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

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Series 8: Other Boards, Committees and Commissions , 1925, 1949-1985
3.6 Linear feet
Boxes 16-20

Following her retirement from the Museum of Modern Art, Miller served on a variety of public and private boards, commissions, and committees for art museums and institutions. The majority of these files contain correspondence, meeting minutes and reports, notes, legal records, and printed material.
The series is arranged as 6 subseries by museum or organization:
  • 8.1: Empire State Plaza Art Commission, 1965-1978
  • 8.2: Hancock Shaker Village, Shaker Community, Inc., Board of Trustees, 1949-1985
  • 8.3: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Board of Trustees, 1976-1985
  • 8.4: Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors, 1966-1985
  • 8.5: Museum of American Folk Art Board of Trustees, 1962-1969
  • 8.6: Smith College Museum of Art Visiting Committee, 1925, 1961-1984
8.1: Empire State Plaza Art Commission, 1965-1978
Found here are records of Miller's activities as one of five members of the Art Commission for the Empire State Plaza (also known as the South Mall) in Albany, New York, built under the governorship of Nelson A. Rockefeller between 1965 and 1978. The files include scattered correspondence with artists Chryssa, Jason Seley, Daniel LaRue Johnson, and Gene Davis.
Description Container
General, 1965-1974
16
23-24
General, 1968-1970
16
25
General, 1970-1973
16
26
General, 1976-1978
16
27
Meeting Records, 1968-1973
16
28
News Clippings, 1970-1976
16
29
Photos of Artwork in Collection (incomplete), circa 1970s
16
30
Seley, Jason, 1969-1972
16
31
8.2: Hancock Shaker Village, Shaker Community, Inc., Board of Trustees, 1949-1985
Miller's work as a member of the Board of Trustees of Shaker Community, Inc. which oversaw the operations of Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts is documented here through correspondence with village founder Amy Bess Miller, notes; meeting minutes and other meeting materials; financial records; and printed material. Trustee files for 1961 contain a letter to Miller from Andrew Wyeth.
Description Container
General, 1949-1963
17
1
General, 1956-1963
17
2
General, 1970-1985
17
3
Trustee Files, 1959-1962
17
4-5
Trustee Files, 1960-1961
17
6
Trustee Files, 1962-1963
17
7
Trustee Files, 1963-1964
17
8
Trustee Files, 1965-1966
17
9-10
Trustee Files, 1967-1968
17
11
Trustee Files, 1968-1969
17
12
Trustee Files, 1970-1972
17
13
Trustee Files, 1972-1974
17
14
Trustee Files, 1974-1976
17
15
Trustee Files, 1977-1979
17
16
Trustee Files, 1979-1980
17
17
Trustee Files, 1980-1981
17
18
Trustee Files, 1981-1982
17
19
Trustee Files, 1982-1983
17
20
Trustee Files, 1983-1985
17
21
8.3: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Board of Trustees, 1976-1985
Miller served on the Board of Trustees for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden from 1976 - 1984. Found here are files relating to her work as a trustee.
Description Container
Collections Management Policy, 1981
17
23
Committee on Collections Meetings, 1978, 1981, 1983
17
24
Committee on Exhibitions Meetings, 1976
17
25
Committee on Exhibitions Meetings, 1977
17
26
Committee on Exhibitions Meetings, 1978
18
1
Committee on Exhibitions Meetings, 1980-1983
18
2-4
Correspondence, 1976-1984
18
5
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1976-1984
18
6
National Building Museum, 1980-1981
18
7
News Clippings, 1976-1982
18
8-9
Press Releases, 1976-1985
18
10-11
Travel Vouchers, 1976-1980
18
12
Trustee Files, 1976
18
13
Trustee Files, 1976-1977
18
14
Trustee Files, 1977
18
15-16
Trustee Files, 1978
18
17
Trustee Files, 1979
18
18-20
Trustee Files, 1980
18
21-22
Trustee Files, 1981
18
23
Trustee Files, 1982
18
24
Trustee Files, 1983
18
25
Trustee Files, 1984
18
26
8.4: Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors, 1966-1985
Dorothy Miller served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mark Rothko Foundation following a major lawsuit that ensued after Rothko's death in 1970 between the family, executors of the estate, and Marlborough Gallery. In 1977, the litigation ended with Rothko Prizel gaining control of the estate and re-establishing the foundation and its board. Files arranged here document the foundation's efforts to rebuild and determine the best use of Rothko's paintings for the public interest.
Description Container
Board Files, 1976
19
1-3
Board Files, 1976-1977
19
4-5
Board Files, 1977
19
6-8
Board Files, 1977-1978
19
9
Board Files, 1978-1980
19
10-11
Board Files, 1979-1980
19
12
Board Files, 1980
19
13
Board Files, 1981
19
14-15
Board Files, 1982-1983
19
16-17
Board Files, 1982-1985
19
18
Correspondence, 1966-1982
19
19
Correspondence, 1982-1984
19
20
Inventory of Artwork in Rothko Estate, 1979
19
21
Printed Material, Gustave Harrow, 1977, 1979
19
22
Printed Material, News Clippings, 1971-1985
19
23
8.5: Museum of American Folk Art Board of Trustees, 1962-1969
Found here is one folder of material with scattered documentation of Miller's work as a member of the board of trustees for the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City.
Description Container
Museum of American Folk Art, 1962-1969
19
24
8.6: Smith College Museum of Art Visiting Committee, 1925, 1961-1984
Doroty Miller's files concerning her work on the Smith College Museum of Art Visiting Committee are arranged here.
Description Container
Committee Files, 1961-1968
20
1
Committee Files, 1969
20
2
Committee Files, 1970-1971
20
3
Committee Files, 1971-1972
20
4
Committee Files, 1972-1973
20
5
Committee Files, 1973-1974
20
6
Committee Files, 1974-1975
20
7
Committee Files, 1975-1976
20
8
Committee Files, 1977-1984
20
9
Smith College Newsletter, 1925
20
10

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