, circa 1965-1995
34
14
To the Newark Museum, circa 1954-1980
34
15
To Nelson Rockefeller, circa 1958-1995
34
16
To Smith College, circa 1960-1995
34
17
To Reid White, circa 1960-1995
34
18
To the Whitney Museum, 1980, 1986
34
19
Index, circa 1970
34
20
Insurance, circa 1976-1995
34
21
Lists, circa 1960-1996
34
22
Missing, circa 1940-1995
34
23
Research, Folk Art, circa 1930-1960
34
24-25
William Miller Collection, circa 1940-1980
35
1
15.6: Printed Material, 1876-2003
1.7 Linear feet
Boxes 35-36, OV 40
Printed material includes announcements, auction catalogs, annotated and autographed books, booklets, clippings, exhibitions catalogs, periodicals, stationary, and a few other assorted materials. The majority of the items here document Miller's interest in American folk art, and a few items relate to modern art. Books are annotated or autographed by Miller or Cahill. A few auction catalogs are for the sale of items in Miller's estate after she died in 2003.
Description Container
Announcements, 1933-1982
35
2
Auction Catalogs, 1973-2003
35
3-5
Books, 1926-1950
Oversized book housed in OV 40
35
6-11
Booklets, circa 1919-1960, 1876
35
12-13
Titles of Books in Library, circa 1990
35
14
Clippings, circa 1930-2000
35
15
Exhibition Catalogs, 1930s, 1917
35
16
Exhibition Catalogs, 1940s
36
1-4
Exhibition Catalogs, 1950s
36
5
Exhibition Catalogs, 1960s-1970s
36
6
Periodicals, 1917-1980s
36
7-11
Postcards, circa 1930-1960
36
12
Stationary, circa 1930-1960
36
13
General, circa 1930-1990
36
14
Oversized Book of Pennsylvania German Designs, 1930s from Box 35, Folder 7
OV 40
15.7: Photographic Material, circa 1900-2013
1 Linear foot
Boxes 36-38, OV 41
Photographic material consists of photographs, negatives, contact sheets, and slides. The majority of photographs document Miller with family, friends, artists, and others. Four folders at the end of the series are negatives and contact sheets, primarily of Miller's homes and art collections in New York City and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Also found in these folders are images of Miller that have been re-photographed from the original prints. One portrait of Miller by Soichi Sunami and one by Lynn Gilbert are housed in OV 41.
Description Container
Photograph Lists, circa 1970, circa 1990
36
15
Portraits of Miller by Lynn Gilbert, circa 1977
36
16
Miller and Artists, circa 1959-1978
36
17
Miller and Family, circa 1900-1970
36
18
Miller and Others, circa 1920-1995
36
19
Miller and Others, Stockbridge and Nantucket, circa 1945
Includes contact sheets printed in circa 1990
36
20
Miller at Award Ceremonies, circa 1934-1995
37
1
Miller's Retirement Party, 1969
37
2
Miller and Cats, circa 1930-1970
37
3
Portraits of Holger Cahill by Berenice Abbott, 1955
37
4
Copy Prints of Holder Cahill from Article in PM Magazine, circa 1990
37
5
Travel, Europe, 1927
37
6
Travel, circa 1936-1970
37
7
Art Collection, Residences, and Reproductions of Vintage Photographs, circa 1985-2013
37
8
Art Collection, Residences, and Reproductions of Vintage Photographs, circa 1985-2013
38
1-3
Oversized Portraits of Miller, circa 1930, circa 1977
OV 41

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